Kingdom Trails Network Capacity Study Selected as VPA Project of the Year

We are proud to announce that the Kingdom Trails Network Capacity Study has taken home another award: the Vermont Planner’s Association 2023 Project of the Year!

This Network Capacity Study stands out as one of our favorite recent projects because its unique challenges were so well suited for SE Group’s strengths and services: recreation planning, visitation/use analysis, economic development, land planning, and community engagement.

Kingdom Trails are a premiere mountain biking destination that attracts over a hundred thousand visitors annually and generates millions of dollars in economic spending in adjacent communities. 

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Two SE Group Articles featured in May edition of SAM Magazine

The May issue of Ski Area Management magazine is out and we are pleased to report that it features not one but two articles from SE Group authors.

Director of Resort Planning Claire Humber‘s piece is titled “Investing in Retention of Interest.” Leaning on her deep expertise in strategic planning, Claire encourages ski area owners and operators to look beyond the traditional ROI (return on investment) to consider another ROI when planning capital expenditures: retention of interest.

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SE Group Wins Three Vermont Public Places Awards

SE Group had a strong showing at the 2023 Vermont Public Places Awards ceremony in May, taking home 3 of the 7 awards available.

Creating public spaces that enrich communities through connections to the outdoors is the foundation of SE Group’s work. That’s why we are particularly proud of these awards, which recognize a wide variety of project-types that promote public uses and benefits here in the backyard of our Burlington office.

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Final EIS Released for Critical North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project

On April 7, our forest health and fuels practice received exciting news: the U.S. Forest Service- Tahoe National Forest announced the public release of the final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) and the draft Record of Decision (Draft ROD) for the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project.

The North Yuba landscape (CA), a critical watershed that supports substantial forest habitat, high biodiversity, and excellent recreation opportunities, is one of the most at-risk areas for catastrophic wildfire in the US. 

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Community Planning Practice Continues Growth Into Housing Planning with Leadville Housing Authority Approved

Affordable housing is an acute issue for mountain towns from coast to coast. Over the past few years, SE Group’s Community Planning team has expanded its practice to include housing-specific planning, led by Senior Community Planner Gabrielle Voeller, AICP. Considering our deep experience working with these communities – as well as our expertise in policy review and analysis, site design, and engagement – this has been a natural extension of our work.

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Rosebrook Lodge Wins International Hospitality Award

SE Group is proud to be a part of a team that recently won Premier Hospitality Magazine‘s 2022 Hospitality Design Award for ‘Best Event Space’ for the Rosebrook Lodge at Omni Hotels & Resorts’ Bretton Woods ski area at Mt. Washington. The 16,500 square foot lodge, which officially opened at the end of 2020, is perched near the top of the mountain, offering spectacular views across the Presidential Range. Skiers and hikers can easily access the year-round lodge via the Skyway Gondola,

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SE Group Celebrates the Opening of Palisade Tahoe’s Base to Base Gondola

On Saturday, December 17 2022, Palisades Tahoe officially opened the Base to Base Gondola, which connects Palisades Olympic Valley with Alpine Meadows. The new combined area makes Palisades Tahoe the largest resort in California, and the third largest in North America.  You can read about the gondola’s opening in the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s article.

SE Group is proud to have led the mountain planning and NEPA environmental analysis for this groundbreaking project,

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SE Group’s Claire Humber Elected to ASLA Council of Fellows

SE Group’s Claire Humber will be elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) Council of Fellows during a ceremony this November, along with 27 other members. Election to the Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on their members for their career contributions and achievements within the industry.

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SE Group Project Wins VTASLA Award for Planning, Research, and Analysis

SE Group’s Minnesota Discovery Center Master Plan project has received the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2022 Award of Excellence for Planning, Research, and Analysis.

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Capital Suggestions

Ski Area Management January 2022

Capital investments are a critical aspect of master planning for any resort – and the amount of data that can inform these decisions has dramatically risen in the last 10 years. So where does one begin?

SE Group has been guiding ski areas and resorts through capital planning since its inception in 1958. And in this article for Ski Area Management, CEO Kent Sharp joins a panel of experts to talk about growth and maintenance capital in this ever-changing environment.

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