Steve Putnam

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(970) 550-6012

Steve approaches mountain planning projects through a broad lens that has been shaped not only by his deeply analytical training as a civil engineer and long-time planner, but by personal experience as a world traveler and accomplished skier.

Recognizing the importance of innovative and technological advances, Steve strives to incorporate those trends into lift layout and trail design solutions to improve the skier experience, minimize environmental impacts, and maximize resort efficiency. At the same time, he is mindful of, and committed to creating mountain plans that enhance the uniqueness and culture of place.


Steve has been involved with ski area and mountain planning since 2005, working both with Alpentech, and independently with resorts throughout the United States. In addition to his planning skills, Steve is trained as a civil engineer and has ski lift design and engineering experience. While working on his civil engineering degree he was involved with the winter alpine engineering group that specialized in natural hazard mitigation (avalanches) for departments of transportation in the intermountain area. During his tenure at Skytrac he was responsible for the planning, surveying, and layout of aerial ski lifts.

His planning experience also includes his role as the town planner for Charlotte, Vermont.

Steve has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Utah, and a BA in environmental economics from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ski Area Planning and Design
  • Base Mapping and Analysis
  • Lift Design
  • Surveying and Field layout

Outside the Office

Steve is involved with the Snowbird Sports education foundation coaching elite ski racing athletes. He also enjoys traveling the world to windsurf and kiteboard, and spends as much time at his place in Hood River, Oregon as possible. His other activities include biking, sailing, soccer, mountaineering, and paddle boarding.