Fall Education Seminars offer topics related to risk management and safety. Topics cover the range from summer operations to winter operations - all meant to give you tools and ideas you can bring back to your area. 

Your Core Business: Legal Updates from Your Region & the Nation, Plus Winter Risk Management Highlights

Tailored to your region, we will provide updates to recent claims and trials highlighting the lessons-learned and the pitfalls we encountered along the way.  A team of ASDA attorneys will discuss these cases from both a legal and operational perspective. Based on this perspective, we will analyze your risk management programs and highlight some of these successes as well as improvements that can be made—including an emphasis on improving operational culture.  We will discuss regulatory updates, including what’s new from OSHA, specific state , updates on the use of volunteers, and the challenges our industry faces with expanding marijuana legislation.  No matter the size or location of your resort, we can all learn to avoid the potholes and celebrate the gratifying sense of accomplishments when your pre-loss risk programs work.      

 

Beyond Your Core Business: Risk Management for the Rapidly Growing Non-Skiing Environment

As resorts move beyond their core business of skiing and riding, the new challenges are daunting. While winter revenues still dominate, claim activity generated by non-skiing activities is approaching 50% of all claims against “ski” areas. When it comes to these activities, we do not have the protections of skier safety statutes. But we do have other important tools to stem the tide of these new incidents and claims. In this session, we will identify the challenges (especially shoddy, incomplete investigations) and explore the emerging ideas and improvements to our current practices to help you deal with summer activities, special events, and off-mountain amenities. We will also summarize, with the help of our ASDA attorneys, the evolving body of law on day tickets, releases, and local Recreational Use statutes and how these can apply to these non-skiing activities.

 

Kids in Your Care: Evolving Practices to Protect Children Across All Departments

When it comes to kids in your care, it’s no longer just ski school and day care. Kids are participating in everything from summer camps to adventure parks to just hanging out at the resort – without their parents. There are constantly evolving expectations from parents, schools, churches and competition sponsors. Are we beyond the days when we allowed small children to ride lifts alone?  How will the new federal Safe Sport Act, which regulates youth athletics, impact your resort operations and events?  Are there better practices that ski areas are adopting that address child safety? The ideas run the gamut: pre-loss education, better communications with parents and schools, the role of background checks for employees, new signage and outreach ideas, even clever technologies for child safety. Through the prism of past incidents and claims, we will examine how the industry is changing its outlook on safety for the next generation of snow sports enthusiasts that guards the bottom line and protects your reputation.

 

Protecting Your Ski Season: The Hidden Costs—and Mitigation Strategies—for Structuring Your Property Conservation Program

Every ski resort has someone – maybe a whole department – in charge of building maintenance. But smart property loss prevention strategies are as essential to preserve not only your buildings but lifts and other critical infrastructure. When is it a “good time” for a fire? Any property loss can impact the entire season. Property losses from fires, water damage, equipment breakdowns and storms of every nature are an ever increasing cost to the industry. While insurance can replace a lodge, it won’t always cover all the costs of lost business (let alone the lost opportunities of busy weekends or holidays!). Even when insurance coverage is available, it won’t prevent the lengthy permitting process of building replacement, labor shortages for new construction or a damaged reputation. This session will help you discover that property conservation is every employee’s responsibility. We will share important take-a ways from some of the industry’s notable property losses that occurred at the most inopportune times. We will also highlight some key changes in the new federal tax law to make smart property improvements now.   Our panel of local owners and managers will share their experiences in dealing with major property losses and how they have been successful in developing simple strategies to establish a culture where property conservation is everyone’s job.