Fall Education Seminars

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NSAA’s Fall Education Seminars are back—and they are in-person* at 10 regional locations around the country this fall. For 27 incredible years, MountainGuard has sponsored NSAA’s FES education programs. This year, NSAA and MountainGuard will bring the industry up to date on two seasons of claims, risk management and legal issues, regulations, new technologies, and operational advances across the industry. Each stop of the educational tour will focus on both national issues and regional challenges to showcase and discuss. Lift Safety, and specifically unseated passengers, was the focus of the nationwide message. Regional challenges included unique risk management issues from waivers and releases, claims and case law updates, and best practices for 3rd party events at your resort. Each stop of the Fall Educational Seminars features guidance and advice from local Association of Ski Defense Attorneys (ASDA) and includes guest speakers from each region.

With the in-person format returning to the FES series, resorts and staff have the opportunity to again share thoughts, ideas, and solutions in an environment that so many of us have patiently waited for. After a near-record ski season with more than 59 million skier visits, this upcoming year is sure to be strong as well! The 10-location FES tour allows ample opportunity for resorts in all corners of the US to attend and take a peek over the horizon for what’s coming and to showcase the current risk management and operational practices to provide the best possible experience for our skiing and riding guests this coming season.

 *We are watching the covid situation closely & reserve the right to cancel or move to a virtual platform at any time.


NSAA values the health and safety of its members and event attendees. The association has issued the following requirements for all event attendees, including vendors and NSAA staff. Please note that these requirements are subject to change based on the latest information, local public health requirements and/or venue regulations, up to and through the event dates.

These requirements will be in place for the following FES dates: September 29 and October 1, 6, 8, 19 & 21. Other FES sessions occur at events managed by other associations, and may have different policies. Please refer to those event policies for more information (links provided below).

All NSAA event attendees MUST WEAR A MASK in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth. This includes at registration, in sessions, at tradeshows and at any other event-related gatherings. In order for attendees to hear and understand our speakers, we may make adjustments that will allow them to alter or remove their masks while presenting. We will be working with our venues to promote physical distancing whenever possible. When eating or drinking, please try to keep physical distance from others, and pull your mask up when you are not actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required outdoors unless physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Please refer to the CDC guidance on the type of mask you should wear.

We ask that you do not attend the event if you are feeling sick or experiencing Covid symptoms.

Preview the venues and dates below to find which seminar you'll attend.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Wisconsin  August 15-18
(with MSAA Summer Meetings & Tradeshow)
Hood River, Oregon  October 1
Sunday River Resort, Maine  September 13-15
(with the New England Summit Tradeshow & Educational Conference)
Snowbasin Resort, Utah   October 6
Timberline, West Virginia  September 16
(with the Southeast Ski Areas Association)
Palisades Tahoe, California   October 8
Holiday Valley, New York  September 20-22
Copper Mountain, Colorado   October 19
Showdown, Montana  September 29 Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico   October 21 *new location

FES Schedule

Get a sneak peek of what to expect at each fall workshop. The below itinerary applies to each standalone Fall Education seminar. Visit the NE Summit and iSkiNY-PSAA Expo pages for details on their schedules.

9:00 - 10:15:      The Urgency of Lifts and Unseated Passengers

10:30 - 11:45:   Recent Regional and National Claims and Legal Roundup:  Key Take-Aways

12:00 - 1:30:      Lunch

1:30 - 2:45:         Unique Special Events, Contracts, Risk Transfer:  Is It Worth the Risk?

3:00 - 4:15:         From ADA, OSHA, COVID, and Employment IssuesUnique Risk Issues and Updates

Registration Fees

NSAA Member $175 per attendee
NSAA Non-member $250 per attendee



mountain foundation Want to attend this event but don’t have the financial means to do so? Consider applying for a Mountain Foundation scholarship. Click here to learn more. Hurry! The application deadline varies for each location, and the next deadline is September 15.