Cutter's Camp 2018


Cutter's Camp 2018 at Timberline, Mt. Hood—MAY 14-18

Cutter's camp 2018 is sold out.
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The 2018 Timberline program will continue to focus on management and technology, covering business topics relevant to park managers along with technology updates to the latest machines from PistenBully and Prinoth, as well as snow and fleet management systems. Campers will also experience dedicated one-on-one on-hill operator coaching from industry veterans to help refine their park building skills.

(check back as more sessions will be added soon)

PARKS ON TRIAL—MOCK DEPOSITIONS: Insurance representatives of Safehold Special Risk and MountainGuard, ASDA attorneys and risk management specialists will lead five mock depositions using members of the audience focusing on the five key elements that play vital roles in many terrain park cases: negligent design, negligent construction, negligent maintenance, failure to warn, and failure to educate. Presented in a dynamic format, this session is sure to be an eye-opener for campers. 

THE JIB FACTORY: Ledges, rails, boxes--the history of jibs in terrain parks runs deep. Heavily influenced by street skating, snowboarding took the sport’s lead and started experimenting with jibs on snow. Made out of everything from wood to metal--rails, boxes, wall rides and organic elements have pushed jib features to new heights. What are today’s current trends? What are customers demanding? And what’s the best material for your climate and maintenance concerns? A panel of experts led by Mike Bettera of Effective Edge will dive into these questions along with current industry data and best practices.

FIRESIDE CHAT PRESENTS KRUSH KULESZA: Krush Kulesza, owner and founder of Snowboy Productions, will join us at Cutter's Camp as one of the featured Fireside Chat speakers. Snowboy Productions is an event production company that handles concept creation, site design and builds, media relations and athlete activation for a variety of unique events, including the one-of-a-kind Holy Bowly. Kulesza worked in the mountain resort industry for more than 10 years before creating Snowboy. His Fireside Chat will discuss the ins and outs of event production. He'll share success stories and lessons learned from his time in the industry, and provide takeaways for attendees to improve event production at their home resorts. This year's Holy Bowly will be held at Timberline, Mt. Hood the week before Cutter's Camp, so campers will be able to see first-hand the results of the production process.

Cutter's Camp attendees will have plenty of snow at this year's camp. With nearly 500" already at Timberline, the Pacific Northwest is forecasted to get even more with above-average snowfall expected this spring. On-hill building stations will be bottomless. Campers who are looking to sharpen their snowcat operator skills and refine their building techniques will have the opportunity to schedule multiple hours of operator time in one of the 14 cats with our team of skilled on-hill coaches.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Procedures for opening, closing, and testing will be examined with experts from Safehold Special Risk and Willis, as well as ASDA attorneys. How do you test? How do you train to test? What should and shouldn't be included in your logs? We will examine the good, the bad, and the ugly through roundtables and mock depositions. 

PARK MANAGEMENT & PLANNING: Campers will experience a deep dive into post-season assessment and pre-seaon planning for budgeting, staffing, fleet maintenance and management, and events. Attendees will develop strategic checklists to prepare for the season ahead. 

 Advances in technology are changing the way terrain parks are built, groomed, and managed. It gives operators and managers more accuracy, accountability, and efficiency. In the classroom and in demos on-hill, we will take a closer look at all the technologies and tools available.  

The following topics will also be covered at camp through sessions and interactive workshops: 

• Risk Management & mock depositions

• NSAA Freestyle Terrain Resource guide updates

• Lessons learned from terrain park court cases

• Creating a budget and financial planning for park programs

• Events and contests

• Design and construction of snow and man-made features

• Pre- and post-loss risk management strategies for your park program

• Social media and parks

• Snow science: how to get the most from your product

• Guest education

• Staff training
… and much, much more.

2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance

MON. MAY 14  Airport Transfers from PDX
10am - 5pm  Registration  
9am - 3pm Free ski/ride
12pm - 4pm Grooming demos with the latest machines from PistenBully and Prinoth 
5pm - 6pm Fireside Chat Session
6pm - 11pm Dinner and Welcome Party
TUES. MAY 15  
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8am - 12pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 5pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
6pm - 10pm Dinner and Networking Activities
WED. MAY 16  
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8am - 12pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 5pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
6pm - 10pm Dinner and Networking Activities
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8am - 12pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 5pm On-hill Building / Workshops / Classroom Sessions
5pm - 6pm Terrain Park Manager's Roundtable
6pm Final Night Dinner
FRI. MAY 18 Airport transfers to PDX
7am - 8am Breakfast
9am - 3pm Free ski/ride


 >> View the Cutter's Camp '17 wrap up and photo galleries

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“At the start of camp my biggest issue was difficulty communicating with my team and upper management. After camp I have a better understanding of terrain parks role in the “big picture” of the resort and a better idea of how to communicate my needs within that structure.” 

"This has been the best thing I have ever done to better my park. Really looking forward to applying everything I have learned.” 

“Year after year I am able to go back to my resort and apply a new things that I have picked up.” 

"This is a time I will never forget, the friends I have made this week, the knowledge, skills, and tools gained will change our mountain for the better.” 

"Extremely helpful and knowledgeable coaches." 

"I fell in love with the environment and the people that are a part of this industry. I'm glad to see that everyone is moving in the same direction."