Workforce Education

We provide our members with an opportunity to learn, improve skills and network with other members through our educational events, technical trainings, and our employee-centered podcast. 

The Mountain Works Conference and Tradeshow

Brings together ski area staff members from nearly all aspects of the business and offers attendees the opportunity to listen and interact with respected ski industry leaders, conference speakers, confer on work-related issues with peers, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn what is new and innovative from your industry suppliers.    

Mountain Operations Training

The PNSAA has partnered with Oregon State University to develop a new approach to ski area employee training. Oregon State University’s trainings are self-paced and optimized for mobile devices allowing your employees to complete the course whenever it is most convenient for them and your operations.  PNSAA members receive a 30% discount by using the promocode: PNSAAMEMBER24-25

Lift Maintenance Training – The LMT was the industry’s first online lift technician training using an advanced learning management system. This NSAA-aligned Level 1 training leverages the knowledge of your seasoned lift operators and mechanically inclined applicants and allows them to advance their careers by taking on a more technical role.

Lift Operations Training – Designed for the newly hired seasonal employee, this training will acclimate them to lift operations by providing them with foundational training. For everything from safety procedures to guest experience and beyond, your new lift operators will hit the slopes with confidence.

Enterprise pricing is available to ski resort businesses. Learn more.

NSAA Fall Education Seminars

In collaboration with the National Ski Areas Association, the fall risk management seminar offers the latest in industry risk management and legal issue trends, regulations, new technologies, and operational advances across the industry. Each fall we gather in Hood River, Oregon.  

The Mountain Works Podcast

Providing insider intel on how ski areas happen. Created by and for ski area employees in the northwest.