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The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) has four classifications of Membership, which allow almost any interested individual, or organization, to support the Vision, Mission and Values of the Organization:

  • Regular Membership is open to any alpine ski area in Oregon and Washington. This is a voting membership and area representatives are eligible to serve on the Association Board of Directors. Dues in this category are based on annual gross lift revenues.
  • Affiliate Membership is open to ski areas located outside the states listed above who support our Mission. This is a non-voting category and annual dues are established by the Regular Members
  • Associate-Supplier Membership is open to individuals and organizations that provide products and services to ski areas. Members in this category are allowed to exhibit at the annual trade show and to have access to the association mailing list. This is a non-voting category and annual dues are established by the Regular Members.
  • Sustaining Membership is open to entities and individuals that support the Goals and Objectives and Mission of the Association and who have an interest in assisting the development and growth of snow sports and the skiing industry. This is a non-voting category and annual dues are established by the Regular Members.

All categories of membership are eligible to serve on the PNSAA Committees; to attend open general sessions of PNSAA meetings; to participate in member benefit programs; and, to receive appropriate membership communications from the association. All categories, except Sustaining, are eligible to use the corporation logo within guidelines established by the Board of Directors.

Educational and Networking:

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.

Fall Education Seminar – 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.  

Lift Maintenance Technical Training – The PNSAA has partnered with Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy in creating a new approach to technical training. This training is available on-demand. As you begin your career as a Ski Lift Technician, this training is ready when you are.  A very cool interactive brochure is found here:

A free demo of a training module can be found here

The Mountain Works Podcast

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