By Renee Clarke, Work and Travel Employer Relations Manager

CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel team had the great opportunity to attend the 2014 Intermountain Ski Areas Association’s (ISAA) annual convention last week to gain better insight on the issues and employment needs of the Ski Industry.  This year’s convention was hosted in Jackson Hole, WY with meetings and events happening at the Gondola Summit [9,095 feet/2,772 meters] and excursions at Cody Peak [10,450 feet/3,185 meters].

Of course, being June, there was no skiing to be done, but summer activities for visitors in and around the area were firing up to launch, while various members of the ski industry community worked to exchange ideas, train and build stronger relationships as they look ahead to the Winter 2014-2015 season! But don’t be fooled, there was still some snow at the top of the mountain, so it is easy to imagine this beautiful landscape under a blanket of white.

Ski resorts and supporting business have seen an average of 57.5 million visitors since the 2002-2003 season, as reported by the National Ski Areas Association. Winter brings J-1 participants from South America to the U.S., and for many of these participants, it is the first time they will see snow, making it a very exciting time for all of those involved.