The ASCA is planning to hold five Snow Academy sessions in 2018, with on city being Denver, Colo.

The other four sites are still under consideration, says Executive Director Kevin Gilbride, and an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

The ASCA's Snow Academy provides education to snow contractors at a local level. A half-day of education provides information on topics such as risk management, snow contracts, weather insurance, ISO9001/SN9001, and Industry Standards. Each day is tailored to the city it is in.

“Snow Academy is proven to be a very popular one-day event for the ASCA and we look forward to continuing them this September,” Gilbride says. “For the association is an opportunity to reach out to new markets and educate contractors on our mission, our legislative efforts and the state of the industry as a whole.”

In past years, Snow Academy has been paired with visits with that state’s legislative representatives to discuss state-wide issues important to the professional snow and ice management community.

In a number of states, the ASCA has been lobbying for it’s model legislation.

The ASCA's model legislation -- The Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act -- would make indemnification agreements and hold-harmless language passing liability from the property owner or property managers to the contractor, null and void in Colorado. Similar legislation is under consideration in state legislatures around the snowbelt, and it became law in Illinois in August 2016.

At this time, the legislation is under consideration in a number of snow states, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.