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The 2007 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence
David Eccles School of Business
University of Utah
February 22 -24, 2007

Transportation to University Guest House
Please find information on shuttle services to access the University Guest House and Conference Center at http://www.guesthouse.utah.edu/transportation.htm. For a shuttle service, I would recommend Express Shuttle (1.800.397.0773). They require 24 hour advance notice, and charge $12/person then $4 for every additional person. The University Guest House has 24-hr front-desk staff.

Transportation between UU and Snowsport Resorts
The conference will transport participants to and from ski resorts with four minivans. The drivers are staff members of the Global Knowledge Management Center (GKMC) and faculty and sutdents of the David Eccles School of Business that have complied with the training and risk management requirements of University of Utah. Some of the minivans will stop by the ski rental - Breeze at the foothill location to pick up and drop off snowsport rentals on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Please reserve at the foothill location only. To obtain 20% online rental discount, 20 day advance reservation will be required. We are contacting participants attending the reception separately about transportation arrangements.

Information for Presenters and Discussants
Paper presentations are scheduled to be 30 minutes long, except that Ph.D. students' presentations are limited to 20 minutes long. Each paper presentation will be followed by a discussant's comments/presentation for up to 5 minutes leaving 5 minutes for Q/A and transition. Each panelist's presentation will be up to 10 minutes long leaving the bablance of the session to Q/A and discussion.

A notebook will be available for PPT presentation. Please bring your presentation on a flash disk or send it to Iljoo Kim (winter@gkmc.utah.edu) or me by email in advance.

Snowsport Information

  • Ski Rental - We recommend renting skis/snowboards for multiple days at Breeze. You can rent for March 3rd and 4th only but pick up after 2 pm on March 2nd. Please reserve at the foothill location only. To obtain 20% online rental discount, 20 day advance reservation will be required. For single day rental, it would be most convenient to rent at the resort of your choice on your snowsport day.
  • Climate/clothing - The weather in February is colder. The temperature at the base of the lifts is likely to be from singles to high teens/low twenties and at base of the lifts without considering the windshield effect, and drop to singles or below zero as you reach the top of the lifts. It is essential to wear warm snowsport clothing for engaging in snowsports.
  • Snowsport lessons - Please visit websites of the ski resorts - www.skibrighton.com, www.alta.com, www.snowbird.com, www.deervalley.com, and www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/index.html for information on lessons. Please coordinate your ski rentals based on whether your lessons include rentals.

    This year you will have a chance to claim the fame of skiing in three canyons - Brighton in the Big Cottonwood Canyon, Alta and Snowbird in the Little Cottonwood Canyon and Deer Valley and Park City Mountain in the Parleys Canyon.

    The Brighton Resort is a low key resort but good for beginners to learn and become confident. Advanced skiers will also find enough challenging courses there. Parking and getting around is fairly convenient there. Lucky snowboarders pay attention here. Brighton has lots of setups other than halfpipes for fun snowboarding!

    The Alta Resort has been highly rated for its snow and local's favorites for its gentle and wide beginner runs and challenging double diamond runs. The Snowbird resort is popular with visitors with high-speed tram and lifts and this year a new transit belt to one of the lifts.

    The Deer Valley is an upper-class resort with well groomed runs that both beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers love. It is for skiing only. The runs are wide and gentle for beginners but also allow for high-speed and fun skiing. All lifts will be closed by 4 pm.

    The Park City Mountain Resort is a popular world class resort with wide choices of runs. You can access some lifts until 7 pm dependent on your lift tcikets.

  • Lift tickets - Discount lift tickets will be available for regular conditions - e.g., regular full day and all lifts. Half-day, long-day, beginner areas, or child lift tickets don't have discounts and have to be purchased at the resorts.

Food and Drinks at the Conference
Free continental breakfasts are available at the University Guest House. Please get your breakfast before the sessions. We will provide coffee, water, fruits and one kind of breakfast snack in the meeting room for morning sessions. Before boarding the minivans, we will distribute lunch boxes for participants to enjoy on the bus or at the resorts. Vegetarian lunch boxes will be available. There will also be some snacks, sodas and bottled water for participants to pick up if needed for the trip to the resorts. Dinners will be provided at the venues indicated in the program. Alcohol drinks will not be available at dinner on February 23rd. February 24th's buffet dinner doesn't cover alcohol drinks, but the drinks are available for purchase.

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