Best Places to Ski in Minnesota

While not known for its abundance of slopes, Minnesota still does a great job of developing some of the best alpine skiers in the country, with the state offering many options for refining one’s skills. One of the most popular destinations in the Twin Cities area is Buck Hill, which is where skiers Kristina Koznick and Lindsey Vonn began their illustrious careers. Buck Hill offers surface tows, three chairlights, and nighttime skiing. Also in the metro area is Hyland Hills, which is known for its first-rate snowmaking and snow grooming.

For longer ski runs, it’s best to go north in Minnesota. The Lutsen Mountains are a major attraction for skiers, who can find more than 95 runs over four mountains and a ski lift that climbs twice as high as most resorts in the Midwest. Giants Ridge is another excellent northern option, with 35 downhill runs and beautiful views of the Superior National Forest.

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk

Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Ryan Novaczyk is the president and CEO of New Perspective Senior Living, where he has overseen the company’s fiscal functions and business performance since 2008. In his free time, Ryan Novaczyk enjoys skiing, golfing, and running.


American Seniors Housing Association’s Core Principles

Since 1991, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) has represented the interests of companies involved in all aspects of housing and services for seniors, such as assisted living and continuing care communities.

ASHA operates based on four core principles:

1. Promote a business climate that fosters competition, quality, innovation, and long-term investment in senior housing.

2. Assist in the identification and advancement of industry leaders who excel in their fields and reflect the diversity of the industry.

3. Support research and make available information that benefits the industry and influences key initiatives.

4. Advocate for national initiatives that allow seniors to experience higher quality services and age with dignity in the establishments of their choosing.

Currently ASHA represents over 500 companies. Visit to learn more.

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk

Ryan Novaczyk is the CEO and president of New Perspective Senior Living, which offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care throughout Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. To supplement this work, Ryan Novaczyk belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Seniors Housing Association.

The Argentum Public Policy Institute and Fly-In

Since 1990, Argentum has been one of the premier professional organizations for companies in the senior living community sector. Dedicated to promoting choice, independence, and quality of life for America’s senior citizens, Argentum maintains a range of initiatives geared toward improving quality standards, developing an effective workforce, and advocating for legislation that affects the industry.

To better serve its members, each year Argentum hosts a Public Policy Institute & Fly-In in Washington, D.C. The event brings together professionals from the senior living industry to discuss developments in the field, network with peers, and attend talks by prominent industry figures. Additionally, attendees have an opportunity to meet with members of Congress to advocate for important regulatory and legislative issues.

The most recent Public Policy Institute & Fly-In took place in March of 2018. Participants gathered for panels led by government officials and industry executives and a keynote speech delivered by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk

A veteran senior living executive, Ryan Novaczyk has served as the president and CFO of New Perspective Senior Living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, since 2008. An active member of the field, Ryan Novaczyk has spoken frequently at conferences for industry organizations such as Argentum.


The NIC Fall Conference

A key entity in the senior housing and care industries, NIC offers member organizations a range of data, research, and analysis that brings together investors and providers while enhancing the state of senior care. Each year, NIC hosts a number of events that offer professionals in the field opportunities for education, training, and networking, including an annual investment forum each spring and an annual national conference each fall.

The 2017 NIC Fall Conference took place in late September in Chicago. Highlights of the three-day conference included a discussion between former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers about the impact of tax reform and the economy. Attendees also participated in networking events and informational sessions about trends affecting the senior housing and senior care industries.

The 2018 NIC Fall Conference is scheduled for October 17-19 in Chicago. To learn more about the event, please visit

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk

The president and CFO of Minnesota-based New Perspective Senior Living, Ryan Novaczyk oversees a company that manages 22 living communities across the Upper Midwest. Ryan Novaczyk also belongs to a range of industry organizations, including the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).