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2016 Annual Conference ♦ August 31 to September 2 ♦ Big Sky Resort, Montana

The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Big Sky, Montana -the little town that's next to everything (  This is an area full of adventures and entertainment options to suit a variety of individuals and families.  And of course there's Yellowstone National Park, where geologic wonders and rugged nature are in a day's visit.  The conference is scheduled to end on the Friday leading into the Labor Day Weekend so bring the family, stay the weekend and explore the many wonders of Big Sky!


The conference brochure, including registration form, can be downloaded by clicking here.  You can also register online (please read conference brochure first) by going to the online store and selecting the Annual Conference from the products list.



For the complete conference agenda please click here

Tuesday, August 30th

  • Board meeting
  • Storytelling at Montana Jacks

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Morning Workshop to develop actionable take-away communication, leadership, and teamwork skills for personal and professional use by each participant in their teams and airports.  Led by Brig. Gen. Kendall Switzer, USAF (Ret), CAPT Randy Duhrkopf, USN (Ret), & Chris Hahn, Ph.D., MBA

  • Golf Tournament or Lone Peak Tram Tour
  • Opening Reception

Thursday, September 1st

  • Conference Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Annual Banquet

Friday, September 2nd

  • Conference Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Airport Tour
  • Evening at Museum of the Rockies


Big Sky Resort is located midway between Bozeman (50 miles) and West Yellowstone (55 miles) on U.S. Route 191.  The Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport (BZN) is served by Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and United while the Yellowstone Airport (WYS) is served by Delta. 

For those arriving through BZN, Karst Stage provides shuttle service to Big Sky and is offering conference attendees a special rate (click here for details) or the following car rentals are available:  Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and National.

For those arriving through WYS, car rentals are available from Avis and Budget.

All conference activities will take place in the Missouri Ballroom located in the Yellowstone Conference Center.


A variety of lodging options are available to conference attendees at the Big Sky Resort and the below rates have been extended to our group 3 days prior/post meeting, pending availability.  Please note:  the conference officially ends in Big Sky at 1pm on Friday and activities will transition to Bozeman for the remainder of the afternoon/evening.  Attendees may elect to stay Friday night in Bozeman at any hotel of their choosing - see bottom of this page for some venues that have offered specials. 

To make a lodging reservation at the Big Sky Resort please call 800-548-4486, use Option 2, and reference the NWAAAE Conference.  To see the Big Sky Lodging Map – click here

 Huntley Lodge            Guests/room       1          2            3          4          5          6

First Class       2-Queens         $149    $149    $159    $169

Huntley Loft      3-Queens         $179    $179    $189    $199    $209    $219

 The Summit at Big Sky          Guests/room                     1          2          3          4          5          6         

            Studio                              1-2 guests                    $179    $179

            Hotel 2 Queen                2-4 guests                    $199    $199    $209    $219

            Hotel 1 King                    2-4 guests                    $209    $209

            1 Bedroom Suite            2-6 guests                    $249

            2 Bedroom Suite            4-6 guests                    $339

            3 Bedroom Suite            6-8 guests                    $429

 Shoshone Condominiums    

            1 Bedroom Suite             2-4 guests                    $209

            1 Bedroom + Loft            2-6 guests                    $289

 Village Center                         Guests/room                      1          2

            Studio                              1-2 guests                    $179    $179

            1 Bedroom Suite           2-6 guests                    $249

            2 Bedroom Suite           4-6 guests                    $339

            3 Bedroom Suite           6-8 guests                    $429


Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities at the NWAAAE Annual Conference please download the 2016 Sponsorship Form here.


Exhibitor Information 

There are currently no available spaces left in the exhibit hall - to be placed on a waiting list please email




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