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gob·smacked: ɡäbˌsmakt / adjective

gob·smacked:   ɡäbˌsmakt / adjective

gob·smacked:   ɡäbˌsmakt / adjective;    overawed, speechless, extraordinary.   A pretty good word for our  host mountains and venue for the CWSAA spring conference April 25 – 27, 2017.

Yes, we are going to feel right at home here in the mountains.  CWSAA is going to be gathering this April during its 49th year, at the home of Canadian mountaineering, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, figuring out ways to make skiing and snowboarding better than it already is.  Someone pinch me!

CWSAA recently met with ski area operators around Lake Louise and Banff, and toured the facilities for the spring conference.  The Conference sponsorship details have been emailed to members with a January 27th deadline for preferred trade show space (contact CWSAA office for details).  Members will be notified by email as the conference outline is confirmed in the coming days.

Below is a sneak peek at some of the venues.

This is the arrivals and check-in area at the Chateau Lake Louise. FYI – the underground parking has 7’0″ clearance.

Please do not delay to book your room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to get our very special rate starting at $139.  There are limited number of rooms.

An outdoor bar in April may look slightly different than a January ice bar, but the spectacular view is the same.


It will be in the beautiful Victoria Room where we find out which of our peers are recognised with the Lars Fossberg and Jim Marshall awards.
The tradeshow will be hosted in the Mt. Temple Ballroom. Inspiration comes easily from the lobby views, and the room’s wall murals.


One of the wall murals is of one of the most classic alpine huts in Canada…Abbot Hut in Abbot Pass between Lake O’Hara and Lake Louise. I know some of our conference delegates have overnighted in this spectacular perch.



This place even has a topo map of the Beehive trail on the wall.  It will be difficult to pull folks away from planning their alpine routes.


Not just the lobbies, but even the meeting rooms have inspiring mountain scene wall murals.


There are multiple F&B venues at the Chateau.  The Lago Restaurant is an option for corporate functions and divides into multiple sections as needed.


The Alpine Room makes for a great break out room or ideal hospitality room for corporate partners.
I expect the Stube will need no introduction to many of our delegates.  I believe they may have one or two single malts on their list.


The Fairview Room’s name is a little understated.


Dave, Christopher, Jason, Andre, Dave, Kim & Ralph, took one for the team and did a test run in the Kuma Yama Sushi Restaurant in the 10 Peaks Lodge at Lake Louise. The food was exceptional.  Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, and Sunshine all provide options for off site mountain venues.


CWSAA’s Dawn and Cynthia cleverly scouted out this fab casual vibe venue next to the Chateau for a social event.


Stewart Laver and Al Matheson at Sunshine Village are very excited about some of the on snow sessions they are planning for delegates.


Rocket Miller, Chris DeWitt, & Patrick Fournier are welcoming CWSAA to their slopes, lifts, and  deluxe Lake Louise maintenance shop for some of the hands on sessions.

I think Eric, Pat, and the conference social event crew are going to be excited to hear what Rocket is proposing for an evening social…stay tuned.






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