The Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the Ski Areas of Western Canada. Its primary areas of focus are safety and risk management, advocacy, industry growth and communications.

CWSAA was founded in 1967 and incorporated in 1973, under the Canada Corporations Act. At the May 12, 2014 CWSAA AGM members approved new By-laws and Articles of Continuance to facilitate a migration to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. CWSAA filed the required forms with Corporations Canada on May 26, 2014 and received a Certificate of Continuance on June 3, 2014.

As of 2024, CWSAA represents 268 Members, including 120 ski areas and 148 suppliers to the ski industry. This outstanding level of member support allows CWSAA to provide a strong and unified voice for the Western Canadian Ski Industry.

Ski areas in Western Canada attract 10 million alpine skier visits, generate $2.5 billion in spending annually.  They employ over 27,000 people (22,590 FTEs) and provide an economic cornerstone for the winter tourism industry.


Our members are thriving and prosperous


To ensure the viability of our members in the alpine industry.

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CWSAA Members

Click here for a list of CWSAA Ski Areas and Associate Members

CWSAA Corporate Values

Our Organisation, Board and Staff are guided by the following values:


  • CWSAA acts with integrity, and is trusted by members, stakeholders and colleagues.


  • CWSAA is welcoming and supports all communities, gender identities, abilities and other diversities in all that we do with respect, fairness, and dignity.


  • CWSAA is responsive and relevant to the needs of membership.


  • CWSAA is committed to action that supports responsible stewardship.

Employment in the ski industry

Thinking about a career in the ski industry?

From ski patroller, ski instructor to chef or heavy duty mechanic, work where you play and join the ski industry!  There are many positions available right now at ski areas across Western Canada.