Christopher Nicolson

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Recruiting: Remember to post your position on the CWSAA Job Board

The story is the same.  I ask businesses what poses their biggest challenge.  And across the west, ‘finding staff’ is the response almost every time. Cypress Mountain effectively uses high visibility signage for continuous recruiting. Recently a business operator told me of his frustration because they were compromising the quality of housekeeping in a property…

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Places & Faces: Grouse Mountain

The tram up Grouse Mountain is a brisk 4 minute ride from North Vancouver to the subalpine of the Coast Mountains above the city.  Grouse has become an iconic player in the Vancouver tourism industry and is as much defined by its summer attractions as its winter activities. In July 2017, Grouse Mountain announced its…

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US Ski Industry Leadership

The recent National Ski Areas Association conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Rocky Mountain Lift Association conference in Grand Junction, Colorado were significant in many ways.  First, both conferences revealed many collective opportunities and challenges north and south of the border.  These included growing summer experiences, safety and risk management best practices, securing staff, and managing…

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Places & Faces: Murray Ridge

Murray Ridge overlooks the town of Fort St. James, just north of Vanderhoof on BC's Highway 16.  It is home to the longest TBar in North America, with a haul rope just shy of 4 km long (3950m) which runs at 3.4 metres / second.  The operation is run by a not-for-profit society and relies…

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Places & Faces: Shames Mountain

Shames Mountain is located west of Terrace, BC at the end of a valley hanging above Highway 16 and the Skeena River.  It includes a Mueller double chair, Tbar, handle tow, and a couple of skier service buildings for cafeteria and equipment rental.  Its location in the Coast Mountains lends itself to extensive backcountry touring…

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Places & Faces: Tabor Mountain

Tabor Mountain is located 15 minutes east of Prince George along Highway 16 and was a host venue for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.   The family run ski area is owned by Fern Thibault.  Fern's original trade was at one of the local plants, and he used to run the ski school on his days…