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Remembering Industry Pioneers

In July 2021, our CWSAA ski family lost two of its industry greats. Peter Alder, 1930-2021 Mike Wiegele, 1938-2021 Peter and Mike spent their entire lives sharing their passion, talents and ambition for skiing with the industry.  Their legacies have touched so many in the ski industry.  As such both Peter and Mike were recognized…

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CWSAA New Board of Directors

On Wednesday July 7th, 2021, CWSAA held its Annual General Meeting virtually. CWSAA is pleased to welcome three new Directors elected to the CWSAA Board during Wednesday’s meeting: BC-Yukon Division Director, Darcy Arnold, Big White Resort Director at Large, Katherine Seleski, Pass PowderKeg Ski Area Helicopter-Cat Skiing Division Director, Dave Morrison, Island Lake Lodge All…

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2021 CWSAA Awards Recipients

The CWSAA Board of Directors has selected and congratulates three award recipients this year.  During April 27 & April 29 virtual conference Awards & Industry Showcase events, the 2021 recipients were announced and recognized through special video presentations.  The recipients of the 2021 CWSAA Awards are: 2021 Lars Fossberg Excellence Award – Sam Oettli 2021…

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Government and BC Ski Community Collaboration

February 10, 2021 Attn: CWSAA Members The last eleven months of intense industry preparation and exhaustive operations management has allowed our 92 ski areas to successfully serve families and communities throughout the west.  The ski sector continues to be viewed as a leader in its attention to risk and safety management, and as cited repeatedly…


2020 Member Services Feedback

Each spring, by way of survey, CWSAA reaches out the membership to find out how we can best serve the membership and current areas of priority.  Given the unprecedented global situation, additional focus was added related to COVID-19.  This year, 69 members participated in the survey. Members continue to report an increase in how familiar…

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2020-21 CWSAA Board of Directors

On Wednesday August 19, 2020, CWSAA held its Annual General Meeting virtually.  Over 75 individuals participated. CWSAA is excited to welcome four new Directors elected to the CWSAA Board during Wednesday’s meeting: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (ASM) Division Director Kim Jones, WinSport Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (ASM) Division Director Penny Lindballe, Valley Ski Club BC-Yukon Division Director…

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2020 CWSAA Awards Recipients

April 30, 2020 Each year, CWSAA recognizes extraordinary leaders in the Western Canadian ski industry. Like every other year, there were so many names put forward that are deserving of recognition. Unlike before, this year, the awards could not be announced and celebrated in person.  The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced every event worldwide to…

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Employee Safety: Lift Operations

Lifting Lift Ops Safety to New Heights Lift operators have some of the most frequent interactions with guests at ski areas. Making sure that these workers are happy and safe at work will help to create a positive guest experience and shine a light on your resort. As with many jobs, there can be a conflict…

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Places & Faces: Mt Timothy

Mt. Timothy’s new General Manager Walter Bramsleven was introduced to ski area colleagues at last year’s spring conference. As a past senior executive from the log home industry, the ever-smiling Walter is always game for new adventures. He loves being in the centre of the action and is omnipresent from his central base in the…

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Reduce the impact: Transportation

Reduce the impact: transporting people to and from resorts As stewards of the land, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) members take a serious responsibility to protect the biodiversity in each area, minimizing pollution and reducing their impact on the land, wildlife, air and water. Throughout the winter, we are highlighting leading examples from various…