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Places & Faces: Fairmont Hot Springs

Fairmont ski area’s General Manager Peter Harding, and Snowsports Director Chris Veen were feeling great for a couple reasons when CWSAA visited last week. They were just about to receive a new low hours Bison X groomer, and Mother Nature had just delivered a dump of fresh pow…and they had ski boots on. Fairmont has […]

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Places & Faces: Panorama

Immediate Past Chair of CWSAA and Panorama President Steve Paccagnan can be incredibly proud of his ski area. The riding is big. In recent years, it has complemented its well earned reputation for grooming, cruising, and national team training with expansive terrain in Sun Bowl, Dream Zone, and Taynton Bowl, and now features cat access […]

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Places & Faces: Kicking Horse

The cool factor and street cred immediately kicks in when Kicking Horse’s GM, Mike Rubenstein, follows patrol procedure and grabs a self rescue bag of rope as he gets on a lift. This routine lives on from his extensive patrol and avalanche background, and he remains intimately close to the operations and avi terrain assessment. […]

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Places & Faces: Kimberley

CWSAA Directors that rip! Good luck keeping up with Director Kim Locke. And our Chair Andre Quenneville…forget about it! General Manager Ted Funston toured the CWSAA Board around Kimberley Alpine Resort’s monstrous fall line runs during its winter Board meeting. The Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Resort has huge terrain serviced by a Leitner high speed […]

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Places & Faces: Summit Lake

CWSAA was very fortunate to recently spend the afternoon with the exceptional volunteer directors at Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area near Nakusp. Eric, Mike, Dan, Chantel, Mel, Butch, and Turtle (Rob Stevens) were good to spend their Sunday on the snow with CWSAA while local kids buzzed all over the slopes. It’s got a great community […]

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Places & Faces: Pass Powderkeg

CWSAA was able to join Katherine and the Pass Powderkeg team during their new After School program lessons.  This is the first year offering the Riversdale Rippers, a five week after-school lesson program for children 6-16. After checking out the After School program, we caught a few extra laps of night skiing then enjoyed some […]

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Faces & Places: Sun Peaks Mountain Biking

Sun Peaks BC will be the venue for the first CWSAA Mountain Bike Operations Workshop on October 2 & 3 scheduled in conjunction with the CWSAA BC-Yukon Fall Meeting on October 1 & 2. CWSAA had the opportunity to join Chief Marketing Officer Aidan Kelly on a tour of Sun Peaks’ new 9 kilometre Green […]

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Places & Faces: SilverStar Schumann Gondola

The history of many ski areas is marked with break through moments.  Some are accidental, and some are strategically crafted.  In time, the SilverStar community may look back on July 14, 2018 as one of those moments. It was the day SilverStar opened the Schumann Summit Express Gondola.  The Doppelmayr lift top and bottom stations […]

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Places & Faces: Mt Washington Summer Ops

George, Tim, Dean, and Pete (left to right above) form part of the management team at Mount Washington.  George Trousdell, Director of Operations, has been a long-time contributor to CWSAA committees.  Dean Prentice is the new GM replacing Peter Gibson following retirement from his 40 year tenure at Mt Washington. Mt Washington has applied a […]

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Places & Faces: Summer Operations at Big White

Now in it’s third season of summer operations, Big White continues to grow their activities and events.  Diversifying ski areas operations to include summer activities and events is becoming a trend to ensure the long-term sustainability of resorts.  A lot of work goes into developing a summer operation, and for Big White they began with […]