July 2017 Newsletter

July 6, 2017 Newsletter

Important Safety & Risk Management Case Study

The CWSAA Release of Liability waiver was in the spotlight of the BC Supreme Court in recent months.  The Jamieson v. Whistler Blackcomb mountain bike case gained media attention as the court found in favour of the ski area.  Attached is a summary of the decision, and the link to the reasons for judgement.  The case illustrates the critical importance for every ski area to ensure its safety and risk management plan meets the highest rigour.  This includes both providing recreational facilities at the safest standard, and as this case illustrates, clearly informing our guests of inherent risk in mountain activities.

More Details:

Summary outline of case. Credit:Continued Legal Education Society of BC.

Full Reasons for Judgement from Courts of BC website.

Fall Division Meetings

Meeting registration and agendas will be available by early August.  Stay tuned for a notification.

Hotel booking links are now live and available on the CWSAA website:

2018 Spring Conference

April 24 – 26, 2018 at Chateau Lake Louise

50th Anniversary

The Board of Directors has initiated a 50th anniversary working group to identify themes and activities at the Spring Conference.  Contact Andy Cohen, CWSAA BC-Yukon Director, if you’d like to assist.

Book your Accommodations

Don’t delay booking your accommodation for 2018 Spring Conference.  Special room rates at the Chateau Lake Louise start at $155, see details.

Spring Conference Dates

Over the past year, CWSAA has refined its conference planning and scheduling process.  It seeks to align its events to allow the maximum number of ski area and associate member participants.  See more details on the date selection.

Sept 2017 China Sales Mission

This is your invitation to the biggest market on the planet. This September, ski areas, suppliers and the Canadian Ski Council head to China.  Click here for more details.

Board of Directors Summer Meeting

The CWSAA Board of Directors met in Kelowna on June 21, 2017.  Chair Steve Paccagnan happily reports to members that the organisation is in a strong position.  “The association’s time and effort adhere strongly to the strategic directions approved by the Board as presented to the membership at the spring conference.  I wish to thank the volunteer directors for their time and commitment at this meeting, and for their committee and Board work throughout the year.”

Director update

Doug MacFarlane, Director of Operations at Whistler Blackcomb was appointed as a BC-Yukon Director on the CWSAA Board at the June 21, 2017 Board of Director Meeting.  Doug replaced Thierry Keable who served on the CWSAA Board for the 2016/17 season, and recently left Whistler Blackcomb.  Thank you to Thierry for his great contribution as a CWSAA Director, and congratulations to Doug for the recent appointment.

Health & Safety Training Needs Assessment

go2HR is conducting research to support a Health and Safety Training Needs Assessment for the Hospitality and Tourism Sector.  Ultimately, go2HR would like to ensure that the right type of health and safety training is available to you and your employees.  A key aspect of this project is an online survey of businesses to determine your health and safety training needs.  In mid-July, go2HR will be sending an email with an online survey link.  We encourage you to respond to the survey, as this will help go2HR determined critical training needs related to health and safety.

Icefields Trail

The Icefields Trail (www.icefieldstrail.ca)  is an initiative that enhances safe access in our national parks.  By extension, it reconfirms the suitability and appropriateness of skiing and snowboarding in our mountain parks.  View this video that is part of a campaign that illustrates various benefits, including safety, of a trail beside the highway connecting Jasper to Banff.

Places & Faces

Spoiler Alert……..Tune into July 11th episode of the Amazing Race Canada when teams visit the Vista Ridge’s Aerial Adventure Park. The episode was filmed on April 29th and explains why the Vista Ridge staff were absent for the Spring Conference. The episode features roadblocks in the Fort McMurray region and highlights some of the fire damage and repairs.  Pictured Vista Ridge staff with host Jon Montgomery.

Congratulations to Misery Mountain, in Peace River Alberta, for launching Mountain Biking.  Their new summer operations provide access to their terrain with up-hill assist from the t-bar!  Check it out.

Whitewater Ski Resort, near Nelson BC, recently began construction to replace the Summit Chair. The old double is being replaced by a new Leitner-Poma fixed-grip quad chairlift.  Images below courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort. Read more.

Closing day of the original Summit Chair with owners (left to right): Andrew Kyle, Dean Prodan, and Mitch Putnam. Photo Credit: Jim Barr.
Components of the new lift arrive at Whitewater.

Big White, east of Kelowna BC, will launch their new on-mountain Mountain Bike Park on August 4, however, their summer operations are now in full swing now.  On June 23 a new pump track was opened in the village, and hiking and weekend scenic chairlift rides are underway. Check it out.

HR Webinar input

Go2HR hosts webinar topics for tourism industry businesses. They are seeking input on relevant human resources topics to the ski industry.  Contact the CWSAA office or Arun Subramanian at go2HR with any topics you would like featured in an upcoming webinar.

Share your Photos

We are always looking for industry photos that represent the broad scope of small to large ski areas and all spectrums of the operation. In particular, learn to ski and operations photos are items we are currently seeking.  Do you have an online media gallery of photos?  Please send us a link.  Otherwise, send Cynthia [email protected] a few great shots!

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 27-28, 2017 – HeliCat Canada Fall Meeting, Sun Peaks, BC
  • Sept 28-29, 2017 – BC-Yukon CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Sun Peaks – hotel & event info
  • October 3-4, 2017 – ASM CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Canyon Ski Resort, Red Deer AB – hotel & event info
  • October 30, 2017- SSAOA Fall meeting, Asessippi, Manitoba
  • April 24-26, 2018 – CWSAA 50th Spring Conference & Trade Show, Lake Louise AB – hotel & event info
  • May 3-6, 2018 – NSAA National Convention, Florida