April 2019 Newsletter

April 3, 2019 Newsletter

Spring Conference – just 3 weeks away

There is still time to register, however, it would be greatly appreciated for all attendees to register ASAP so the CWSAA can have your name badge ready, and be prepared for accurate numbers!

For those already registered for the Spring Conference, please be sure to review your registration and social events selected.  Please let us know if you have any changes to make.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Small Areas Auction

Are you planning on donating an item to the Small Areas Auction?  Please let us know in advance so that we can create a sign for your item and recognize your contribution.  Please send a brief description and the value to [email protected] ASAP, and then bring your item to the registration desk at the conference!

This year, in addition to the silent auction, a few items will auctioned live during the awards dinner!

Auction Item Sneak Peak!

As a small areas themselves, Misery Mountain wanted to support the auction with a very innovative item – they will be donating the naming of a run.  Take a look HERE and start thinking of your name ideas!

Snowmaking Session Survey

There is fantastic energy from the working group developing a Spring Conference session on snowmaking. In order to develop the best session, they are asking operations managers and staff for input on snowmaking topics.  If you haven’t already, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8YJKY9T

Vehicle Rentals & Lease

As ski areas finalize their plans for summer projects that may require extra vehicle support, this is a reminder that CWSAA members receive discounts on DRIVING FORCE rental vehicles.  DRIVING FORCE also specializes in lease vehicles for outdoor workplaces.  Contact Dan Clark at 780-641-1124.

Alberta Election

CWSAA distributed a one page brief to Alberta Ski Area GMs on March 22 with Alberta ski industry facts, key messages, advocacy priorities, and tips on how to engage with the provincial election.  The intent is to support consistent ski industry messaging, increase your ski area profile, and complement any effort in local ridings.  Albertans go to the polls on Tuesday April 16.

Year-end Reporting

As the season comes to a close for many, we ask Ski Areas to promptly submit annual skier visitation and Competitor Pass usage.  Individual ski area visitation information is kept strictly confidential. Aggregated skier visits by province will be published in the Fall. The form was circulated to all General Managers on March 27.  Please submit to Cynthia at [email protected] upon closing.

New Members

CWSAA welcomes new members Alpine Canada Alpin, JPrep Online, Only Sky, Accesso Technology Group, and Zincton Mountain Village.

We look forward to meeting representatives from many of these businesses at the Spring Conference.

AGM Notice

The CWSAA Notice of Members’ AGM was circulated by email on March 26.

The meeting will take place:

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PST.
Place:    Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC

Please note, only CWSAA members in good standing (paid 2019-2020 membership dues) are eligible to vote at the AGM.

Pay Dues Online

A reminder that membership dues for 2019/20 were due on March 31.  Please ensure your dues are current prior to attending the conference.  Dues can be paid online HERE, or by cheque to our office at 300-1726 Dolphin Ave Kelowna V1Y 9R9.

Ski Industry Photos

We’re looking for ski industry photos that show the diversity of our ski areas, jobs and activities.  If you have photos that CWSAA can use for our website, social, materials etc, please share with us at [email protected].  Examples could include lift operations, maintenance, snow mobile / cat operation, shoveling, training, snow making, etc

Places & Faces

Have you got some big news?  Be sure to share with us any senior management promotions, new infrastructure announcements, awards/accolades or exciting events!  Please include [email protected] in your newsletter list and any news releases.

Congratulations to Dan Wilson, who is now taken on the position of GM for Vista Ridge (Alberta).  After a season back in New Zealand, Kevin Grogan will return to Vista Ridge, has handed over the reins of GM, and will continue on as manager of Capital Projects.

Sasquatch Mountain (BC) is replacing their Skyline double Chair with a brand new fixed Quad.  They expect the installation to be complete by November 2019 in time for the 2019-20 season.

Fairview (Alberta) has just completed the first-stage of construction for snow making.  A water reservoir has now been dug and filled on the hill.

Kinosoo Ridge in Cold Lake, has recently announced the addition of an aerial adventure park.  They expect to begin construction next spring.

RED Mountain is expanding with the addition of the Topping Triple Chair which will improve accessibility to Grey Mountain and add 6 new runs.   Read More.

Congratulations to Arlene Keis, CEO of go2HR, who was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the TIABC conference.  Read the Media Release.

Bruce Haynes has announced his upcoming retirement from the Ontario Snow Resorts Association (OSRA).  Bruce will continue to work with OSRA until December to ensure a smooth transition to a new President. Read the Announcement.

Congratulations to CMH Heli Skiing for winning the 2019 TIABC Remarkable Experiences Award.

Upcoming Events

  • April 23-25, 2019 -PNSAA, Wenatchee Washington
  • April 24-26, 2019 – CWSAA 2019 Spring Conference, Whistler BC
  • April 29-May 2, 2019 – NSAA 2019 National Convention & Tradeshow, San Diego CA
  • May 6, 2019 – HeliCat Spring Meeting, Penticton BC
  • May 6-10, 2019 – Canadian Avalanche Association, Penticton BC
  • May 6-9, 2019 – RMLA, Grand Junction CO
  • May 8-10, 2019 – InterAlpin, Innsbruck Austria
  • May 21-23, 2019 – OSRA Spring Conference, Hockley Valley Resort Ontario
  • Sept 24-25, 2019 – CWSAA ASM Fall Division Meeting, Snow Valley Edmonton
  • Oct 1-2, 2019 – CWSAA Mountain Bike Workshop, SilverStar Mountain
  • Oct 2-3, 2019 – CWSAA BCY Fall Division Meeting, SilverStar Mountain
  • Oct 21-22, 2019 – HeliCat Fall Meeting
  • Oct 27-28, 2019 – SSAOA, Table Mountain
  • April 28-30, 2020 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Whistler BC

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