December 2018 Newsletter

December 6, 2018 Newsletter

Spring Conference 2019

The 2019 Spring Conference website is now live!  Exhibitor information, pricing and a high level draft schedule of events is now online.

Become a conference sponsor by January 11 and get first choice of trade show booths (plus many other great benefits).  Sponsorship enrollment is now active.

Conference registration will open on January 23, 2019!

CWSAA Awards

call for nominations 

Do you work with someone with an exceptional level of initiative or someone that has dedicated their life to the development of the ski industry?

There are so many extraordinary individuals in the ski industry and each year the CWSAA Board recognizes individuals nominated by their peers.

Nominations are due on January 6, 2019 for the Jim Marshall Leadership Award andLars Fossberg Excellence Award.

Small Areas Assistance

Ski Areas under 20,000 skier visits can submit a letter to request assistance for the Spring Conference by January 6, 2019 to [email protected].  For details on the Small Areas fund, please see our website.

A big shout out to SilverStar Mountain Resort who have pledged to support the Small Areas Assistance Fund with a $1500 donation.

The Small Areas Assistance Fund is funded through the silent auction at the Spring Conference and generous donations.  We are currently looking for industry champions to help solicit prizing and organize the silent auction.  Please let us know if you’d like to be a champion for the Silent Auction.

Lift Safety

Special thanks to Nav Chahal (Photo right) of Technical Safety BC and Dean McKernon of AEDARSA for their contribution to the printing costs of the new lift safety signage.  The national signage was presented at the fall meetings and developed by the Ontario Ski Resort Association and TSSA to which we owe appreciation. Stay tuned for updates on when these new educational signs will be available.

This complements the new initiative by TSBC, AEDARSA, Selkirk College, and CWSAA to update the lift safety courses.  Bob Bell has been hired by Selkirk College to assist with this work.

National Ski & Snowboard Day (NSSD)

Sunday January 27, 2019

The Canadian Ski Council is participating in NSSD with a new skier/snowboarder activation. Canada’s Largest Lesson will encourage every ski area in Canada to hold Never Ever Day Lessons, and a prize of $5000 will be awarded to the Ski Area that holds the best event.  Ski Areas can find out more and sign up for contest by registering their event HERE.

Never Ever Days will begin registration and marketing next week.  Have you signed up to have event(s) at your Ski Area?  It’s not too late to join, there’s still time for ski areas to register for this winter HERE.  You can choose to hold one Never Ever Day, or several through the season.  Click on the image right, to download it.  More marketing materials will be available later this month!

CWSAA Vehicle Partner

For some people, the barrier to learning to ski and snowboard is related to driving snowy mountain roads.  Check out this month’s tips from DRIVING FORCE – its great article to share with guests to help inspire confidence while driving to our ski areas. “Are you ready to hit the slopes?”

Employee Safety Feature

Encouraging your employees to make healthy choices is a good step in injury prevention.  Many ski area jobs are quite physical – proper nutrition and warm ups can go a long way to reducing injuries and fatigue.

There are many great ski and snowboard fitness and warm up programs that have been developed.  Do you incorporate one into your pre-shift?  Have you shared tools with your staff to do on their own time?  Here is one from Back in Action Physiotherapy, called the SKIRAD (Ski ready & Avoid Damage) exercise program, they also have an app that could be downloaded to your mobile device.

What does your Ski Area do to support Health and Safety in your workplace?  Share your ideas and success stories with us: [email protected]

Do Alcohol, Cannabis, and Holiday Parties Mix?

It is that time of year.  The following links provide ski areas good suggestions on planning staff events:

Thanks to go2HR for these resources!

Ski Industry Economic Impact

CWSAA joined forces with HeliCat Canada on a recent visit to the BC Legislature to introduce the ski industry to FLNRORD’s new Deputy Minister John Allan and ADM Matt Austin, and to several ministries and party caucuses. Thanks to our friends at Ecosign Mountain Planners and Align Consulting, CWSAA was able to share that the ski industry in Western Canada annually creates:

  • $2.1 billion in economic activity
  • 18,853 jobs (full time equivalents)
  • $876 million in wages paid
  • $294 million in tax contributions to government

The delegation included Christopher Nicolson CWSAA, Chris McNamara HeliCat Canada, Walt Judas Tourism Industry Association of BC, Ross Cloutier HeliCat Canada (left to right).

This serves as a reminder to invite local government officials to ski area events to enhance understanding of the benefits our ski industry delivers to communities.  Examples may include inviting local or provincial government officials to community functions or ski area fundraisers.  Most recently, Big White hosted a tour for local MLAs to showcase the many new developments including a new ski lift and village improvements.

During ski area visits in the coming year, CWSAA will offer to meet with ski areas and their local officials together.  This provides an opportunity to build government relationships with the ski area, convey local ski area priorities and challenges, and share the broader context of the ski industry its positive impact on communities.

A Dram for Jimmie

A reminder, to RSVP by January 15th for this special gathering.

Click Here for more information.

***  For those expecting to attend, please book your accommodation at SilverStar now.  Some accommodation options for these dates are already sold out!!!

Places & Faces

The Board of Tawatinaw Valley has announced Steve Kimpton as their new General Manager.  Steve has background in HR, operations, maintenance and safety and has spent time in Fernie and Blackstrap (Saskatchewan).  The team has begun snowmaking and have had tremendous support from community businesses and organizations. See Announcement.

Welcome to Dallas Ostram and Miriam MacIver that join the Optimist Snow Park in Saskatoon.  Both have experience at other ski areas and are pushing ahead to open the new ski area in January 2019.  The team has been very busy this week installing the first conveyor lift.

He still has a full winter ahead of him, but news of Dave Gibson’s pending retirement at Marmot Basin is circulating quickly through the industry.  Dave will continue leading his team as CEO through June 2019, so there is lots of time before congratulations are due for this industry leader.

The Des Schumann Summit Express recently kicked off its inaugural winter operations at SilverStar Mountain Resort. The new gondola was a huge draw for summer operations and proved an equally valuable asset during its first week of winter operations.

Manning Park Resort (BC) will be installing a new Doppelmayr quad chair.  The new quad chair will replace the 1970 Orange Chair for the Winter 2019/20 season.  Manning has also invested this year in brush cutting, entrance widening and run reclaiming and a new terrain park.  See Announcement.

The Canadian Ski Patrol welcomes Bruce Robinson as President & CEO.  See announcement.

The CSIA’s new Managing Director is Perry Schmunk. See announcement.

It was all smiles for GM Darcy Alexander and his team as Sun Peaks successfully flew in towers to the new Orient Ridge quad lift this week.  The resort is also nearing completion of its new 82-person staff housing complex.

Congratulations to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for winning go2HRs North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Team Champion Award. The team of Lindsay McIntyre, Devin Knopf and Mario Daigle at Revelstoke Mountain Resort went above and beyond in their safety efforts with recommendations to management, writing of new or changing policies and procedures.

Upcoming Events

  • January 27, 2019 – National Ski & Snowboard Day!
  • March 15, 2019 – A “Dram” for Jimmie Spencer, SilverStar BC
  • 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, Ontario
  • Oct 27-28, 2019 – SSAOA, Table Mountain
  • April 28-30, 2020 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Whistler BC