December 7, 2017 – Newsletter

December 7, 2017 Newsletter

50th Annual CWSAA Spring Conference

In just over 4 months hundreds of ski industry professionals will be gathered for the 50th Annual CWSAA Spring Conference. Check out the Conference website regularly as the exciting program is developed. Now available:

  • Book your accommodation starting at $155 per night.
  • Become a conference sponsor & get first choice of trade show booths (plus many other great benefits).

This year, there has been alot of extra value into the conference package. We’ve reviewed all the feedback from last year and made changes to the conference meals accordingly. Now 4 full dinners are included, plus the 3 days of conference meals. There will also be bacon or sausage with all breakfasts! All this fantastic food, plus 3 days of conference sessions for $549.  Registration will open on January 23.  Stay tuned for more information!

Nominations for CWSAA Awards

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 8, 2018.  See links below for details on the awards and how to nominate someone:

Check our address

Last year the CWSAA office moved.  Mail is no longer being forwarded.  Please ensure all your records include our current address:

#300 – 1726 Dolphin Ave, Kelowna BC, V1Y 9R9

Update to Exclusion of Liability Signage

Please reference a CWSAA memo to all Ski Area General Managers on November 22.  The new signage will be phased in over the next year.  Please contact the office with any questions.

Never Ever Days kick off

The national Never Ever Days website will be opening up for participants to book their lesson in the coming days.  Ski Areas can still sign up to host a Never Ever Days event HERE.  You can choose how many days you offer a Never Ever Days lesson, and this year we’ll be putting additional promotion around World Snow Day (January 21).

The Canadian Ski Council has lots of great digital resources (like the ad shown here) to help you promote Never Ever Days, Grade 4/5 Snowpass & Discover Lessons.  Download them here.

Explosives Storage

Thanks to SilverStar, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke and Whistler for hosting representatives from Natural Resources Canada ERD division. The site visits with the ski area avalanche teams reviewed transportation and storage procedures for avalanche control work and helped illuminate the unique needs of our industry.  Continued thanks to Joe Obad from Canadian Avalanche Association for his leadership and cooperation on this file.

Short-term Rental Policy

Most destinations are trying to define how to regulate short-term accommodation rentals. In many cases, off-market accommodations (ie airbnb, VRBO etc) do not participate in marketing contributions (local hotel tax), and rooms used for nightly vacation rentals accentuates the lack of inventory for staff. Many municipal destinations are looking at bylaws to address short-term rentals.   Nelson, Rossland, and Vancouver are some examples of communities that have passed bylaws (see links for their respective policies) to deal with short-term accommodation rentals. Canada West has maintained its support for a level playing-field for all accommodators (eg equal taxes).  Ski areas may wish to review these bylaws with their own municipalities in search of a local solution.

Amusement Safety Seminar – February 2018

The PNE will be offering a NAARSO-approved training February 19 to 23, 2018 in Vancouver!  This safety seminar is tailored to the amusement industry such as waterslides, aerial parks, inflated devices, ziplines, and mountain coasters. It will provide participants with 34 hours of instruction over the course of 5 days.  The registration cost is $350.00 which includes breakfast and lunch daily, and a banquet dinner on the last day.  It will wrap up with NAARSO Level I & II certification exams for those participants interested (at an extra fee).  Register or see more information here.

Alberta Bill 30

The Alberta government is proposing changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act.  There are proposed changes around mental health regulation as discussed at the ASM fall meeting, and active safety committees and incident reporting.  If passed, workers’ compensation changes would be effective Jan 1, 2018 and occupational health and safety changes for June 1, 2018.  Read More.

Technical Safety BC bulletin

Technical Safety BC has issued information bulletin, IB-PR-2017-03 (see link).  This information bulletin outlines the process for pre-season declarations which will assist in the auditing and inspecting of passenger ropeways.

Places & Faces

Following an inspiring career of 24 years at Hyatt and 23 years at Whistler Blackcomb, Doug Forseth was recently celebrated and recognised for his success, leadership, and mentorship of a generation. Doug is a past Board Chair of CWSAA and recipient of the Jim Marshall Award. His mantra “do the right thing” was referenced by many presenters at the retirement celebration. Congratulations and thank you Doug.

Fred Bosinger was honored at the Lake Louise World Cup last week with the 2017 Winterstart Award.  Fred, a long time “Sled Dog,” was instrumental in the CWSAA competitor pass program, which he ran for 23 years.   His exceptional dedication to the ski industry has also been recognized with a 2004 CWSAA Jim Marshall award, and 2016 Alberta Alpine Lifelong Sport Builder Award among other accolades.  Fred spent time at RED Mountain in Rossland, prior to becoming VP of Operations and General Manager at Sunshine Village.  Congratulations Fred on this honor and thank you for all that you have given to the sport.

Congratulations to go2HR for completion of their COR certification in recognition to their commitment to workplace safety.  Read the News Release.

Congratulations to Darcy Alexander, Vivek Sharma, and the team at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre for being recognized as the Business of the Year at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.  The venue is familiar to members as it has played host to many CWSAA events since 2004.  See TIAC News Release.

It takes a the support of many volunteers to run a community ski hill.  Kudos to all the community partners and volunteers that work through the night manning the snow guns, spend their weekends working on the lifts and their days serving food in the concessions.

Big shout-out to Fairview Ski Area (Alberta) opening this weekend (pictured here!).

Vail Resorts, the owner of Whistler Blackcomb just announced it will install a new 10-passenger gondola that will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend from the base to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, terminating adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.  The Emerald Express will be replaced with a new six-passenger high-speed lift, and the existing Catskinner triple-passenger lift will be replaced with a four-passenger, high-speed lift. Read the News Release.

Upcoming Events

  • April 18-20, 2018 – Mountain Planet International Mountain Development Fair, Grenoble France
  • April 24-26, 2018 – CWSAA 50th Spring Conference & Trade Show, Lake Louise AB
  • April 24 – 26, 2018 – PNSAA, Bend OR
  • April 30, 2018 – HeliCat Canada Spring Meeting, Penticton BC
  • May 3-6, 2018 – NSAA National Convention, Florida
  • May 7 -10 , 2018 – RMLA, Grand Junction CO
  • Oct 28-29, 2018 – SSAOA, Springhill Winter Park MB

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