February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 Newsletter

Spring Conference Registration Now Open

CWSAA 49th Annual Spring Conference will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from April 25 – 27, 2017.  We have an outstanding line-up of speakers, covering all major aspects of the ski industry and great social events for networking.  There’s still some room to book a booth at the Trade Show.

Don’t miss out – Early bird prices are only available until February 28, 2017.  There’s limited special accommodation rates available.  Click here for more conference information.

Thank you to the Board of Directors

Andre, Patric, Christopher & Stewart

The CWSAA Board of Directors met in mid January in Nelson, BC.  Many Board meetings are odd hour conference calls or four wall meetings pouring though policies, reports, and financials.  However, thanks to HeliCat Division Chair Patric Maloney, the day and a half indoor meeting last month was complemented with cat skiing at Valhalla Powdercats.  Read the Blog Post

BC Family Day

BC Family Day was celebrated this past weekend by Ski Areas across BC offering 50% day tickets to BC residents and many hosting special events.  CWSAA continues to advocate for the placement of this holiday on the second Monday in February to avoid overlap with other provincial and US holidays.  A letter was sent to the premier prior to the holiday, and a follow up letter is being prepared this week.   CWSAA also worked with Destination BC to prepare a news release about the holiday.  There was a number of media calls during the weekend to ski areas as well as CWSAA regarding the timing of the weekend, as the date alignment controversy continues to flutter up each year.

Alberta Advocacy

Alberta destination ski areas gathered at Lake Louise in mid January to identify collective opportunities through the provincial government.  Carbon tax incentives, energy costs, staff lodging, and Travel Alberta funding were identified as priorities and provide direction for CWSAA advocacy efforts.  Shared initiatives were also identified with a presentation from Darren Reeder of the Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association.

Photo:  Dave Riley (left), Jason Paterson (CWSAA Director), Andre Quenneville (CWSAA ASM Chair), Dave Gibson, Kim Locke    Missing: Ralph Scurfield, Shawn Balog (CWSAA Director)

Canadian Ski Patrol Snow Angel Event

Congratulations to everyone who came out to the CSP’s Snow Angel Guiness Book attempt on February 4.  According to a facebook post, 7058 snow angels were documented.  Unfortunately that didn’t break the record of 15,851.  The event is a great media opportunity to raise awareness of the life-saving work undertaken by the 4,500 volunteer ski patrollers providing advanced first aid and rescue services at more than 220 ski areas across Canada.

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Places & Faces

Cypress Mountain welcomes Russell Chamberlain as the mountain’s President and CEO.  We wish Bobby Swain a wonderful semi-retirement (he will continue to consult in the industry).

MountainGuard Insurance recently announced the promotion of Tim Hendrickson to Senior Vice President responsible for Western North America operations.  Tim is familar face to CWSAA conferences and division meetings, and resides in Utah.

Don Sharpe recently joined Holiday Trails Resorts (parent company of Manning Park Ski Area, in addition to six RV/campgrounds, a water park and a motel).  Don made the move from Mount Washington, where he spent almost 17 years, most recently as the Director of Business Operations and Marketing.

CWSAA Human Resources Committee worked through hard hitting policy issues at an all day work session at Big White in late January.  The committee also finalised the HR workshop topics to be presented at the spring conference.  Committee members include: Alison Crick, Chair, Emily Oxley, Vice Chair, Karen Bauchham, Jennifer Deckers, Christopher Nicolson, Sam Hicks, and go2 HR’s Stephanie Mallalieu and Ginger Brunner.

Shames Mountain was named in the top 10 for the Small Business BC’s Best Community Impact Award.  The nominees were chosen as businesses that have taken positive action to invest in their community and sees social responsibility as an integral part of the business’ success.

Mount Joy is seeking assistance to find powerbase bindings for their snowboard rental equipment.  These bindings are now obsolete.  If you’ve used them, please check your supplies to see if you have any that could be donated to Mount Joy.  Contact Clark Bunko at [email protected] 

It’s great to see how so many Ski Areas come together to support each other.  A big shout out to Whistler Blackcomb for donating skis and SilverStar for donating ski boots to the Clearwater Ski Hill rental shop.

Upcoming Events

  • February 21, 2017 – go2 HR OHS webinar Safety Culture
  • February 22 – 24, 2017- Tourism Industry Association of BC Conference, Victoria, BC
  • March 26 – March 31, 2017 – 2017 CADS Ski & Snowboard Festival, Sun Peaks, BC
  • March 26 – April 1, 2017 – Mountain Travel Symposium, Banff, AB
  • March 30 – April 2, 2017 – CSP Leadership Conference 2017, Big White, BC
  • April 25 – 27, 2017 – CWSAA Spring Conference & Trade Show, Lake Louise, AB
  • May 1, 2017 – HeliCat Canada Spring Meeting, Penticton, BC
  • May 5 – 8, 2017 – NSAA, National Convention & Trade Show, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • October 30, 2017- SSAOA Fall meeting, Asessippi, Manitoba