July 11, 2018 Newsletter

July 11, 2018 Newsletter

2018-2020 CWSAA Strategic Framework

CWSAA is an association dedicated to serving the collective needs of the ski industry.  Over the last 90 days, CWSAA collected member feedback through email surveys, spring conference sessions, and detailed Board of Directors input to identify four areas of focus for the association.

On June 12, the Board of Directors spent a day working with facilitator Susan Rybar and identified and refined the following priorities over the next three years: Safety, Growth, People and Advocacy.

Examples of initiatives within each area are cited below.  These directives will shape the activities of CWSAA.  Chair Andre Quenneville explains that the directives address the needs cited by members, and also complement the association’s core deliverables such as meeting and conference planning, safety signage, and communications which comprises over half of the association’s capacity.  Thank you to the many members that contributed feedback.

Safety & Risk Management

  • Facilitate key initiatives to advance worker safety and reduce claims cost.
  • Continue to share best practices.
  • Further public safety education.

Sustainable Market Growth

  • Continue to support a national agenda to re-engrain skiing as a core part of Canadian culture and fabric of life.
  • Facilitate tools to promote best practices and metrics to help industry grow their business.
  • Identify, track, and share trends and new emerging opportunities to help industry identify what initiatives are the best opportunities for growth.
  • Investigate other industries and sport/recreation organizations to develop and identify opportunities for growth.

Government Advocacy

  • Identify the advocacy priorities and update the list of CWSAA position statements.
  • Maintain an action plan for proactively building relationships with key influencers.
  • Communicate the economic and social value of our industry to society.

People & Talent Development

  • Facilitate business leadership skills within entire industry, including mentorship.
  • Improve staff recruitment within the industry.

CWSAA Fall Meetings

Fall meetings agendas are almost complete and sure to deliver great relevant content including HR topics, safety & risk updates, climate, government relations and more.  Stay tuned, agendas and registration information will be circulated shortly.  In the meantime, don’t forget to reserve your accommodations. HERE you’ll find the information to book at the group rate!

NEW this year, at both meetings there will be sponsorship opportunities and a vendor showcase.  For more information, and to book your table, click HERE.

Mountain Bike Workshop – NEW this year, there will be a CWSAA Mountain Bike Workshop on Oct 2 & 3 at Sun Peaks Resort.  This session will cover important safety & risk topics, design & construction, as well as growing the sport of downhill mountain biking.  The agenda and registration details will be distributed shortly.

Small Areas Assistance – All requests for Small Areas Assistance to attend the Fall meetings must be submitted by July 31.  Please review the Small Areas Assistance policy for details.

Committee Spotlight – Alberta Safety Codes Council

Safety for ski area guests and staff is the priority for our industry.  Several Alberta Ski Areas sit on the Alberta Safety Codes Sub-council for Passenger Ropeways that works together to advance passenger ropeways in Alberta.  Last month we caught up with the sub-council at one of their meetings.   Ski Area members include the sub-council chair, Kristian Haagaard (Sunshine Village), Warren Sparks (retired), Marlin Van Zandt (Snow Valley), Richard Roy (Vista Ridge), Bruno Mannsberger (Lake Louise), Jason Paterson (Marmot Basin).  A ski industry manufacturer representative rotates on the council, and is currently held by Doppelmayr’s Brent Carmichael.

The Alberta Safety Codes Council provides every member of the sub-council an orientation program as well as training on facilitation. The council meets several times per year, working on various topics related to both aerial ropeways and surface lifts, the Z98 code, modernized safety systems, technology changes and more.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in this council and others, for your dedication to the safety of our industry.

2018/19 National Growth Programs

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Pledge Form for the 2018-2019 CSC programs.

If you still have not, please click HERE to access the form.  It is a very quick process.

Your submission is required to be a participant in the Canadian Lift Pass, Never Ever Days and Grade 4/5 SnowPass Programs.  Canadian Lift Pass is launching this month, so be sure to complete your pledge now if you haven’t done so already.

CSA-Z98 Review

The public review of the new edition of Z98 is underway! The draft standard can be viewed at the following link until September 10, 2018:  https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Details/3054

To access the draft, individuals are required to create an account on the CSA public review system, if they do not have one already.  This is free and open to all members of the public.  Note:  This is a completely different login from the member login on the CSA COI.

Best Practice Manuals

Member feedback has voiced the importance of updating and/or creating industry best practices manuals for some key topics.  Priorities for the current year are finalizing the Tubing Manual updates, a complete review of the existing Guide to Industry Recommended Practices (aka Employee safety manual), as well as a review of school ski trip materials.  Anyone interested in participating in working groups for these projects, should contact Cynthia Thomas.

YES Calgary 2026 Information Session

An industry contingent is hoping to fill the room with ski industry people who can help inform the public on the positive impacts of holding the Olympic Games in Western Canada.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (MDT)

WinSport, Markin McPhail Centre, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Rooms (88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest, Calgary).  More info HERE.

2017/18 Financial Analysis Study

Annual survey forms for the industry financial analysis have been recently sent out by Ecosign.  Only participating ski areas will receive the final report.  Contact CWSAA for participation details.

In Search of…

Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort will be hosting the Alberta 55 plus Winter Games Feb 28 to March 3, 2019. They are in need of equipment in order to put the event on and have asked if any ski resorts have the following to borrow for this weekend.

  • Timing Equipment
  • GS Gates x 30
  • GS Gate Panels x 60
  • B-Netting

Safety Signage

Summer is a great time to apply outdoor safety signage!  The adhesive stickers are not recommended to be applied below zero degrees.  Take a look at all the safety signage available, in the online order guide, which also includes Mountain Biking Signage.  Please note, you’ll need to be signed into the CWSAA Member’s Only Portal to access.

Places & Faces

Passing of Sonia Scurfield.  Our condolences go to the Scurfield family. Sonia Scurfield and her husband Ralph Sr (who passed away in 1985), purchased Banff Sunshine Village in 1981 and turned it into a winter ski destination.  As co-owner of the Calgary Flames, she is also the only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup.  More.

Thanks to CWSAA Director Eddie Wood of Mt Seymour who met with Labour Minister Harry Bains with other members of the Coalition of BC Businesses to bring forward ski industry perspective on the government’s legislative agenda.

Congratulations to Jason Crawford of Castle Mountain Resort.  Jason was recently promoted to Director of Mountain Operations.  While Jason will continue to manage Sales & Marketing, his new role will encompass mountain operations, an area Jason has considerable experience from his time on the East Coast.

The new Silverstar gondola will open this weekend. The new lift is a 8 passenger detachable Doppelmayr gondola that will service summer sightseeing operations and winter ski guests.  Silverstar will be having a Beach Party with Free Gondola rides on Saturday to celebrate the opening. More information.

Congratulations to Paul Kenward, Events and Terrain Park Manager at SilverStar Resort who was recognized in this year’s SAM Magazine top 10 under 30.

The Whistler Peak suspension bridge opened last week. The bridge will span 130m at an elevation of 2,182m! More details.

Kinosoo Ridge in Cold Lake Alberta is working with Brent Harley & Associates on the development of the Resort Master Plan.  They are currently in the consultation phase.  The Master Plan is looking at year-round operations such as a cable wake board park, campgrounds, and mini golf.  More Information.

Premier John Horgan recently took a ride on the Revelstoke Mountain Coaster.

Congratulations to Bruno Mannsberger, who recently moved into the position of Senior Director of Operations & Long Range Planning at The Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 24-25, 2018 – CWSAA ASM Fall Division Meeting, Canyon Ski Area, Red Deer Alberta
  • Oct 1-2, 2018 – CWSAA BC-Yukon Fall Division Meeting, Sun Peaks BC
  • Oct 2-3, 2018 – CWSAA Mountain Bike Workshop, Sun Peaks BC
  • Oct 3-4, 2018 – HeliCat Canada Fall Meeting, Victoria
  • Oct 25-28, 2018 – Toronto Ski & Snowboard Show, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Oct 28-29, 2018 – SSAOA, Springhill Winter Park MB
  • 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 6-9, 2019 – RMLA, Grand Junction CO
  • May 8-10, 2019 – InterAlpin, Innsbruck Austria
  • April 28-30, 2020 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Whistler BC

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