June 2017 Newsletter

June 20, 2017 Newsletter

50th CWSAA Spring Conference

April 24 – 26, 2018 @ Chateau Lake Louise

The 2018 Canada West Ski Areas Association Spring Conference will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The conference will return to the Chateau Lake Louise!  Your comments from the survey were reviewed, and overall the venue was highly rated.  However, in response to some feedback regarding food & beverage a number of improvements will be made including healthier conference meal options, breakfast protein (ie bacon), 15% off food at most restaurants in the hotel, and expanded drink specials for our conference delegates.  The room rate will be $143 (+$12 resort fee and free parking) per night.

To celebrate this 50th conference, we hope to see lots of past and present members!  Stay tuned, more exciting details on the conference will be announced this fall.


Financial Analysis – Survey forms for the industry financial analysis have been sent out by Ecosign.  Only participating ski areas receive the final report.  Contact CWSAA for participation details.

Invoices for annual CWSAA dues were issued by email in mid-May.  Please ensure your address records are up to date for CWSAA: 300-1726 Dolphin Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9.  You can now pay online in the member’s only section.  Please refer any invoice inquires to Bruno at [email protected] or call the office at 778-484-5535.

Job Postings – CWSAA’s job posting system is a great tool to post industry jobs and it’s free for members.  Post your jobs here!

Mountain Bike Signage – CWSAA carries a large selection of safety signage including some for bike parks.  Check out the Safety Signage catalogue and order form in the member’s only section (sign in to access!).  These include Mountain Bike Responsibility Code (15×20 sticky back and 4×6 pocket size), Mountain Bike Checklist (20×15 sticky back and 4×6 pocket size) and general exclusion of Liability (specific to each province).

Membership Directory – CWSAA is updating our membership directory.  Please be sure to send Dawn at [email protected] updates when any of your senior management or CWSAA contacts change.


18 New members have joined CWSAA so far this year, 17 Associate members (many who were at the Spring Conference & Trade Show) and 1 new Ski Area.  Please welcome these new members:

Z98 Committee Meeting

Representatives from across the country (ski areas, lift manufacturers, provincial regulators and safety authorities) gathered in Kelowna last week as part of the ongoing process to ensure the highest levels of ropeway safety. The Z98 committee is co-chaired by Danny Cox and Warren Sparks.

Places & Faces

After nearly 30 years at Whistler Blackcomb, Dave Brownlie recently announced he will step down as COO.  Dave has been instrumental in the development of Whistler Blackcomb, as well as a tremendous leader and asset in the ski industry. Read the announcement.

Vail Resorts announced Pete Sonntag, the current senior vice president of the company’s Lake Tahoe region, as the new chief operating officer of Whistler Blackcomb.  Read more.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of John Cotton, one of the founding members of Thunderhill Ski Area in Manitoba.  Mr. Cotton passed away on June 18, 2017 at the age of 92.

SilverStar Mountain Resort is set to install a new Doppelmayr gondola from the village to the summit.  The installation will begin this summer, with the offical opening in the Summer of 2018 for SilverStar’s 60th anniversary. Read more.

Andy Foster is the new Assistant GM at Mt. Baldy near Osoyoos BC.  Originally from the UK, Andy has spent many years of his career in Vancouver and Whistler, most recently with Richie Bros.

Upcoming Events

  • June 21-23, 2017 – NSAA Downhill Bike Park Summit, Northstar California
  • Sept 27-28, 2017 – HeliCat Canada Fall Meeting, Sun Peaks, BC
  • Sept 28-29, 2017 – BC-Yukon CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Sun Peaks – hotel & event info
  • October 3-4, 2017 – ASM CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Canyon Ski Resort, Red Deer AB – hotel & event info
  • October 30, 2017- SSAOA Fall meeting, Asessippi, Manitoba
  • April 24-26, 2018 – CWSAA 50th Spring Conference & Trade Show, Lake Louise AB
  • May 3-6, 2018 – NSAA National Convention, Florida

Check out the events page for more information.

The Canada West Way

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