June 2018 Newsletter

June 14, 2018 Newsletter

Safety – Growth – People – Advocacy

These are the new four strategic directions that will guide CWSAA initiatives for the next three years.

The CWSAA Board of Directors met on June 11 & 12 for its summer Board meeting and strategic planning workshop.  Survey input from members and directors identified the areas that CWSAA should focus to benefit the industry.  The Board, including new Chair Andre Quenneville and new Director Kim Locke, shaped this information into the four directives above.

CWSAA activities will align with these directives and complement the core deliverables of the association such as conferences, communication, and risk management best practices.  More information will be shared in the next newsletter.

CWSAA Board of Directors

Tourism Week

1.8 million Canadians depend on economic activity within the visitor economy (a.k.a. tourism).  Global tourism revenues are growing, and we must convey the economic and social benefits of our industry to government and public in order to ensure a regulatory framework for Canada to seize the opportunity.  The ski industry in western Canada generated revenues of $900 million dollars and is responsible for visitor spending of double that figure.  The industry is a major catalyst for rural development, and an important social contributor of health and wellness to communities by providing residents with physical activity and social interaction, particularly through the winter months.

To advance this narrative, CWSAA joined Adventure Tourism operators to share the ski story during national Tourism Week in the BC legislature with Tourism Minister Lisa Beare.  #TourismMatters #TourismWeek

Fall Division Meetings

  • Sept 24-25, 2018 – ASM, Canyon Ski Area, Red Deer
  • Oct 1-3*, 2018 – BC-Yukon, Sun Peaks (BCY meeting Oct 1-2, possible Mountain Biking Ops workshop Oct 2-3)

Hotel group rates are now available for both Sun Peaks and Red Deer.  Accommodations in the area are tight during the meetings, so early booking is recommended.  Visit our events page for more details on group booking rates.

Small Areas assistance fund applications to attend Fall meetings should be submitted by July 31.

Stay tuned next month for details on the Fall agendas and meeting registration.

See more industry events HERE, including the SSAOA Meeting Oct 28-29.

Mountain Bike Workshop Survey

As more ski areas diversify with summer operations, a CWSAA working group of ski areas is investigating member interest in a 1-day lift-accessed mountain biking workshop that may be scheduled with the BCY Division meeting this fall.  The following survey seeks to identify the most valuable topic areas of interest to potential attendees.

Please complete the brief survey HERE by June 17.

Ministers Tourism Council

There will be great resort and sport representation on the new Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council. Steve Paccagnan (Panorama Mountain Resort and CWSAA past-Chair), Brad Harrison (Backcountry Lodges Association, and chair of the Adventure Tourism Coalition), Marsha Walden (DBC), Glenn Manziuk (TOTA), and others will sit on this new provincial council to help guide strategic directions for tourism in BC.  READ MORE.

Technical Safety BC survey

Technical Safety BC would like your feedback on how we should best communicate and work with the ski industry to address emerging issues and promote safe technical systems, everywhere.

Please provide your feedback by completing this 5-minute survey by Friday June 22, 2018 HERE . All feedback received in this survey will be confidential and will only be shared in aggregate form.

Minimum Wage

Alberta – Effective Oct 1, 2018, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase to $15/hour.  This increase is the second scheduled increase, the first being Oct 1, 2017 which brought minimum wage to the current $13.60.  Read More..

BC – Effective June 1, 2018, the general minimum wage in BC increased to $12.65, whereas the liquor server minimum wage increased to $11.40.  This is the first of four annual increases that will take effect on June 1 of each year.  Read More.

WorkSafeBC Safety Bulletin for Heli-Ski Guides

Heli-ski guides may be exposed to hazardous noise levels. Regular exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dBA) can cause permanent hearing loss, and helicopters can produce noise levels much higher than that. Guides are required to wear ski helmets and hearing protection – and some types of hearing protection can be uncomfortable to wear with a ski helmet.

WorkSafeBC has published a new safety bulletin, Hearing protection for heli-ski guides. The safety bulletin reviews methods for selecting the most-effective hearing protection that’s compatible with a guide’s ski helmet, the Regulation requirements and other related resources.


Mt Timothy For Sale

Mt. Timothy ski area is located near Lac la Hache, between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake in central British Columbia.

  • 266.7 ha (659 ac.) land base
  • 30+ runs beginner to advanced
  • triple chair (277m = 910′ vertical), T-bar, 2 carpet lifts, platter lift
  • 3600 sq. ft. log day-lodge, manager’s residence, shop

Click HERE for more info.

Tawatinaw Valley Ski Hill

Request for Expression of Interest to purchase or operate the ski facility

Westlock County. The ski facility is comprised of a number of down-hill runs and cross-country ski trails as well as a Ski Chalet and outbuildings for ski rentals, ski patrol and storage.


Click HERE for more info.

View more classifieds or post your ad on the CWSAA Classifieds.

Places & Faces

CWSAA attended the National PE Teachers Conference last month to advocate for snowsports programs in schools.  Scott Bailey from EverActive Alberta was also there actively speaking to educators advancing our messaging.

Despite the recent “June-uary” weather across much of western Canada, summer operations have kicked off at many ski areas.  Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park in Grande Prairie had such great snow conditions they extended their ski season until April 21, then was open for mountain biking just one month later!  This weekend one of the hot new trends in ski area summer operations kicks off for the season – summer tubing!

Vail Resorts recently announced some eastern acquisitions, and one in the Pacific Northwest (Steven’s Pass).  Read More.

Right > Industry legend Arthur Dejong at the base of Blackcomb, during the removal of the quad this spring as Whistler Blackcomb adds three new lifts this summer.

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 3-4, 2018 – HeliCat Canada Fall Meeting, Victoria
  • 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