June 2019 Newsletter

June 17, 2019 Newsletter

2019 Fall Meetings

This fall, join us at new venues for the Division Meetings.

The ASM Meeting is being hosted by Snow Valley in Edmonton.  Keeping with the positive feedback from recent years, the meeting will take place over two half-days, beginning with lunch on Tuesday, and ending with lunch on Wednesday. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Aerial Adventure Park on Tuesday afternoon and also partake in a workshop on aerial parks following the main meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Bike Park Forum returns for a second year after great turnout and feedback.  Hosted by SilverStar Mountain, the Forum will take place on one full-day, Tuesday October 1.

The BC-Yukon Division Meeting follows the Bike Park Forum for a full day on October 2, and the morning of October 3 at SilverStar.  This year, breakfast and lunch are included in both days, and dinner on October 2.

The SSAOA Meeting will be held at Table Mountain, October 27-28, 2019.  More information will follow later in the summer.

Fall Meeting Registration

Registration for the ASM, BCY and Bike Park Forum will open on July 16, and Early Bird pricing will be available until August 16.  Find out more about pricing, hotel group rates and preliminary agendas in the links below.

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (ASM) Fall Division Meeting
September 24 – 25, 2019
Snow Valley
Edmonton, Alberta


Bike Park Forum
October 1, 2019
Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre
SilverStar Mountain Resort


BC-Yukon Fall Division Meeting
October 2 – 3, 2019
Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre
SilverStar Mountain Resort


Fall Sponsorship Opportunities

During the Fall meetings, members will have the opportunity to sponsor the meeting series and showcase their brand.  Sponsorship is $1000, which includes recognition at all three Fall events – ASM, BC-Y, and Bike Park Forum.  For more information, view the CWSAA Fall Sponsorship webpage.

Small Areas Assistance

Small Areas eligible for funding, who would like to attend a Fall meeting, must submit a written request by July 16 to [email protected]
At the January, 2019 Board meeting, the CWSAA Board of Directors approved a policy change which came into effect this month.  The updated policy change expands the funding opportunity to $2000 over a 24 month period:

Eligible ski areas may apply for funding up to a maximum of $2,000 during any 24 consecutive month period, with no greater than $1500 granted within 12 consecutive months.

Read the full Small Areas Assistance Policy HERE.

Kal Tire Partnership

At the 2019 CWSAA Spring conference (AGM meeting), an opportunity was presented for CWSAA members to partner with Kal Tire.

An offer will be available to all CWSAA members for a discount at Kal Tire.  More details on this will be available later this summer.

For Ski Areas, there will be an opportunity to participate in a marketing partnership targeting skiers.   Ski Area mangers will receive an email shortly with more details and an opportunity to express their interest in participating.

Beginners Win with Never Ever Days

Canada is the most multicultural country in the world and our industry needs to find ways to make skiing and snowboarding more desirable and accommodating to different cultures.  The Never Ever Days program provides new skiers with the comfort of knowing they’re in a safe environment of like-minded individuals. Plus, there’s value in the offer – a beginner lift ticket, group lesson, and equipment rental for $25 – that makes their first experience more palatable.

To learn more about the benefits of offering Never Ever Days at your ski area, read more in the latest Canada West Way Blogpost.

Driving Force

Our friends at Driving Force observed there was high interest in work trucks and sprinter vans at the CWSAA spring conference.  There was also particular interest in the post-lease credits.  This is a friendly reminder to contact Dan Clark at Driving Force.

For more on Driving Force opportunities in the ski industry view our recent article.

Public Invited to Share Views on Workers Compensation

As you’re probably aware, the provincial government has announced a review of the workers compensation system, including policies, practices and the Workers Compensation Act, with the objective of making them more “worker centred”. The review will be carried out by a retired lawyer, Janet Patterson. As a part of this review, Ms. Patterson will be soliciting feedback from all stakeholders including injured workers, employers, healthcare workers etc. through public consultations and private feedback. This is an excellent opportunity for employers to share their concerns about the workers compensation system and improvements they would like to see going forward. You can share your feedback until July 19, 2019.

Visit the government website to submit your comments, or for further details on the review including terms of reference and the engagement process: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/workerscompensationreview/ways-to-participate/

We encourage all employers to participate! 

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Membership Directory Housekeeping

It’s that time of year, when we do some spring cleaning!  If you haven’t already, you will hear from us to see if you have any changes to your directory contact information or senior management.  Please be sure to keep us in the loop throughout the year with any changes to [email protected]

While updating your contact information, we are refreshing the directory and moving to a new database system.  Stay tuned this summer for the fully updated new directory in the member only section of our website!

Construction Zone

Checking out the diggers and big activity in a construction zone is popular for many, not just kids!  In this special summer feature, we’re bringing you some exciting updates from Ski Areas with big projects happening right now.

If there are any exciting new projects happening at your ski area and would like to share with your industry colleagues, please send pictures and updates to [email protected]

RED Mountain – Rossland, BC

Topping Chair – Installation of a Mueller triple chair.

Construction is in the early stages with surveyors on-site plotting tower locations and new access road construction to those locations.  The crew from Mueller Lifts is on site prepping  the lift, its got a fresh coat of paint and tower assembly is beginning on the ground.  Tower forms are also being built and hoping to begin putting those in the ground and pouring as soon as the end of the week potentially.

Background: March 2019 News release.

Castle Mountain Resort, Alberta
Snowmaking & Natural Gas

A major investment will bring snowmaking capabilities to Castle Mountain, with the goal of opening earlier and more consistent conditions on the Huckleberry terrain pod.  The investment includes water storage reservoir holding 6700 cubic meters of water, main pump house with a capacity of 250 gallons per minute, underground piping, electrical, hydrants, snowmaking machines and power pedestals covering serveral runs along the Huckleberry Chair / lower mountain.

Additionally, a new natural gas infrastructure investment includes 7.5 kms of upgraded gas line and 16.7kms of new gas lines that will service the resort, which was previously serviced by propane.  The new gas service is expected to substantially reduce the resorts green house gases.

Background: June 10, 2019 News Release.

Manning Park Resort – BC
New Quad Chair to replace Orange double.

The old Orange Chair (built in 1970), was removed in April and Manning captured some great video of the towers coming down.  Foundations are now being poured for the new towers and the loading station is being assembled.   Meanwhile, construction is also happening on eight new premium cabins at the resort.

Background: November 2018 News release.

Sasquatch Mountain Resort – Hemlock Valley, BC
Skyline Chair Replacement – Replacing the double chair with a new fixed Quad

The old double chair is now dismantled and the new foundations are being dug.  They expect the installation to be complete by November 2019 in time for the 2019-20 season.  Here is a recent construction video from the top of chair.

Places & Faces

Simon Holden has been appointed the new Executive Director for CASI, replacing Dan Genge who is retiring.  Read More.

Congratulations to Abby and Bill Pawson from Tube Pro, who welcomed their third child Zach on April 29th.

The CSA Z98 Code Committee (passenger ropeways) held its annual meeting in Vancouver this June.  Chaired by Warren Sparks and Danny Cox, the Z98 committee combines the collective expertise of engineers, lift area professionals, regulators, manufactures, and related professionals. The intimate technical knowledge of these experts is impressive and inspires huge confidence in our industry.

With Sadness, ASSQ announced the passing of Isidore (Bib) Simard, a legend in the ski industry. Bib was a recipient of the Réal Boulanger Award from the ASSQ and many other recognitions awarded by the ski industry across North America.  For the younger and newer, Bib is a character who has served the industry well with Bombardier, a supplier of snow groomers and other utility devices. He died at the age of 84 in Sherbrooke after suffering a stroke last week.

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Dennis Kadatz, a visionary and builder in Canadian sports.  In the ski industry, Dennis’ role with the Calgary Olympic Development Association, prepared and managed the legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics. As CODA’s president, Dennis was chief steward of funds and facilities – ensuring sites like Canada Olympic Park were viable throughout the year and accessible for all people. Dennis passed away Tuesday, June 11 at the age of 80.

Jennifer Goad is the Executive Director of the BC Mountain Resorts Branch in Victoria.  The skis in her office clearly demonstrate a passion for our industry.

CWSAA caught up with Dan & Miguel of Leitner Poma in West Kelowna. They are both a valuable part of the CWSAA spring conference and its planning. This was one of the few times they are in the office at the same time over the next few months as summer projects take them all over western Canada.

Paul Harkins hosted Marlin Van Zandt of Snow Valley and the rest of the Z98 committee at Grouse Mountain.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 24-25, 2019 – CWSAA ASM Fall Division Meeting, Snow Valley Edmonton
  • Oct 1, 2019 – CWSAA Mountain Bike Workshop, SilverStar Mountain
  • Oct 2-3, 2019 – CWSAA BCY Fall Division Meeting, SilverStar Mountain
  • Oct 21-22, 2019 – HeliCat Fall Meeting
  • Oct 27-28, 2019 – SSAOA, Table Mountain
  • April 21-24, 2020 – PNSAA, Wenatchee Washington
  • April 22-25, 2020 – Mountain Planet, Grenoble Alps France
  • April 28-30, 2020 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Whistler BC
  • May 4-7, 2020 – NSAA, Amelia Island Florida
  • April 27-29, 2021 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Lake Louise Alberta

Check out the Industry Events Calendar HERE for more details.

The Canada West Way

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