November 9, 2017 Newsletter

November 9, 2017 Newsletter

BC Family Day

CWSAA is working with the entire tourism industry in the province on a combined letter to the Premier related on the importance of maintaining the current BC family day date.  It is critical that the government hears from the entire tourism industry – not just the ski sector! Please encourage your local stakeholder organizations to submit their names to be included on the combined letter HERE.

It’s time to open!

We’re here for you!  Here are some resources that might help.  Contact the CWSAA office if there is anything we can help you with, and be sure to keep us updated on your opening schedule and any exciting updates.

BC Fair Wage Commission Meetings

The BC Fair Wages Commission has initiated input meetings and webpage for consultation and feedback  HERE.  It is very important that ski areas sign up for spaces in advance to speak at the regional meetings and share how minimum wage changes will impact your business.  Please encourage other businesses in your region and destination to attend.  CWSAA will also be making a submission.

Grade 4/5 SnowPass

Over the past two weeks CWSAA staff mailed SnowPass brochures to 2780 schools in Western Canada.  Now in its 20th year, this national program offers skiing and snowboarding to children 9 and 10 years old at over 150 ski areas in Canada.  If you’d like a logo or digital ad to include on your website, please email [email protected].

CSIA Apprentice Instructor Program

CSIA has developed and launched a new entry level ski instructor course that helps ski area snowsport schools recruit more first time instructors.  CWSAA’s Snowsport School committee supports the initiative and believes it provides more flexibility for snowsport schools to customize training relevant to the area, and improves the opportunity to recruit new instructors.  See more.

Go2HR upcoming training

  • Occupational Health & Safety Summit in Kelowna on November 17, featuring a range of pertinent health and safety topics, covered by industry experts. More info.
  • Webinar on substance use/abuse, specifically about the pending legalization of recreational marijuana. This is taking place on December 1. More info.

HR Committee Meeting

The CWSAA HR Committee Meeting will take place January 22, 2018 at Sun Peaks.  Alison Crick from SilverStar is the Chair of the Committee.  Anyone interested in joining the committee should contact the CWSAA office and their names will be submitted to the Committee Chair.

Jumbo Glacier

On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal by the Ktunaxa Nation regarding the Jumbo Glacier Resort.  Read the decision.

Places & Faces

SSAOA Vice Chair Don Williams & Chair Lawrence Blouin.
Newell Johnston hosting a tour at SSAOA of the new snowmaking pumphouse at Asessippi.
Angie & Mike Smith from Mission Ridge at the SSAOA meeting.

CWSAA expresses its congratulations and appreciation to its former Chair and now retired VP of Whistler Blackcomb, Doug Forseth.  Doug completed his career last month and in grand style as a co-recipient of the CSC Colin S. Chedore Lifetime Achievement Award.  Doug expects to actively enjoy retirement and will be found on the many trails and slopes surrounding Whistler.

Ski had a strong presence at the Travel Alberta ALTO Awards. Congratulations to Brian Rode and Marmot Basin for winning the ALTO for marketing campaigns over $50,000. Go Ski Alberta and Sunshine Village were also recognized with nominations in other categories. Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda deserves praise for his energy and high engagement throughout the conference including presenting each of the awards.

Steve Paccagnan (CWSAA Board Chair), Sarah McCullough (Director of Government and Community Relations, Whistler Blackcomb) & Christopher Nicolson were in Victoria on November 6 meeting various ministries and the Minister of Tourism.  CWSAA introduced Minister Beare to the profile of the ski industry and explained the value of the BC Family Day date.

Ski areas are encouraged to get in front of their chamber and local councils to share the value of their business to the community/region, such as employment.  Pete Sonntag, COO of Whistler Blackcomb is pictured here (right of stage) with other tourism generating businesses at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade panel discussion.

Marmot Basin has expanded its terrain by 18 hectares with the addition of Tres Hombres this season.  This large, north-facing treeless slope within Marmot’s leasehold will provide 5 advanced to expert off-piste runs.

Upcoming Events

  • April 18-20, 2018 – Mountain Planet International Mountain Development Fair, Grenoble France
  • April 24-26, 2018 – CWSAA 50th Spring Conference & Trade Show, Lake Louise AB
  • April 24 – 26, 2018 – PNSAA, Bend OR
  • April 30, 2018 – HeliCat Canada Spring Meeting, Penticton BC
  • May 3-6, 2018 – NSAA National Convention, Florida
  • May 7 -10 , 2018 – RMLA, Grand Junction CO
  • Oct 28-29, 2018 – SSAOA, Springhill Winter Park MB

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