September 2019 Newsletter

September 16, 2019 Newsletter

2019 CWSAA Fall Meetings

Last chance to register for ASM Meeting and Edmonton Lift 151/152 course! Please ensure you register in advance.  The ASM Meeting and Edmonton Lift Course Registration closes on September 19.  Click on the meeting links below to find out more about ASM, view the agenda and register.  We look forward to seeing many of you in Edmonton September 24 & 25 – so far we have over 80 people registered to attend!

BC-Yukon and Bike Park meeting will be held in SilverStar the first week of October.  Registration for these meetings closes on September 26.  View the agenda and register at the meeting links below.

SSAOA is being held October 27 & 28 at Table Mountain.  Registration packages are under development and will be circulated to Manitoba and Saskatchewan Ski Areas.  Table Mountain will also be hosting a Lift 151/152 course on October 28.

At the fall meeting, members will be sure to notice significant new Safety and Risk content at the meetings.  This is the direct work of our legal counsel and Safety and Risk Management committee.   CWSAA wishes to express its most sincere thanks to Todd Lee (Miles Davison) and committee members Kira Cailes – Whistler Blackcomb, Marc White – Sun Peaks, Doug Pettigrew – Rabbit Hill, CJ Matthews Dickson – Panorama, Al Matheson – Sunshine Village, and Brad Baker – SilverStar.  Special acknowledgement and appreciation is given to Committee Chair Kim Jones (Winsport) and Robert Kennedy (Farris LLP) for their extraordinary dedication and expertise on guiding and preparing information for our industry.

ASM Fall Division Meeting
September 24 – 25, 2019
Snow Valley, Edmonton


Bike Park Forum

October 1, 2019
SilverStar Mountain Resort


BC-Yukon Fall Division Meeting
October 2 – 3, 2019
SilverStar Mountain Resort


Lift 151/152 Course
Sept 25, Edmonton
Oct 28, Table Mtn


Safety Sign Orders

Over the past month, CWSAA has been accepting sign orders for the new Exclusion of Liability notice, Alpine Responsibility Code and Lift Safety signs.  There was a glitch in our website program, and we hope we’ve caught everyone’s orders.  Dawn has confirmed all orders received – if you have not received a direct confirmation of your order, please let us know ASAP at [email protected]

NEW Safety & Risk Awareness webpage materials

As a continuation of the CWSAA Exclusion of Liability Program, a new Safety & Risk Awareness webpage has been developed and is now available for ski areas to integrate with their website.

The new Exclusion of Liability sign wording references on-line Safety and Risk Awareness information.  CWSAA strongly recommends that ski areas post Safety and Risk Awareness information on their website and may use or link to information presented on the new CWSAA webpage. More details are being sent directly to all Ski Area General Managers.

CWSAA wishes to thank the contributors to this initiative and especially recognize Robert Kennedy for his tremendous effort.

View the Safety & Risk Awareness webpage.

RED Mountain Uniform Donation

RED Mountain exemplifies The Canada West Way by offering to donate past uniforms to a small community ski area.  The uniforms are in good condition, and a variety of North Face styles and colours.  Please note the existing logos will need to be covered up.  Please see attached for the inventory and contact information.

Last fall Red Mountain also donated $30,000 to the SROAM program at Selkirk College.

How Risky is Ski Cutting by Avalanche Practitioners?

Our friends at Canadian Avalanche Association recently posted an article on the risks of ski cutting.  Learn more in their newsletter HERE.


Several grants are currently accepting applications.  Please take a look at these and other grants that may be of interest to your ski area.

For a full list of other grants from various entities view our database.

Are Your Staff Ready to Serve a Diverse Customer Base This Winter?

Getting ready for this season, are your staff prepared to interact with people from various backgrounds? SuperHost’s Service For All online training is here to help! Participants will learn about expectations and practices around specific customer groups, including but not limited to different generations, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ/2S people, Indigenous peoples, and visitors from different ethnic backgrounds.

With engaging activities and realistic examples, your employees will gain practical knowledge and tips to help them understand and deliver Service For All of your customers. Learn more at

Building Resilient Workplaces Workshop for Public Safety Organizations

The BC First Responders Mental Health Committee is holding a “Building Resilient Workplaces” workshop aimed at promoting positive mental health in public safety organizations. Learn about recommended practices, resources, and strategies to help support your team to promote positive mental health and build resilience in your workplace. If you are a leader, influencer or implementer, you will learn strategies on how to build resilience in your organization. The workshop will be delivered in locations across the province between late October and early December. Seating is limited. Registration fee: $375 + GST (includes meals and post-workshop networking reception).

For more information, please visit

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]

Sasquatch Mountain, BC
New Blue Quad Chair

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a helicopter headed to Sasquatch Mountain! Lots of action on the mountain this past week as multiple crews worked to prepare for the first 10 towers to be installed. Towers are scheduled to be flown in on Monday. Everything is on schedule with construction and the team is excited to have the new lift Leitner-Poma Quad Chair spinning this winter!

To watch this project in action, checkout their Facebook page and a video from last week’s flying concrete.

Pass Powderkeg, Alberta
Lions Den Yurt construction

Pass Powderkeg is expanding its youth programming, thanks to a donation from the Coleman Lions.   With the donation, Pass Powderkeg will be constructing a Mongolian Yurt to house children’s activities for those aged 18m to 6years.

General Manager Katherine Seleski, picked up the Yurt earlier this summer from the distributor in Ontario, and the construction will be happening shortly.

We asked Katherine about the yurt: “It’s a fascinating structure – the metal within it can fit in my hands.  Otherwise, this “style” is an authentic Mongolian yurt made from nearly 100% natural materials, like sheep felt insulation, horse hair rope, cotton canvas, Siberian pine and camel hide to hold things together. With a bit of Tyvek, and metal for hinges and eye hooks, it makes for quite a building. ”   Read the Press Release.

Sea to Sky Gondola, BC
Gondola update

General Manager Kirby Brown reports that that recovery of the gondola cabins and damaged cable following the August 10th incident is now complete.  The base area café and gift shop have re-opened and the haul rope delivery is expected in October.  CWSAA wishes to commend Kirby and his full team for their handling of the incident.  See the video of the recovery HERE.

RED Mountain, BC
Toppings Chair construction

The installation of the Mueller Toppings Chair is moving along with significant progress (see video from mid-August). With the lower station and towers in place, it’s beginning to look like a chair lift!

Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Stellar Chair construction

Families will have a new playground in Revelstoke this winter with the launch of the new Stellar chair. The new Leitner-Poma fixed grip quad will open up new beginner and intermediate terrain accessible from the top of the Revelation Gondola. See a video on the construction progressRead More about the progress.

Places & Faces

Team work is evident in Northern Alberta, as John Gibson from Nitehawk and Robin Rowe from Whispering Pines joined volunteers and staff at Misery Mountain to replace Misery’s Dawson TBar Haul rope.   Etienne Schaffert (Misery’s Assistant Manager), John Gibson and others from this Northern Ski Areas team also joined the crew at Whispering Pines and Bear Mountain (Dawson Creek, BC) for maintenance at those ski hills.  Another great example of The Canada West Way in action!

Hudson Bay Mountain will be extending its operating schedule.  From January 29 to April 5, they plan to be open 7 days a week!  Their team has been busy this summer brushing the runs on the chair side, with the potential to open with a smaller base.

Volunteers at the Edmonton Ski club have been working hard to reopening this winter.  They have purchased a new conveyor lift to replace the rope tow on the bunny hill and conducting repairs and maintenance to prepare for skiers and riders.

CWSAA is pleased to welcome Simon Holden, the new CEO for CASI. Simon is well known in the industry with senior designations in CASI, CSIA, Mountain Bike, CADS and other credentials.  He will joining us at the Bike Park and BC-Yukon meetings at SilverStar.  At the ASM meeting, CASI’s new Alberta/Saskatchewan regional coordinator, John Smits, will be introduced.  Andrew McCraney, the former Alberta/Saskatchewan coordinator has relocated to Ontario with CASI.

Following a 31-year career as CEO of Dopoelmayr Canada, Andre Lamoureux is retiring this Fall.  Congratulations to Luc Guy, formerly Sales and Installation Manager, who has been appointed CEO following Mt Lamoureux’s departure.

CWSAA staff visited a number of ski areas this summer to check out their summer operations.  Dawn’s family took in a full day of adventure at Revelstoke Mountain Resort including axe throwing, gondola ride, pipe mountain coaster and aerial park climbing.  Cynthia took her family up Mount Seymour‘s new sightseeing chair rides on the Mystery Peak chair and had a nice visit with Alex Douglas.  Cynthia also enjoyed lots of time at Big White this summer to take in the Slopestyle Freeride Festival, and explore the mountain with the family.  Among many ski area visits, Christopher joined Jonathan and Kim at Winsport‘s downhill carting on the skyline luge.

Dawn takes a stab at Axe throwing at Revelstoke.
Dawn's son Jack climbs high on the Revelstoke Aerial Park
Cynthia visits with Mt Seymour's Alex Douglas.
Dawn and her kids ride the Revelstoke Gondola
Cynthia's husband Andre hits the Big White Mountain Bike Trails, and the girls show off their painted rocks.
Cynthia's family checks out the sights on Mount Seymour's Mystery Peak Chair.
Cynthia's family checks out the sights on Mount Seymour's Mystery Peak Chair.
The Sleiman family rides the Pipe Coaster (Dawn's daughter Chloe pictured).
Free ride days at Big White (the Thomas crew were spectator's not participants!).
Christopher joins Winsports Jonathan Faloon and Kim Jones on the Skyline Luge.

Classified Ads

In search of Snow Guns – Any ski area that may be selling used snowmaking equipment are asked to contact Hart Highland Ski Area, or the CWSAA office for a contact.

Chairlift for sale – 1979 Doppelmayr Triple Chair $295,000

  • Current 156 carriers/2000PPH
  • Current incline length 975m; 14 towers; Rope diameter 35mm
  • All drive components (main and evac engines, transmissions, gearbox, drive shafts and service brakes) replaced in winter 1990; All new grips from Doppelmayr in 2008; All tower assemblies have been rebuilt between 2008-2015, all new bushings and axles replaced as needed.

For more details on the chair and pictures, contact Tate Holowatiuk, Sun Peaks [email protected] or 250-578-5445.

If you have ski industry equipment/supplies to sell or that you’re searching for, please send details to [email protected] for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 23 – 26, 2019 – OSRA Fall Education Series, Craigleith Ski Club. Collingwood, Ontario
  • Sept 24-25, 2019 – CWSAA ASM Fall Division Meeting, Snow Valley Edmonton
  • Oct 1, 2019 – CWSAA Bike Park Forum, 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 22-24, 2020 – Mountain Planet, Grenoble Alps France
  • April 28-30, 2020 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Whistler BC
  • May 4-7, 2020 – NSAA, Amelia Island Florida
  • May 11-14, 2020 – RMLA, Grand Junction, CO
  • April 27-29, 2021 – CWSAA Spring Conference, Lake Louise Alberta

Check out the Industry Events Calendar HERE for more details.