As the 2022 CWSAA fall meetings approach, it seems appropriate to comment on the planning strategies that guide the development of the events. Of frequent interest is the fact the fall division meetings are distinguished from the spring conference content by highlighting what ski area operators need to know over the coming 90 days with respect to ski season operation. In past, the fall meetings were often labelled the risk management fall meetings. While safety and risk management continues to be the leading mandate of the Association, the content of the fall meetings highlights all operational priorities for the coming winter. This includes safety and risk management, regulatory landscape, and solutions and discussion on the key issues impacting ski area operation. The duration and locations of the fall meetings are intentionally chosen to expedite time commitments for all delegates. By contrast, the content of the spring meetings generally focuses on broader aspects of the industry and incorporates longer range topics over a longer period of time at the end of winter operations. Likewise, spring conference venue locations must address capacity and as well as on-site requirements for maintenance and operations content.
Many members are also surprised to learn that the delegate fees for the fall and spring conference are not intended to generate revenue for the Association. Traditionally, many other member organisations use such gatherings as a primary fundraiser. In the case of CWSAA, the competitor pass is the primary revenue generator, and the Board of Directors has maintained a long standing directive to build the CWSAA events on a break-even model in order to serve as much of the membership as possible by minimising cost. The delegate fees represent the costs of F&B, venue rental, and staging expenses. The small areas assistance fund initiative is another expression of this commitment. Included in this organisational directive is a commitment to support those that support the industry by offering promotion and sponsorship opportunities to members rather than to reach outside of the membership.
It is most important to recognise and thank the many folks that dedicate volunteer hours to the betterment of the industry. CWSAA is the membership, and it would not exist in its current form without the contribution of its own members. Some of these individuals are more visible as they often present at association and on-line education sessions. Others prefer to serve from behind the scenes, but contribute equal amounts of expertise. The sum of these efforts shape what has been called ‘The Canada West Way.’ This unofficial values statement appreciates healthy competition between organisations, but more so, recognises the importance and wise business sense of collective effort to advance the entire industry. Often individuals from outside our sector comment on how unique this relationship is, which gives me great pride on how foundational this ethos is to our CWSAA culture. For these reasons, we celebrate the veterans in our industry that continue to mentor the new generation of industry leaders, and greatly value the support they give to the newer members of our industry that are bound to shoulder the mantle of leadership in the years ahead.
– Christopher Nicolson
We look forward to connecting with many members during the Fall Division Meetings and on Upcoming Online Industry Sessions.
ASM Fall Division Meeting - September 27/28 at WinSport in Calgary.
- More info, agenda, registration HERE
CWSAA Bike Park Forum - October 3 at Sun Peaks.
BC-Yukon Fall Division Meeting - October 4/5 at Sun Peaks.
- More info, agendas, registration & accommodation links HERE
Saskatchewan Ski Area Operators Meeting
- October 30/31 at Falcon Ridge. More details HERE.
2023 CWSAA Spring Conference & Trade Show
- April 25-27, 2023 at the Whistler Conference Centre.
- Accommodations are now available to book through the Hilton & Delta Hotels. Learn more & book HERE.
- More info will be released in late Fall.
See more industry events, on the CWSAA Industry Events Calendar.
Online Industry Sessions
- Small Areas Open Forum: Oct 12
- Responsible Stewardship: Oct 21
Click HERE to register (must be logged into CWSAA website).
Stay tuned more Online Sessions continue to be added!
There are numerous Committees and Working Groups that help develop industry best practices, deliver conference and meeting topics and support the industry overall.
Earlier this month four of CWSAA's committees met for a Committee Chairs meeting. The Committee Chairs were joined by CWSAA Board and Division Chairs, and CWSAA staff. The purpose of the meeting was to share key initiatives and goals from each committee. Several common themes among all committees were identified such as hiring, safety, mental health, training and conference planning.
CWSAA would like to thank all the industry leaders that participate in Committees and Working Groups for sharing their valuable time and expertise.
Kids are back in school, and most routines have fallen back into place. The CSC team has now completed the early launch of the Go Skiing Go Snowboarding Store with SnowPass sales already happening.
Stay tuned, CSC will be providing a toolkit of supports for ski areas to promote these products.
We have received reports of recent property thefts at ski areas. A reminder, especially while ski areas are closed, where possible, to ensure all valuables are removed from site and locked up. Electrical cords seems to be one trend of theft recently.
Earlier this month Valley Ski Hill discovered a number of 100 ft 8/4 extension cords for fan guns with hubbel 480V 60A ends had been stolen. If any other ski area is interested in an Electrical Cord group buy with Valley Ski Hill (or have cords they are not using to donate), please contact contact Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ross at email@example.com as soon as possible as they would like to get the order placed soon and save in any way possible to replace these items.
The Lift 151, Lift 152 and Lift 153 Fall 2022 online training courses have just started, but its not too late to join.
The courses are self directed and can begin anytime, however must be completed by the exam dates: December 6 (151), December 7 (152), December 8 (153).
Learn More & Register HERE.
Earlier this year, go2HR launched an new online training course, which is aims to create workplaces free from sexual harassment. The first course is for employers and supervisors. Leaders are fundamental to creating sexual harassment free workplaces because they establish the safety culture and set the tone. The employers and supervisors course is now available online for free, and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
A worker-focused training course will be coming in early 2023 and is intended to build upon the strong foundations laid by the employer and supervisor community.
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Dave Michael, new Assistant Operations Manager (left), and Selkirk College SROAM alumni Devon and Mitch, are part significant developments at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson BC.
Construction is underway on the new Hummingbird Lodge, which will serve backcountry and Nordic users as well as be a hub for Whitewater’s launch into summer operations in 2023 with RV sites and tent camping.
A new mountain operations building will open this winter located at the base of the new chairlift lift line scheduled for the 2023/24 season. Parking has been expanded this summer, and further expansions are planned for next summer to complement the new lift.
Significant daylodge upgrades are underway at Salmo Ski Hill daylodge including siding, insulation doors windows.
Salmo is a volunteer run community ski hill located just south of Nelson in southern BC and is serviced by a T-Bar.
The new Crescent development is underway at RED Mountain. Upon completion it will complement the boutique Josie Hotel and define the village plaza.
Many exciting projects are also underway including the groundwork for snowmaking lines and the new race timing cabin.
Pictured above, Ryan from the RED Mountain Events Team.
Troll Mountain (Quesnel, BC) has had a busy summer. Construction on a 2nd day lodge is well underway and scheduled to open this winter. It will be called the Pinegrove Roadhouse (a nod to their history) and will be a great space for larger groups.
The hill was recently mowed and work has also being done on the lift line for a new lift, which is anticipated to be open for the 2023/2024 season.
Wayne spent three months at Vancouver General Hospital, after sustaining catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work as Director of Lift Maintenance at Whistler Blackcomb. His recovery continues at GF Strong Hospital in Vancouver and is optimistic for a return home to Pemberton in late fall.
To facilitate his homecoming, home renovations need to begin as soon as possible and specific accessibility equipment, including an electric wheelchair and an accessible vehicle, needs to be acquired. A sprinter van vehicle that will fit his needs has been found and should be delivered in January 2023, the support and funds raised so far will help tremendously with this.
An update from Wayne’s family is linked below as is the opportunity to help in his journey - view Wayne's go fund me page.