September 26, 2017 Newsletter

September 25, 2017 Newsletter

Fall Meeting Time!

We look forward to seeing many of you this week at the BC-Yukon Divisional Meeting at Sun Peaks.

Next week is the ASM (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) Divisional Meeting at Canyon Resort in Red Deer. There is still time to register!
We are excited to have many experts, government representatives, and industry leaders presenting on topics including industry regulation, employment standards changes, risk & safety, legal issues, and insurance trends. Plus see a preview of the new Benefits of Snowsports in Schools video and receive updates on other programs and opportunities. Canyon Resort will be hosting a Swine & Dine pig roast dinner on Tuesday evening at ASM!
For the detailed agenda and registration information, visit the
ASM Meeting webpage.

SROAM Advisory Committee

Selkirk College has several scholarships for students within the Ski Resort Operations and Management program. This includes four established through a CWSAA endowment fund.  Recipients are selected by GPA and are full-time SROAM students attending their second year.

The SROAM Industry Advisory Committee met with instructors and students on September 24 & 25 in Nelson, BC.  The committee was established to ensure the outcomes of the 2 year diploma matches industry needs.

Michael Pringle, Noah Patton, Ethan Goldstein and Benjamin Whitton received the 2017 CWSAA Scholarships.

Of the many topics reviewed, recruitment into the SROAM program and subsequent laddering into the industry occupied the most attention.  Discussions revealed numerous easy to execute opportunities to benefit ski area staffing efforts.  Several ski areas regard SROAM as a primary target for recruitment which can include direct visits and presentations to the students.  Some areas also link post-graduation employment to practicums and tuition incentives.

The committee will consider some additional structure recommendations to practicums in the coming term for the benefit of ski areas and students.  Ski areas are encouraged to include SROAM in their job posting distribution lists, and are welcomed to contact the college regarding recruitment.

Go Ski Alberta

Travel Alberta has approved the 2017/18 funding application for Go Ski Alberta.  The program focuses on growing awareness of Alberta’s Ski Areas and growing participation in the sport.

We hope to have 100% participation from Alberta Ski Areas again this year, so please be sure to return your commitment form by October 16.  Please contact Cynthia [email protected] for information.


CWSAA welcomes two new Associate Members this month: Ski Hill Mulcher and Manitoba Freestyle.

Alberta Labour Market Partnerships

CWSAA recently met with Director Geoff Perry, and Officer Lisa Beaudry, of the Employer Programs and Industry Partnerships Division within the Alberta Ministry of Labour.  The discussion emphasized the geographic and economic diversity of the tourism and ski industry in the province.  The meeting also focused on the challenge many regions in the province experience in recruiting employees.

Please find linked here a list of resources offered to employers, including a Labour Market Partnership program that the industry may consider.  The ASM fall meeting provides an opportunity to discuss these opportunities on a regional or provincial basis.

Technical Safety BC

As of September 20, 2017, BC Safety Authority is operating under the name Technical Safety BC. The new identity and new name were lauched to align with the changes to be more innovative, effective, and connected to better serve clients and improve technical safety. Read the news release here.  Please note, while their email address have changed to, emails to the old addresses will be redirected appropriately.

Places & Faces

Hart Highlands (Prince George, BC) has purchased a conveyor lift from Asessippi (Manitoba) and will be heading out to disassemble it and prepare it for transportation. In addition they have had successful fundraising efforts for snow making.  They expect to be making snow on half of the hill this winter and the full hill for the winter of 2018/19.

After 41 years, this will be the last ski season leading the helm for Peter Gibson, GM at Mt.Washington.  Earlier this month, Peter announced his retirement.  Read more about his journey at Mt. Washington, as one of it’s first employees running the trail crews to create the mountain!

Please welcome Eastlink Park‘s new Hill Manager, Marcus Amerl. He is busy working with the staff and volunteers preparing the hill for the upcoming season!

Panorama announced this season they will open an additional 128 acres and a further 246 feet of steep double black diamond terrain. Plus they have invested in snowmaking and implemented RFID ticketing.  Read More.

Kinosoo GM and CWSAA Lars Fossberg award recipient Jurgen Grau is running for local council in Cold Lake, Alberta.

Cypress Mountain is expanding snowmaking with 5 new snow guns and 18 new hydrant locations. The snowmaking expansion will be completed in time for the 2017/18 winter season with the goal of opening more terrain earlier in the season. For Nordic guests, the renewal of the Hollyburn Lodge was completed earlier this summer. Read more.

Jocelyn Toronchuk is the Manager of Long Lake which is owned and operated by the county.  Of interest, all their staff are first aid trained and act as the ski patrol.  They are going to be mowing the lawns in October in preparation for the ski season.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 27-28, 2017 – HeliCat Canada Fall Meeting, Sun Peaks, BC
  • Sept 28-29, 2017 – BC-Yukon CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Sun Peaks – hotel & event info
  • October 3-4, 2017 – ASM CWSAA Fall Division Meeting, Canyon Ski Resort, Red Deer AB – hotel & event info
  • October 30, 2017- SSAOA Fall meeting, Asessippi, Manitoba
  • 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

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