October 19, 2017 Newsletter

October 19, 2017 Newsletter

Video Message from Christopher Nicolson

Congratulations to CSC Award Recipients

On Friday October 27th, at the Toronto Snow Show, the CSC will recognize the best in the ski and snowboard business for their outstanding contributions to the Canadian snowsports industry.  Four outstanding individuals from the west will be recognized as part of these annual awards:

This year’s CSC Jimmie Spencer Leadership Award recipient is Kevin Grogan, General Manager of Vista Ridge All Seasons Park.

The Colin S. Chedore Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include

  • David Brownlie, former COO, Whistler Blackcomb
  • Doug Forseth, VP Planning, Government Relations and Special Projects, Whistler Blackcomb
  • Stuart Rempel, former Senior VP of Marketing & Sales, Whistler Blackcomb

CWSAA congratulates these deserving individuals. Read more.

Participate in Year 2 of National Never Ever Days

Never Ever Days was rolled out nationally last season with the goal of making snow sports more accessible and creating and increasing the number of lifelong skiers and snowboarders.  Significant improvements to technology have been made to improve the registration process for participants, and to address challenges that ski areas experienced.  Please sign up your ski area to participate HERE.

Last year, 40% of participants were minorities, 72% were female and 28% Millennials!  These are core demographics that are essential to growing snowsports!

2017 Young Worker Campaign

To reduce the number of injuries of young workers and increase awareness about health and safety in the workplace WorkSafeBC has launched a new young worker campaign. #ListenToYourGut. See More.

2017 Fall Meeting Recap

Thank you to all the delegates who participated in the CWSAA Fall meetings.  If you missed the meetings, or would like to review any of the presentations, many of them are on the CWSAA Member’s Only site.  Please login, then go to the Conferences & Meetings Presentations section.

If you attended the meetings, please take a few minutes to complete the survey:

Below are some important updates provided at the meetings:

Marijuana Legislation

While the legislation will not be announced until next year, it was a topic of discussion at the Fall meetings.  It is recommended that Ski Areas include a drug policy in your staff training.  A fantastic presentation, “420 and the Real Safety Meeting,” is available on the CWSAA Members Only section (password required), which was presented by Cameron Wardell from MathewsDinsdale at the BC Yukon meeting.

Technical Safety BC

Technical Safety BC (formerly BC Safety Authority) has sent a survey to all BC ski areas related to future development of skills training within the industry.  Please complete and submit promptly. If you have not received the survey, please contact your representative at Technical Safety BC

During the BC-Yukon meeting Technical Safety BC advised the delegates, that they will be sending a Fall Lift Maintenance checklist, similar to the one used in Alberta.

Psychological Hazards in the Workplace

Reminder to Alberta Ski Areas, as presented by OH&S at the ASM meeting, with the province’s new focus on Assessment and Control of Psychological Hazards in the Workplace, it should be included as part of your employee training and policies.  Please find resources on Alberta OH&S CSA-z1003-13.

La Nina

According to Dr. Michael Pidwirny, NOAA is forecasting an above average snow year.  The team at Hidden Valley may agree with this.

Photos taken Oct 3, 2017 at Hidden Valley!

See ASM and BC-Yukon winter forecast presentations in the Member’s Only section.

Alberta Energy

Coming soon! Alberta ski areas will receive a communication from CWSAA regarding an industry application for industry energy savings through the Alberta Utilities Commission, as presented by Rick Cowburn at the ASM meeting.

CSP 2018 Training Event

The Canadian Ski Patrol Mountain Division will hold a First Aid and On Snow Training Seminar on February 2 & 3, 2018 at Nakiska.  See more information on this event.

Saturday, February 3, is also the 2018 Canadian Ski Patrol Day, where across Canada the CSP holds events to raise its profile and promote safety on the slopes.

Instructor retention and recruitment initiatives

Alberta CSIA & CASI presented on a number of initiatives to recruit and retain instructors. Check out some of their programs:

CSIA Alberta subsidized training clinics
CASI National free member training opportunities 
CASI (national) scholarships

Places & Faces

On August 6th, 2017, a CADS founding father – Wayne ‘Nip’ Bradford – passed away peacefully. Our thoughts go out to his family. Wayne played an instrumental role as the founder of the certification program for CADS.   A memorial page has been set up, as a way to share memories.

Wayne was recently recognized, posthumously, by the Canadian Ski Council as a 2017 recipient of the Judith Kilbourne Founders Award.

Nitehawk (Grande Prairie) has been busy this summer putting a new deck on their lodge, providing more outdoor seating capacity.

BC’s new Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Honorable Lisa Beare gave an enthusiastic address at the TIABC conference. CWSAA representatives will be meeting with the Minister again shortly to share the key priorities for the ski industry. Photo: Minister Beare with Christopher Nicolson and BC adventure tourism sector representatives.

Tourism Industry Association BC is a big supporter of the ski industry. Congratulations to John Holton, General Manager of Heather Mountain Lodge & Great Canadian Heli-Skiing who now joins the TIABC board.

Upcoming Events

  • 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