Small Areas Assistance

Small Areas Assistance Policy

CWSAA and its members have utilized various fund-raising efforts to create a pool of funds to provide financial support to Small Ski Areas.   These funds can be accessed by CWSAA Members, as follows:



  • An application for funds can be made by a Small Ski Area.
  • A Small Ski Area is defined as an alpine or nordic ski area with annual skier visits of less than 20,000; or a helicopter or cat skiing operation with annual skier visits of less than 1,000.
  • The Small Ski Area must be a CWSAA Member in good standing.


Use of Funds

  • The requested funds can be used for Safety & Risk Management, Education or to facilitate participation in a CWSAA Function (i.e. Conference, Division Meeting or other CWSAA Event).
  • The funds cannot be used for asset purchases (e.g. equipment).


Funding Process

  • Applicants are required to submit a request in writing to CWSAA, prior to the event. For each CWSAA Spring Conference and Fall Division Meetings a call for applications, with a specific process that must be followed, will be communicated to members.
  • Applications must be approved by the CWSAA President.
  • Funding is subject to available funds.
  • Eligible ski areas may apply for funding up to a maximum of $2,000 during any 24 consecutive month period, with no greater than $1500 granted within 12 consecutive months.


This updated policy was approved by the CWSAA Board, January 2019.