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Employee Safety: Working at Heights

Following up on Falls from Heights It’s the time of year, when the snow is accumulating, and occasionally roofs and other elevated surfaces need to be cleared or inspected. While falls from heights are relatively rare, when they do occur they can have serious consequences.  It’s not just those who climb lift towers and onto…

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Places & Faces: Sasquatch Mountain

The 2019/20 season at Sasquatch Mountain Resort in the Fraser Valley (formerly Hemlock Valley Resort) features a new Leitner Poma conveyor loading quad. The lift substantially increases the ski areas uphill capacity and the lift itself will move 1800 passengers per hour with room for additional carriers in the future. The conveyor loading system provides…

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Reduce the impact: Composting

Reduce the impact: Composting As stewards of the land, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) members take a serious responsibility to protect the biodiversity in each area, minimizing pollution and reducing their impact on the land, wildlife, air and water. Throughout the winter, we are highlighting leading examples from various resorts and the steps they…

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Reduce the impact: respecting wildlife

Reduce the impact: respecting wildlife As stewards of the land, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) members take a serious responsibility to protect the biodiversity in each area, minimizing pollution and reducing their impact on the land, wildlife, air and water. Throughout the winter, we are highlighting leading examples from various resorts and the steps…

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Reduce the impact: managing the slopes

Reduce the impact: managing the slopes As stewards of the land, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) members take a serious responsibility to protect the biodiversity in each area, minimizing pollution and reducing their impact on the land, wildlife, air and water. Throughout the winter, we are highlighting leading examples from various resorts and the…

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Employee Safety: Stack your Snack

Fit for Duty: Stack your Snack Working at a snowsport resort is an energy intensive job. You’ll need to fuel all that shoveling, lifting, pushing, turning and more, but keep in mind that you also need to fuel up your brain in order to make good decisions – and your safety, and the safety of…

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Places & Faces: Little Smoky

There are SROAMies everywhere in ski country. CWSAA spent the morning with SROAM grad Rob Bourgeois at Little Smoky Ski Area near Fahler Alberta, northwest of Edmonton. It rocks! The Doppelmayr Tbar and handle tows provide access to skiing/snowboarding, as well as an impressive tube park. Rob is one of the folks that firmly believes…

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Places & Faces: Nitehawk

Asset utilization and revenue diversification are the mantras at the aptly named Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park. General Manager, Duane Stevenson shared with CWSAA how Nitehawk weather proofs the experience, and ensures its profitability. Energy is a great example. Currently most Alberta ski areas have rates set by their winter usage. Efforts are being made to…

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Beginners Win with Never Ever Days

Beginners Win with Never Ever Days Contributed by Michael Fulton, Canadian Ski Council If I were to tell you that the average Canadian skier is a university-educated white man in his 40s, would that surprise you? Probably not. That's been the stereotype of a skier for some time and, in reality, it's not that far…