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Spotlight: Driving Force

DRIVING FORCE is thrilled to have a new connection with a very special community – skiers. A few of our 28 locations have already made contact to the ski scene through heli-skiing tour operators in the past, but the DRIVING FORCE team is excited to help promote the values of the Canada West Ski Areas […]

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Faces & Places: Sun Peaks Mountain Biking

Sun Peaks BC will be the venue for the first CWSAA Mountain Bike Operations Workshop on October 2 & 3 scheduled in conjunction with the CWSAA BC-Yukon Fall Meeting on October 1 & 2. CWSAA had the opportunity to join Chief Marketing Officer Aidan Kelly on a tour of Sun Peaks’ new 9 kilometre Green […]

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Places & Faces: SilverStar Schumann Gondola

The history of many ski areas is marked with break through moments.  Some are accidental, and some are strategically crafted.  In time, the SilverStar community may look back on July 14, 2018 as one of those moments. It was the day SilverStar opened the Schumann Summit Express Gondola.  The Doppelmayr lift top and bottom stations […]

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Places & Faces: Mt Washington Summer Ops

George, Tim, Dean, and Pete (left to right above) form part of the management team at Mount Washington.  George Trousdell, Director of Operations, has been a long-time contributor to CWSAA committees.  Dean Prentice is the new GM replacing Peter Gibson following retirement from his 40 year tenure at Mt Washington. Mt Washington has applied a […]

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Jimmie Spencer, 1926-2018

Canada West is very saddened to share of Jimmie Spencer’s passing in the early afternoon of July 16 in Vernon BC with wife Andy and sons Iain and David at his side.  CWSAA expresses its heartfelt condolences to Andy and the entire Spencer family. Remarkable, Storied, Legendary, Monumental, Pillar, Leadership, Inspiration, Epic, Amazing Mentor are […]

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Places & Faces: Summer Operations at Big White

Now in it’s third season of summer operations, Big White continues to grow their activities and events.  Diversifying ski areas operations to include summer activities and events is becoming a trend to ensure the long-term sustainability of resorts.  A lot of work goes into developing a summer operation, and for Big White they began with […]

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Great ideas for Summer Ops in the Alberta Rockies

The start of summer brings new guests to ski areas that often have different needs and expectations than our ski and snowboard patrons.  Ski areas have responded and discovered new, often inexpensive, ways to provide experiences.  Some of the following ideas were found on recent visits to the national park ski areas. Lake Louise has […]

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CWSAA 2018 Award Recipients

Lake Louise, Alberta – Three outstanding individuals were recognized for their contributions to the ski industry at last week’s Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) 50th annual conference. Fred Bosinger: recognized posthumously with the 2018 Jimmie Spencer Lifetime Achievement Award. Darcy Alexander (General Manager, Sun Peaks Resort LLP): recipient of the 2018 Jim Marshall Leadership […]

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3 Ski Industry Leaders Set to Retire

The 2018 CWSAA Spring Conference will celebrate 50 years of service to ski areas, and it promises to be especially memorable for some that retire at the end of this ski season.  Three of those individuals are Peter Gibson (Mt. Washington), Mike Barker (Manning Park), and Bob Falle (Selkirk College).  Each is a leader at […]