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gob·smacked: ɡäbˌsmakt / adjective

gob·smacked:   ɡäbˌsmakt / adjective;    overawed, speechless, extraordinary.   A pretty good word for our  host mountains and venue for the CWSAA spring conference April 25 – 27, 2017. Yes, we are going to feel right at home here in the mountains.  CWSAA is going to be gathering this April during its 49th year, at the […]

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Places & Faces: Lake Louise

Anticipation can not help but build as one approaches Lake Louise from the west.  The ski area boldly greets all travellers as they leave BC and enter Alberta on Hwy #1. Chief Operating Officer Rick Werner explains that Lake Louise lies within Improvement District #9 (ID9).  It extends from Banff National Park boundary gate to gate, […]

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The Canada West What?

I was in one of my many conversations with Doug Forseth several weeks ago.  Doug is unsuccessfully trying to wind down a decorated career and is well known in CWSAA circles as one of our industry leaders in every way.  We were speaking about leadership, the moral fabric in our industry, and the camaraderie and […]

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In the search of Weeee

I was very proud to hear from Canadian Ski Council’s Paul Pinchbeck that the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass programme has just been recognised by FIS as the world’s largest snow programme for kids, and “sets a global benchmark for improving access for children to snow sports.”  This is a testament to the Canadian ski […]

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Financial Impact of the Western Canadian Ski Industry

Our good friends at Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd. have just released the findings of the 2015/16 CWSAA ski industry financial analysis.  The data reflects the size and impact of the ski industry in Western Canada from Manitoba west based on the 2015/16 year.   Highlights include: Skier Visits:              8.4 million Total Revenue:        $790 million […]

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Places & Faces – Harper Mountain

Harper Mountain is located above Paul Lake near Kamloops BC.  It is a 2nd generation family run area owned by Norm and Lisa Daburger.  It was started in 1973 by  Norm’s parents Max & Elizabeth Daburger and Peter Huser.  The Daburgers emigrated to Canada in their teens from Bavaria, and Huser from Switzerland.  They were contractors […]

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Places & Faces – Peter Plimmer

​Peter Plimmer is the President of Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, BC, and the architect of some significant changes at the ski area. Peter graduated with an IT degree.  He has advanced technology at Big White to make it one of the leaders in Western Canada with RFID ski lift ticket technology.   Long known for […]

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Ski Industry Performance

Global BC TV visited Vancouver’s North Shore mountains and asked CWSAA about ski industry performance. 2007/08 remains the benchmark year in Canada for skier visits because all the weather and market variables aligned across the country.  These include factors such as snow, temperature, school holiday alignment with the calendar, and weather during key holiday periods.  Plus […]

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A Friendly Face

CWSAA had the opportunity to meet with the man…Mr. Warren Sparks. He is alleged to be retired.  But often he is found squirreled away in a Doppelmayr lift terminal somewhere playing with electric circuits. Warren continues to be exceptionally giving of his time. He is generous with his ski industry knowledge to anyone that asks, […]

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