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2020 Member Services Feedback

Each spring, by way of survey, CWSAA reaches out the membership to find out how we can best serve the membership and current areas of priority.  Given the unprecedented global situation, additional focus was added related to COVID-19.  This year, 69 members participated in the survey. Members continue to report an increase in how familiar…

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2020-21 CWSAA Board of Directors

On Wednesday August 19, 2020, CWSAA held its Annual General Meeting virtually.  Over 75 individuals participated. CWSAA is excited to welcome four new Directors elected to the CWSAA Board during Wednesday’s meeting: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (ASM) Division Director Kim Jones, WinSport Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (ASM) Division Director Penny Lindballe, Valley Ski Club BC-Yukon Division Director…

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2020 CWSAA Awards Recipients

April 30, 2020 Each year, CWSAA recognizes extraordinary leaders in the Western Canadian ski industry. Like every other year, there were so many names put forward that are deserving of recognition. Unlike before, this year, the awards could not be announced and celebrated in person.  The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has forced every event worldwide to…

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Employee Safety: Lift Operations

Lifting Lift Ops Safety to New Heights Lift operators have some of the most frequent interactions with guests at ski areas. Making sure that these workers are happy and safe at work will help to create a positive guest experience and shine a light on your resort. As with many jobs, there can be a conflict…

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Places & Faces: Mt Timothy

Mt. Timothy’s new General Manager Walter Bramsleven was introduced to ski area colleagues at last year’s spring conference. As a past senior executive from the log home industry, the ever-smiling Walter is always game for new adventures. He loves being in the centre of the action and is omnipresent from his central base in the…

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Reduce the impact: Transportation

Reduce the impact: transporting people to and from resorts 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…

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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…