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Places & Faces: Panorama

Immediate Past Chair of CWSAA and Panorama President Steve Paccagnan can be incredibly proud of his ski area. The riding is big. In recent years, it has complemented its well earned reputation for grooming, cruising, and national team training with expansive terrain in Sun Bowl, Dream Zone, and Taynton Bowl, and now features cat access…

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Places & Faces: Kicking Horse

The cool factor and street cred immediately kicks in when Kicking Horse’s GM, Mike Rubenstein, follows patrol procedure and grabs a self rescue bag of rope as he gets on a lift. This routine lives on from his extensive patrol and avalanche background, and he remains intimately close to the operations and avi terrain assessment.…

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Places & Faces: Kimberley

CWSAA Directors that rip! Good luck keeping up with Director Kim Locke. And our Chair Andre Quenneville…forget about it! General Manager Ted Funston toured the CWSAA Board around Kimberley Alpine Resort’s monstrous fall line runs during its winter Board meeting. The Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Resort has huge terrain serviced by a Leitner high speed…

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Places & Faces: Summit Lake

CWSAA was very fortunate to recently spend the afternoon with the exceptional volunteer directors at Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area near Nakusp. Eric, Mike, Dan, Chantel, Mel, Butch, and Turtle (Rob Stevens) were good to spend their Sunday on the snow with CWSAA while local kids buzzed all over the slopes. It's got a great community…

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Places & Faces: Pass Powderkeg

CWSAA was able to join Katherine and the Pass Powderkeg team during their new After School program lessons.  This is the first year offering the Riversdale Rippers, a five week after-school lesson program for children 6-16. After checking out the After School program, we caught a few extra laps of night skiing then enjoyed some…

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Tree Well Safety Education

The following is a really well written blog post and great example of Tree Well Safety education.  Kudos to Whitewater for this campaign and thanks for letting us share it with the industry. Tree? Well, well, well... Shared with permission from Whitewater blogger Stella Are you a treehugger? What’s your fav thing about skiing trees?…

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Employee Safety: The nutrition factor

Nutrition improves energy levels, injury rates and outlook on work and life!  Delia Roberts, the author of the Fit for Snow program, recently contributed an article to the Journal of Professional Snowsports Instruction, focusing on connection between nutrition and injury rates, with some appropriate and relatively easy to integrate tips for ski industry staff. Read…

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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…