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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…

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2019 CWSAA Awards Recipients

April 26, 2019, Whistler, BC – Three outstanding individuals were recognized for their contributions to the ski industry at last night's Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) 51st annual conference. Peter Alder: recipient of the 2019 Jimmie Spencer Lifetime Achievement Award. Danny Cox: recipient of the 2019 Jim Marshall Leadership Award. Dan Wilson (General Manager, Vista…

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Employee Safety: Reducing Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries

Toolbox Meetings: Reducing Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries The following is a series of 'Toolbox Meetings' for Ski Areas to hold Safety Meetings with their staff on reducing skiing and snowboarding injuries. Three Meeting Plans have been provided (click the title below to view the meeting plan): Meeting 1 - Overview of Skiing and Snowboarding Injury…

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Places & Faces: Baldy Mountain Resort

We had the pleasure of visiting Andy Foster and meeting Sam Smith at Baldy Mountain Resort this weekend. Andy was MC of the Race Sam (Sandra) has been a long-time resident on the mountain.  The Resort has been through a number of challenges over its history, and at one point in the 90's the Ski Club…

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Places & Faces: Sasquatch Ski Resort

Sasquatch Ski Resort was formerly known as Hemlock Valley and rests above Harrison Lake on the north side of the Fraser River and the growing population in the Fraser Valley. Sasquatch was one of many ski areas to provide a smoke-free environment for guests this winter.  Response from guests was appreciative and positive.   The…