The Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the Ski Areas of Western Canada. Its primary areas of focus are safety and risk management, sustainable market growth, people and talent development, and government advocacy.
CWSAA was founded in 1967 and incorporated in 1973, under the Canada Corporations Act. At the May 12, 2014 CWSAA AGM members approved new By-laws and Articles of Continuance to facilitate a migration to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. CWSAA filed the required forms with Corporations Canada on May 26, 2014 and received a Certificate of Continuance on June 3, 2014.
As of 2021, CWSAA represents 247 Members, including 111 ski areas and 136 suppliers to the ski industry. This outstanding level of member support allows CWSAA to provide a strong and unified voice for the Western Canadian Ski Industry.
Ski areas in Western Canada attract 9.5 million alpine skier visits and generate $2.1 billion in spending annually. They employ 28,600 people (19,000 FTEs) and provide an economic cornerstone for the winter tourism industry.