Ski Area Management Magazine recently announced the three winners of their Sammy Leadership Awards, which honours individuals in the mountain resort industry who, at mid-career, demonstrate the enthusiasm, passion, and creativity that will shape the ski industry’s future.
One of the award winners was Christopher Nicolson, the President and CEO of the Canada West Ski Areas Association, for being one of three Sammy Award recipients.
From Ski Area Management’s release:
“These three individuals were nominated by their peers, who acknowledged that this quartet embodies the leadership qualities that will help the industry adapt to and flourish in changing times,” said SAM publisher Olivia Rowan. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments and the passion they bring to our industry.”
Christopher Nicolson joined Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) in April 2016, following 30 years at a variety of B.C. areas: Sun Peaks, Whistler Blackcomb, Silver Star, and Forbidden Plateau, as well as St. Anton, Austria. Prior to joining CWSAA, he was President of Tourism Sun Peaks, where he helped the resort and community meet visitation goals in both summer and winter. On a smaller scale, Nicolson is a volunteer coach at the Kemano Ski Club in northern B.C., where he first learned to slide on snow. His mantra: “Skiing and snowboarding is more than a sport, it is an economic engine and an important part of our social fabric as North Americans.”