The Canada West Ski Areas Association hosted its 51st Spring Conference in Whistler, April 24 – 26. Over the three days attendees were able to participate in a range of workshops, view a wide range of presentations, and socialize with representatives of ski areas from across western Canada (detailed agenda available here, presentations available to CWSAA members here).

Brent Harley moderated a presentation and panel discussion on New Trends & Planning for Summer Operations with presenters Kyle Vash (Brent Harley and Associates), Kris Hawryluik (Big White Resort), and Steve Bailey (Revelstoke Mountain Resort)

BHA was excited to contribute to the success of the Conference, with President Brent Harley and Kyle Vash (Planner/GIS Specialist) participating in the New Trends & Planning for Summer Operations session. Brent acted as the moderator for the session, which also included Kris Hawryluik (Big White) and Steve Bailey (Revelstoke Mountain Resort), while Kyle presented an overview of the planning process behind the development of summer and all-season recreation activities. Kyle’s presentation used BHA’s past planning experiences in all-season recreation planning as a foundation, showcasing our work with the Big White Bike Park, the Sea to Sky Gondola, Castle Mountain Resort, and many others. Feedback from attendees indicates that the session was a resounding success, and all went away with a better understanding of what is needed to plan for and implement all-season recreation activities.

BHA looks forward to the 52nd CWSAA Conference in 2020 and working to build a strong and vibrant mountain resort industry across western Canada and beyond.

If you are looking to expand or improve the summer and all-season recreation activities at your resort or recreation area, please feel free to contact us to discuss how BHA can help you achieve your desired results ( or 604-932-7002)

May this holiday season bring you peace, love and powder!

BHA Waldo – How many skiers can you spot?

The entire BHA team would like to offer their deepest pow wishes for the new year 2019 and hope this holiday seasons offers plenty of fun and festive times with family, friends and loved ones.

The BHA Office will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd inclusive. We are looking forward to catching up with you in the new year!


This year’s BHA e-card displays a beautiful 3D rendering of a peaceful, custom ski area planned and crafted by BHA’s mountain terrain modeling team.  Whatever line you pick, may it bring you success and happiness in 2019!

Season’s Greetings from the BHA Team, Brent, Nancy, Sue, Christine, Kyle, Matt, & Ryan


A new Adaptive Mountain Bike Trail has been announced for the lower elevations of Mount Seymour. The trail will link Old Buck, Bridal Path, and the Empress Bypass to create a loop that will be a major addition to the North Shore mountain biking scene.  AMtb (Adaptive Mountain Biking) offers an accessible way for riders with various physical disabilities to enjoy mountain biking and get outdoors.  The North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) is leading this project and organizing the fundraising campaign to get the trail built. To support the project and make a donation, go to:

Since 2016, BHA has worked with BC Parks exploring a range of new opportunities at Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  We are pleased to share this announcement and are excited for this significant upgrade to the Mount Seymour mountain biking trail network!

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BHA was honored to be invited to present their expertise in planning downhill mountain bike areas to the CWSAA (Canada West Ski Areas Association) members.  Kyle Vash, Resort Planner at BHA,  presented an overview of the planning process for the development of a mountain bike park trail network using the new Big White Bike Park, planned by BHA, as a study case.

CWSAA Mountain Bike Operations Workshop was held on October 3rd 2018 in Sun Peaks, BC.  The Workshop was sold out and regarded as a success.  The well-attended event was appreciated by CWSAA members that were interested in developing biking facilities at their resort or simply wanted to keep up with the industry’s latest trends.


CWSAA Mountain Bike Operations Workshop:

Congrats to Nicholi Rogatkin winner of the Big White Slopestyle 2018!


Peter Plimmer, President of Big White – About Big Bike Slopestyle 2018  

We are more than stoked to see an international event coming up at Big White Bike Park!  BHA has been part of the planning of Big White Bike Park since 2015.  Located at the base of Lara’s Gondola, the Slopestyle Pro Course is one of the most exciting new additions to the bike park amenities for 2018.  Planned to be an event hosting and training facility, the Slopestyle Course is one of the few of its kind in North America, offering an awesome opportunity for the development of Slopestyle Mountain Biking.

So far, 23 riders have confirmed their presences at the Big White Invitational on July 4-7 2018, for more information and the schedule:

Big White Invitational Logo
BHA Planning at Big White Bike Park.
Photo: Big White 2018


BHA has been actively engaged in the master planning process for Big White Ski Resort for the past 15 years.  We have recently been working on a new Master Plan designed to improve the quality of skiing, enhance the base area, expand summer season offerings and improve the overall mountain resort experience.  In preparation for this next stage of development, Big White has plenty of upgrades planned for the 2018 season, including a new fixed-grip quad chair to replace the famous Powder Chair.

Read all about the planned improvements in 2018 here.

Based on the Master Plan developed by BHA in 2015, the Mansfield Ski Club has undertaken a program of upgrades and improvements in recent years. The club’s members and visitors can now enjoy the new Javelin Triple Chairlift and a new terrain park – The Flight Deck.  Both amenities have been a huge success since their implementation, and resulted from a detailed planning exercise led by BHA that also included the expansion of skiable terrain, a grading plan, resort residential development, and all-season considerations.

For more information on MSC

Live action at the new “Flight Deck” terrain park at Mansfield Ski Club. Photo: MSC 2018.

BHA was pleased to received the official announcement from Sioux City and our colleagues at SEH about the Sioux City Cone Park Grand Opening scheduled for December 19th 2017.

From 2015 to 2016, BHA worked in concert with SEHV&KTorrent Eng and RRC to create the plans for this brand new all-season park located in Sioux City, Iowa.  It is a pleasure to see how the plans came to realities, with a high tech LED lighting system and on-hill music, a modern all-season lodge with a cozy outdoor fire pit overlooking the hill, a refrigerated ice skating rink that will convert into a splash pad in the Summer and of course the tube park, Cone Park is fully ready to receive its first guests!

Cone Park Lodge.  SEH December 2017


Ribbon Cutting: Tuesday, December 19 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Park Opening: Thursday, December 21 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

View from the top of the Tube Park, Sioux City Cone Park. SEH December 2017

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