Welcome to this 19th edition of the “Communiqué!” 




Dear CSIA Member,

I am writing this Communiqué from my home, after a few action-filled weeks.

Since the last edition, I had a chance to connect with Members at a great Spring Fling Regional event in Jasper, Alberta. I presented and attended the Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) spring conference and spent a bit of time with our new Interski Team, during their first training camp at Sunshine Village!

The next 7 weeks are going to be busy, as we work through our Strategic Plan annual review and budget planning and approval for the 2022-2023 season. This key portion of our annual cycle, combined with Ontario Ski Resort Association Meetings (OSRA) and the ASSQ (Association des stations de ski du Québec) is going to make the spring fly by!



There are very few of us that have not been impacted by Don Kjorven’s career in the CSIA.

There is a very good chance you have either been trained directly by “KJ” or been trained by someone who was trained by Don. Don is a Titan in our organization, having filled, for decades, countless roles in Regional, National, and International leadership capacities.

In the statement below, Don is announcing his retirement from the role of Education Program Coordinator (EPC) for Alberta.

Hello Members,

The CSIA has been a lifeline for me and an exciting journey that I will always cherish.  The close friends and associates working with us over the years have always been supportive and understanding and we appreciate everyone for this. 

I do feel that, for me, the time has come to pass the EPC baton. Karen as the RAC will stay on to support the new person taking on the EPC role.  I'm sure her experience will be a considerable asset to the organization. 

To all, I wish you the best and look forward to working with you in the future. 

Don Kjorven

On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Don for his countless contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement from the Alberta EPC role!



Following Don’s announcement, combined with the recent EPC opening in Ontario, we will start the search for both (Alberta and Ontario) EPC replacements, prior to the end of the month.

Get your resumes ready! These are two great opportunities in two key important staff roles!



As we are entering into a post COVID period (fingers crossed), it has been so great for all of us to reconnect in person! I know from the staff perspective, that reconnecting in person has been invaluable!

Through the Pandemic, we did, however, come across a valuable tool that we also continue to make use of. The virtual meeting format does give us an opportunity to meet across the entire Membership at once. And in my focus, I let the opportunity to stay connected virtually slip down the list a bit.

To the point, when we announced and executed the last virtual Town Hall, it was rushed in its execution.  My sincerest apologies for that! Going forward, in the years ahead, I envision quarterly town halls, scheduled at the start of the season, allowing us to execute better, and allowing everyone to plan their participation well in advance.

Click here to access the meeting recording of the April 27 session.


The next Town Hall is scheduled for May 30, 2022, at 7 PM Eastern Time

Click here to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





Renew before June 30 and keep your Membership and Certification active, allowing you to enjoy the many benefits that CSIA has to offer, such as a $750 cashback on your next purchase or lease of a new Subaru vehicle. You will also avoid any reinstatement fees next season!

To renew your Membership online, go to snowpro.com, access your Profile with your Membership number and password, or contact us at 1-800-811-6428 ext. 221.



Winter is now behind us, and you can start planning your summer outings!

Save on CSIA branded items such as The North Face backpack and T-shirts, CSIA travel mugs, and baseball caps! Find everything you are looking for and save at the CSIA Online Store! Visit snowpro.com for all the details.


As the season is very close to completion in all Regions across the country, I hope each of you is getting a chance to relax with friends and family!


Until next time,

Best Regards,

On behalf of the entire CSIA Staff Team,

Perry Schmunk

CSIA Managing Director