In response to feedback from snow schools, a new option for instructor training will be available this season. The CSIA Apprentice Instructor Program, dedicated to any competent parallel skier that wants to become an instructor, provides a new option for the training and certification of entry-level instructors. It combines CSIA content with in-house snow school training and apprenticeship. It includes the basics of practical ski teaching methodology, technical understanding, development of guest service skills, as well as teaching children. In addition, the student will learn the importance of the ski instructor role within to the ski industry. Snow schools providing the training can adapt part of the content and delivery to their own operational context.

This curriculum merges 12 hours of CSIA Level 1 content with 12 hours of snow school training and/or apprenticeship. Participants who complete the Apprentice Instructor Program are eligible for a one day exam to become certified as a CSIA Level 1. This eligibility expires 2 full seasons after completion of apprenticeship. Snow schools who wish to participate in the delivery of the program must register through their Level 1 Regional Coordinator.

The snow schools who participate in the Apprentice Instructor Program will greatly benefit from:

  • In-house training with the potential of reducing cost and increasing accessibility for participants;
  • Workplace ready instructors, with training adapted to each snow school;
  • Local recruitment to meet staffing demands;
  • Continual development for instructors and trainers alike;
  • A pool of potential new instructors, therefore creating a succession within their snow school.

For more information, contact Martin Jean, Director of Education and Membership Services at martinj@snowpro.com or call 1-800-811-6428 ext. 227.

The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance National Office

 

Dear CSIA members,

Please read the following information in regards to the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors. 

AGM NOTICE – As published in the Fall 2017 edition of Ski Pro Magazine, the CSIA’s Annual General Meeting of the members will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Base Camp in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec at 4:30 p.m. local time. In accordance with the CSIA General By-law, members who cannot attend can submit an electronic proxy by login into their profile on snowpro.com.  Click here to view the AGM Notice in its entirety.

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS – In accordance with CSIA’s General By-law, the term of office for the Director of the Quebec and Central regions will expire on May 1, 2018. Any member in good standing who wishes to stand for election to the Board of Directors for either position in question must, no later than November 30, 2017, submit a nomination form, supported by not less than ten (10) members. Click here  for further details.

You can now register for a CSIA program. Click here to get all the information on the new registration process.

You can now renew your membership for the 2017/2018 season and start taking advantage of your benefits. If you renew your membership online by October 16, 2017, you will be eligible to participate in a draw where you could win 1 of 12 free memberships or a pair of skis! You will also receive an online voucher to be used when you register to a CSIA National module (value of $20). If you have been recognized as a 25-year member and renew before November 1st, 2017, you will also receive a $50.00 online voucher applicable towards the registration of one of our National Members’ Convention.

Youth promo! We are offering our younger members a new promotion this year, whereas all members 18 years of age or younger, will receive a $10.00 rebate on their membership dues upon renewal. When renewing your membership online, you will notice that the website has been revamped. As indicated in past communication related to our strategic plan, the CSIA has been developing, in collaboration with the firm Connexence and a committee of users made up of regional representatives, a new IT system and new web platform. These changes will enable us to offer you more online functionalities, as well as improve your online membership experience.

The start of this season does marks the official launch of the new web platform, online membership profile and renewal process. However, additional features will be implemented throughout the fall, including the course registrations and membership cards issuance in late September. Communications of these new features will be sent via direct email or included in the skipromag.com newsletter. Stay tuned! As you are probably aware, any technological changes can bring some technical difficulties or issues. Therefore, to give you all the support you need, we are extending our Membership Services phone hours during the launch of the season. Until October 16th, 2017 you can contact us with any questions at 1-800-811-6428 extension 0, from to 8:30 am to 7:30 pm EST, Monday to Thursday (we will retain our regular hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST on Fridays). We want to thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete the implementation of all the features.

Please send us your feedback by email at national@snowpro.com! Let us know what you like or what you would like to see improved. Your comments and suggestions will help us make the system even better in the future.

You can now login to your profile using the login button located at the top right corner of the snowpro.com website.
All members’ passwords have been reset to their dateof birth. Please log in with your date of birth as a temporary
password using the following format separated by hyphens: YYYY-MM-DD.
Note that the system will then prompt
you to set up your personal password.

Once this step has been completed you will then see on your main profile page, a section to start the membership renewal process. To complete the renewal process, simply follow the steps to validate, change or add information to your profile.

The CSIA National Office wishes you a great ski season!



Reminiscing about those years when you were a ski instructor? Do you miss those days when you were skiing all day and meeting your friends for après-ski? Are you looking for new and exclusive events as well as exciting benefits?

The CSIA will be offering new activities, services, training and benefits for its alumni instructors of all ages. Anybody who has been a CSIA member for a year or more is an alumni.

A pilot project will take place during the 2017/2018 season in the Laurentians (the cradle of skiing in Canada). In addition to the alumni instructors from the 12 existing snow schools, alumni from ski areas that are no longer in operation are all welcomed! (Côtes 40 / 80, Gray Rocks, La Marquise, Alouette, Alta, Castor, Plante, Sauvage and Sainte-Agathe, Sun Valley, Vallée Cochand, etc.

Afterwards, the concept will gradually unfold in the rest of Canada during the 2018/2019 season. Be part of this new community by completing the form and survey below in order to receive information on the development of this exciting project! Hundreds of alumni have already signed up!

You feel like contributing? You can help us find alumni by sharing the following link:
https://www.snowpro.com/en/national-news/289-calling-all-csia-alumni-ski-instructors

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at national@snowpro.com

Click here to fill out the form and stay up-to-date.

Click here to fill out the survey.

See you on the slopes!

Summer may be in full swing but that doesn’t mean we cannot look forward to the 2017/2018 ski season! Key national programs have already been scheduled and we are happy to share this first wave of dates with you. Stay tuned and visit snowpro.com for the full schedule to be released in late September, at which point, registrations will be opened. 

Please note the CSIA National Office is now open from Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST and is closed on Fridays. We will resume our regular 5-day schedule on the week of September 4th, 2017.

Please contact us by email at: national@snowpro.com for any questions.

Enjoy the summer!

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