March 14, 2020
Dear CSIA Members,
The situation, as the world is dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), is evolving very quickly. Today's events include a number of Ski Area Operators in Canada suspending operations, therefore we are suspending all of our CSIA Programs, Courses and Events until further notice. If we are able to resume operations during the 2019-2020 season, we will do so with an amended schedule.
For those Members that are currently registered to one of the above mentioned, we will be refunding your full Program fees as soon as possible. Please be patient as we process the volume of refunds.
These are the most challenging of times. Please stay tuned to snowpro.com for updates and posting of Q&A's as the situation continues to evolve, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your Regional Administrative Coordinator for more information related to these cancellations.
CSIA Managing Director
Q & A
1) Question: How will I be refunded for the fees of the cancelled Programs, Courses and Events and when?
Answer: All refunds will be issued using the same credit card used when registration took place. Due to the high number of refunds that will need to be processed by our team, we ask that you please be patient with us. We will issue refunds based on Program dates. If you did not receive your refund within 7 days after the actual cancelled Course dates, please contact the Programs Department via email at email@example.com or contact your local Regional Administrative Coordinator (click here for contact list). Please understand that the response time may be longer than usual due to the volume of inquiries.
2) Question: What Programs, Courses and Events are cancelled?
Answer: All CSIA Programs, Courses and Events that were taking place at the time Programs were suspended on March 14, 2020, but were not completed, or Programs that were scheduled to take place as of March 15, 2020 until the end of the 2019-2020 season, are considered cancelled at this time. We will communicate with the Membership should we be in a position to resume our Program operations with a modified schedule, before the end of the refunds being issued for this season.
Friday March 13, 2020
Dear CSIA Members,
As the world is dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the CSIA wants to assure you that your health and well-being is our highest priority.
We are closely monitoring the situation via https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
At this time, our Domestic Programs will continue to operate with the following amendments:
- No Indoor components (workshops, videos, lectures, seminars, etc)
- No Indoor gatherings (program registration, presentations of results, etc)
In addition, should the Health Authorities issue any changes in any Region or issue any restrictions or recommendations, we will immediately adjust our operations.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough in your elbow or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a face mask: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- CDC recommends that face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- In addition, we are asking every member to exercise the following Public Health Agency of Canada's advice:
- If you have travelled outside Canada, it is important to monitor your health when you return to Canada. While abroad, you may have come in contact with the Novel Coronavirus. PHAC asks that you monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. If you have these symptoms, call the Public Health Authority in the Province or Territory you are in, to inform them. They will provide advice on what you should do.
As recommended by Provincial Health Authorities; "To stop shaking hands, advising people to use another form of acknowledgement. It's a small gesture that shows that we are paying attention to what's going on and it's something that we can do in our community."
In summary, it's important that we all pay close attention to the above information. We will be sure to communicate any changes in our operations, immediately, should this highly fluid situation change at any time.
CSIA Managing Director
Featuring the Powder 8 Canadian Qualifying CSIA Event on March 3 and 4, 2020...for the Powder 8 World Championships being held at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in Blue River, BC from March 31 to April 3, 2020. The Special Limited Edition Competition 'The Revival', to celebrate Mike Wiegele's 50th Anniversary in operation, event link on Mike Wiegele website click here.
Powder 8 Canadian Qualifying CSIA Event Details:
Qualifying and selection of the CSIA Powder 8 Team invited to join the World Championships
When: Tuesday March 3 and Wednesday March 4, 2020
Where: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Judges: Guest Industry Judges to be announced
Event cost: For CSIA Members 99$ per person
Meeting location: Essentially Blackcomb (EB) Patio at Whistler Base on day one at 8AM
Registration deadline: February 24, 2020
Registration to CSIA Event: click here
The CSIA Qualifying Event will follow the same criteria as the Powder 8 World Championships Event.
Powder 8 Events are designed for teams of two skiing in powder snow and leaving tracks that will be the envy of all skiers. The skiing will be a true test of teamwork and ability. Good sportsmanship and fair play are expected from all participants.
Judging Criteria and Marking:
Synchronicity: The skiers are expected to be in synch, one turn apart, and crossing tracks to leave the best possible figure 8s. Body position, and consistent movements will gain the best marks. Marking will be out of 10 in 1/10ths.
Dynamic Skiing: The skiers are expected to ski aggressively, stay on their track and not interfere with the other team (head to head), in other words, get from the start to the finish as quickly and efficiently as possible keeping in mind the need for tracks and synchronicity. Marks out of 10 in 1/10ths.
Shape: The true test of the event. Marked out of 10 in 10ths.
Symmetry: Refer to images. The essence of the competition and expected outcome is symmetry. Staying in the fall line and in a defined lane will be part of the consideration. Marks out of 10 in 10ths. First over finish in Head to Head: 3 - points from head judge only.
Find a partner (female or male) in your Region or somewhere in Canada, do some figure 8s practice before the CSIA Event. Register before the deadline and join the fun at Whistler Blackcomb with the CSIA, as we select the optimal pairing to represent our organization at the Powder 8 World Championships. The winning team gets an all expenses paid at the Powder 8 Event in Blue River, BC. A once in a lifetime opportunity for CSIA Members!
Please note that the National Office will be closed on the following days during the Holidays:
Tuesday, December 24 at noon
Wednesday, December 25
Thursday, December 26
Tuesday, December 31 at noon
Wednesday, January 1
Thursday, January 2
We will resume our regular schedule on Friday, January 3, 2020. Please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries.
In order to receive your CSIA items in time for Christmas, visit the CSIA Online Store on snowpro.com and order before these dates:
Within Canada – December 13th 2019
Outside of Canada - December 9th 2019
Thank you and happy shopping!
You are invited to a CSIA Event that will include a National Hall of Fame Induction and the 2019 Annual General Meeting, taking place on Saturday November 9, 2019 at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario at 6:30 pm local time. The Event will be followed by a period of questions and a small gathering will take place, where canapes, desserts and beverages will be served. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED AT THIS EVENT.
AGM NOTICE – The CSIA Annual General Meeting of the Members will be held in accordance with the CSIA General By-Laws. Members who cannot attend can submit an Electronic Proxy by logging into their Profile on snowpro.com. Click here to view the AGM Notice in its entirety. Information on the AGM Notice will also appear in the 2019-2020 Edition of Ski Pro Magazine.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS – In accordance with CSIA’s General By-Laws, the term of office for the Director of the Ontario and British Columbia Regions will expire on May 1, 2020. 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, 2019, submit a nomination form, supported by not less than ten (10) Members. Click here for further details.
NATIONAL HALL OF FAME – The first of four 2019 National Hall of Fame Inductions will take place at 6:30pm, directly before the AGM commences. The CSIA will induct an Inspirational Leader who is very familiar over many years to the Eastern and Ontario Membership, his name being Peter Metzger, a long time Level 4 Instructor, Level 4 Course Conductor, 1995 Interski Demo Team Member and CSC Level 3 Coach. Many of today's CSIA Level 4's in Canada and several Alpine National Team Members were influenced, supported, trained and coached by Metzger at Georgian Peaks in Ontario. His award will be presented by the legendary duo of Rob Butler and Ian Kirkpatrick. Everyone is invited to both the Induction and AGM. For more Hall of Fame information click here.
TORONTO SKI+SNOWBOARD SHOW – being held November 7-10, 2019 at the International Centre Hall 2, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga. Come by and see the CSIA being represented on-site at the Alpine Indoor Ski Deck, where we will demonstrate some Ski Instruction and Demo Shows on the deck every few hours. This show is Canada's largest consumer showcase of ski related travel destinations, equipment, clothing, lifestyle and Snow Schools, with over 125 Resort Operators from across North America on hand. More info at torontoskishow.com, we'll see you there!
Congratulations to all of the new Education Program Coordinators (EPC) and Regional Administrative Coordinators (RAC) in all Regions. For their full bios and history visit our Facebook page @CSIA AMSC.
Please click here to read an important announcement pertaining to the CSIA leadership structure.
Please note that from September 3, 2019 to May 4, 2020 the National Office will be open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST.
Please contact us by email at: email@example.com for further inquiries.
Please click here to find out about the results of the 2019 CSIA Board of Directors elections!
In accordance with CSIA’s General By-Laws, the term of office for the Directors representing the Alberta and Atlantic regions will expire on May 1, 2019.
Candidates are either selected by a Nomination Committee or run “from the floor” by having submitted a Nomination Form by November 30, 2018. Following this process, we are pleased to announce that:
- For the Alberta region, the following candidates will stand for election: Vieri Berretti, Colin Borrow, Robert Côté, Paul Cunnius, Morgan Engel and Danielle Galletly-Vriend.
- For the Atlantic region, the following candidates will stand for election: Gregor Byrne and Darren McDonald.
Click here to read their respective biographies.
The election process for the National Board of Directors is conducted by mail-in, fax-in or electronic ballot; and as per the CSIA National By-laws, is open to those members in good standing, who reside in the region the Director will represent (Article 5.06 of the CSIA By-laws provides further details on the “Right to vote”). Members are entitled to one vote; and once the ballot has been submitted, it is irrevocable.
Eligible members from these two regions can cast their vote:
- Electronically by accessing their online member’s profile (login on snowpro.com); the ballot can be found on the home page of your personal profile. Once completed, click on the SEND button;
- Click here for the fax or mail-in ballot (paper copy).
The deadline to cast your vote is Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST.
This election is a great opportunity for CSIA members, to choose who can best represent their interests on the CSIA Board of Directors, and who can influence the future direction of the CSIA. To help you with selecting your candidate; we encourage you to read the biographies (see link above) and job description (click here for the Role and responsibilities document). The job description will allow you to gain a better understanding of what a CSIA Director is responsible for and how their respective skill sets can become an asset for your association!
Voting is your privilege and duty as a member. Exercise your right to vote and make a difference!
Please note that the National Office will be closed on the following days during the Holidays:
Monday, December 24 at noon
Tuesday, December 25
Wednesday, December 26
Monday, December 31 at noon
Tuesday, January 1
Wednesday, January 2
We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday January 3, 2019. Please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries.
The National Board of Directors of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Perry Schmunk as our new Managing Director, effective November 27, 2018.
Perry joins the CSIA with over 30 years of senior leadership experience in both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Perry has held positions of management, marketing and business development within various organizations including Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Tofino, Cactus Club Restaurants and Concert Properties.
Perry’s major accomplishments include leading complex organizations, developing innovative business and marketing plans, creating shared vision and driving significant change with diverse stakeholder groups.
Perry has participated as a volunteer in both our regional and national CSIA Board of Directors and holds a CSIA Level 4 and a CSCF\ACA Level 2 certification. He has been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service and received industry awards for his creativity and innovation. When he is not busy at work or on the snow skiing, he enjoys quality time with his three children, Susi, Owen and Oksana.
To all CSIA members,
Please read the following information in regards to the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors.
AGM NOTICE –The CSIA Annual General Meeting of the members will be held on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Library of the Manitoba Museum, in Winnipeg, Manitoba at 4:30 p.m. local time. In accordance with the CSIA General By-laws, 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. Information on the AGM Notice will also appear in the 2018/2019 edition of the Ski Pro Magazine.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS – In accordance with CSIA’s General By-laws, the term of office for the Director of the Alberta and Atlantic regions will expire on May 1, 2019. 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, 2018, submit a nomination form, supported by not less than ten (10) members. Click here for further details.
Click here to get all the details!
It is with mixed emotions that the Board of Directors of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance announces that Martin Jean, Director of Education and Membership Services, has decided to retire from the CSIA after 34 years of service. Martin’s last day as a National Office staff will be June 30, 2019.
The Board of Directors would like to thank Martin for his dedication and hard work and we are proud of all his accomplishments. “Through the years, Martin has been a major thought leader and a significant contributor to the design, delivery and evolution of our educational program. Although Martin will leave the organization at the end of this coming season, his legacy will remain with us for generations.” said Robert Tousignant, Chair of CSIA’s National Board.
In announcing his retirement, Martin has written his thoughts on his journey at the CSIA…
Dear CSIA colleagues and friends,
It is with great emotion and a sense of accomplishment that I am announcing that I will be retiring from the CSIA after 34 years of service in June 2019.
I feel very privileged to have been able to fulfill my aspirations to work in ski teaching for most of my career with a great organization such as CSIA and I am proud to have contributed to its advancement. Also, I am happy to see the CSIA reach new heights as the member’s engagement, the quality of the education programs and the international recognition continue to rise every year.
I am taking this opportunity to thank all my colleagues that I worked with throughout the years, the Course Conductors for their dedication, the many volunteers on countless committees, the Board of Directors and of course the office staff for their support and friendship.
I will leave with fond memories of our time together. Thank you and see you on the slopes!
Here’s an overview of all CSIA programs and events that will be offered this season. Please note that registration will open in early October on snowpro.com.
Please note that as of May 4th, 2018, the CSIA National Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm EST and closed on Fridays.
We will resume our regular 5 day schedule as of September 4, 2018.
For further inquiries, please contact us by email at email@example.com
The CSIA National Office
The CSIA is proud to announce a new Silver partnership with Auclair and Seger brands. In addition, Auclair has signed on to be an official 2019 CSIA Interski team sponsor. Don’t forget to stay on the lookout for their gloves on our online store next fall!
Want to know more about them? Check out their website to see more.
The season is in full swing, snow conditions are great and our Course Conductors are ready for you!
The HP camps are happening now and you can still register...
February 8-9, 2018 - Mont Tremblant, QC
February 22-23, 2018 - Craigleith, ON
March 29-30, 2018 - Mont Orford, QC
Have you signed up to a Women’s Edge Camp? Here are the dates:
February 26-28, 2018 - Blue Mountain, ON
February 26 - March 2, 2018 - Sun Peaks, BC
At the term of the Eastern and Western Interski tryouts that took place in Mont-Sainte-Anne and Sun Peaks, we are filled with pride to introduce the full Interski team who will be participating in the 2019 Interski Congress in Bulgaria. Congratulations to Steve Young, Simon Chapleau, Sunny Verreault, Frédérik Lépine, Jean-François Beaulieu, Luc Néron, Tracey Fraser, Jeff Marks, Russ Wood and Josh Foster.
We would also like to thank our coaching staff who made this happen: Warren Jobbitt (Head Coach), John Gillies (Assistant Head Coach), Tom Klingspohn and James Scott (Assistant Coaches) and Maggie Graham (Team Selection Coach).
Stay tuned this season for more Interski preparation and countdown to the event!
Due to unfortunate technical issues with our integrated system, the membership card production has been delayed this season. Rest assured, the cards are currently in production. Expect your card to arrive shortly.
In the meantime, you can access your digital card on your snowpro.com profile.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause you and thank you for your patience and understanding.
The CSIA wishes all of its members a Happy New Year! May 2018 bring us all an abundance of snow and great teaching moments across Canada.
Your National Board of Directors wishes to inform you that François Morrison, who held the Managing Director position, has left the CSIA. We wish him well in his new endeavours.
In the interim, the Board will work with our senior staff to ensure a smooth transition and will inform you shortly of our succession plan.
Please note that the National Office will be closed on the following days during the Holiday season:
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Monday, January 1, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday January 3, 2018.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our members and partners!
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, call 1-800-811-6428.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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!
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Click here to fill out the survey.
See you on the slopes!