Welcome to the Canadian Ski Patrol
The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1940; we currently have approximately 4,500 members nationwide. There are about 170 members in the Calgary Zone, men and women from all walks of life and professions.
We offer training to our members in advanced first aid and accident scene management. Our patrollers provide first aid and rescue services, and promote safety and injury prevention, at ski areas and special events throughout our Zone.
News And Events
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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Featuring Paul Karchut,
host of CBC’s “Real Ski Report”
Paul will MC the evening’s activities and share … (read more…)
It’s that time of year again where the Calgary Road Runners Club are looking for help at the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race. This group has treated us very well in the past and we have always had a … (read more…)
Purcell Mountain Lodge is offering a special backcountry skiing package to CSP members, in support of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation (CAF), on the weekend of March 14 – 17, 2014. For more information visit www.purcellmountainlodge.com
or contact the trip organizer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Got a great idea for a new CSP Calgary Zone logo? Because of the national re-branding effort, we’re re-branding too! And we’re looking for your help.
We’d like to get your ideas for two new logos: an official Calgary Zone logo (which would be reproduced on our website, other electronic and printed communications, clothing, etc.) and a fun logo that we could use to produce an item of clothing, likely a t-shirt.
Here are the guidelines:
Avalanche Skills Training (AST) level 1 course is fast approachng. It will be held on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Lake Louise. The cost is $70.00 which includes the use of avalanche gear and lift tickets. Register by email to Ken Lukawy (email@example.com
) by February 23. … (read more…)
We have a special event coming up called the Cookie Race. This race began in 1978, and is widely loved and highly regarded by the Nordic community in Alberta, with over 600 participants each year. The Kananaskis Ski Marathon (a.k.a. the Cookie Race) is a Nordic event that takes place on Saturday, February 22 in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Please visit the website for more details: www.cookierace.com
We are looking … (read more…)
The CSP Calgary Zone is pleased to announce it will hold the 2014 Calgary Zone On-Snow Clinic on March 8th and 9th at Nakiska Ski Resort. The On-Snow Clinic is a key component of the training and accreditation for our On-Snow Instructors and Assistant Instructors.
The 2014 On-Snow Clinic is for existing On-Snow Instructors and Assistant Instructors and those who would like to become one. The On-Snow group is a very important part of the CSP Calgary Zone’s education and training contingent. … (read more…)
The scenario – you are working hut duty and hear on the radio:
“There has been an avalanche in-bounds with possibly buried people”
Do you have the necessary skills to assist your fellow patrollers to effect a successful rescue? If not, consider taking the following couses to get those skills!
Companion Rescue Skills (CRS) course – January 25 Registration ends soon!
Avalanche Skills Training (AST) level 1 course – March 8/9.
The CRS course focuses on rescue … (read more…)
From Dave Spence (COP Patrol) – an article recently published on Association of Canadian Mountain Guides – Mountain Conditions Report (http://acmg.ca/mcr/archives.asp)
Over the past 10 days, Parks Canada in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, along with avalanche professionals from the local ski areas have been called to 7 near-miss avalanche involvements. In the interests of helping further cement people’s understanding of the current snowpack conditions in the Rockies, … (read more…)
The CSP National ID cards have arrived and will be mailed out next week. If you haven’t received yours by February 1, please contact Steve Power (firstname.lastname@example.org
If your ID card is incorrect or incomplete, you will need to update your information on the National Database System (NDS) – the cards are printed directly from the NDS. The only information you cannot edit yourself is your assigned mountain. We are working on … (read more…)
Eleanor Culver, one of our long time dedicated patrollers, is working on her Masters Degree in Leadership and is conducting her research with the Canadian Ski Patrol, Calgary Zone. The objective of her research is threefold:
- The CSP will develop a better understanding of the Calgary Zone operations and its members,
- The research process will serve to deepen participants’ and stakeholders’ understanding of the particularities of change management within the non-profit … (read more…)
Last year, we hosted our first Experience Patrolling days to promote recruitment throughout the winter season. We are happy to announce that we will be doing this again in 2014 at each of the Calgary Zone ski areas! This is a great opportunity for potential patrollers to get a better understanding of what we do, how to join, and what our commitment expectations are.
Patrolling can be a lot of work, and it is a rewarding community to be a part of; we encourage those interested in CSP to … (read more…)
Weekly ski improvement lessons will begin in the new year. As usual these will be held at Canada Olympic Park on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, starting January 8 through until March 12. These sessions are a great way to improve your skiing and boarding skills under the free instruction of CSIA-qualified patrollers. A lift ticket will be provided for the evening, but numbers will be limited. If you want to join one of these sessions please sign-up using the Calgary Zone roster … (read more…)
Did you know that as a patroller, your registration fees include accident insurance? All CSP members will receive insurance benefits while on patrol or a patrol sanctioned event including travelling to and from your normal place of residence, for a patrol sanctioned event. More detailed information on the Insurance Policy is available from the following link: CSPS Accident Ins Policy
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Our 2013 New Patroller course has officially come to an end! We have 44 new patrollers who have successfully completed the first aid course and the COP on-snow training. They are in the process of going to ski around days and selecting their ski area of choice. Please make them feel welcome in their first year of being a ski patroller in the Calgary Zone! … (read more…)
The Calgary Zone Store will be open Wednesday evenings starting December 5 from 7 to 9 pm. The CZ Store coordinator is Dave … (read more…)
As our season has started for most of us, this is a good time to announce our incentive plan. The Executive has decided to subsidize the returning registration fees (~$126.00) by 100% for all Calgary Zone patrollers in good standing who support their patrol roster. In other words, starting next fall as a volunteer you pay $0.
The definition of ‘good standing’ will be left up to your Patrol Leader, but essentially if you’re on the roster patrolling the minimum requirement for your … (read more…)
The areas that we ski and patrol at are some of the most spectacular in Canada. That also means we ski in avalanche terrain every day. What is the role of CSP patrollers while on duty? Find out more
and see upcoming dates for Companion Rescue Skills
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