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

An Assistant Instructor/Instructor Course will be held on the four consecutive evenings Monday, June 2 to Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, at the Whitehorn Multipurpose Centre in the Red classroom.

This course is mandatory for those of you who attended the recent Calgary Zone On-Snow Clinic but do not currently have an Instructor Certification Program (ICP) qualification as an Assistant Instructor. It is also open to those of you who wish to become first-aid or on-snow … (read more…)

Attention all Instructors and Assistant Instructors – Please make sure that you have entered your instructing hours into your ICP Time Log on the National Database (this can be found when you login to the NDS under the Education Tools). This must be done before April 30, 2014, in order for the hours to qualify for the Calgary Zone Instructor Rewards Program. Qualifying hours include those where you acted in a teaching or evaluating capacity at: a new patroller or returning patroller first aid … (read more…)

The Mountain Division is looking for volunteers to staff the upcoming Casino.

Location:   Casino Calgary (http://www.purecanadiangaming.com/casino-calgary/home.aspx)

Date:   September 2-3, 2014

Volunteers must sign up for this event by June 30, 2014.

Listed below is a spreadsheet showing the positions and time slots available (Calgary Zone needs to provide 11 … (read more…)

I hope this letter finds all members of the Canadian Ski Patrol well and that you all had a great sliding season. Some of you, I know, will be doing so for a short time more, especially those members out west.

I am sure you are all aware that the City of Toronto and region will be hosting the Pan/Parapan Am Games during the summer of 2015.

There has been considerable discussion as to how the Canadian Ski Patrol can help at these games. It would appear that those members of the CSP wishing … (read more…)

Our logo contest is complete, and the Zone Executive has chosen a winner:

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Pam Nadon, editor of our I.C.E. bulletins contributed the winning entry; thanks Pam for a job well done! The new logo is attractive, and speaks to our members’ … (read more…)

Casino-Night-Poster-CSPThe CSP Calgary Zone has been awarded a Casino for 2014, which will be held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2014. These events are a great opportunity to encourage the participation of our alumni who may … (read more…)

CAF invitation2014smHelp Support the Canadian Avalanche Foundation.

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…)

St. Patricks day race


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 dougklatimer@gmail.com.

Complete details at: (read more…)

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 (lukawy@telus.net) by February 23. … (read more…)

Hello Members.

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 (administration@cspscalgary.ca).

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:

  1. The CSP will develop a better understanding of the Calgary Zone operations and its members,
  2. 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(read more…)