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

It’s begun.

Patrollers from across the Calgary Zone saddled up (on bikes) to provide first aid support at the first event of the 2015 Special (Off-snow) Events season: the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race. Thanks to Jenny Thorpe, Stuart Preston, Terry Abrams, Pam Nadon & Rick Schott for braving the (somewhat) chilly temps.

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By Sandra Williams, Calgary Zone CISM Coordinator

Critical Incident….

A critical incident is any situation or incident which causes you to experience unusually strong emotional reactions and which has the potential to interfere with your ability to function as you did prior to the incident.

Critical Incident Stress (CIS)….

When patrollers respond to a difficult or … (read more…)

The Calgary Zone is pleased to announce it will hold the 2015 Calgary Zone On-Snow on March 21st and March 22nd at Lake Louise Ski Resort. The annual On-Snow is a key component of the training and accreditation for our On-Snow instructors and assistant instructors.

The 2015 On-Snow 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 Calgary Zone’s education and training … (read more…)

AST 2 course will be held in the Lake Louise / Roger’s Pass area, 7 to 10 March 2015. Cost is $230, travel and accommodation not included. Prerequisites include the AST 1 course (preferably within the last 5 years) and hopefully, some ski touring since then. Contact Ken Lukawy ( for information.

There will be one AST 1 course, at Lake Louise, 28 February / 01 March 2015. Cost is $70, which will include lift tickets.

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CSP Calgary Zone is looking for staff to help run the store for the 2014-15 season. The store is open one evening per week at COP. It is vital that the store is open to allow patrollers to pick up rookie kits, jackets, packs, etc. We are currently looking for 4-5 people to make this happen. With that 4-5 people, you would only spend 3-4 nights a season at the store.

We are also looking for someone to manage the store. This job would mostly involve working with the above people to keep the … (read more…)

Our 2014 New Patroller Course is coming to an end as our new members are getting ready to complete their first aid exams and start their on-snow training in the next few weeks. This year, we have 24 New Patrollers registered, and they will be attending Ski Around days at all the Calgary Zone ski areas in December. Please join me in welcoming them to zone and making them a part of our team! … (read more…)

MEC Snowfest is taking place on Sunday, November 16th at the MEC Calgary Store, and Canadian Ski Patrol – Calgary Zone is going to be there! Activities include: a gearswap, kids’ activities, snow clinics, ski/board consignment sale, ski waxing, avalanche safety workshops and much more!

Full details can be found at:

If you are interested in helping out at … (read more…)

As this ICE is issued, we will be in the final week of first aid exams for this year’s intake of new patrollers. We have 24 enthusiastic candidates remaining and I am confident that they will all pass the first aid portion of the course. The on-snow evaluations will begin when COP opens. As indicated in the “jobs advert” the New Patroller On-Snow Evaluation Coordinator requires several helpers for the two Groups. Group A is currently scheduled for 18-19-20 Nov at COP, starting at 6pm; Group B on … (read more…)

As Glen  Bonsall  indicated last month, the CSP Calgary Zone Executive will be publishing their list of “one more job” requirements. Besides the VP Education, here is the list of jobs in the Education department (note that many of theses jobs have people currently assigned, but if you want to step up to a job, please let me know):

Instructor Certification Program Coordinator – Responsible for organizing Assistant Instructor and Instructor courses for new AI/I and annual … (read more…)

happy-volunteersIts that time of year again, fall, where the Calgary weather is confused to say the least. I am looking forward to a great skiing and praying for snow.
As you are all aware, the Canadian Ski Patrol is a great and … (read more…)

The Zone is looking to increase it’s presence in social media. Namely Facebook and Twitter.

We are looking for one or more patrollers to take on this responsibility.

Working under the Communications portfolio your job would be to educate and update Zone members on the usefulness of Social Media to improve the patrolling experience and increase awareness to the general public. You would also be responsible for maintaining the Zone’s Social media accounts with content and commentary.

This … (read more…)

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS avalanche beaconKevin Biggs is working on a group buy for Tracker avalanche beacons. Back Country Access offers a pro-deal to CSP members on the Tracker beacons and if we have an order of 10 or more we get an even better deal. Its about 20% better. It applys to the full line of Tracker beacons. If you are thinking of … (read more…)


The Ski Sale has been going for more than 50 years, today it is successful because it meets its long-standing purpose:

  • Fund-raising for the three principal organizing clubs to promote and develop skiing in all its variety.

the slope is callingThe Calgary Zone Open House is coming up – and it is everyone’s responsibility to help with recruitment (not just the executives and PLs). There are two ways you can help with open house:

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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…)