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

We are looking for some additional patrollers to be part of the Medical Team for the Nor Am downhill ski races.  These races (training days and races) will be run on the world cup downhill course at Lake Louise.  The Nor Am event occurs following the Men’s and Ladies’ world cup races  and they use the same course.  Historically, the racing is ‘exciting’ and our first aid and rescue skills are called upon.

The races feature mainly Canadian and USA athletes, male and female, ages … (read more…)

Submission from VP of Administration, Cody Whitten

By now, you should have had an opportunity to meet the new VP of Administration, Cody Whitten, either in person or electronically through email. If you need to contact Cody, please email him at

Below are a few reminders regarding registration for the up coming season…

There are four important steps that each returning patroller needs to … (read more…)

Hello Calgary Zone,

Let me start off by saying congratulations to Mark Nodwell, Cody Whitten and Christine Slater for their new roles on the Calgary Zone Executive. I look forward to working with them in this upcoming year. I would also like to thank Glenn Bonsall, Dan Mathes and Marielle Flottat for the blood, sweat and tears that they have put in over the last couple of years.

Ok now to the point.

I am writing to let you know that the 2016 fall schedule and written review … (read more…)

Hi everyone

The Fort McMurray wild fire has impacted the CSP: the fire has consumed the ski hill in McMurray, our members in McMurray have been evacuated with some having lost everything, and our members across the division have been dispatched to McMurray to serve with emergency services during the crisis.

Do you have extra purple blankets? Would your zone be willing to donate them to the Edmonton emergency shelters? We have received blessing from Sheila Reesor, our IBAC liaison, to … (read more…)

I hope everyone enjoyed the last few days of patrol in the Sun. With that being said Summer event season is upon us.

Summer events are a great way to reconnect with first aid classmates and work with friends from other hills as well as keep our first aid skills fresh and in our minds.

Summer events fund our individual patrols social funds. This is how we pay for bbqs, hostels, attendance at comps, course fees, etc. Each patrol raises money for there individual patrols at each event. … (read more…)

The Mountain Division will be holding a Fundraising Casino at Casino Calgary on March 29 and 30th.  Please come out and support your Division and as part of Calgary Zone we’d like to support the casino with at least 11 shifts…  These shifts will count towards your Calgary Zone fundraising commitments and a mid season opportunity to put in a shift.


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ID cards have been handed out to the various Patrol Leaders, please contact your PL for your ID card. … (read more…)

Critical Incident Stress Management – first aid for first aiders.  

As outlined in the previous edition of ICE and on our Calgary Zone Website, we are holding a joint CISM refresher course and a full course in January!  We are very excited about this.  The date is revised and confirmed to be the weekend of January 16/17, 2016 at the Whitehorn Multipurpose Centre.

As most of you are aware, the CSP have their own trained CISM team.  We provide a very valuable service for … (read more…)

The Nordic patrol has historically been a small (but vital!) part of the Calgary zone, but those of us who have participated in the cross country style of skiing have always enjoyed the beauty and solitude of being in K-Country during the winter season.  We patrol both Peter Lougheed Park and West Bragg Creek during the winter.

Our “On Snow” day is December 5th from 10:30 -4 at the Peter Lougheed Visitor Center.  The agenda will include meet & greet the CO’s, protocols for working … (read more…)

The Calgary Zone Returning Patroller Recert Weekends will be starting this month. A commonly asked question is “Why do we have to do an annual two day recertification?” The answer lies in the purpose and goals of the weekend.

The purposes of the weekend are to:

  • provide annual recertification of competency in first aid (advanced first aid), CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs);
  • provide standardized information regarding changes in the CSP … (read more…)

The days are getting shorter, summer’s coming to a close and its that time of year again where we turn our attention to our FA manuals and start thinking about the upcoming season.  Welcome back..

First of all, on behalf of the Calgary Zone, I want to thank all of you for your hard work and support with our fundraising programs.  It has been very successful in the past few years and your support has been critical in that success.  As a result we are able to fund various programs and … (read more…)

As part of a retention initiative, the Calgary Zone is implementing service awards. Below is a description of these awards.

  • 1st year award – $10 coffee card – Awarded to a new patroller once he/she has completed his/her orientation at their ski area and can roster for regular duties. This is mailed out to the new patrollers
  • 2 year award – CSP UV Buff – Awarded to patrollers who have re-certified during their second year, … (read more…)

It’s that time of the year again, and we are looking for your help with recruitment! The new patroller course is starting at the beginning of October, and we encourage those who are interested to attend the Open House. The Open House has evolved in the last three years and provides detailed information on how to join.

Open House is from 7:00pm – 9:00pm with and informative presentation from 7:30pm – 8:15pm

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Hello Calgary Zone

This is my first ICE post as your new VP of Education and I would like to start off by saying Thank you to Andy Hill for all the great work and effort he has put into the education portfolio these past few years. I have been working very closely with Andy the last little while to make sure that I was ready to take over this role and let me tell you it is a little scary to say the least, but I do feel that I am ready for this new challenge. I know that I have a great support … (read more…)

Panorama’s vertical is one of the largest in North America with nearly 3000 acres of terrain across 4000 feet of vertical paradise. Glide down endless corduroy cruisers or blast through the Extreme Dream Zone or Taynton Bowl which feature over 700 acres of patrolled ex-heli ski terrain.  Got your attention?

Calgary Zone has begun establishing a CSP team to be located at the amazing Panorama Mountain Resort!  We are looking for highly-motivated individuals for leadership roles in … (read more…)

First of all I’d like to welcome Chris Oliver as your new VP Education, so this will be my last ICE post.

2015 CSP Manual and Written Exam Review
As mentioned in the last ICE, there is a new 2015 CSP Manual. This is now available for download from the National Database System (NDS). After logging in to the NDS (find the Member’s Login at, you will need your CSP ID and password that you set, select the National Database System button) you will find the manual under … (read more…)

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.

A … (read more…)