CSIA Ontario AGM Awards and Dinner Banquet 2018

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Join us for the Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner starting at 6:00 PM (Awards Dinner at 7:30 PM) on Thurs. May 31st at the Edward Hotel in Markham; 50 East Valhalla Drive, (Hwy 7 and Hwy 404).

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Registration is now closed for the dinner. CSIA Members are welcome to join us for the AGM portion, starting at 6PM.

The CSIA Apprentice Program – a new way to become a pro!

THE BIG QUESTION: HOW DO WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH CERTIFIED SKI PROS?

SHORT ANSWER: COLLABORATE WITH SNOW SCHOOLS TO RECOGNIZE ON THE JOB TRAINING!

CSIA staff and volunteers consulted with Snow School Directors to find a new way to increase the number of available certified ski instructors.  It was subsequently decided to recognize Snow School “Apprentice Instructor” training by making it a pathway to CSIA Level 1 certification. This training has, in fact, become an integral part of each Snow School’s own programming, i.e., qualified CSIA Course Conductors are chosen from Snow School employees.

After the trainees have completed the CSIA Apprentice Program material they are eligible to challenge a one-day exam evaluated by a visiting CSIA course conductor.  Successful trainees become fully certified CSIA Level 1 Instructors, acquiring access to pro deals, Professional Development Program events (PDP’s), regional events and all the other benefits of becoming a CSIA certified pro.

The Apprentice Program not only reduces the cost of certification for participating Snow Schools—the one-day exam is less expensive than the traditional 3-day course—it allows for additional resort specific information to be included in the training.

Snow School Directors in our region have been very enthusiastic about the program. Even so we will continue to collect feedback to keep improving it over years to come!

We would like to congratulate and welcome one of the first new crops of certified pros who participated in the Apprentice Program to the CSIA (pictured below). Hard work pays off!

Blue Mountain Snow School successful Level 1 candidates.
Blue Mountain Snow School successful Level 1 candidates.

For more information on how to register your resort as a CSIA Apprentice training centre, contact Jason Young: The Education and Program Co-ordinator Ontario at info@csiaontario.com

 

 

We are Moving Closer to Ski Country!

C.S.I.A Ontario is moving closer to some of our best skiing!

We are excited to announce that our office location has moved to Collingwood! Our new address is: 637 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2N6, (416) 426-7261. This move comes after a challenging season at our Toronto location. The Sport Alliance of Ontario (a governing body which subsidized rent) folded its operation. This left building owners in Toronto needing to re-establish leases with a number of organizations. Understandably this also presented an opportunity for the office space to be re-evaluated and priced at Toronto market values. The cost to continue renting our office space increased to the extent that we decided to relocate. Moving to our new Collingwood location puts our facility in close proximity to a number of great Ontario ski resorts and clubs. We are confident that his move will make C.S.I.A. Ontario an even stronger and more vibrant organization.

After 19 years of dedicated service to the C.S.I.A Ontario region, Shelagh Mulveney will be concluding her tenure with us this coming spring. Shelagh has long been the glue that held this region together; she has supported the regional board, its members, and our events tirelessly for longer than many of us have been members. We are thankful that she will be assisting us through this coming season in a transition role, working from her home. We look forward to celebrating Shelagh’s contributions to the success of C.S.I.A. Ontario at our AGM this coming spring!

We are also pleased to announce that C.S.I.A Ontario will be searching and securing a new Programs Administrator to work from the new Collingwood office. This will be a contract ½ time role. It will commence this fall for the duration of the season. Interested candidates can click here for a full job posting and to apply online.

This has clearly been a fairly busy fall for us so far! It is always good to be able to share good news with our members. Hopefully Mother Nature will present us with early cold weather and we will have more good news to share soon!

Looking forward to sliding with you this season!

AJ Leeming

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Chair – C.S.I.A Ontario Inc.

CSIA High Performance (HP) Camp is coming to Ontario!

CSIA 2015 Demo TeamOntario is very excited to be able to host CSIA HP Camp at Alpine Ski Club:  Feb. 18-19

This is a National Event – 3 Education Credits.                    Register for HP Camp 

WHAT IS IT?

Open to any member, this program focuses on individual development in a fun team environment. Using brushes, small group tasks and problem solving, the coaching staff directs participants toward specific skiing objectives. The focus is development and understanding of skiing fundamentals to build similarity in the group. The camp is open to all members every season, while also serving as the training ground and selection process for the CSIA High Performance Team and the Interski Team.

If you are working toward your Level 2, 3 or 4 HP camp will accelerate your development this season.  This is the first HP Camp Ontario has ever hosted.

On Snow daily starting at 9:00AM

There will be a CSIA Aprés Social on Thursday at Alpine after we get off snow! Open to all members, so come out and join us.   We will have a slideshow of the first day + cash bar/appetizers available.

Lift Tickets will be available at a discount rate for all attendees.

 

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As a special added bonus there is a limited space (only 16 spots) Pre-HP camp PTS offered by the Ontario Region on Wednesday Feb. 17th where you can spend the day with an Interski Member, at Craigleith Ski Club.  Click for Details and registration.

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Level 1 Schedule for December and Early January

Due to the warm weather preventing snow making we have had to reschedule several Level 1 courses for December.

Here is the updated course schedule as of today:  Dec. 9th 2015.  Any further changes or course additions will be updated on this post.

Courses are filling up very quickly with the condensed schedule, so please sign up to make sure you can get on course during the Holidays.

 

Alpine Dec. 26 – 28
Brimacombe Dec. 26 – 28
Beaver Valley SC Dec. 26 – 28
Calabogie Peaks Dec. 26 – 28
Devil’s Elbow Dec. 26 – 28
Mount St. Louis Dec. 26 – 28
Hidden Valley Dec. 26 – 28
Snow Valley Dec. 26 – 28
Mansfield Dec. 26 – 28
Sir Sam’s Dec. 26 – 28
Craigleith Dec. 27 – 29
Devil’s Glen Dec. 27 – 29
Batawa Dec. 29 – 31
Boler Mt. Dec. 29 – 31
Caledon Dec. 29 – 31
Chicopee Dec. 29 – 31
Heights of Horseshoe Dec. 29 – 31
Dagmar Dec. 29 – 31
Glen Eden Dec. 29 – 31
Hockley Valley Dec. 29 – 31
Mount Pakenham Dec. 29 – 31
Lakeridge Jan. 1 – 3
Laurentian Jan. 1 – 3
Searchmont Jan. 1 – 3
Horseshoe Resort Jan. 1 – 3

 

Register Here:  

https://www.snowpro.com/en/courses/schedule-registration/level-1

 

CSIA Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Following a strategic planning workshop held last June in Montreal, key National staff and the chairs of the Regional CSIA provincial committees met to discuss the future of all aspects of the CSIA.  As a result of this meeting the CSIA Strategic Plan 2015-2018 was developed.  It is available for download and viewing at the following link.

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Toronto Snow Show 2015

 Come join us at the CSIA Ontario Booth at this years Toronto Snow Show!

 

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TORONTO –The kickoff event of snow season is just around the corner. Start your winter at the Toronto Snow Show. Ski and Snowboard enthusiasts looking to get a jump on the season will regroup this year as Canada’s largest ski, snowboard and travel show comes to Toronto from October 15-18 at the International Centre, Hall 5.
The Toronto Snow Show is the best place to start your winter countdown. From the best deals on the latest equipment, innovations and holiday packages, to tips from industry experts and exhilarating tricks from the hottest pro snowboarders and skiers, the Toronto Snow Show is the place for ski and snowboard lovers with a hunger for the outdoors.

The Show appeals to all skill levels from novices to professionals.  Guests will see the newest equipment from manufacturers and retailers such as Burton, Rossignol, Elan, Nordica, Blizzard, Corbett’s, Sanction, and Skiis & Biikes  as well as resorts from across North America will be represented at the Show, offering enticing winter destination options to get you in the mood to trade those flip flops for snow apparel.

Winter starts at The Toronto Snow Show.

2015 Show Highlights:

Rail Jam
Come watch as some of Canada’s top pro and amateur snowboarders and skiers take to the newly revamped Urban Street Style Rail Jam to show the audience what they’re made of. This highly acclaimed event is FREE with admission and runs with scheduled times for the duration of the show.

Baby Camp at Burton Riglet Park
It’s never too early to get your little one in a pair of skis or on a snowboard. Presented by Burton and back by popular demand is the Burton Riglet Park, a miniature terrain-based snowboard park that utilizes small terrain features, combined with Burton’s Riglet Reel technology, to guide young snowboarders through the movements and sensations of snowboarding. Our expert child instructor will have your little ready to hit the hills in no time.

Canada’s Biggest Ski and Snowboard Swap
If you’re looking to upgrade your skis or board but aren’t looking to break the bank, consider taking part in the Canadian Ski Patrol’s Winter Ski & Board Swap – the largest and best equipment exchange in the country. With thousands of brand new and pre-owned skis, boards, and boots for purchase, you’re sure to find the right equipment for you.

What:              The 2015 Toronto Snow Show

When:

Thursday, October 15, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:            International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Parking:         FREE

Tickets:          Save and get your advance tickets for $15 on the Toronto Snow Show website now until October 8!

General Admission: Adults: $18; Juniors: $10 (Ages 11 to 17); Seniors: $10 (Age 65+) Children (10 years and under): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family Pass: $45 (includes two adults and two juniors)

Complete Show information is available at: http://torontosnowshow.com/, or follow us on Twitter @TorontoSnowShow and like us on Facebook.

 

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Fun Day Photos 2015 – Beaver Valley Ski Club

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The Genge Family Synchro Team – Bond Style!

A huge thanks to everyone that came out for Fun Day at Beaver Valley Ski Club this past weekend!

It was a bluebird day full of smiles, great snow James Bond Girls, Villains and FUN.

Wendy Webb (CSIA L3 and L1 Course Conductor and amazing photographer) was gracious enough to come out and capture some fantastic shots of the day for us, the pictures are available on her website for free!  High resolution version of the images are available for a small fee, just click the shopping cart icon at the bottom of the image preview and proceed to the check out – if you would like to print and frame some of these awesome shots for the office wall!

Big Thanks to Ben, Clayton, Cheryl, Dina and the entire Beaver Staff for the fantastic hospitality and of course Anik for putting the entire day together and recruiting an awesome team of volunteers.

See you all at the CSIA Ontario AGM and Awards banquet May 28th at the Delta Markham to close out another awesome Ontario Ski Season, tickets will go on sale April 15th!

You can download the awesome photo’s by clicking here:

Wendy Webb Photography CSIA Fun Day 2015

 

CSIA Ontario Holiday Office Hours

The Ontario office will be closed for the holidays from 12PM Dec 24, reopening Jan. 5. If you have an urgent matter during this time, please contact us via email at info@csiaontario.com as voicemails will be returned after the holidays.

Be sure to take lots of photos of your adventures and courses over the holidays, make sure to share them with us, and like us on Facebook.

The entire Board and staff wish you all the best over the holiday season and look forward to seeing you on the slopes!