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!

Nov. 2nd All Star Line-Up for the 2014 FCTS

Just TWO Days to Go – Get Your Tickets Now

REGISTER TODAY to secure your opportunity to interact with these incredible speakers at this year’s CSIA Ontario Fall Conference and Trade Show (FCTS) Sunday November 2nd – Space is limited, lunch is included.

Keynote Speakers

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Dara Howell, CSIA Level 1, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist at Sochi in Slopestyle Skiing
After obtaining her Level 1 instructor and Park & Pipe certification from the CSIA, Dara Howell sky rocketed to reach Olympic stardom. Find out how she found the motivation focus to stay on path to reach her goals.



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Jeff Ord, Executive Director of Freestyle Skiing Ontario
As freestyle skiing continues to emerge and grow, it will become a requirement for the next generation skier. These skills are essential for a skier to enjoy all aspects of on and off-piste terrain at ski resorts. Integrating the fun, excitement, and spectacle of freestyle into ski programming will enhance the service offering from skiing professionals to their clientele while remaining relevant in an evolving industry.


Breakout Sessions

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Jason Young, CSIA Level 4, MS of Sport Management & Marketing Sport and Recreation at Western University
Looking for tips to help you pass a new level or become a better teacher or skier?  Explore the psychology behind success, how to keep your training focused, and develop strategies to be successful.  Discuss resiliency, energy management and tapering for performance success.


MMZ_9984An evolution in training for instructors – are you experienced?

John Gillies CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor, CSIA Eastern Manager of Educational Development
Do you want to know more about the new Level II and Level III modules? This session is for you. Learn about new pathways for instructor development and certification. Experiential education is a key concept in our new way of doing things.


jsinclairVideo to ski and teach better

Jeff Sinclair CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor, Director of Snow Sports & Technical Director of Just For Fun Ski Club, NTSC, Heights of Horseshoe
This interactive presentation will demonstrate how to use video as a development tool to improve skiing and teaching.  Led by your feedback, you will learn how to shoot the best video, when to watch it, how to improve your assessment and how to present it.


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Adam Lowe, Head Coach of Snowboarding at Caledon Ski Club, CSIA Level 2, CASI Level 3 and CASI Level 2 Course Conductor
Take a quick look at history of positive response in marketing and integrate these tactics in your teaching to become an outstanding teacher. Audience participation is key so come with a smile and keep it positive!  



John FortinFunctional flexibility and strength

John Fortin CSIA Level 3, Teacher & Owner of Power Yoga Canada
This is an opportunity to develop practical tools to develop strength and flexibility in a functional and dynamic environment. The session will be a physical practice related to the anatomy of skiing as well as an opportunity to learn how physical training can lend itself to mental focus and discipline. Bring your yoga mat and some comfortable clothing as this is an active session!


Ariel Amaral Sharing the StokeSharing the Stoke of SUP (Stand Up Paddling)

Ariel Amaral, Blue Wave Ambassador and Team member, SUP Instructor
Be inspired by Ariel’s SUP journey as she shares the “Stoke of SUP” with people of all ages and abilities. SUP is a great way to train and allows everyone and anyone to feel free, confident, powerful and calm all at the same time!



Peter 2014It’s all about the edge…is it?

Peter Hibbard, CSIA Level 2, kUu Sport representative, ski tuning technician, and ski coach
As many of us know, having the right gear and skis that can grip is an integral part of our ski performance.  Join Coach Turbo as he leads us through a ski tuning session – Learn the tricks of the trade and the must have items of the ski tuning toolbox as well as if having sharp edges is really the only thing you should be mindful of!


Closing Address

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John Gillies, CSIA Level 4, Level 4 Course Conductor, CSIA Eastern Manager of Educational Development
Explore the paradox of mixing teaching methodologies and one of the greatest freedom sports.  Reflect on the role of instructors and snow schools in defining the image of our sport.





Welcome to the New CSIAONTARIO.COM

Welcome – From Home or Away

Access all CSIA Ontario events from home or away.  Access the new website and simplified registration system from either your computer or mobile device.  Just try not to lose your phone in the snow – We can’t help with that.

Access our most up to date calendar of events so you can plan your winter and ensure you’re in on all the courses and events you can handle.  When you see an event you like, our simplified registration process means you’ll be able to register faster and spend more time on the slopes.

Set yourself up for the season:  Create a profile now!

1) Click the “Login / Set Up” link on the top right corner of the page.
2) Create an account or login using your Facebook page.  It’s up to you.

That’s it, you’re done.  Now, whenever you see an event you want to attend, just login, register and we’ll see you there!


We hope you enjoy this website and enjoy discovering many more of its great features as the season goes on.  Feedback is always appreciated and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for all the latest in regional news and updates.

New Website

Mr. Rick Greaves – 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee

CSIA Ontario Hall of Fame members welcome Rick Greaves at the 2014 Awards Dinner.

C.S.I.A. Ontario is proud to announce the newest member of the Ontario Hall of Fame.  Rick was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year’s AGM and Awards Dinner held on May 29th, with the following introduction by fellow Ontario Hall of Fame member Doug Leeming:

With an impressive career history of teaching and coaching in Ontario, Rick is a certified Level 3 and CSCF Level 2 Instructor/Coach.  Spending many of his day teaching at Glen Eden and Mount St. Louis Moonstone since the mid-70’s, Rick is known for the passion he brings to our sport.

An avid racer, Rick got into semi-profession racing in the 1970s and early 1980s.  This continued with his involvement with the Molstar Program, coaching with MHRC, racing with the MHRC Masters Program and chairing the AOS Masters Racing Committee.

Rick has dedicated 14 years of his time and talent to both our Ontario and National Board of Directors, holding important positions as Treasurer and Vice Chair.  Continuing to support the Alliance, he remains involved in conventions, on-hill and off-hill training events and social activities where he connects with the many friends he has within the ski community.

Thank you Rick for your outstanding contribution to the sport of skiing.

For more information on the C.S.I.A. Ontario Hall of Fame and Ontario awards, please click here.


Opportunity on the CSIA Ontario Board

The CSIA Ontario Board of Directors is inviting Letters of Intent from members 18 years of age or older interested in joining the CSIA Ontario Board of Directors for review by the Nominating Committee.  Please send Letters of Intent in confidence, to be received electronically no later than 9:00 AM, Monday, June 16, 2014 to the CSIA Ontario office: info@csiaontario.com.

Please include the skills and attributes that you will bring to the Board along with why we will be a stronger board with your involvement.  Currently we are seeking knowledge of: governance, bylaws, annual meeting and event planning. A legal background would be an asset. 

Questions – contact Shelagh Mulveney at the office at: info@csiaontario.com.

CSIA Ontario Board of Directors
Nominating Committee Chair.

TSSA and CSIA Ontario – Ridesmart Ski Lift Safety Program

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (“TSSA”) and CSIA Ontario are proud partners in the ongoing advancement of ski lift and skier safety.

Earlier this winter, CSIA Ontario Board Chair Miranda Sorensen joined up with the TSSA team to hit the slopes and help with this ski lift safety video.  In addition to training provided on CSIA courses, and individual resorts, this video is intended to help train ski instructors and better educate us in the TSSA’s Ridesmart Ski Lift Safety Program.

Not only are we very proud of this video and our continued partnership with the TSSA, this video reinforces that as front-line ambassadors of our sport across the province, instructors also play a crucial role in lift safety.  We therefore encourage all instructors, snow school directors, resorts and our other industry partners to view the video and learn more about the TSSA’s role in ensuring ski lift safety and the Ridesmart Ski Lift Safety Program.


AGM and Awards Dinner is FAST Approaching!

JOIN US for the Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner starting at 6:00PM (Awards Dinner at 7:30PM) on Thurs. May 29th at the Delta Markham Hotel, 50 East Valhalla Drive in Markham, (Hwy 7 and Hwy 404).

BE THERE to see Ontario CSIA members receive prestigious awards and Rick Greaves induction into the CSIA Ontario Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Awards Dinner can be purchased in advance until May 22nd.

Super Camp – Special Hotel Rates for Ontairo Members

Attending Super Camp this April?

A limited block of ski-in / ski-out hotel rooms are available only to Ontario members at special rates until next Friday:

3-Night Package (April 2-4) $360 incl.
2-Night Package (April 3-4) $245 incl.

For more details, contact Cali DiLecce at Merit Travel Group – Cali.DiLecce@merit.ca or.416-364-3775  x 4375.

Dara Howell, Olympic Champion and CSIA Member – Sharing a Golden Moment

Yesterday we were deeply honoured to receive this heartfelt email from Mr. Doug Howell, proud father of Ms. Dara Howell, CSIA member and Canadian Olympic Ski Slopestyle gold medalist:


‘’It is in a huge part to CSIA Ontario and your Park and Pipe program (can’t remember exact name, but I know one of the Course Conductors was Dave Stewart) that Dara got involved in the freestyle sport. At age 15, Dara did her Level 1 Instructor Course in December of 2009 and the Park and Pipe program in January of 2010. Dara is still an active member of the CSIA and follows in the footsteps of instruction like her 90-year-old grandfather Ken Raven, her father Doug Howell, and brother Brett Howell. Her uncle Bruce Howell (Snow School Director at Hidden Valley) and cousins Luke and Ben Howell’’.

CSIA Ontario congratulates Dara Howell on her Olympic Slopestyle Ski Gold medal. Dara is proud of her skiing roots in Ontario and her connection to the CSIA. Dara is an active member of the CSIA and follows a long line of instructors in her family. Her 90 year old grandfather, Ken Raven, was the first CSIA member in the family, followed by her father Doug Howell, her uncle Bruce Howell (Snow School Director at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area in Huntsville), her brother Brett Howell and her cousins Luke and Ben Howell. Dara achieved her CSIA Level 1 in December of 2009 and her Park and Pipe, with coach Dave Stewart, in January 2010. Follow Dara on Facebook and Twitter (@DaraHowell) and shout out your support!