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Canadian Ski Patrol


The Canadian Ski Patrol (French: Patrouille canadienne de ski) is a national, non-profit, registered charitable organization that is volunteer-based and provides advanced

Internal links

  • Canadian Ski Patrol Website
  • Fédération internationale des patrouilles de ski (international federation of ski patrols)

External links

See also

  1. ^ "Canadian Ski Patrol: About". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Ski Patrol: About". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Canadian Ski Patrol Ogopogo Zone". Canadian Ski Patrol Ogopogo Zone. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Ski Patrol: National - About". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Ski Patrol". Discover Chicopee. Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ski Patrol - National History". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Who We Are… Fast Facts". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. 
  8. ^ "Contact Us". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Ski Patrol: Staff and Executive: National Office Staff". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Patrol Services". Blue Mountain Resort. Intrawest: Blue Mountain Resort. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Who We Are… Fast Facts: Education and Safety Promotion". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Big White: Canadian Ski Patrol Recruitment Night". Big White Ski Resort. Big White Ski Resort. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Who We Are: Our Strengths". Canadian Ski Patrol: Ontario Division, Kawartha Zone. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Members: Frequently Asked Questions". Canadian Ski Patrol: Western Zone. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Who We Are... Fast Facts: Other Initiatives". Canadian Ski Patrol. Canadian Ski Patrol. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 


Some notable events which the CSP has provided medical services at include the 1998 Calgary and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Canada Winter Games, Becel Ride for Heart, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Ottawa Bluesfest.[15]

The CSP provides medical and first response services at events year round such as marathons, festivals, and bikeathons.


The CSP provides the full range of services which would be needed by an alpine or Nordic facility; advanced first-aid and emergency response, patient extrication and transportation, safety initiatives, and avalanche response. Members of the CSP typically make trail verifications before the official opening of the mountain for the general public in order to mark possible danger zones and close slopes deemed inappropriate for recreational skiing and snowboarding.[14]


Services Provided

Members participating in alpine and Nordic disciplines are required to maintain their on-snow certification. On-snow certification consists of being able to demonstrate adequate skiing or snowboarding skills, the ability to properly and safely handle a toboggan, with and without being loaded with a patient, effectively manage an accident scene, as well as coordinate chairlift evacuation support.[13]

On Snow and Accident Scene Management

The first aid and CPR certification provided by the CSP is recognized by most workplace safety agencies across Canada.

The initial certification course is a minimum of 60 hours, while annual recertification courses are a minimum of 16 hours. Successful completion of a certification course also requires successful completion of written, skills, diagnostic and CPR/AED testing.[11][12]

Recognized by the federal government, all patrollers are required to complete or recertify annually in an advanced first aid course, which includes CPR, AED, oxygen therapy, and WHMIS training. They also receive on-snow and accident-scene management training as well as safety education. Following successful completion or recertification of their training, each member is certified in advanced first aid and rescue procedures as an advanced first aid responder.[10]

Advanced First Aid


  • Apex Zone
  • Boundary Zone
  • Crow's Nest Zone
  • Greater Vancouver Zone
  • Kokanee Zone
  • Ogopogo Zone
  • Monashee Zone
  • Inter-Mountain Zone

Pacific South Division

  • Dawson Creek Zone
  • Fort St. John Zone
  • Prince George Zone
  • Skeena Valley Zone
  • Smithers Zone

Pacific North Division

  • Calgary Zone
  • Drayton Valley Zone
  • Edmonton Zone
  • Elk Valley Zone
  • Fort McMurray Zone
  • Peace Zone
  • Pembina Zone
  • Red Deer Zone
  • Southern Alberta Zone
  • Watson Zone
  • Yukon Zone

Mountain Division

  • Batoche Zone
  • Battle Zone
  • Parkland Zone
  • Qu'Appelle Zone
  • Wapiti Zone

Saskatchewan Division

  • Lake of the Woods Zone
  • Norman Zone
  • Red River Zone
  • Westman Zone

Manitoba Division

  • Algonquin Zone
  • Central Zone
  • Frontenac Zone
  • Kawartha Zone
  • Muskoka Zone
  • Sault Ste. Marie Zone
  • Superior Zone
  • Western Zone

Ontario Division

  • Abitibi Zone
  • Baie-Comeau Zone
  • Bois-Franc Zone
  • Cantons-de-l'Est Zone
  • De Lanaudière Zone
  • Est du Québec Zone
  • Gatineau Zone
  • Gaspé Zone
  • Laurentienne Zone
  • Mauricie Zone
  • Quebec Zone
  • Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Zone
  • Sept-Îles Zone

Quebec Division

  • Fundy Zone
  • North Border Zone
  • Labrador Zone

Atlantic West Division

  • Cabot Zone
  • Scotia Zone
  • Terra Nova Zone
  • Humber Dorset Zone

Atlantic East Division

The nine Divisions and their internal member Zones are:

The CSP is divided into Divisions, each of which is led by a Division President, an Education Officer as well as other officers as required. Divisions are further sub-divided into Zones, with a Zone President, executive officers (including an education officer), patrol leaders (one for each ski area), and members (patrollers).

System Organization

In 2013, the Canadian Ski Patrol System name was officially changed to the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) and the current logo with a red leaf and a white cross was adopted.

A national management committee was established in 1978 to handle the operation of the system and the following year the organization moved its head office to a permanent facility in Ottawa.[8] Today the head office remains in the same location, with three full-time staff members who manage day-to-day operations.[9]

During the late 1960s, expansion continued both in the east and in the west with the addition of an Atlantic Division and the formation of a zone which covered a broad area within British Columbia. Membership grew proportionately, with approximately 2,500 patrollers registered by the end of the decade. The following year, the Saskatchewan Division was formed and, by 1975, registration had reached 4,200 patrollers.

In 1967, David Johnston.[7]

In 1961, the CSPS became an accredited national charity and gained independence from the CASA.

In the 1960s, following a dramatic increase in the popularity of skiing as a family sport, the services provided by the CSPS were in great demand. Registration grew to more than 650 individuals, with members providing services in Quebec, the Lakehead area (now Thunder Bay, Ontario), Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton in addition to the original central Ontario and Montreal regions.

[6] In 1941, a doctor of osteopathic medicine named Douglas Firth was asked by an executive of the Canadian Amateur Ski Association (CASA) to organize and train a first aid rescue team to patrol the ski resorts in the



  • History 1
  • System Organization 2
  • Training 3
    • Advanced First Aid 3.1
    • On Snow and Accident Scene Management 3.2
  • Services Provided 4
    • Winter 4.1
    • Non-skiing 4.2
  • References 5
  • See also 6
    • External links 6.1
    • Internal links 6.2


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