The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) is a national, non profit corporation comprising highly trained volunteer and professional members. It was formed in 1941 to promote safe skiing and provide assistance to injured skiers. The CSP provides, without charge, a uniform, highly skilled and responsible service to snowboarders, downhill and cross-country skiers as well as assisting at non-skiing events.
All members of the CSP must annually pass a rigid set of nationally set examinations covering all aspects of patrolling, including first aid, CPR, skiing and safe skiing procedures and programs.
Patrollers are well equipped to handle emergencies at any time and in any place. Ski Patrol training emphasizes adaptability and versatility in any emergency.
Safety PromotionThe primary mission of the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) is to reduce the number of injuries through the promotion of safe skiing/riding practices. To this effect, the CSP has a number of safety promotion and education programs all aimed at increasing the safety awareness of skiers/boarders of all ages.
Patroller Education and TrainingPatroller training and education covers a wide range of topics from first aid and rescue procedures to public relations and the promotion of safe skiing and riding practices.
First Aid and Rescue ServicesPatrollers are well equipped to handle emergencies at any time, in any place. Patroller training emphasizes adaptability and versatility in any emergency.
On-Snow ProceduresThe Patrol carries out a number of different actions at different areas depending on needs. These programs outline procedures for activities such as:
- Hill opening sweep procedure
- Accident prevention maintenance
- Observation and recommended action
- Localized accident reporting system
- Record keeping
- Closing sweep procedures
Industry RelationsThe CSP is an active participant in the skiing industry. We regularly work with other businesses and organizations in the ski industry all across Canada, in the United States and around the world.
Public RelationsPatrollers are often one of the most visible contacts at a ski area. Patrollers spend much of their days speaking with and interacting with the guests at the area. Our members professionally and courteously represent the area and the CSP in all their interactions.
Administration and Fund RaisingLike all volunteer organizations, our members are actively involved in the administration and fund raising necessary to sustain our operations.