The first courses were run in 1990 and the Canadian Ski Guide Association (CSGA) was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1996.
The CSGA now consists of a training institute which exists to train professional guides for the mechanized skiing industry (CSGI) and a separate non-profit organisation representing guide and operating members (CSGA).
Available CSGI Courses
Designed as an introduction to the mechanized backcountry ski industry, this course focuses on skills necessary to travel safely through the mountain environment. This includes terrain assessment, navigation, hazard analysis and mountain sense, incorporating judgment and decision making.
The Level 2 course is designed for individuals who have obtained work as an apprentice or trainee guide and have further developed their skills and experiences in back country terrain. The focus of the program is to prepare the candidates to lead groups under the direction of a Lead Guide.
The Level 3 program is designed for people who have come up through the CSGA program and have been guiding in the mechanized ski industry for at least 2 years under the direction of a Lead Guide. The focus of this program is is to prepare candidates to lead groups without supervision.