Association Profile

In 1988, in response to a shortage of qualified guides with the skills necessary for the mechanized ski industry, the BC Heli Skiing and Snowcat Operators Association issued a mandate to start a guide training organization.

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, and a separate non-profit organisation representing Canadian Ski Guide Association guide and operating members.

Mission Statement

We inform, advise, educate, encourage and motivate potential guides of all ages and abilities.We want to help every ski guide achieve his or her best personal performance, skills and career goals.

  • The goals and objectives of the association are to develop and to maintain the highest possible professional ski guiding service standard for its membership and the ski industry.
  • To provide an effective program for the education, training and certification of ski guides who have gained four to five years’ working experience in the industry.
  • To provide the students an affordable operator-industry-driven training program.
  • To provide full-time employment opportunities for Canadians.
  • To provide safe travel in the High Alpine back-country
  • To provide a high degree of customer satisfaction

The program is structured such that the prospective guides take an introductory Level 1 Course. Once the Level 1 requirements are met, the guides progress through an apprenticeship and on the job training, eventually reaching the Level 3 course and standard after a four to five year period. Safety and loss prevention are the main focus of the teaching process.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.

Thank you for your support,

Bob Sayer

President, CSGA