In Memory of:

It is with great sadness that the CSGA mourns the loss of one of its members, Konan Wendt. He tragically passed away in a ski accident in in the Canadian Rockies on October 19th, 2020 while on an early season adventure with friends.  A passionate learner, his love for the mountains and the experiences they brought him, were evident to everyone that met him. His smile and  positive attitude were a pleasure to be around and we are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to his Family, Friends and co-workers.

CSGA – AGM 2020

Due to Covid-19 limitations, this years Canadian Ski Guide Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, October 21st , 2020 at 7:00 PM.
This meeting will be held via Zoom, all members are invited to attend. If you plan to attend please fill the form below so we have an idea on attendance numbers. Those who fill the form will be sent a  link for the ZOOM MEETING. The link will be emailed approximately 1 week prior along with the agenda.
We hope everyone has been keeping healthy and getting outside to enjoy the Summer.

Take Care & Stay Safe,
CSGA Administration & Team

Big Hearts that keep on Giving !

Back in April, just as things were getting a little crazy on this planet, a very special thing happened….

On behalf of the Lisa Korthals Memoral Foundation, the CSGA would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to the Raven Backcountry Festival and Tourism Pemberton for their generous donation of $16,000.00 !

Vlad & Andy exchanging the cheque – Thank you gentlemen

To make a donation to the Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary click here: LKMB

The 2019-2020LKMB Has Been Awarded !

The Lisa Korthals Memorial Bursary committee is pleased to announce the recipient  for 2019 /2020 is Morgan Dinsdale.

Morgan is a very enthusiastic and passionate member of the CSGA. 

She is passing on the knowledge she learns to other women by teaching AST 1 courses and being a solid leader among her friends on personal trips.

Morgan has demonstrated that she is on a quest for knowledge in the mountains and is seeking it out in a multitude of places, taking many courses in the past year.

The LKMB committee is proud to have Morgan as part of the ever growing number of women involved in guiding. We hope this bursary will help her to continue to move forward with her goals and learning in the mountains.

The LKMB accepts applications year round and we encourage all women involved with the CSGA to apply for the bursary. If you would like to donate to the LKMB fund you may do so at

ISSW 2020 Postponed

After careful deliberation, the ISSW 2020 organization committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference by one year, due to the many uncertainties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. ISSW 2020 is now scheduled for October 3 – 8, 2021, in Fernie, BC, Canada. 

While we are all disappointed by this development, we know it is the right thing to do at this time. The health and safety of the conference delegates, our event volunteers, and our host community is our top priority.  

Our commitment to the conference and its goals remains strong and we hope all of you will be able to adjust your schedules to suit this new date. If you have any questions, please first check this FAQ page. If you do not find the answers you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Steve Kuijt, ISSW 2020 Chair 
James Floyer, ISSW 2020 Program Chair

CSGI Spring Courses 2020 Cancelled

Due to the Covid-19 Virus continuing to excel through the province and the world abroad, we will be cancelling all scheduled Spring 2020 courses.

We will revisit setting new course dates when things return to “normal” for those of you who were affected. If you were accepted on one of the scheduled Spring programs, please check your email, everyone has been contacted individually.

Lets all do our best to contain this virus and do our part in planking the curve. May you all be safe and stay healthy.

Best wishes from the CSGA / CSGI

Course Updates RE COVID-19

Dear Participants,

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the Canadian Ski Guide Institute and its upcoming Spring programs. 

We are living in interesting times, and it goes without saying that COVID-19 is having profound effects throughout the world. We’ve been in contact with all relevant training associations in Canada, including the CSIA, the CAA and ACMG. All have stated they will follow the most recent health Canada guidelines and postpone or amend their upcoming training programs.

After speaking extensively with our host locations, senior instructor pool, and administrative staff, we feel it is only prudent to postpone our upcoming CSGI Level 1 programs at both Keefer Lake Lodge and Meadow Creek. For those who have made full payment, we will provide a 100% credit towards the L1 program next season. We’ve already been in discussion with Keefer Lake and Meadow Creek locations, we are hoping to re-schedule the courses sometime in December 2020, if conditions permit.

We are however hoping to salvage the CSGI L2 and L3 program in Blue River. We will wait until March 31, 2020 before making a final decision on the L2 & L3 training sessions. We are hoping that given the timing of those courses, hopefully the situation will have improved and we can move ahead. 

We thank you for your understanding in this matter. We know you’ve all worked extremely hard to prepare for you upcoming courses, and we look forward to hosting you in the near future. Continue to train hard and stay sharp.

Wishing You Health & Happiness.​
Canadian Ski Guide Institute



In-light of the the COVID-19 VIRUS, the CSGA / CSGI is in the process of determining if upcoming courses will continue as planned.

When a decision has been made, we will notify each participant via email as well post here on the website.

We hope to have a decision soon, keeping in mind that the situation has been and will continue to change daily. In the meantime, please refrain from contacting the office. You will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

Stay Healthy, Wash your hands, Don’t touch your face !

Carrie Holland,
CSGA Administration

ISSW February News Letter

ISSW 2020: Abstract Submissions Wanted!

The abstract submission page went live recently and will remain open until April 27, the deadline for submitting abstracts. That means you’ve got some time to get your presentation ideas together, but you should get going on it soon. The conference is especially excited to hear from front-line workers, providing a great venue for you to share your experience and ideas with avalanche professionals from around the world.

If you have never, or rarely, presented in public before, the ISSW is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons, with a friendly audience very interested in what you have to say. This page explains the process of submitting an abstract. And feel free to email us if you’re looking for assistance or have questions.

When submitting an abstract, you’ll be asked to select from the following list of themes that best represents your topic:

  • Avalanche Dynamics
  • Avalanche Education
  • Avalanche Forecasting
  • Avalanche Formation and Failure
  • Avalanche Incidents and Case Studies
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Risk Communication
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Human Behaviours and Decision Making
  • Instrumentation and Remote Sensing
  • Planning and Engineering Solutions
  • Snow and Snowpack Properties
  • Terrain Management

So get those thinking caps on and get working on an abstract! It’s an experience that is well worth the effort. Here are the key dates you won’t want to miss:

  • April 27 – abstract submission deadline
  • June 5 – review results released
  • June 26 – presenting authors must be registered
  • August 24 – full papers due
  • Oct 4 – 9 – ISSW 2020, Fernie, BC

ISSW 2020

The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) is a gathering for people who love snow. This week-long conference is held every two years in a location that alternates between the US, Canada, and Europe. The next ISSW will be held in Fernie, BC, October 4 – 9, 2020, which means it’s a great opportunity for those of us in western Canada who work—and play—in the snow to attend.

Participating in an ISSW is always a great experience, both intellectually and socially. Check out and keep an eye on that site over the winter as more events and opportunities are posted. If you’ve attended an ISSSW before, you’ll know what a great experience it is. And if you’ve never attended, Fernie 2020 is going to be a great place to start. Hope to see you there!

Beautiful Fernie BC – Photo Credit – Matt Kuhn