Who is the CSIA?
Founded in 1938 and incorporated in 1949 as a not-for-profit organization, the CSIA is the professional ski teaching body in Canada. It is a federally recognized teaching institution and it trains and certifies Ski Instructors to best serve its Partners such as Snow Schools and the Canadian Skiing Public. While the CSIA National Office is located in Montréal, the British Columbia/Yukon region is represented by its own not-for-profit organization whose Board is comprised of elected, volunteers.
What do we Offer?
CSIA Education includes Programs with four Certification Levels and extensive Professional Development with Pro Days. Anyone who wishes to become a regular Member of the CSIA must attend and pass a Certification Program. Each Member has access to all types of training and education and receives communications and online material provided by the CSIA as well as other benefits and perks provide by our industry partners.
Diversity and Equality
“The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance stands for equality”.
These are challenging times. Our sphere of influence is the passion for our sport and our love of the mountains. It is this realm that gives us a unique opportunity to help shape the future.
We want everyone to join us on the slopes. Everyone. In recent months, we have made some of the biggest changes in the organization’s history. It is our goal to embrace all those communities that have been underrepresented in our organization as Instructors. We are motivated to provide an educational system that provides the opportunity for anyone to be successful.
A deep connection is the cornerstone of us being compassionate and respectful to one another. Our sport creates such a connection. It is the essence of our profession. Our journey to be better never ends.
At the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA), we value our sport and its environment, our Members, our Partners and the Skiing Public. As the leader in the profession of ski instruction and a most valued and respected contributor to the sport of skiing, we develop a safe and positive guest experience, a progressive approach and set national standards in ski teaching, providing opportunity for anyone to be successful.
The BC Region services regional needs in British Columbia and the Yukon by providing:
- Member engagement activities such as:
- Scholarship and Bursaries
- Regional member communications
- Social and Regional Event (all on-hill education program portions of the events are delivered through the Pro Days Programs administered by CSIA)
- Member support and source of resources and information regarding the CSIA
The CSIA BC Board
Michel “Meesh” Berthoud
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering fresh in hand, the door to my future stood open in front of me. The road ahead filled with opportunity and promise. Then a funny thing happened as the road ahead took a sharp turn West. The straight 6 lane highway suddenly became a narrow, twisting dirt path through the forest and over the mountains. Nice suits gave way to gortex (patched with duct tape) jackets, company cars turned into chairlifts and the office cubicle transformed into powdery runs down the mountain.
Since arriving Whistler, that narrow, twisting dirt road has offered many great opportunities. I have been fortunate enough to ski more than 100 resorts in over 10 countries across 4 continents, meeting many great people and forming fantastic friendships along the way. As a CSIA Level 4 and Level 3 Course Conductor, I’m able to share my passion for skiing and the mountains with others, whether on-course, on the chair or in the pub over a refreshing beverage.
Skiing has given many great memories and I can’t wait to see which adventure that narrow, twisting dirt path will lead to next.
A lifelong skier, Pat didn’t start his Instructional career until his late 50’s. Currently a Level 2 Instructor at the Hart Highland Winter Club in Prince George, Pat continues to challenge himself by pursuing the Level 3 certification. Pat’s teaching is focused on very young skiers, some as young as 32 months of age, and he takes great joy in working with Parents to help support their young skiers develop.
Pat brings a significant background in both the business and political world with him to the BC CSIA Board and looks forward to supporting Instructors in the Northern Region as well as throughout BC.
CSIA Level 4; CSIA level 3 Course Conductor; ACA level 2 Coach; Trainer and Supervisor at Fernie Winter Snowsports School; Level 4 Ski Instructor in Switzerland, Austria, and Australia; MA Psychology.
I was born in Ontario but learned to Ski in Scotland where my family still live. I came to ski instructing though ski racing where I was lucky enough spend some time on the FIS circuit in Europe. Ski racing opened up a world of amazing experiences and once in a lifetime opportunities. Ski teaching and coaching gave me a pathway to continue skiing without compromise, and I quickly recognised that I had a passion for teaching and sharing the sport with others. I worked my way through Europe gaining experience and qualifications and doubling up winters by heading to the southern hemisphere to Falls Creek Australia for 8 fantastic unforgettable seasons with the snow school and Falls Creek race club as head coach of the U14.
If you put in the hard work and time you really can build a rewarding career in ski teaching. One of the more notable opportunities I had was working for the Ski Austria Academy at St. Christoph Arlberg, a facility developing the Austrian national instructing and training techniques, while completing the Austrian Level 4 or Staatliche.
I became Technical Director of Ski School Pontresina in the St. Moritz Ski Area in Switzerland for a number of years while also coaching the British children’s ski team for international competitions all over Europe before moving back to Canada. I am currently working for the Fernie winter sports school as a supervisor and trainer.
The East Kootenays beat to a different drum and have stolen my heart with their unique ski resorts and the characters who frequent them. I completed the Canadian Level 4 certification in 2017 and am currently working towards becoming a Level 4 Course Conductor.
When not on the slopes you can find me outdoors enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer, feeling grateful for the choices that brought me here.
Hi I’m Colleen (aka Huk). I love long walks on the beach almost as much as freshies on a snowy day. After spending most of my ski teaching career in the Rockies (15 years in Jasper, then 20 years in Fernie with a few stints in Switzerland and Japan), my family and I thought the sound of skiing, biking and golfing, all in same day was appealing. So here I am on Vancouver Island, sliding around on beautiful Mount Washington and the Coastal Mountains! I’ve managed to ski the snow on all but one mountain in the Southwestern Zone and it’s on the list…next year : )
My name is Guy, and I am currently the proud South Western Regional Board Member for the CSIA BC.
I am still uncertain of how to turn left, but my right turn is strong. So if I’m not going around in circles, you can be quite confident in the knowledge I’ve figured out the whole turning both ways thing, which everyone seems to be going on about.
That’s my Welsh side coming out I’m afraid—nothing I can do about that. I think it’s from the 10 years I spent race training and competing on plastic dry slopes. That is, before I could find a sheep strong enough to carry me to actual snow. Once across the channel it was easy, and I never looked back. I spent some years racing in Europe then realized no one could understand Welsh, so I moved to Canada. Here I quickly learned how to speak Canadian. During that excitement I may have used the word loonie too much. But you know what they say: being weird is just a side effect of awesomeness! With such understanding, I have stayed put, skiing the powder and the amazing terrain we are blessed with here in British Columbia. During my time in Canada I achieved my CSIA Level 4 and I am currently a Level 3 Course Conductor.
I walked through a small cupboard once, in a small attic space I was renting in Whistler, and found myself in Narnia, or so I thought. I was actually stuck in Australia. Stuck so long I managed to do ten seasons at Mount Buller Ski Resort, which meant 22 winters in a row over the span of 11 years. I came out of that experience with my APSI Level 4 and the ability to speak fluent Australian. I worked as the head of training for Mount Buller ski resort for three years, before it occurred to me I was always getting sick. Turns out I don’t like the unformed snow that fell there. Believe me, we had a lot of unformed snow fall! So I have decided to stay here full time, setting up roots in Pemberton.
I am so happy to be skiing again, especially now the I can turn both ways. If you see me around, please come and say hi. I like it when people say hi. 🙂
Director at Large
I have recently been elected as the Director at Large on the CSIA BC Board of Directors, which I am very excited about. My goal in this role is to connect with all the ski areas in all regions, and to also provide support to all the regional directors.
A little bit about me:
I hail from Ireland, and it wasn’t until I was 15 that I first put skis on, and I was hooked straight away. It did take another ten years before I did my first winter season. As soon as I finished my education, I hopped on a plane straight to Whistler. Legend has it that I arrived into Canada with a surfboard and a wetsuit….
After a year in Canada, I headed to Australia, and ended up there for five years. I remember sitting in Melbourne, where I had just relocated for an engineering job, and watched as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics kicked off—I had sudden FOMO as I sat in my generic hotel room. I knew I wanted to be back in Canada, and formulated a plan for an eventual return.
I’ve been back for over six years, and working in the ski industry since. What I love is the passion that skiers have for their sport. My passion is as strong as ever and it always amazes me how the mountains continue to call to me and our community. This year, more than any other, has highlighted how important it is to be active in the great outdoors, doing a sport we love, and the therapeutic effect that it brings. It is vital for our mental and physical wellness.
So let’s #skiwellbewell. I hope to see you on the slopes from a safe two metres away.
Okanagan Thompson Zone
Anne has been a CSIA member since November 1981—almost 40 years—and is proud of her 4-digit CSIA number. Teaching skiing at Grouse Mountain seemed a great way to put herself through university, and once her teaching degree was complete, all Anne could think about was how to create a career in the ski industry. Balancing being a public school teacher and a ski instructor was easy at Grouse Mountain, where, in those days, the busy ski school ran lessons from 9am to 9pm. If one was willing to put in 12 hour days, a good living could be earned!
Anne’s husband, George, was also an instructor at Grouse, and after their two skiing kids were born, they looked for an opportunity for a full time life in the mountains. Moving to Sun Peaks in 1992 allowed Anne and George to re-enter the industry on a full time basis, and to fall in love with Interior BC snow. A family affair, all four Terwiels have been involved in the ski industry in one way or another, and skiing together is their greatest joy.
Along the way Anne returned to university, earned an MBA, and is now a Teaching Professor in the Tourism Management Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. As a Level 4 CSIA member, Anne’s passion is training other instructors, helping them to excel in an industry that has brought her such joy and fulfillment for over four decades.