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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.


  • To provide training, education and certification for Canadian Ski Guides
  • To promote awareness of mountain hazards and safety to the general public
  • To maintain high standardization criteria
  • To provide facilities for training and education
  • To provide employment for Canadians as Professional Ski Guides to provide training, education and certification for Canadian Ski Guides


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