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Upcoming Ignition Days at Red Mountain and Silver Star

December 05, 2018

Join Ignition Day at Silver Star, Dec. 19 or Red Mountain Dec. 18.

Register at

Horse lover, photographer, engaged citizen, world traveller, social worker, ski instructor

October 18, 2018

 Stuart George Armstrong, 75, died peacefully in his sleep, in his home in Pemberton, on 10th October 2018.

 Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Stu’s first career was social work, where he worked in child protection services in Saskatoon and Vancouver. A side passion for skiing and ski instructing        morphed into his second career. He spent 30 years working full-time at the Whistler Mountain Ski School, later the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, with a brief enjoyable foray in Deer      Valley, Utah. He was ranked the number one privates instructor at Whistler and featured in Ski magazine’s top 100 ski instructors in North America for his patience and commitment to his  students.

 Stu had a knack for seeing what made people tick but he became increasingly passionate about learning the nuances of equine psychology, and could hold court on the awesomeness of horses, and his beloved mare, for entire stretches of conversation.

He attributed the discovery of a carcinoid tumor in his lower intestine in 2009 to his horse, after a throw sent him to emergency and a CT scan to check for spinal damage revealed a small  unexpected mass. He beat the odds, recovering from cancer, but remained a vocal appreciator of the Canadian health care system and particularly of the local Pemberton medical clinic’s ER  team.

Stu was predeceased by his father, Stanley, in 1970, and his mother, Elsie Blanche Johnston (Slater), in 2014. He is survived by his mare, Duster “Sassy Jones,” Pemberton’s horse community,  the ski school community, his half-sister Arian Gonzales (Richard), nieces Marisol and Andrea and grand-nephew Neilan, of Albuquerque NM; cousin Lisa Tinker, of Los Angeles CA; and his extended Slater family in Saskatchewan.

Ignition Day and CSIA BC Annual General Meeting November 25, 2018

October 07, 2018

Join  us  Sunday,  November  25,  from  9:00  a.m.–3:00  p.m.  followed  by  Après  and  the CSIA AGM  in  Whistler. Don’t  miss  getting  out  on  the  snow  to  start  your  season  off  with  some  of  the  best  Level  4s  in  BC.  Ignition  Day  is  the  perfect  event  to  get  motivated  for  the  coming  winter  by  polishing  your  skills  and  refining  your  assessment  and  development  strategies.

To register for Ignition Day, go to and in the training directory for existing members, search on Ignition Day. You'll have to sign into your CSIA account to register.

BC Region Board Election Results

March 29, 2018

Last November's election to fill four seats on the BC board saw incumbents Mike Manara and Dianne Dagneau back by acclamation, newly elected board member Anne Terwiel was voted in to represent the Okanagan and Gillian Shaw was elected as director-at-large.

Mike represents the South Western Zone and Dianne is the board member for the Northern Zone.

Mike, who is in his final three-year term with the board, has worked for the past 16 years at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, where he is the Director of Sports and Guest Services and an active member of the senior management team. He is an active Level 3 course conductor and has served 10 years with the CSIA BC, twice chairing the board.

Dianne, who lives at Troll Mountain in Quesnel and owns a successful financial services business, has been instrumental in promoting events with Level 4 trainers in the northern region of the province. She achieved her CSIA Level 3 in 2016

Anne, who is a senior lecturer at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, is a 35-year-member of the CSIA, is CSIA Level 4 certified, CSCF Level 2 and has an MBA from Simon Fraser University. She is a learning disabilities specialist and CTHRC trainer with the Canadian Tourism Human Reources Council.

Gillian,  a  longtime  tech  journalist  who  has  given  up  daily  deadlines  to  spend  more  time  skiing  and  teaching  at  Whistler  Blackcomb is a Level 2 CSIA. She  is  also  on  the  board  of  The  Vancouver  Sun  Children's  Fund and on the board of trustees of the Jack Webster Foundation.

Check our BC board and staff members listing here.













BC Region Board Elections Candidates

October 30, 2017

BC Region Board Elections Candidates

This November there are four seats up for election on the CSIA BC Board. The seats available are: 1 South Western Zone, 1 Okanagan Zone, 1 Northern Zone, 1 Director-at-Large. 

This year there is a strong field of candidates who are profiled below. To vote please log into


BC Region AGM Update

January 05, 2017

Last month CSIA BC members gathered in Whistler to celebrate the start of the season and attend the CSIA BC and National Annual General Meetings.


CSIA BC Board Election

October 31, 2016

BC Region Election

Voting to elect members to sit on the BC Region Board of Directors is now open.


Election Announcement Correction

October 18, 2016

Election Announcement Correction

The CSIA BC Committee has an important correction to our 2016 Board Seat Election Announcement. We reported, in error, that there were two seats up for election this fall, one Southwestern Zone seat and the Director-At-Large. In fact, there is only one seat open for election this year, the Southwestern Zone seat.


ProView 2016-2017 Out Now!

October 16, 2016

The lastest issue of ProView is now available! 

CLICK HERE to read it online

The Proview is all the latest news from the BC Region. It includes details of this years events and programs, the AGM and election coming up this fall, reviews of past events, and many great articles to help you get ready for the season. 

BC Region AGM and Elections

October 06, 2016

CSIA BC Board of Directors Election

Do you know someone ready to give back to the membership by sitting on the CSIA BC Board? Is it you? 


ProView 2015/16

October 26, 2015

The 2015/16 Edition of ProView magazine is now out! CSIA BC members will be receiving copies in the mail but you can read the entire magazine right here!

Highlights include a review of Interski 2015, information about Regional Events and the upcoming AGM, tips to get you in shape for the season and a few words from our kind sponsors.

Lastest Issue of Proview

November 04, 2014

2014/15 Issue of the ProView is now out!

Read about upcoming BC Region events, win a pair of K2 skis get tips to prepare you for the season and much more.


Welcome Colleen Dunn

October 04, 2014

CSIA BC would like to formally welcome Colleen Dunn to the Administrative Coordinator’s position for the Level 1 Program in the province.


Free Fischer Boot Fitting

September 02, 2014



Instructor of the Year

March 09, 2014

Ski Instructor of the Year Celebration

Help Recognize our Top Guns!


Partnership between CSIA and Canadian Adaptive Alpine Snow Sports Association

January 20, 2014

Partnership Announcement

A partnership agreement has been reached between the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and the various associations representing Adaptive Alpine Snow Sports within Canada in the interest of exploring opportunities to share and collaborate on common initiatives related to instructor education, training and certification.


AGM and Soldout Ignition Day Start BC’s Season

December 21, 2013

On Saturday 23 November, the CSIA BC Committee and 120 CSIA members kicked off the season at Whistler. Ignition Day Whistler was sold out this year as CSIA members from Whistler, the Lower Mainland and even the Okanagan came to enjoy some early season turns.


Pre-View of Fall 2013 event dates

August 06, 2013

Take note of these dates:

Ignition Day Whistler: November 23, 2013

AGM CSIA BC Whistler:   November 23, 2013

Ignition Day Big White:   Dec. 7, 2013

Ignition Day Fernie:   Dec. 14, 2013

Northern Festival Tabor Mountain:  Jan. 25/26, 2014

City Lights Special Mt.Seymour: Jan. 13, 2014

City Lights Special Cypress:  Feb. 18, 2014

City Lights Special Grouse Mountain:  March 11, 2014

Look for details in the event section.

Course Conductor Courses 2013

July 02, 2013

Course Conductor Training Courses 2013 dates are on-line now in the "Courses" section.

City Lights Specials 2012-13 Seymour / Cypress / Grouse

April 25, 2013

Our newest program City Lights Special offered at Mt.Seymour, Cypress, and Grouse Mountain, was a great success. We had excellent snow conditions for all 3 events, but encountered some challenges with re-scheduling due to inclement weather.  We had a good turnout with a total of 70 participants.



April 24, 2013

Women Only Workshop
Thirty two women gathered to celebrate alpine skiing on Whistler Mountain, Friday February 8th 2013. It was the most perfect of days to unleash the Ski Goddess.



December 26, 2012

The BC region marked the CSIA’s 75th Anniversary with the biggest turn out yet for Ignition Day in Whistler. The tradition of great snow, top trainers and tons of enthusiasm continued this year with well over 100 members.


Kick Ass Camp Lives Up To Name

April 02, 2012

On the weekend of March 24/25 CSIA BC members gathered in Whistler to tune their skiing and have some serious fun. Ken Paynter, CSIA BC’s technical coordinator, assembled a team of top trainers to lead two days of skill development. Even Mother Nature cooperated by supplying some of the best weather of the season. 


Women’s Only Workshop a ‘Magical Day’

March 05, 2012

January 27th was the perfect ski day. Snow conditions were incredible; the groomers were velvet carpets with a dusting of snow and the off piste lines beckoned, daring experimentation beyond personal boundaries. The type of ski days we dream about, one that stirs all the senses.


Ignition Days Spark Passion

December 22, 2011

Ignition Days Spark Passion for Skiing

Ignition Days in Whistler, Big White and Fernie have added a spark to kick start the season for 160 CSIA BC members. With Northern Festival at Troll Mountain in January, there will be plenty of fire to stoke passion for skiing and instructing this winter.


Job Opportunity - Advertising Sales

December 16, 2011


The CSIA BC is currently seeking a member to assist with advertising sales with the BC ProView Magazine and CSIA BC web site.  This position requires someone with an entrepreneurial attitude to help seek potential clients for advertising.  This position is part time and will be paid on a commission basis based on the ads sold.  For further information please contact or

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