Join Ignition Day at Silver Star, Dec. 19 or Red Mountain Dec. 18.
Register at Snowpro.com.
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.
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 Snowpro.com and in the training directory for existing members, search on Ignition Day. You'll have to sign into your CSIA account to register.
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
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 www.Snowpro.com
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.Read more...
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.
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.
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.Read more...
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.
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 Training Courses 2013 dates are on-line now in the "Courses" section.
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR 2012
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org