The 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors will be held in the meeting room of the Alpine Club of Canada, 201 Indian Flats Rd, Canmore, AB on November 26, 2016 at 6:30pm.
You will find complete details on the 2015-2016 AGM page, including the agenda, proxy form and official documents. Please check on a regular basis as the page will be updated over the next few weeks.
The Telemark briefing and seminar had to be cancelled due to low registration and to difficulties for several national Course Conductors to attend but there will be a group of CANSI Telemark instructors skiing together. To join please email email@example.com.
Please join us for the Ontario Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the evening of Saturday June 4, 2016 at the Horseshoe Valley Resort, Ellesmere Room - the same location as last year. For direction see this map. This is your chance to meet the people who make CANSI Ontario work and help make it better.
This winter Ontario awarded another youth scholarship. It was to Alan Godbout who passed a very challenging 3-day Telemark Level I course at Devils Glen Ski Club mid-March. Here are Alan’s words of this experience.
Things I’ve Learned in the CANSI Level I Telemark Course
Recently, I passed my Telemark Level I Course. It was nothing like my Alpine Level I Course. In that course, everyone was my own age and we learned to teach young kids through games and imitation. In this course, the next youngest participant was double my age.
Stephanie, who was 29, probably could have passed the course without even taking it. The rest of us really had to work at it. Aside from me, the rest of the participants were in their 50’s and 60’s.
Please join us for the Ontario Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday May 24, 2015 Horseshoe Valley Resort, Ellesmere Room. To find out how to get there see this map. This is your chance to meet the people who make CANSI Ontario work and help make it better. Ideas and energy are both welcome!
BC’s most high profile Telemark Festival, the 4th annual Spring Loaded Telemark Festival is at Silver Star Mountain Resort March 27th - 29th, 2015, immediately following the CANSI National Seminar. The Spring Loaded Festival included gear demos, recreational and competitive races, group skiing, clinics, and a Tele party. More information at www.bctelemark.com
Deadline (extended) - Sunday January 26th, 2014
Register early and you may win a complet set of Rossignol XC X-ium equipment!
The winner will be announced on January 27th. They will then be able to choose their skate, classic or backcountry skis, bindings, boots and poles.
Building on previous years’ experience, we
are offering you a value-packed program featuring:
·A solid, innovative technical and pedagogical program that caters to
the needs of instructors, all the way up to the highest levels. We are
also introducing new sessions, such as Synchro Skiing and Teaching Children;
·All sessions facilitated in both English and French;
·A group environment promoting interactions and communications;
·Transportation made easy with our daily shuttles;
·Airport (or train or bus station) group shuttles will take you and
your luggage to and from the official hotel on the main travel days and times.
Select those you want when registering and email your travel info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Daily shuttles will take you and your gear from the hotel to the
various session locations and back. Select when registering.
·Sharing a hotel room: to help you find roommate(s) CANSI is
providing registrants with access to a private page of our online Basecamp.
·Onsite facilities: Telemark Seminar participants will have access to
space in the ProRoom at Camp Fortune. XC Seminar participants will enjoy
the use of Relais Plein Air, a dedicated XC facility right on the trail
·Lunches: Telemark participants will have access to resort
cafeterias. XC participants will be offered wholesome, homemade hot lunches for
a modest cost. Select when registering. Please contact email@example.com for any diet requirement.
Register now for your worry-free Seminar and make sure you don’t miss the early bird deadline and enter the
The CANSI uniform order is ready to go. We have been struggling with availability of garments in red that would be suitable for the CANSI logo.
We only have a two week window to get the order processed so please don’t delay as stock is very limited.
It is time to get your Uniform Order in for this winter’s season. We are again partnering with Arc’teryx to provide uniforms for CANSI instructors.
This year will be the same as last and we are batching orders so we can get predictable delivery dates for the Uniforms. Sizing is subject to availability so get your orders in early! All the details can be found in the members area on the Uniforms page CANSI Uniforms
The uniform pieces will be delivered in early January from the Dec 15, 2013 order.
CANSI Ontario is pleased to offer again a scholarship to any youth between 16 and 21 years of age at the start of a CANSI Ontario course. For details how to obtain this scholarship, please read this Ontario Youth Scholarship policy page.
Here are some details from the two Youth Scholarship recipients from last winter.
Message 2 - The first three days of the seminar will be dedicated to cross-country skiing with the CANSI AGM on the Wednesday night and the last three days dedicated to telemark. There will be morning and afternoon sessions along with social events at night. Have a say in shaping the seminar by providing us with your thoughts on what type of sessions you would like to attend. You can send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that just prior to the seminar, CANSI instructors are invited to participate in the Gatineau Loppet, Canada’s largest cross country ski event, which will be held in the Gatineau Park from February 15-16th and just after the seminar instructors are also invited in participating in a telefest which will be held nearby.
Message 1 - Mark your calendars! The 2014 CANSI National Seminar will be held in the National Capital Region from February 17-21 2014. The organizing committee is working very hard and will have more information for you in the coming weeks! Keep checking the website or our Facebook page for more information. See you soon!
Please join us for the Ontario Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday May 25, 2013 at the Barrie Public Library on 60 Worsley Street in downtown Barrie. To find out how to get there see this map. This is your chance to meet the people who make CANSI Ontario work and help make it better.
At 12 noon we will have an informal get-to-know-your-board lunch. The AGM meeting will start officially at 12:30 p.m. We will also try to have a live web connection for people with decent Internet connection who cannot attend this meeting physically. Connection details will be sent to individuals who registered for this AGM and selected the “Virtual Meeting” option.
Please join us for the Ontario Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday May 27, 2012 at the Swansea Town Hall on 95 Lavinia Avenue in west end of Toronto. This is your chance to meet the people who make CANSI Ontario work and help make it better.
At 12 noon we will have an informal get-to-know-your-board lunch. The AGM meeting will start officially at 12:30 p.m. For more info and to register click here.
Silver Star has arranged for registered National Seminar participants to purchase trail and lift passes at 50% off the normal day rate. Please bring your CANSI membership card and present it at the ticket window in the village. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR TRAIL/LIFT PASS BEFORE THE SESSION STARTS.
One of our own is a finalist in the Powder Highway’s Ultimate Ski Bum Contest.
Gregor is a Telemark Instructor from Atlantic. The Ultimate Ski Bum Contest runs in two parts. The first was a web voted group of ten finalists. The second is a resort judged final video entry. A frame grab from his video is below:
Due to strong demand this year for uniforms Arc’teryx is going to batch the application of the appliqué logo. To make sure you have a uniform for this winter please have your order in by Dec 15th and please be careful to follow the directions on the uniform page when ordering.
The uniform pieces will be delivered by early January. If you are going to the national seminar it may make sense to have the uniforms delivered to the national seminar site. If you are ordering a uniform and you would like to do this please contact email@example.com.
The 2011-12 Arc’teryx Uniforms are ready for order! Highlights from this year are:
A new appliqué logo that obviates the need for the embroidered logo and the resulting holes in the garment and the associated seam sealing. As well as being roughly 75% less than the previous logo cost!
New less stiff fabrics in the two shell jackets, now 510NP GORE-TEX® Soft Shell 3L. This is a 3 Layer Gore Pro Shell fabric with a a very light brushed lining that enhances the breathability of the garment and the overall feel.
A brighter red in all the garments that enhances on hill visibility.
Order early to ensure you get the sizing* you want.
*The SabreSV runs fairly large, I am 5’9” and 175# and a medium is plenty large. Pants are true to size, as are the softshell garments.
The meeting points for the Telemark Seminar are :
Day 1 (January 6, 2010) : Chalet des Voyageurs* at 8:30 AM.
Day 2 (January 7, 2010) : Green lifts light board on the summit at 9:30 AM.
The meeting point for the Telemark Professional Development Day is :
Day 1 (January 8, 2010) : Chalet des Voyageurs* at 8:30 AM.
The meeting point for the XC Professional Development Day is :
Day 1 (January 8, 2010) : Accueil St-Bernard** at 9:00 AM.
The meeting points for the XC Seminar are :
Day 1 (January 9, 2010) : Accueil St-Bernard** at 8:30 AM.
Day 2 (January 10, 2010) : Accueil St-Bernard** at 8:30 AM.
* The Chalet des Voyageurs is located just right of the base of the Cabriolet lift on the South side of Tremblant. Members who registered before noon on January 4, 2010 will pick up their discounted lift tickets then.
In the fitting Telemark boots article there is an incorrect link to a video with Paul Parker and Mitch from Telemark Tips. The most up to date version of this article with the video embedded in it is available at Telemark Boot Fitting.
The 26th Edition of the Mont-Comi (Quebec) telemark festival is again looking for volunteer Instructors for its clinics. The telefestival will be held from February 13 - 15, 2008. For more information and to register, contact Pascal Soucy.
Note that you must be able to speak French since over 80% of the participants are francophone.
The Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) holds annual conventions for their members at the start of the season. The conventions take place at Lake Louise in the west, and Mont Tremblant in the east, and allow alpine ski instructors to improve their skiing and teaching skills by signing up for modules covering a wide range of topics.
At this year’s convention, CANSI Telemark instructors will be presenting Introduction to Telemark Skiing as one of the half day modules.
For more information on the CSIA see their website snowpro.com
One of the big challenges facing the sport of telemark skiing is how to get young people involved. Norman Thibault, a Telemark Level III instructor from CANSI Quebec has found a way to do this. Norman and two others formed a non-profit organization called “Telemark Laurentides” as member of Telemark Quebec.
In the 2007-2008 season, CANSI Ontario awarded Youth Scholarships and Youth Development Grants totaling over $2,000.
These funds were awarded in the form of refunds of course fees for successful completion of CANSI courses, and funds to help cover expenses for delivery of programs benefiting people residing in Ontario in the age range 16 to 21.
If you have an idea for a XC or telemark skiing related project that benefits young people residing in Ontario in the age range 16 to 21, prepare a proposal outlining your project, and send it to CANSI Ontario for consideration.
Freeheelers United (FHU) is the largest community of Telemark Skiers serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We are seeking new instructors to add to our roster and would appreciate hearing from you
The 2007 Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) will be held on Saturday January 12, 2008 at Highlands Nordic, Duntroon (Collingwood area) Ontario (www.highlandsnordic.on.ca). All members are invited to attend. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CANSI National Seminar is held annually, with the location alternating between Western and Eastern venues. Last year’s seminar was held in SilverStar, BC, and this year, the location shifts to Ontario at Highlands Nordic from January 10 through January 14, 2008.
As summer approaches its end, CANSI Ontario has been busy planning for
this year’s winter season. There is a full slate of refresher,
preparation and certification courses being offered in the Thunder Bay,
Ottawa, and Southern Ontario regions.
The Ski Telemark Reunion event held at Devil’s Glen Country Club on February 25 drew telemarkers from far and wide, old and many new, young faces, a count over 65! The day’s energy was released with the New Roteffella Telemark Norm being introduced for testing with new Crispi boots, high performance clinics for all, women only and juniors. The afternoon GS race was forerun by Rossignol’s newest advocate Mario Guertin and four classes, male and female were awarded Telemark Ontario medals for their outstanding performances!
Ski Telemark Reunion: Sunday February 25, 2007
Devil’s Glen Country Club
Come out for a day of fun with Ski Telemark! Reunite with old friends and
meet new tele skiers from across Ontario. This event commemorates the remarkable life of Mike Moran whom endeared many to the mastery of telemark skiing and it’s joys!
Your day includes:
• coaching and high performance instructional clinics in the morning
• lunch hosted by a couple from Devil’s Glen
• GS telemark race in the afternoon for all ages and abilities
• lift tickets
• apres ski and more!
When it became clear that the early winter weather would not deliver sufficient terrain to run a Telemark Level II course scheduled for Calabogie Peaks, near Ottawa, CANSI Ontario scrambled to find alternatives, and found a solution by moving the course to Mont Tremblant Quebec.
CANSI is looking for volunteers to work on the Telemark Ski Your Best Project.
The project’s goal is to produce an instructional program administered by CANSI-certified instructors to skiers who want to improve their technique, but who don’t want to become certified instructors. Participants achieve different levels based on the skills they demonstrate in different telemark maneuvers. The different levels are designed to be motivational for students, while giving instructors objective skills criteria for dividing students into lessons.
Daytime temperatures reaching +12c caused the cancellation of some courses in Southern Ontario, but on Sunday, December 17, a Telemark Refresher course was held at Mount St Louis Moonstone, north of Barrie.
Telemark Level I preparation, Level I certification and refresher courses are being offered by the University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre at Nakiska this season. For more information and online registration, consult the Outdoor Centre web site or call them at 403-220-5038.
Last season CANSI Ontario offered a Pro Deal on Karhu products. Due to changes in the ownership of Karhu, the distribution channel has changed, and at the present time, we can no longer offer this program. However, the previous distributor has a limited amount of demo XC and telemark and XC racing skis that they are offering to our members at a generous discount. Please contact email@example.com for details.
I knew I was a different place when I left the chrome and glass and urban Euro-bustle of Schipol Airport in Amsterdam and landed in Oslo, Norway. I was greeted at Gardermoen Airport with polished real wood floors, hewn beams and airport staff cruising around on push scooters instead of electric carts. This must be a nation that values natural environments and self-propelled locomotion! I had landed in the cradle of Nordic skiing. It had been a dream of mine since I discovered Telemark skiing to visit its birthplace and drink deeply of the mountain culture…
Greetings all. In case you have not heard, it is with great sadness that I must inform you that Mike Moran - CANSI Ontario’s master course conductor, a very generous teacher and talented Nordic skier - has just passed away this Saturday morning (around 9 am) in Barrie’s hospital.