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Sigge Björklund 1926 - 2018 Posted on Dec 7th, 2018

pix-Sigge_Bjorklund.jpgAlf Sigvald Björklund (Sigge) passed away peacefully late in the evening on November 10, 2018 with family at his side. He was born in Lappfjärd, Finland, and immigrated to Vancouver in 1956. 

Sigge worked as an electrician throughout the Lower Mainland and later founded the ski shop Sigge’s Sport Villa. He is well known for his passion and commitment to cross country skiing in Western Canada. As one of the original members of CANSI, he was active on our board and as a course conductor. His leadership helped grow the sport and the association during our early years in the late 70s, 80s and early 90s.

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CANSI National Seminar in Silver Star, BC, March 4-8, 2019 Posted on Nov 15th, 2018

Watch the video for a taste of your next snow holiday and register now!

The cost is $350 until February 18 (early bird rate) and $400 thereafter (regular rate).


Click here to register for the XC seminar.

Click here to register for the Telemark seminar.


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Marie-Cat Bruno Special Fund Posted on Oct 24th, 2018

Donations for the Marie-Cat Bruno Special Fund are intended to financially help women pursue their goals in the Nordic ski industry. 

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It is to continue the legacy of Marie-Catherine Bruno that CANSI created this fund. 

A former racer, Marie-Cat was the first and, to this day, only woman to have achieved the highest levels of certification in both cross country and telemark ski instruction.  

Through her involvement as CANSI-Pacific Technical Rep, she successfully contributed to develop and maintain the highest standards in Nordic skiing technique and instruction at the regional and national levels. 

Ontario XC Courses 2018-2019 Posted on Oct 21st, 2018

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Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Graner, Jay Thibert, Jean Pierre Lavoie, Francoise Chatenoud, Cameron Smith, Peter Rasberry, Chris Clarke, Martha Rafuse, David Wallin and Jan Vopalensky we are pleased to offer you this winter 13 cross-country course over 10 events and at 4 locations in both Southern and Eastern Ontario.

You can find and register for these courses on the CANSI Courses page or by viewing  2018-2019 CANSI Ontario XC Courses Schedule  table with the links to courses. 

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...And Now We're CANSI XC Level I Instructors Posted on Jun 2nd, 2018

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We’re Adrienne and Adrian from North Toronto Ski Club and we became CANSI Level I Classic instructors this winter.   We were members of the excellent CANSI Level I certification course at Highlands Nordic near Collingwood Ontario.

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Learning to Love XC Level III Posted on Jun 2nd, 2018

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Getting my Level 3 was something I had long aspired to - going all the way back to 2005, when I got my Level 2 on a joint 2/3 course up in Ottawa. Seeing the difference between the levels made me realize I had work to do if I wanted to get it.

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CANSI Ontario - XC Course Conductor session Posted on Jun 2nd, 2018

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Every year at the beginning of the season a small group of CANSI Ontario instructors get together to prepare the future of CANSI Ontario courses and get on the snow.

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Ontario 2018 AGM Posted on May 19th, 2018

Help make CANSI Ontario work better! Join us for the CANSI Ontario AGM on Saturday June 2, 2018 at Horseshoe (near Barrie), or join remotely via internet.

Please visit the registration page for more meeting details and to register. See Ontario AGM for a list of directors, agenda, minutes and director reports.

Shane Landreville new CANSI Master Instructor Posted on Mar 15th, 2018


With his bright smile and smooth skiing, Shane has become the 5th CANSI Master Instructor after Keith Nicol, Mark Simpson, Marie-Catherine Bruno and Guy Paulsen. He is also the youngest one to achieve this elite status, an accomplishment he can rightly be proud of.

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Shane achieved his X-Country level IV instructor certification last February at Silver Star on a course conducted by Marie-Catherine Bruno. 

A Telemark racer on the international scene, Shane was also a Telemark level III instructor since April 2016. He lives and skis at Silver Star, BC.

Congratulations Shane.

Wendy Grater is Ontario's newest CANSI XC Level IV instructor Posted on Mar 14th, 2018

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Wendy is Ontario’s newest CANSI XC Level IV instructor after a winter of learning and training. Wendy is a well known and loved CANSI Instructor and Course Conductor in Ontario. She’s based in Parry Sound (near her home club Georgian Nordic Ski Club) and travels Ontario instructing and running courses. 

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Improving our Website Posted on Feb 23rd, 2018

As part of CANSI’s strategic plan to attract and retain members, we have identified the need to improve our website. This year we will be working to make our website more user friendly, accessible via smartphone and computer, and easier to navigate to find the information that is important to you.

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We want to thank Mountain Equipment Coop for their help with this initiative. MEC provided CANSI with $20,000 through their Community Improvement Grant. Please help us show our gratitude to MEC by visiting a store in your area or online.

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Notice of 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting Posted on Feb 7th, 2018

The 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors will be held at Auberge Château Bromont, 95 Rue de Montmorency, Bromont, QC on February 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

You will find complete details on the 2016-2017 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. 

CANSI National Seminar Posted on Dec 24th, 2017

2017-2018 National Seminar in Quebec was a success! Read on for story and pictures.
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Announcing the 2018-2019 National Seminar in Silver Star, BC March 4-8, 2019.

Watch the video for a taste of your next snow holiday!

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Attention all Mountain Members Posted on Nov 23rd, 2017

The CANSI Track Fiesta and the AGM scheduled for November 25 at the Canmore Nordic Center have been cancelled. This is due to rainfall that has melted or has made the track conditions icy and unsafe. We apologize for the inconvenience. Your Fiesta planning committee will be meeting shortly to make alternative arrangements and will communicate these to you as soon as possible. 

Ontario XC Courses 2017-2018 Posted on Oct 26th, 2017

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Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Graner, Jay Thibert, Jean Pierre Lavoie, Cameron Smith, Peter Rasberry, Clare Magee, David Wallin and Jan Vopalensky we are pleased to offer you this winter 21 cross-country course over 18 events and at 4 locations in both Southern and Eastern Ontario.

You can find and register for these courses on the CANSI Courses page or by viewing  2017-2018 CANSI Ontario XC Courses Schedule  table with the links to courses. 

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Renew your CANSI Membership now Posted on Oct 3rd, 2017



It’s snowing in the West of the country! Start your 2017-2018 season today and renew your CANSI membership!

Click here to renew, and read on to review your benefits as a member.

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Justin Crabtree receives Ontario 2017 Youth Scholarship Posted on Apr 3rd, 2017

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The Ontario Region has been promoting a Youth Scholarship Program to encourage young skiers to become CANSI ski instructors since 2006. Parents, youth or anyone who would like to nominate a person who is between the ages of 15 to 21 years of age at the start of the course can go to our Youth Scholarship policy on CANSI’s website for more details.

This year we year we recognize Justin Crabtree, who currently is the youngest member of CANSI at the age. Here is what Justin had to say about his experience on his first CANSI course - XC Level I certification at Hardwood Ski and Bike, Barrie Ontario:

When I found out I could take my CANSI Level I course after signing up quite late (it’s a funny story- I’ll tell you another time), I really didn’t know what to expect. I had, or at least was hoping I had, all the necessary technique down pat, but I soon found out this was just one aspect of the course. I discovered that being able to ski doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher, as the amazing course instructors showed us what a good lesson looked like.

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Memories from the National Seminar Posted on Dec 22nd, 2016

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From Coast to Coast at the CANSI National Seminar Posted on Dec 8th, 2016


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Six provinces at the 2016-2017 CANSI National Seminar in Canmore, AB: Theresa Oswald from Whistler, BC; John Gallagher from Canmore, Alberta; Danielle Papin from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Paul Jorgensen from Brudenell, Ontario; Daniel Talbot from Rivière-du-loup, Quebec; Elita Rahn from Moncton, New Brunswick.

Notice of 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting Posted on Oct 29th, 2016

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. 

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Ontario XC Courses 2016-2017 Posted on Oct 16th, 2016

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Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Graner, Jay Thibert, Jean Pierre Lavoie, Paul Jorgensen, Cameron Smith and Jan Vopalensky we are pleased to offer you this winter 12 XC courses over 8 events and at 5 locations.

You can find and register for these course on the CANSI Courses page . 

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CANSI National Seminar and AGM in Canmore, AB November 23- 27, 2016 Posted on Oct 13th, 2016

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Start your season off on the right ski by attending the 2016-2017 National Seminar in November at Canmore! 

Register here for the X-C seminar (read the preliminary seminar program), for the X-C Course Conductors briefing (read the briefing program) and for the AGM

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 president@cansi.ca.

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Ontario 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Posted on Apr 16th, 2016

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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. 

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Ontario XC Courses 2015-2016 Posted on Nov 30th, 2015

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Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Graner, Jay Thibert, Jean Pierre Lavoie, Ted Williams, Clare Magee, Cam Smith and Jan Vopalensky we are pleased to offer you this winter 11 XC courses over 7 events and at 5 locations.

You can find and register for these course on the CANSI Courses page. But to save you some searching, below is their summary with direct links.

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2016 CANSI National Seminar and AGM in Charlevoix, QC February 17-21, 2016 Posted on Nov 23rd, 2015

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Registrations are now open on the Courses page for the Seminar, the CC Briefing and the AGM.

Read all details on seminar.cansi.ca. 

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Celebrating life of Larry Sinclair (1956-2015) at Highlands Nordic on June 13th, 2015 Posted on May 24th, 2015

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Larry (the owner) is always working and smiling


As some of you may know already, Larry Sinclair - the owner of Highlands Nordic, one of the finest, privately funded, Nordic ski center in the country - died on Sunday Jan. 25, 2015 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Pat Elson, and daughters Megan and Kelly who (along with her husband Chanse Dionne) are now largely looking after his facility.

His death is big loss not only to Highlands Nordic, CCC (Cross Country Canada) and CCO (Cross Country Ontario), but also to CANSI Ontario. He was one of the rare Nordic ski coaches who supported not only Nordic athletes, but also recreational skiers. He always helped us whenever we wanted to run courses at his center - including the CANSI National seminars in Jan. 2008 and the annual CANSI Ontario XC Course Conductor training weekends in early December.

Help us celebrate his life - by sharing some food and your stories - on Saturday, June 13th at his Highlands Nordic resort from 1 to 4 pm. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

If you plan to come, please send an email to larryslifecelebration@gmail.com by June 8th

Otherwise, please at least share your stories here, on his obituary or on one of the other websites listed at the end of this article. Here are some memorable quotes about Larry:

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Ontario 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Posted on May 7th, 2015

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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! 

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Ontario XC Courses 2014-2015 are open for registration Posted on Nov 15th, 2014

Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Jorgensen, Paul Graner, Jay Thibert, Jean Pierre Lavoie, Alex Beaumont, Clare Magee and Jan Vopalensky we are pleased to offer you this winter 12 XC courses over 7 events and at 6 locations.

You can find and register for these course on the CANSI Courses page. But to save you some searching, here is their summary with direct links.

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CANSI National Seminar February 17-21, 2014 Posted on Jan 18th, 2014

Together, to the next level!


Early Bird 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;

·       Access to a superb XC ski network;

·       Prizes from our sponsors;

·       All that at the lowest possible cost!

Check the Seminar’s draft program here  

Logistics:

·       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 office@cansi.ca.

·       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 network.

·       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 office@cansi.ca 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 draw!

XC Seminar online at https://lms.firmwater.com/cansi/reg/18673

Telemark Seminar online at https://lms.firmwater.com/cansi/reg/18711

Uniform Order for Winter 2013-14 is ready to go! Posted on Dec 3rd, 2013

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.

Go to the Uniforms Page to get the order form CANSI Uniforms

10th CANSI National Seminar - February 17-21, 2014 Posted on Dec 3rd, 2013

Message 3 - Finally!  Here is most of the information that you need to register! See the following document CANSI SEMINAIRE NATIONAL INFO Rev.docxfor the dates, costs, preliminary agenda and more!

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Ontario Youth Scholarship is available again this winter Posted on Nov 4th, 2013

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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.

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Ontario X-Country Courses 2013-2014 are open for registration Posted on Oct 22nd, 2013


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Thanks to Wendy Grater, Paul Jorgensen, Paul Graner, Clare Magee, Ted Williams, Murray Wood, Alex Beaumont, Robert Lafleur and Jan Vopalensky, we are pleased to offer you this winter 16 XC courses over 8 events and at 5 locations.

You can find and register for these course on the CANSI Courses page. But to save you some searching, here is their summary with direct links.

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CANSI National Seminar - February 17-21, 2014 in the National Capital Region Posted on Sep 20th, 2013

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 office@cansi.ca. 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!

Ontario 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Posted on May 15th, 2013

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.

For more info and to register click here.

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National Seminar 2012-2013 - Jan 18-22, 2013 at Silver Star BC Posted on Mar 4th, 2013

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Ontario 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Posted on May 16th, 2012

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.

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National Seminar 2012-2013 - Jan 18-22, 2013 at Silver Star BC Posted on Apr 5th, 2012

cansi-invite2.jpgThe latest information for the CANSI National Seminar January 18-22, 2013 at Silver Star, BC will be posted on this page.

The headquarters for the National Seminar at Silver Star will be the National Altitude Training Centre (NATC) in the village. All sessions will start from this location.

Registration & Check-In for the XC National Seminar opens at the NATC 8:00am Friday, January 18.

Registration & Check-In for the Telemark National Seminar opens at the NATC 8:00am Sunday, January 20.

The morning sessions will leave the NATC at 9:00 AM sharp and run until 11:30 AM
The afternoon sessions will leave the NATC at 1:00 PM sharp and run until 3:30 PM

See the complete agenda.

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.

To register for the National Seminar see XC National Seminar and Telemark National Seminar

For information on accommodations see the CANSI National Seminar 2013 page on the Silver Star website at http://winter.skisilverstar.com/cansi-national-seminar-2013

You can download the entire information package here - a printed copy will be waiting for you when you register.

Uniform Update Posted on Dec 1st, 2011

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 prodeal@cansi.ca.

Uniform Choices for 2011-12 are Ready Posted on Oct 28th, 2011

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.

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*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.

CANSI at Interski 2011 in Austria Posted on Jan 19th, 2011

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CANSI sent a team of skiers with the Canadian team to this year’s Interski in Austria to represent the Nordic side of Canadian ski instruction.

Team member Yaz Kawasaki posted a video direct from Interski

You can view the video on youtube

Article on National Seminars Posted on Jan 6th, 2011

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Atlantic region courses are open for registration! Posted on Nov 15th, 2010

Most of the Atlantic courses are now online and ready for registration. Some dates still need to be confirmed so stay tuned and check often for new entries in the calendar.

Visit:

http://cansi.ca/en/courses/

for more info.

Quebec Region courses are online Posted on Nov 3rd, 2010

Most of the Quebec courses are now online and ready for registration. Some PDD and course dates still need to be confirmed so stay tuned and check often for new entries in the calendar.

We also have a new early registration rebate structure that can save you up to 75$ off the regular price of the course. Visit:

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for more info.

Ontario X-Country Courses 2010-2011 (Updated) Posted on Oct 31st, 2010

XC Refresher & prep. courses @Highlands Nordic This winter, thanks to Wendy Grater, Peter Grey, Paul Jorgensen, Kevin French, Clare Magee, Rob Henderson, and our Course Conductor trainees Ted Williams, Murray Wood and Jan Vopalensky, we are pleased to offer you in total 19 XC courses over 10 events and 6 locations.

This winter we are again:

  • keeping our course prices same as last year and equal across all parts of Ontario
  • offering 4 free Refresher/Professional Development (PD) courses to current Professional CANSI members
  • offering Youth Scholarships to qualified individuals

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Ontario Youth Scholarships (2010-2011) Posted on Oct 1st, 2010

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For the 2010-2011 ski season, CANSI Ontario is again happy to offer financial support to young instructors or those who target young people from 16 to 21 years of age residing in Ontario.

Three types of scholarships are available:

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Ontario 2010 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Posted on May 20th, 2010

Help make CANSI Ontario work better. Join us for the Ontario Region Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday May 30, 2010 at the Swansea Town Hall on 95 Lavinia Avenue in west end of Toronto.

At 12 noon we will have an informal get-to-know-your-board lunch. The AGM meeting will start officialy at 1:00 p.m.

More info and to register click here.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) January 8, 2010 Posted on Dec 27th, 2009

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CANSI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Friday January 8th at 19:00 at Ski de fond Mont-Tremblant. A casual get together with snacks began at 17:30.

Details, agenda and reports are available in the AGM portion of the Members Area.

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Check out what's new in the Members Area Posted on Dec 15th, 2009

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Atlantic XC and Telemark Courses 2009-2010 Posted on Nov 9th, 2009

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We are pleased to announce that XC and Telemark courses being offered by CANSI Atlantic for the 2009-2010 season are now open for registration. See the Courses page for the list of upcoming courses

Ski Martock (NS) looking for XC Instructors Posted on Nov 9th, 2009

Ski Martock near Windsor NS and about 45 min from Halifax is looking for 1 full time and 4 to 5 part time XC ski instructors for the coming season. The full time position will combine instruction with XC park management. Hours for all positions are flexible.

About Ski Martock. Ski Martock is a progressive family run ski hill. The XC ski park has been newly expanded for the 2010 Canada Winter Games. It has 100% snow making coverage, spectator stands and a biathlon range. Weekday ski instruction is primarily school groups and weekend is private and group lessons.

A CANSI XC level one instructor certification is required for the position and a certification course will be run at Ski Martock Jan 16-17 2010.

Contact - snowschool@martock.com

Ontario X-Country Courses 2009-2010 (Updated) Posted on Oct 18th, 2009

XC I+II Refresher & XC I Prep course @HorseshoeWe are please to announce that the XC courses for this coming winter are now open for registration. Thank you for your patience. We had to ensure we will have enough Course Conductors now that Steve Gentles, Paul Graner and Mike Lalonde are no longer available.

This winter, thanks to Wendy Grater, Peter Grey, Paul Jorgensen (who just moved back from BC), Clare Magee, Rob Henderson, and our trainees Ted Williams, Murray Wood and Jan Vopalensky, we are able to offer you in total 17 XC courses over 8 events and 5 locations.

Note also that this winter not only are we keeping current course prices same as last year, but we also offering four Refresher/Professional Development courses for free. But if you still feel our courses are costly, keep in mind we are again offering Youth Scholarships to qualified individuals.

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Mike Moran receives post-homously "Cum Laude" award from Cross-Country Ontario Posted on May 11th, 2009

XC Ontario presents post-homously "Cum Laude" Award to Mike Moran On April 26, 2009 the Southern Ontario District of Cross Country Ontario presented to Mike Moran who passed away in Sept. 30, 2006 the “Cum Laude” award - an award given “in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of cross-country skiing in Southern Ontario over a period of years”.

Accepting on Mike’s behalf was his wife and life-long friend Cheri Doman (holding the plague). Present were also Mike’s mother (Eileen), father (Gerald ), Ann Budge (on the right) - a master’s Nordic skier who helped organize this presentation - and Clare Magee (in the back) - a master CANSI course conductor who introduced Mike’s life-long work to the Cross-Country Ontario group present at the awards ceremony during that evening at Highlands Nordic.

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CCO: Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship Posted on May 10th, 2009

Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce that Tim Bourrie of Midland has been awarded the Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship. Tim Bourrie currently coaches with the Midland Nordic Ski Club. Tim was hooked on skiing when he began cross training for triathlons. It wasn’t long before he was training for the Canadian Ski Marathon. Tim is a Level 2 NCCP coach and coaches the Midland Ski Dogs.

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Ontario X-Country Courses 2008-2009 (Updated) Posted on Feb 17th, 2009

Synch snowplow turns - diagonal lineGreetings fellow skiers and instructors. Once again we look optimistically to the upcoming winter. Given the amount of rain and snow we had so far in Ontario, it looks like we will get as much snow as last year. Consequently, we expect correspondingly large demand for our courses.

Given that our leading Course Conductor has moved to the Pacific region, we are not able to offer you this season as many courses as we would like. However, since this February we’ve gained a new Level I Course Conductor (congratulations Wendy) we can offer two more courses.

Also always keep in mind that our Youth Scholarships are still there for the taking.

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Ontario Course Registration and Cancellation policies Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008

Ontario course registration and cancellation policies are similar over the past several seasons. Here is a reminder what they are for this winter and beyond.

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Pacific Courses 2008-2009 Posted on Nov 20th, 2008

The 2008-2009 Course schedule for CANSI Pacific Region is now updated and online at www.cansi.ca.

Contact us if you are interested in organizing a custom course for your ski school or other group - we can easily set these up with advance notice.

Mountain Fiesta Course 2008-2009 Posted on Nov 5th, 2008

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CANSI Mountain Fiesta! - AN EVENT NOT TO MISS!

We’re calling it a Fiesta because it’s not just a refresher or a briefing or an AGM - it’s all those and more combined into one event. And the best part?… IT’S FREE!

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Quebec Courses 2008-2009 Posted on Oct 25th, 2008

The 2008-2009 Quebec XC and telemark course schedule along with the registration instructions are now available on the CANSI-Quebec site at (in French only):

www.cansi-quebec.ca

The coordination committee

More XC courses added in Ontario to satisfy demand Posted on Jan 3rd, 2008

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The class is facing the storm at the end of the XC Refresher course at Highlands Nordic, Dec. 15-16, 2007After the very full XC Level I+II refresher course in mid December of 2007, and listening to your requests, we have added 3 more courses:

XC Level I Refresher (Ottawa)
XC Level I Certification (Ottawa)
XC Level II Preparation (Southern Ontario)

For summary of all 2007-2008 Ontario XC courses read this older news item.

New X-Country Ski Videos from CANSI's Keith Nicol Posted on Jan 3rd, 2008

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Keith Nicol has created some popular new x-country ski videos for the YouTube market. So far there has been good response on his free skate video and diagonal stride without poles video. Both videos are 3 minutes long so are quick and easy to view. The videos are top ranked so are easy to find. Keith plans on adding more YouTube content shortly. Keith Nicol (CANSI X-C Level IV - Tele Level III) teaches Winter Outdoor Pursuits at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook and runs CANSI courses in Atlantic Canada.

Agendas of National Seminars January 10-14, 2008 Posted on Dec 14th, 2007

As announced in our earlier news item, this winter the National Technical seminars are being held in Ontario, in Collingwood area. Here are some more details.

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CANSI 2007 AGM Announcement Posted on Nov 18th, 2007

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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 president@cansi.ca.

Quebec 2007-2008 XC courses (Updated) Posted on Nov 15th, 2007

The Quebec coordination committee is proud to announce the 2007-2008 XC course schedule.

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Québecois, take part in the National Seminar! Posted on Nov 7th, 2007

The National Seminar will be held in the East this year. The Quebec coordination committee would like to have a strong presence from Quebec members this year.

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New CANSI X-Country Classic-only Level I Certification Posted on Nov 6th, 2007

XC Skiing in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Winter 2007As a result of a proposal prepared by Mountain and Ontario regions, this September the CANSI Technical committee approved the implementation of a modular approach to the XC Level I instructor certification by introducing a XC Classic-only certification.

This XC Classic-only certification is designed to make CANSI Professional membership available to a larger audience. It is applicable to for school teachers, scout leaders, touring instructors, or instructors at classic-only resorts, who do not have any need to teach skating techniques and/or may themselves lack skating equipment and skiing skills.

Certified XC Classic-only instructors will have the same teaching training and expertise as other XC Level I instructors, and will have the full CANSI insurance coverage while teaching XC Classic skiing.

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Ontario 2007-2008 XC Courses (Updated) Posted on Nov 3rd, 2007

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CANSI Ontario Course Conductor training weekend, Dec. 2006Greetings fellow skiers and instructors. Once again we look optimistically to the upcoming winter, setting new goals, and/or continuing to pursue elusive goals from years previous. As long as there is a hint of snow we will keep at it. Please keep checking this web site as course dates approach, since any course changes will be posted here as comments.

Bellow is a summary of all the Ontario XC courses planned for this season - including the newly approved Level III course. Here you can find direct links to the desired course pages from which you can easily register. However, If you know exactly what course your are looking for, simply select the appropriate course on the course page. For easier viewing, make sure you select the ON-Ontario and X-Country options.

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Ontario Youth Scholarships Posted on Oct 31st, 2007

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Youngest CANSI Ontario instructor

CANSI Ontario is again happy to offer financial support to young instructors or those who target young people from 16 to 21 years of age residing in Ontario.

Three types of scholarships are available:

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National Seminar January 10-14, 2008 Posted on Sep 28th, 2007

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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.

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CANSI Uniforms by Avalanche 2007-2008 Posted on Sep 25th, 2007

CANSI Uniforms for the 2007-2008 season are being supplied by Avalanche, a Canadian manufacturer of high quality skiwear.

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Wanted: X-Country Ski Instructors in Canmore Posted on Sep 18th, 2007

Trail Sports, the cross country ski school and rental shop, at the Canmore Nordic Centre, Alberta, has openings for cross country skiing instructors for the 2007/2008 season. Employment will run from November 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

For further information please contact
John Gallagher
1 403 678 6764
john@trailsports.ab.ca
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National Capital Nordic Ski Festival for Youth Posted on Feb 6th, 2007

National Capital Nordic Ski Festival for Youth, Feb. 26th 2007
By: Geoff Tomlinson (2007/01/31)

The National Capital Nordic Ski Festival for Youth is new cross-country skiing event for students aged 9 to 14.

It will be held on Monday February 26, 2007 at the Nakkertok South Nordic Centre (for location please visit www.nakkertok.ca) from 10 am to 1 pm.

At this event there will be games, team sprint relays, individual sprints, and lots of fun!

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Link to Keith Nicol's Ski Tips Posted on Dec 26th, 2006

Keith Nicol (Atlantic Technical Committee rep, Tele Level III and X-C Level IV) has a web site with numerous excellent tips. See them at http://www.swgc.mun.ca/~knicol and click on Nordic Ski Tips.

Ontario 2006-2007 XC Courses Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006

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As you may have noticed, we now have several X-Country courses scheduled for this coming season and available at the course page. From this page you can find information about each course and register for it on-line. Here is a quick summary of these courses and how you can register for (or cancel from) them.

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National Seminars Posted on Oct 19th, 2006

The National XC (Nov 30-Dec 1) and Telemark (Dec 3-4) Seminars will be held at Silverstar, BC.

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XC Ski Your Best DVD Production Posted on Oct 19th, 2006

Although the production of the CANSI DVD began in 2004, its roots originated in 1976, the year CANSI was established. The film is based largely on the instructor’s manual, which has evolved considerably over 30 years. In 2004 CANSI Ontario was approached by XCZone to develop a DVD on technique. The added dimension of a film would match words with visual images and greatly aid those who are predominantly visual learners. This project also presented an opportunity to bring skating technique up to date by soliciting feedback from CANSI instructors, coaches and racers.

I had no prior experience in producing a film and I thought that we had everything to gain by forming a partnership with Dave McMahon from XCZone, a professional filmmaker and an elite cross-country skier. If we prepared the script, scheduled the instructors and got them to the film location, XCZone would produce the film.

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Karhu Pro Deal Closeout Posted on Oct 15th, 2006

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 info@ontario.cansi.ca for details.

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Celebrating life of Michael Moran (1958-2006) Posted on Oct 2nd, 2006

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.

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XC Ski Your Best Program Posted on Jun 30th, 2006

The XC Ski Your Best Program is skills award program administered by CANSI certified instructors to skiers whose focus is improving their skiing technique. It also provides an option for higher level skiers who don’t necessarily want to become certified instructors. Participants achieve different levels based on the skills they demonstrate across the different cross-country ski maneuvers. In 2005-2006 season the program was piloted by 1 club (the High Park Ski Club in Toronto) with 10 instructors and approximately 60 students participating.

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