Want to become a CANSI instructor?

CANSI is the national association for the training and certification of cross country and telemark ski instructors in Canada.

Anyone 15 years of age or older can attend a Level I course in either cross country or telemark discipline. Level I courses are offered across Canada.

Upon successful completion of a Level I course you become a member of CANSI and this gives you access to higher level certification course, refresher briefings, skill development programs and all technical information designed to help you grow and develop your skiing and teaching skills.

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Denys Lawrence

Denys Lawrence

National President
Pacific Region

What a winter! Despite my shoulder surgery last December, I managed to get out on my telemark skis, without poles, from mid-February onward. (Please don't tell my surgeon!) I must say, I found cross country skiing without poles – particularly classic – too difficult, especially on the uphills. My goal this summer is to rebuild my shoulder strength and cardio in order to return to my accustomed level of fitness in both cross country and telemark.

As I write this, I am at Panorama Mountain Resort, taking part in a telemark seminar organized by CANSI’s Quebec region. This last-minute replacement for the cancelled InterTele event is proving to be a hit with the telemark instructors who managed to get here. I wish more of you could have come to join in on the fun and the learning. But as I mentioned, it was organized at the last minute, and I know many of you have already stored your skis and shifted to your summer pursuits. I will ski a run for all of you.

During this time in Panorama, I had the pleasure of congratulating Gilles Daigle on his overdue 2 certification as a telemark Level III instructor. Gilles has worked long and hard on this achievement, including completing a course with me in 2019. To see the happiness in his eyes when I pinned him was a highlight of my CANSI years. Way to go, Gilles!

Denys Lawrence, CANSI President

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