Over the course of the spring and summer this year the team of staff and Directors at CASI-ACMS underwent a review of our Strategic Plan in an effort to ensure the association remains relevant to the snowsports industry, continues to serve our members to the highest standards, and has a clear direction for the future.

We engaged with a consultant who has extensive experience in the snowsports industry to help guide us through the process. Initially planned as an in person workshop in the spring of 2020 we obviously had to adapt and instead opted for a series of online sessions engaging staff and directors from all regions across the country.

*Update April 8, 2022: The COVID-19 Vaccination requirements have been discontinued*

After much consideration and deliberation, CASI-ACMS has decided to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement policy for all participants of our courses and programs during the 2021-22 season. Any members, staff, or evaluators participating in CASI-ACMS courses, exams, or member sessions this season will need to provide proof of double vaccination at the start of the program. The final details of the policy and implementation will be released shortly but we wanted to give everyone the most notice possible.

Another off-season is wrapping up, and the CASI team has been hard at work since last spring in updating and improving our programs. We’re excited and optimistic for the coming season. Read below for some key information regarding technical updates and changes!

Back in the 1970's, skateboarding and skiing had a baby and they named it snowboarding.

On the heels of its Olympic debut, 23 years after snowboarding, it seems appropriate to write about how skateboarding benefits snowboarders in the off-season. Skateboarding maintains our muscle memory and our mental strength in the off-season.

The CASI National Technical Team (NTT) is assembled to act as a technical representation of CASI membership, and provides input to CASI technical staff on matters regarding, but not limited to: teaching and training methodologies, course standards, course content, training and member programs. 

New for the 2021-22 season, there have been some changes implemented to the team structure and roles, and we are beginning the process of selecting a portion of this team at this time.

We are currently selecting four (4) team members to contribute to the growth and development of our programs, courses, and training methodologies.

The winter we are currently experiencing is, to say the least, destabilizing. It’s difficult to plan anything. You have certainly already had to modify your winter plans one or more times. In a context where resilience is probably an asset, we have no choice but to adapt and see our season differently. Let's try to stay positive and continue to turn constraints into opportunities!

Closed resorts put creativity in the spotlight! In some parts of the world the resorts are unfortunately not in operation, and it's really nice to see that despite everything going on, members of the ‘CASI-ACMS familia’ craving riding are building different freestyle features or courses such as a pump track in their backyard. Others are snowskating, powsurfing or splitboarding… wow! Keep on riding, your energy is amazing and very inspiring!

Wearing a face mask is a thing, and communication is more challenging this season. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

Removing additional barriers and background noise is even more important. Move your students away from the tops and bottoms of lifts, find quiet areas to speak. Try to set meeting spots even farther away from crowds and noise, or use big hand gestures to show "follow me", "stop here", and "look up/be safe" to safely move your group before talking at all. 

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LUC BELANGER

QUEBEC & ATLANTIC

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ANDREW MCCRANEY

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JOHN SMITS

ALBERTA & BC EAST

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GREG DANIELLS

BC WEST, NWT & YUKON

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