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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ski Patrol

Kawartha Zone Ski Patrol Is Recruiting!

Kawartha CSPS offers something different to do this winter.

(PRWEB) September 1, 2005 -- The Kawartha Zone Ski Patrol is launching their 2005/2006 recruitment campaign this coming week. Recruitment nights are scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th (Wismer Public School, 171 Mingay Avenue in Markham) and Friday, September 9th (Community Room at Loblaws, 481 Gibb Street in Oshawa). The recruitment nights will run 7pm until 9pm on their respective date and location.

For more additional information log onto www.kawartha.skipatrol.ca.

About the Kawartha Ski Patrol
A division of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS), the Kawartha Zone provides services to a number or regional ski facilities. Included in the Kawartha Zone is Dagmar Ski Resort, Devil's Elbow Resort, Kawartha Trails, Lakeridge Ski Resort, Oshawa Ski Club, Sir Sam's Ski Resort, and Skyloft Ski Resort.

History of the Canadian Ski Patrol
In 1940, Dr. Douglas Firth, a young Toronto doctor and skier, was asked by the Canadian Ski Association to organize and train a first aid rescue group to patrol ski hills. The initial members of the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) came from the Toronto Ski Club, and they patrolled in and around the Toronto area. In the late 1940's, the CSPS spread to other regions in Ontario, Qu├ębec and the West Coast.

In 1961, the CSPS was accredited as a National Charity and became independent of the Canadian Ski Association. Membership had grown to 600 patrollers. By 1962, we were incorporated as a national nonprofit corporation and had raised our registration to approximately 1,000 members. In 1965, with over 1,500 members, it was time to open a small office and hire a secretary to handle the mounting requirements of communication.

In 1973, the CSPS Logo was changed to a yellow and gold cross on a blue stylized maple leaf. It became the official trademark being registered by 1975. The Ski patrol members had increased to 5,200. During the Seventies Nordic patrolling became a recognized part of the system.

The early nineties has seen the Snowboarding popularity become increasingly apparent. The CSPS has kept pace by setting Snowboard Standards thus certifying full members to the system.

Today, the Canadian Ski Patrol boasts members of over 5,000 from all the provinces and territories across Canada with new Patrols and members constantly joining. We are in our 60th year of operations and continue to be one of the largest volunteer ski rescue services throughout the world.