Kelowna area ski patrollers honoured

The members and leadership of the Kelowna chapter of the Canadian Ski Patrol System have been honoured with the highest possible designation by Canada’s national ski patrol organization, named as the best CSPS zone in Canada.

Known as the Ogopogo Zone, the group was named the CSPS 2011 National Outstanding Zone on May 28 at the CSPS’s national annual conference in Winnipeg.

The prestigious outstanding zone award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of a zone and its members in promoting, expanding and supporting the programs and policies of the CSPS.

The Kelowna group was selected as the top patrol organization from among 63 CSPS zones nationwide.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for us to be selected by our peers as the outstanding CSPS group from across Canada,” said Ogopogo Zone president Justin Lane.

“The award reflects the enormous hard work and dedication of our members, and would not have been possible without the fantastic support we receive from our resort industry partners.”

The mission of the CSPS, Canada’s largest organization of volunteer first responders, is to promote safety and injury prevention and to provide the highest possible standards of education, certification and delivery in first aid and rescue services to the snow industry.

Ogopogo Zone includes the CSPS patrols at Big White Ski Resort, Crystal Mountain Resort, Phoenix Mountain and the Telemark Cross-Country Ski Club.

More information about the CSPS Ogopogo Zone can be found at


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