Kelowna Area CSPS Patrollers Named Best in Canada!


(Kelowna, B.C.) – The members and leadership of the Kelowna-area chapter of the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) have been honored 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-area 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

The CSPS is very proud to be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011. The organization comprises approximately 4,500 volunteer patrollers delivering services at 230 alpine and Nordic ski resorts in all ten provinces across Canada, and the Yukon, as well as at numerous non snow events. It strives to be the premier safety and first aid organization serving outdoor sports and recreation in Canada by training to and delivering the highest standards of advanced first aid. The CSPS national website can be found at

Photos of the award presentation are available. For more information please contact:

Justin Lane, Ogopogo Zone president.

Telephone: 250.863.2295



From all of us at Big White, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! A well deserved award for a great group of people!

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