Skiing in Canada
Who can become a member: Competitive and non-competitive skiers, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and ski enthusiasts
Which sports: Alpine, ski cross and para-alpine
Where: Across Canada
How: Find a club near you
To become a member of Alpine Canada, visit your provincial alpine organization’s website (below) to find a club near you. As a member of an Alpine Canada sanctioned club you also become a member of Alpine Canada. Read about the different categories of Alpine Canada membership.
Alberta – albertaalpine.ca
B.C. – bcalpine.com
Manitoba – skimanitoba.com
New Brunswick – nbalpine.nb.ca
Newfoundland and Labrador – alpineskinl.ca
Nova Scotia – alpineskinovascotia.ca
Ontario – alpineontario.ca
P.E.I. – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Quebec – skiquebec.qc.ca
Saskatchewan – saskalpine.com
Yukon – www.alpineyukon.com
How to race internationally in alpine or ski cross:
Once you are a member of Alpine Canada, you can purchase an International Ski Federation (FIS) licence to race internationally. FIS licences are only issued by the national ski organizations (e.g. Alpine Canada). Follow these five steps to get a FIS licence.
Step one: Are you eligible?
Athletes who want to register for a FIS licence for alpine racing or ski cross must go through their provincial alpine organization and must:
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Be a fully-paid national card member of Alpine Canada in good standing
- Be 16 years old before December 31 that year
Step two: Complete the athlete declaration and medical form.
Pay your FIS licensing fees to your provincial alpine organization (fees are remitted on your behalf to Alpine Canada by the province).
Step five: Check your profile.
An athlete profile will be created on the FIS website and can be viewed in the FIS biography section one week after submitting the declaration and medical forms and payment. Be sure to check your profile online for accuracy and inform your provincial alpine organization if there are any errors on your profile. It is each athlete’s responsibility to make your provincial alpine organization aware of any issues with your profile.
Please note: Athletes may only carry one FIS licence. Athletes with dual citizenship must choose one national federation to represent them. For further details on FIS-license restrictions, please refer to the FIS International Competition Rules, section 203.
If you are an Alpine Canada returning member, please visit our Members’ section for FIS licence renewal information.
Para-alpine athletes should contact their provincial alpine organization for information on International Paralympic Committee licensing.
Change of nation for FIS athletes:
If you are a FIS-carded athlete from another country but would like to compete as a member of Alpine Canada, you may change your nation prior to April 15th each year. Only athletes with dual citizenship or with a residence in Canada for a minimum of two years prior to the request may be granted a change of nation by FIS. Contact Alpine Canada’s Manager, Membership Services at a email@example.com for more information.
As an Alpine Canada member, each year you must renew your membership through your provincial alpine association.
Read about the categories of Alpine Canada membership
Steps for renewing your Alpine Canada membership:
Step one: Update and sign the Alpine Canada membership registration form (check with your provincial alpine association to see if online registration is available in your area) and medical evaluation.
Step two: Submit both forms to your provincial alpine association along with the membership fees for your province.
For athletes with a FIS licence: If you are an athlete racing with an International Ski Federation (FIS) licence – which allows you to race internationally – it is important to renew you licence each year by June 15 to protect your point profile from the previous season. For information on how to obtain your first FIS license, visit our Become a Member page.
Steps for FIS-licence renewal:
Step one: Ensure you have completed your Alpine Canada membership registration form, update your Alpine Canada medical form and submit to your provincial alpine association by June 15.
Step two: Pay the yearly fee to your provincial alpine association by June 15. Check with your province for information on fees in your region.
Your information and fees will be forwarded by your province to Alpine Canada who will then activate with FIS.
Step three: Check your FIS profile on the FIS website to ensure your card has been activated one week after all forms and fees have been submitted to your province or territory. Be sure to check your profile online for accuracy and inform your province if there are any errors. It is each athlete’s responsibility to make your provincial alpine association aware of any issues with your profile.
FIS-licence cancellations cost $55 and must come through your provincial alpine association to Alpine Canada. There are absolutely no refunds after October 15.
Commercial general liability
Directors' and officers' liability
Sport accident insurance policy
FIS invalidity coverage
Level and scope of coverage varies by activity type and membership category.
How do I access these types of coverage?
To activate or renew coverage for a member:
Step one: Register for membership with your local club - fill in the Alpine Canada membership form and waiver and then file with your club. Read about how to become an Alpine Canada member.
Step two: Pay fees in full according to the club/provincial alpine association deadlines.
A facility, training or hosting venue may request a proof of insurance certificate listing your clubs name along with the proprietor’s name. To obtain a proof of insurance certificate a request form must be completed. Each certificate request is at a cost of $30. At the time of the request submission, a credit card authorization form will be provided to the individual requesting the certificate. Certificates will not be released until payment has been provided. Please allow for two weeks to process the certificate request.
REMINDER (October, 2014). The certificates of insurance should only be requested and issued where the 3rd party is seeking proof that the club or event is insured and/or wants to be added to the policy as an additional insured. All clubs, club members of the NSO and activities that are calendared are covered – Unless the activity is unusual or not normal to the sport.
It is encouraged that a single certificate of insurance cover all the 3rd party entities for a club, region or zone to avoid separate certificates of insurance where ever possible. It is essential that the correct legal name and address for the entity who wants to be added is provided.
Important note: All FIS-calendared races have certificates of insurance created by Alpine Canada and will be distributed to the race organizing committee via the provincial alpine association prior to your event. Please do not submit a request form for a FIS-calendared race and incur an unnecessary fee. Contact your provincial alpine association or Alpine Canada to obtain a copy.
Other helpful insurance tools:
Ski club risk management manual
Coaches’ training site hazard assessment guide
Please contact your provincial alpine association for further information.
Single penalty for injured athletes:
If you are injured and will be away from competition for an extended period of time, talk to your coach about having a single penalty applied to your FIS profile to protect your points while you heal.
You can review the single penalty rules in the alpine and ski cross FIS Points rule book.
Steps to file for injured status:
Step one: Fill out and sign the FIS single penalty form.
FIS single penalty form (alpine)
FIS single penalty form (ski cross)
Step two: Obtain a signed doctor’s note explaining the type of injury and expected time away from competition.
Step three: Submit both documents to your provincial alpine association.