Insurance Brokers and Ski Patrol Warn of Skiing and Boarding Dangers

    IBAC donates 4,000 safety blankets to Canadian Ski Patrol System

    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - In the wake of recent skiing and boarding
tragedies, the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) and the Insurance Brokers
Association of Canada (IBAC) would like to advise Canadians to take
precautions when skiing and riding this winter.
    "There are many skiing and riding tragedies that can be avoided," said
CSPS National President John Leu. "Canadians need to realize that when they
make bad choices on the slopes, they are not just putting their lives at risk
needlessly, but also those of their future rescuers."
    The Canadian Ski Patrol System is a national, not-for-profit organization
that has been providing safety programs, first aid and rescue services to over
200 ski resorts across Canada for over 65 years. They currently have more than
5,000 highly trained volunteer members whose responsibility is to ensure that
the public skis and rides safely.
    To assist the CSPS with their goal of keeping Canadians on ski hills
safe, IBAC has donated 4,000 magenta blankets to them for use in the delivery
of their services.
    "The insurance broker blanket represents comfort, warmth, and security;
much like the services provided by ski patrollers" said IBAC CEO Dan Danyluk.
"Whether it's an accident in a car or on the ski hill, you need an experienced
professional who knows how to take you through the maze of getting back on
your feet. Brokers do that every day, as do those who patrol our slopes. It's
a great fit." added Danyluk.
    In wanting to keep Canadians safe while enjoying the slopes, the CSPS
strongly advises skiers and snowboarders to adhere to the Alpine
Responsibility Code, which states:

    - Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or
    - People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to
      avoid them.
    - You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from
    - Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and
      yield to others.
    - If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must
      remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
    - Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
    - Observe all posted signs and warnings.
    - Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
    - You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through
      use of alcohol or drugs.
    - You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to
      safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift

    Leu said that he and his volunteers have seen many accidents result from
skiers and snowboarders choosing not to adhere to this code. He especially
would like to warn Canadians to never attempt to go down a closed run or to
ski out of bounds.
    "Unfortunately," said Leu, "every year, some people will attempt to ski
down a closed run or outside of the parameters of the marked trails at their
local resorts-some even at the expense of their life, as we have seen in
recent media reports. That's why we work year-round to educate the public
about these dangers and hope that those who are tempted to act recklessly
while on the slopes will think twice before doing so."

    The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is the national voice
of insurance brokers and an advocate for insurance consumers. IBAC represents
their interests to the government of Canada. For more information about IBAC,
please visit

    For more information about the Canadian Ski Patrol System, please visit

For further information:

For further information: and for media interviews: Kate Van Slyck, IBAC
Public Relations, (613) 233-8906, Cell: (613) 889-3846,

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