Insurance Brokers and the Canadian Ski Patrol Encourage Skiers and Snowboarders to be Safe and Have Fun this Winter

    IBAC celebrates its second year in partnership with Ski Patrol System by
    donating safety blankets

    OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) and
the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) were on Parliament Hill
today with a message urging Canadians to have fun and be safe when skiing and
riding this winter.
    "Many skiing and riding tragedies can be avoided," said CSPS National
President John Leu. "Canadians need to realize that when having fun on the
slopes and trails, they can make poor choices that may place not only their
own life at risk, 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 about
5,000 highly trained volunteer members whose responsibility is to encourage
the public to ski and ride safely.
    To assist the CSPS with their goal of keeping Canadians on ski hills
safe, IBAC has donated 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 president Peter
Fredericks. "Whether it's an accident in a car or on the ski hill, you need an
experienced professional to help get you back on your feet. Brokers do that
every day, as do those who patrol our slopes. It's a great fit." added
    In wanting to keep Canadians safe while enjoying the slopes, the CSPS
strongly advises skiers and snowboarders to stick only to trails that have
been designated as open and safe and 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

    "Unfortunately, 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." Commented Leu who says that
he and his volunteers see many accidents resulting from skiers and
snowboarders who take unsafe risks and do not adhere to the Alpine
Responsibility Code.
    "That's why we work year-round to educate the public on how to have fun
safely on our slopes and trails and how to make good decisions that will avoid
dangers and possible injury.

    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: Emily Reid, IBAC
Public Relations, (613) 233-8906,

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