Mike Wagner was inducted in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his role as a builder in developing the Canadian Ski Patrol System’s Yukon Zone.
Mike co-founded the Canadian Ski Patrol System’s Yukon Zone in 1983 and acted as the first training officer until 1985 when he became President. Throughout his fourteen years as President, the Ski Patrol developed a national reputation as one of the top patrols in the country. Under his direction, the Yukon Zone received the CSPS Award in 1989 for the most progressed ski patrol zone in Canada, after only five years of operation. In 1995, Mike received the Canadian Ski Patroller #669 Award, the highest honor awarded for contributions to the system that go above and beyond the level required. In 2001, the Yukon Zone was awarded two prestigious awards: The Division Outstanding Zone Award and the National Outstanding Zone Award. These awards are given to the zone that has done the most to promote safe skiing and provide the highest level of first aid and rescue services to its region.
Mike also coordinated the provision of ski patrol first aid services for the Trail of ’98 Road Relay and many triathlons, bike relays, marathons, and alpine and nordic skiing competitions. His high standards of first aid training and safety instruction earned Mike the nickname of “The Enforcer” among other patrollers.
The number of well-trained and well-equipped ski patrollers and their record of community service are fitting tribute to the incredible passion that Mike Wagner put into the development of a exceptional Ski Patrol community in the Yukon.