A Message from your Board:
We hope you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and are enjoying the fall. It has been great reconnecting with many of you, albeit distanced, at our weekly Dryland training sessions.
We are happy to share updates on the following:
- Annual General Meeting – Thank you to everyone who joined our first-ever virtual AGM. We reviewed the many success of last year, discussed the good health of the Club’s financial standing and of course, talked about plans for the coming year. We also said goodbye to several members of our Board and welcomed some new ones. Thank you again to Paul Dandy and Scott Robb – both now “Director Emeritus” in recognition of their many contributions! And thank you as well to Julie Robinson, Koreen Ott and Scott Thompson for the care, effort and insight that they contributed to our Club. We’d also like to thank the following returning and new Directors:
- Lavinia Bucur Mike Allen Mike Rayner
- Mike Henry Lara Cole Chris Stephens
- Steve Shelton Jennifer Lamarre
- Lisa Silveira Derek Joynt
- Tiffany Wilson Geoff Mowatt
- Alpine Ontario “Return to Sport” requirements – Alpine Ontario (AOA) requires the club to file our Covid protocols with them as our governing body, following the guidance they have published. In addition, our plans follow the pattern set by Glen Eden, which are guided by public health authorities. Members will be required to sign an “AOA Sport Participation Covid-19 Agreement” indicating that they will abide by these protocols. We will distribute this form separately via Team Managers and ask that it be returned promptly.
- 2020/21 Schedule – We have been working closely with Glen Eden to create a schedule that reflects the latest public health guidance and the associated impacts on Glen Eden’s operating environment. Based on this, we have had to make a small number of changes:
- All programs will now run on four hour blocks (formerly five hours) on weekends. Start and end times will be staggered to manage capacity.
- Junior Development will now be offered only on Saturdays.
- The largest schedule change is that U8/10/12 will now be on Saturdays and Monday evenings, entirely due to weekend capacity constraints.
- Weekday evenings will now start at 6pm (not 6:30) and run until 9pm.
- To make up for the lost hour on weekends we will be introducing optional additional skills training on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-4:30. There will be no additional cost for these sessions. They will be offered “first come, first serve” through TeamSnap; we ask that families limit their bookings so that all members have a chance to enjoy some of these extra sessions.
The latest program schedule details for each team are available on the club’s website.
- Clubhouse and Canteen Protocols – As we’ve all become used to, indoor space will be very constrained. As with our schedule, there are several changes:
- The clubhouse will have a maximum capacity of 28 athletes at any one time (plus coaches and volunteers). To limit touchpoints, athletes will be assigned a specific spot for their training slot. Masks should be worn whenever possible while indoors. We are exploring tents for our deck as a way to create additional space.
- Athletes are expected to arrive with boots on and ready to go.
- Parents, siblings and guests will not be able to hang out in the Clubhouse. Options for parents are “kiss & ride,” wait in the car, or book a timeslot to ski through normal Glen Eden booking.
- Volunteers will clean shared surfaces between groups.
- Given the four hour training blocks, the canteen will be focused on pre-packaged single serve foods. The revised schedule won’t really need lunch breaks, so hot meals are not being prepared this year. Hot drinks will still be available.
- To minimize touchpoints, the canteen will also be CASHLESS this year. Prepaid accounts can be topped up using debit or credit only.
- Pre-Season Tremblant Camp – Following guidance from AOA, logistical difficulties in booking coaching and decisions announced last week by other Ontario clubs, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our planned trip to Mt. Tremblant. We are currently exploring adding a camp here in Ontario, conditions permitting.
- Refund Policy – This will be a very different season or all of us. We believe we have adapted in ways that will keep our community safe and will still allow our members to have fun as they improve their alpine skills. For those who find they are not able to participate given the above programming changes, we have updated our refund policy to provide added flexibility. See Detail Here
All of this planning clearly might change or evolve as circumstances change with COVID-19. Thank you all for your continued understanding and flexibility as we navigate the changing environment. We know that questions remain around booking times with Glen Eden for family of athletes, Volunteering and Races. We are working hard on these details and will provide updates as soon as we can.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. And please join us in thanking Nicole Bucur – U16 athlete and the club’s very own Social Media Maven. Nicole is a great example of an athlete who gives her all on the snow and is always looking for ways to help.
Please contact us if you have questions.
In the meantime, we hope you join us in waiting anxiously for the year’s first snow.
Your MHRC Board of Directors