August Newsletter

Summer Update from The Heights

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer. We have been very busy planning for the upcoming ski season. We have a number of outside events -- job fairs, weddings and corporate meetings that will take place at the club this Fall. We also want to give you a sneak peek on other items of interest pertaining to the upcoming ski season.

Jobs at The Heights:
If you know anyone looking for a job, we have a number of open employment opportunities in our ski school, childmind and food and beverage teams.  For more information on roles available please contact the main office.

CSIA Level 1 Training:
We expect dates for Level 1 CSIA certification to be posted soon. If you are interested in taking your Level 1 ski instructor certification, please continue to check back and register here.

Mark Your Calendars:
For those of you who want to plan ahead for the season, please find key dates below:

  • Billing for membership dues – September 1, 2018 (reminder you can check your account balance here)

  • Club AGM – 1:00 p.m., October 20, 2018 (BBQ at noon)

  • AOA Fitness testing – October 20, 2018

  • Staff Training – Saturday November 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon

  • Cut-off to sign up for Jay Peak – October 27, 2018

  • Ski program registration deadline – October 31st 2018

Race and Recreational Program Update

Brad Taylor, Director of Alpine Operations

brad@theheightsofhorseshoe.com, (416) 710-9311

General:

We have been very busy with off-season planning and organising for the upcoming ski season.
Last year was my first year at The Heights and it was most certainly a learning year for me and a transition year for the club. I want to let you all know that we’ve spend a great deal of time this spring and summer planning for the upcoming season and we are excited about the year ahead. I think you will be pleased with the progress we have made and I want to personally thank all of you for providing candid feedback and for your patience.

I also want to take a moment to extend a very warm welcome to the families who joined the club over the course of the spring and summer. Our Snow Sports Program Office is located on the lower level of the club or you can reach out to me directly if I can be of assistance with any questions about our ski programs – recreational or racing.

New Snow School Manager

As promised, we continue to evolve our leadership team. This summer we promoted Terence Tse (C.S.I.A Level 3, C.S.C. Level 2) to the position of Snow School Manager.

Terence has worked at the club since 2016 as an instructor and supervisor. In his new role, Terence will be responsible for hiring, training and supporting all our ski instructors and recreational program staff.

Improving the quality and execution of our recreational program was the first task on Terence’s list in his new role. We spent significant time over the summer re-designing and re-organizing this program. In addition to the changes we have made to better serve our members, Terence will be on hand every weekend to organise and lead this program.

2018-19 Snow Sports Program Brochure

The NEW Snow Sports Program Brochure is complete and available on the website. Registration for recreational programs opens September 1, 2018. This year you will see the team has put together a program that provides all Heights members with the best opportunities for snow sports instruction and competition in the province.  New programs have been added and some program start and end times have changed from last year.  The great news is there are options available to ALL members of ALL ages to get engaged and participate in club activities.

In addition, we are offering an "early bird" pricing and payment flexibility options. If you register and provide a 50% deposit before August 31st, the remaining balance does not need to be paid until November 31st. For those just wanting early bird pricing (not payment flexibility) you have until October 31st to register and pay for your programs. Registration must be complete and paid by October 31st to receive discounted pricing.

A reminder that many of our programs have limited capacity. Once filled, waitlists will be created. Please register EARLY to avoid missing out on programs.

New Coaching Staff for 2018-19

Many new and highly experienced ski coaches have joined our club for the upcoming season. I will be sending out a complete list of names and bios prior to season start. We are still looking to fill a few instructor positions.  If any members know of potential candidates or if you are interested in becoming certified, please reach out to Brad directly. We are happy to train and we provide great perks for our staff. We also have volunteer positions available.
 

Season Camps & Training

Pre-Season Camps – Sun Peaks & Jay Peak
In November we will take a group to Sun Peaks, B.C. for pre-season training. This is a 10-day snow camp designed for “independent and motivated” U14 to U18 athlete looking for a high-volume ski camp to prepare for the competition season. The dates are November 24th to December 6th. Please email Brad for more information. We require a commitment ASAP to secure rooms and airfares.

Jay Peak, VT. December 8th to 15th, 2018 – This camp is geared to families of U10 and older that are looking to get some early season free ski/gate training before the Ontario season ramps up. The Heights has offered this camp for the last couple of seasons. If you are interested in attending this camp, please email Mischelle our snow program coordinator ASAP so we can reserve rooms and assign coaches.

Pre-Season Dryland
Ski racing is truly a year-round sport. Throughout July, August and September many athletes are skiing and training on Glaciers around North America and enjoying the winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This is not possible for a lot of our members.

What can you be doing to better prepare for ski season? If you would like a specific training routine to prepare for ski racing, please email Brad and he will send along some information. Our Fall dryland program will begin on Sunday, September 16, 2018 beginning with an information session that will be held at 10 a.m. at The Heights. All athletes enrolled in the enhanced programs are required to attend. Please email Mischelle to register