October Newsletter

October Update from The Heights

Official welcome to Fall!  We are weeks away from the start of our season.

Jay Peak Trip
For any members wishing to attend the Jay Peak December Camp that will be held December 9-15, the deadline for deposits - is NEXT Friday October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This is open to all U10 - U18 athletes and families.  Families are responsible for their own travel to Jay Peak. The cost is approximately $1600. If you are interested, please click here to email Mischele at the office. 

What is included?

  • 5 day ski pass

  • Accommodation in condos at the mountain

  • Meal Voucher

  • 5 Days Coaching;  technical free ski, gate training, dry-land


AGM - October 20, 1:00 PM
The annual general meeting will take place on October 20, 2018 with a member BBQ starting at noon and the meeting to begin at 1:00 sharp, Please join us for many important club updates. 

All equity members should have received to AGM packages from Sheri (sent on September 20th and 24th respectively). If you did not receive yours, please contact the office immediately. If you are unable to attend in person, your proxy must be returned in advance of the meeting or signed over to another member to vote on your behalf.

Volunteers Still Needed: 
If anyone is interested in donating volunteer hours, we'd love the extra help on two upcoming Saturdays – October 20 & 27. This is to help prep the hill for the upcoming season. If you are interested please arrive at 10:00 a.m. on either (or both) Saturdays at the clubhouse. Lunch will be provided. (weather permitting)

Mark Your Calendars:
For those of you who want to plan ahead, please find key dates below (full schedule below):

  • Cut-off for deposits for Jay Peak – October 5, 2018  *NOTE NEW DATE

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

  • AOA Fitness testing – October 20, 2018

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

  • Ski program registration deadline – October 31st 2018

  • Christmas Brunch – December 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. reservations

  • Friday Pub Nights Begin – December 14, 2018

  • Opening weekend – Saturday December 15, 2018

  • Alpine ski school programs begin – January 5, 2019

Race and Recreational Program Update

General:

Things are coming together for the upcoming season. We have signed on many new coaches and are still looking for volunteers to help with race weekends (see below for more details).

If you have not already, please register your children for their programs as soon as possible. This gives us an indication of the number of instructors and coaches we'll need for the upcoming season.

Race Week Volunteers Needed 

Race Weekends:
For intermediate to advance skiers, the alpine racing program is looking for volunteers to help out with our weekend ski races. What’s involved? The day begins at 8:15 a.m. and finishes by 1:00 p.m. (usually).

Duties include on hill safety training and instruction. Volunteers are required to carry heavy equipment up the chair lift while wearing skis. Crews are responsible for putting up/taking down safety netting, course corrals, timing equipment, replacing gates and maintaining the course for the duration of the race (side slipping/shoveling) and identifying any safety issues or race non-conformances.

There are typically 6 races per season, you can either commit to all 6 or come out when you can. If you commit to the entire racing season you are entitled to a free season’s pass.

Please contact the head Flying Squirrel Christine McCarthy at christinemccarthy@rogers.co

2018-19 Snow Sports Program 

As mentioned in the last newsletter. The 2018/2019 Snow Sports Program Brochure is online. Registration for recreational programs opened on September 1, 2018. 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.

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

Snow Stars
Last season every participant in our recreational programs received an end of season Snow Stars evaluation. For the coming ski season, we will use these evaluations to better group participants of similar ability within their age categories. If you have misplaced this evaluation, we have the information recorded in the Race Office.

New participants/members will be evaluated during the first weekend of recreational programs. This will ensure all groups have individuals of similar age and ability. The goal is to establish training groups on day 1 and maintain a consistent and positive learning experience for the entire season.

CSIA Certification  

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.

CSC Coaching Courses

Entry Level coaching course is Dec 28-30 at The Heights. Please visit www.canskicoach.org to register.