News and Announcements
July 6, 2020
On behalf of the Club’s Board of Directors, I am writing to provide an update to members as we enter Phase 3 of British Columbia’s COVID19 Restart Plan.
Under the leadership of Bob Armstrong, the Club is gradually returning to limited operations with dryland training sessions planned through the summer months. We are optimistic that we will continue on this path and resume full operations with away camps in November. We encourage all athletes to take advantage of the “no charge” training programs the Club is offering this summer.
We have also compiled our year-end financial results and I am pleased to report that the actions taken by the Club in March and early April to mitigate losses (in particular with respect to Whistler Cup), together with the Canadian Government’s emergency support programs, has left the Club’s net working capital position substantially unchanged from previous years. The Board has now approved the Club’s Operating Plans and Budget for the 2020-2021 Season and I am pleased to advise that there will be no increases in program fees.
The Board has also determined, given the past season’s operating loss and the significant uncertainties that we face in the coming year due to the COVID19 crisis, not to offer refunds for sessions lost at the end of last season. WMSC is a non-profit organization which designs and implements exceptional ski racing programs for the total number of athletes registered each season, at cost and without provision for an expense reserve for unforeseen events like COVID19. A refund of program fees for the 2019/20 season would further increase the Club’s operating loss for the past season, which ultimately would need to be recovered in future years, and potentially impact the long-term financial viability of the Club.
The Board has however authorized the Executive Director to make provision for a one-time discretionary fund targeted for our families that are experiencing financial hardship in these challenging times, allowing some measure of financial relief through a credit for next season. Please contact Bob directly to access this program. All applications will be treated confidentially.
The Board is very grateful to Bob Armstrong for stepping in as the Club’s Interim Executive Director providing us with this experience and wisdom during a period of great uncertainty. Bob has worked tirelessly with his team to stabilize the Club’s finances and prepare the 2020-2021 Operating Plan and Budget, and Bob has the unanimous support from the Board of Directors as we move forward together.
Finally, you will be receiving the Club’s annual member survey in the coming days. This year your feedback is needed more than ever, particularly regarding your family’s intentions for participation in our programs for the 2020-2021 season. This feedback is critical to the Club’s planning and our being able to continue to deliver outstanding world class ski racing programs.
“Hope for the best, plan for the worst” is an apt axiom as we move forward. We are all reorienting ourselves to the new patterns of life post-COVID, but I believe that prudent optimism is now called for, and I am hopeful that our athletes will be back on snow as soon as possible.
On Behalf of the Board
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
We’re back with Episode 2 of The Course Report! In this installment, we’ve got a few new check-ins, an aid to a potentially confusing area of fitness and well-being, additions to our red/blue diagram, and a fresh guest for Q & A
I certainly hope that each of you and your families are doing well. I wanted to share with you some encouraging news as the Province begins to slowly reopen and we return to sport. Our Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) BC Alpine has just released their guidelines for member clubs to reopen, and we are currently amending our documentation and registration to reflect the new guidelines.
In this e-news you will read about our plans for several Saturday fitness sessions, as well as plans to reopen the gym and additional summer activities. It is our full intention to offer similar to last summer, a couple of fitness camps through the summer months and then initiate “Sport Saturdays” in the fall. These programs will be executed based on the existing limitations regarding both physical and social distancing protocols.
There is no question this has been a trying time for all of us however, I am excited for our return to sport, albeit in somewhat of a limited fashion. Your Lead Coaches and Blanca have worked tremendously hard to ensure that all the appropriate guidelines and policies will be implemented as we begin to reopen.
If you have not had a chance to see the 2020-21 Canadian Alpine, Para-Alpine and Ski Cross Teams nominations, check this link out Alpine Canada Alpin WMSC is so proud of our many alumni athletes who will compete on the world stage this coming season! There is something very inspirational when we see these athletes in action and we can say, they began their careers at WMSC.
The annual membership survey should be arriving in your inbox this week. We hope you will find the time to complete the survey as it becomes a critical component in all that we do at the club.
Our ski club is a community rich in tradition and building lifelong friendships; we are ecstatic to initiate our reopening plans and begin to welcome everyone back.
Message from your Lead Coaches
We are excited to announce that we will be kicking off our* Spring and Summer programs* with* Sport Saturdays* starting June 20th. Our goal is to bring athletes together and provide a safe environment for us to gather. Sport Saturdays are open to all ages please find details on your age categories TeamPages, live Thursday, June 18. Our meeting location, time and activity will change week to week, TeamPages will have this information on the calendar as well as in your Lead Coaches updates. Although there is no charge with Sport Saturdays, in order to participate in any of the Club’s activities, we require you to register to the 2020-2021 WMSC Season and head to “Active Works” to sign up. We are limited in the number of people we can gather and need to know who will be attending.
Along with Sport Saturdays we will be hosting two Summer Camps July 6th – 10th and August 17th – 21st. These Summer camps will be multi sport based and will have a combination of fitness sessions and activities. We are still laying the groundwork regarding these camps and more information will be released in the coming weeks once we have the details confirmed. Summer Camps will be open to U14 athletes and up with a modified Camp program for our U12 athletes.
- June 20th
- June 27th
- July 6th – 10th
- August 17th – 21st
All Summer programs are contingent on the Club abiding by the new Return to Sport Guidelines. Registration will be open on Thursday, June 18.
Conrad, Drew, Henry and Mat!
2020-2021 WMSC Season Registration | Opens on Thursday, June 18
In order to participate in any activities organized by Whistler Mountain Ski Club, including the Sport Saturdays and Summer Fitness Camps, all members must register on line for the 2020-2021 Season. This process will require:
- Renew your Family Membership
- Renew your BC Alpine Membership and purchase a Competitor License
- Review, Agree and Sign all Club’s policies at registration including our WMSC COVID-19 policy – Return to Sport Plan.
- Athletes must submit to their Coaches their signed and parent co-signed Teamship Values and Athlete Code of Conduct prior to participation
- All new families must complete the Respect in Sport Program
2020-2021 WMSC Program Fees and calendar are still being finalized; however, to be able to participate in the Sport Saturdays and/or Summer Fitness Camps run by WMSC and to comply with our insurance requirements, you need to follow the above. Any questions, please contact Blanca de la Rosa at email@example.com
Please note that there may be limitations on the number of attendees for our Saturday sessions and Summer programs based on new physical distancing guidelines as define on our new Return to Sport Plan.
I wanted to let you know that I received a call from Geoff Buchheister (COO of WB) today informing me of their decision that there would be no summer skiing this year. Please see the WB announcement in the Pique link below regarding cancelling any and all summer skiing. Though not the news we had hoped for, we certainly understand the decision in light of all that is transpiring with regards to COVID-19 and the health of our community. Rest assured we have been in constant dialogue with WB concerning how we might have been able to make summer skiing happen. Clearly with this news, we will not be holding any summer ski camps. We understand your collective disappointment as we had all held out a slim hope that we may have had a chance of getting up on the T-Bars in June.
Your lead coaches and I are working on developing additional summer fitness programs based on the current BC Health and WorkSafe BC guidelines. Stay tuned for an update on this initiative shortly.
In the meantime, stay healthy and active!
The Whistler Mountain Ski Club is proud to present the season premiere of our new web series “The Course Report”. Chalk full of useful information, guest appearances, and interactive games/trivia; The Course Report is here to help fill the void left between us while we social distance.
Episode 1 sets the stage for things to come and gives us all a taste of some of the fun activities and focal points we can all be using to keep our minds and bodies engaged this off-season.
Enjoy and please send us your comments !