A Message from your President

12/16/2020

My Fellow Members & families:

If you are like me, you can’t wait to get back to our Club and to start skiing again. For many of us, the Club represents a second home and an extended family. What a year it has been! Living and operating with restrictions to keep everyone safe has added an extra layer of stress to everyone’s lives.

As we prepare to open the Club, I can tell you that I have absolute confidence that the Club’s Management, Staff and the Board of Directors are making every effort to ensure we can operate safely within the framework allowed by the Province and the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

While the direction of reported COVID cases across the Province is not going in our favour, we continue to (delicately) advocate the merits of skiing as an excellent outdoor activity. Furthermore, we are working to ensure that the Grey Bruce Heath Unit understands that we are confident in our Club's ability to work to keep everyone safe. The good news of course is we have lots of space! In fact, with our small Membership, brand new 40,000 square foot lodge, old lodge (which we are keeping open for warming) and 2 other facilities to use as needed (West Lodge and Alpine Centre), we are positioned as well as any other club on the escarpment.

To be clear, as I have said at the AGM and Town Hall, the responsibility to remain safe lies with all of us, the Club’s Members. The measures put in place by the Province, Health Unit and Club will only work if we play by the rules to the best of our collective ability. My humble request to you, is that you do your very best to follow the protocols that have been set out. Please communicate with your family as well as to what we need of them. We are a Club – a collective group of people who share an interest for enjoying all that The Georgian Peaks Club has to offer. We need to work together. Let’s show everyone and ourselves what being the 2020 Alpine Canada Club of the Year is all about.

In addition to all the preparations we have made, it was really great to hear from you, the Members, at our AGM and recent Town Hall virtual events. We very much value your questions and interest in making this season work in the best way possible. The Club’s COVID Committee and Board of Directors have regrouped and examined some of the priority items. To that end, we have made some changes to our working plan as follows:

1. GUEST POLICY:

Regarding Guests, to start the season, we will not be allowing guests, including children and spouses of Members who have not purchased a 2020/21 badge. This will give our Members and badge holders priority access to the hill and clubhouses as we open with limited terrain and restricted chairlift protocols. We will continue to assess the traffic and usage of the Club including the lift line ups and adapt our policies as needed. As more terrain opens and based on the success of physical distancing efforts of our Membership, we will examine options to open things up. Again, the safety of our Membership and Employees is our primary goal. To accommodate things further regarding guests, the Board has approved the extension of guest passes for this year (expiry now April 2023) and last year’s guest passes (expiry now April 2022). Moving past the pandemic, this will allow you to make more use of your guest tickets and showcase the Club in future years. I frankly predict a future where there is a waiting list to join Georgian Peaks!

2. LOCKER ACCESS:

To prevent potential congestion and choke points in the Locker Room areas, we have decided to have Locker Room access closed to start the season. This is a temporary measure to start conservatively and also encourage our Members to be as self-sufficient relating to equipment as possible. While the lodge construction is complete, there are also some finishing touches going on including the completion of some of the millwork within the Locker Room area. Once the lockers are complete and we assess overall traffic flow across the Club in the first few weeks, we will adapt our policy to allow access.

Again, these are temporary measures aimed to ensure that we correctly prioritize hill access for our badge holders while also taking extra precautions relating to access indoors. These truly are unprecedented times and we do believe that these are the right measures to start the season safely.

Beyond this, I want to encourage all of our Members to participate in what the Club has to offer this year. We have taken extra measures to enhance the outdoor experience this year with a new skating rink (courtesy of the Peaks Foundation and some generous donors). We plan to offer indoor dining similar to that of a restaurant where you reserve your table and order food via the Club's app. We will also have take-home apr├Ęs food and outdoor food and beverage options. The ski programming for the kids will still give them access to some of the best instruction in Canada. Don’t be afraid to get out there and ski as a family too. There’s also the hiking and ski-mountaineering that a growing number of our Members are engaging in.

So let’s be smart and let’s be safe. Make no mistake, this will not be easy for us as we are such a social and vibrant Membership. Sadly, we can’t rub elbows in the bar area this year. We have to save that for another time. Collectively we have to preserve our ability to stay open to enjoy skiing all season long.

So, ‘mask-up’ and I look forward to seeing you out there!

BTW, we are blowing snow like gangbusters. :)

Very Sincerely,


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Nick Hamilton
President, Georgian Peaks Board of Directors


BADGE PICK UP IS AVAILABLE NOW!  

With the season fast approaching we are ready to start badge pick up!  Badge pick up will be available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are few things you must complete before coming to pick up your badges.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY WAIVER AND CODE OF CONDUCT:

The Release of Liability Waiver and Code of Conduct must be completed online for any badge holder who is 18 years of age or older.  This will help speed up badge pick up and reduce line ups.

These can also be found on the Member Central page of our website. You must be signed in to access this page. Click here for help registering or if you forgot your password.

BEFORE YOU COME TO THE CLUB TO PICK UP BADGES:

In order to maintain physical distancing and allow more Member families access to the Lodge please designate one member of your family to come into the lodge and pick up badges for everyone.

Remember the Release of Liability Waiver and Code of Conduct need to be completed online for any badge holder who is 18 years of age or older. 

Anyone visiting the Club must complete the COVID-19 pre-screening questions. Click here to complete. You can also find it on our website on the Member Central and COVID-19 page and the COVID-19 tab of the mobile app. Please do not visit the Club if you are feeling unwell.

ONCE AT THE CLUB:

Please follow these safety protocols when entering the Lodge:

• Wear a face mask. They are mandatory in all buildings at the Club.
• Sanitize your hands upon arrival. There will be hand sanitizer stations at the entrance.
• Maintain physical distancing from fellow Members and Staff.