Alpine Programs COVID Update December 2020

12/9/2020


Dear Members,

Further to yesterday’s email from the Club regarding the new provincial directive for riding chairlifts this season, we wanted to provide an update from our Alpine Programs Department. This new directive requires that: 

 • Only people living in the same household can ride the lift together.
 • People who are not in the same household must ride the lift individually in order to ensure the required 2-metre physical distancing.
 • Physical distancing in the lift lines is still required. Please follow the signage indicating appropriate distancing.

One of the biggest impacts of this new directive will be felt within our Alpine Program Department. Our Alpine Programs Team is working hard to ensure a safe and fun winter and to adapt to this new mandate. We have outlined 10-week Program and Camp changes as follows:

PARENT ASSIST PROGRAM:
 • Programs for children aged 2 (as of Dec 31, 2020) will be cancelled. Anyone who would like to book a weekly private lesson can do so via the Member & Guest Services Office. Private lessons will require one parent (or capable person 14 years of age or older) from their immediate household to remain with their child at all times to assist Instructor on-hill and on chairlifts. 
 • Programs for children aged 3 to 6-years old (as of December 31, 2020) will require one parent or capable person (14 years of age or older) from their immediate household to remain with their child at all times to assist Instructor on-hill, on chairlifts and indoors.
 • Programs for children aged 7-9 (as of December 31, 2020) will require one parent or capable person (14 years of age or older) from their immediate household to assist on the chairlift during lessons/training times.
 • It is strongly recommended that participants aged 10 and 11 be accompanied by a parent or a capable person (14 years of age or older) from their immediate household to assist on the chairlift during lessons/training times. 
 • In the case of two siblings in the same group, one parent or capable person (14 years of age or older) from their immediate household is sufficient to assist. 

To lessen the capacity load on chairlifts and in lines, the volume of participants will be dispersed through amended program times and durations:

 •  Snow Bears: 4 hours (2 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  Polar Bears: 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  Mini Boards: 2 hours (Sunday only) 
 •  Youth Ski and Snowboard: 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  Intro to Freestyle (Ski & Snowboard): 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  Interclub (Ski & Snowboard): 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  Youth House League: 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  SOD Racing (U10-U18): 6 hours (3 hours Saturday and Sunday) 
 •  O-Cup: adjusted daily. Coaches will communicate directly with athletes. 
 •  Adult Programs: 2 hours, either Saturday or Sunday 

Click here to view the amended programs schedule. *Christmas Camp will run on the Saturday program schedule.

PRIVATE LESSON OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES:
 • Private lessons for ski, snowboard, freestyle, and racing will be available for persons living in the same household. 

We understand that this is a significant change and is challenging for our Members, particularly our young athletes. Please keep in mind that the protocols to remain safe and healthy may continue to evolve. All directives have been mandated consistently at all the ski resorts in Southern Ontario and across the province. Along with the other private and public ski areas, including several industry associations, Georgian Peaks is continuing discussions with the relevant authorities to explore alternative protocol options for riding chairlifts. The Club's Management and our COVID-19 Committee will continue working alongside the Escarpment Clubs regarding this new directive and will keep Members informed of any developments. If chairlift protocols are revised, we will adapt to further enhance the program and experience for all. 

Our goal is to continue to provide a quality program for our Members. We know it will look different, but the focus will continue to be on quality training, education and skill development, in a fun environment.  

Also, while we had hoped to welcome our athletes to Pre-Christmas Camp beginning on December 19th, Mother Nature has had other plans and we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel Pre-Christmas Camp.

Please watch for more information to follow. 

The Alpine Program Team