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Jan 17th summary

Local Trips and Events

Our trip coordinators will continue to post local trips and events if they are comfortable doing so within the participant and organizer  guidelines outlined below.

 

Extended trips are more complicated as they are out of the province.  Even though the rules are less strict than Alberta, numbers have been improving in BC, and local health authorities indicated they are open to us going. However, the BC Premier has just floated the idea of a travel ban or mandatory quarantine. If implemented, this might force us to cancel some or all of our upcoming extended trips. 

 

I have spoken to a number of you, and while many of you indicated you were looking forward to attending these events, others were understandably more concerned. After much discussion and consultation, we have decided to proceed as follows.

  • If the current regulations and health orders remain in effect, assessing the situation and the choice is yours. If you have registered and paid for an extended event, you have the option of going.  Depending on local guidelines we may not be able to arrange formal CSC coordinated outings or social gatherings.  Please respect local health regulations and the Club guidelines outlined below.  We will provide the accommodation venue with a list of attendees and the payment, of course.  For some of these trips, the accommodation is an efficiency unit or condo, so you have the option to bring your food to reduce the number of contacts. 

  • If you wish to cancel and not attend, please do so before the cutoff date, and we will provide a full refund.  To cancel, please email the event coordinator and office@calgaryskiclub.org. If you have already withdrawn your registration online and have not received a refund, please email us.

  • If a travel ban or mandatory quarantine is implemented, we will cancel and refund all trips taking place during the period in question.

Please refer to the Participant and organizer guides in the Jan 14th update.

 

Update Jan 14, 2021


After reviewing the latest guidelines and advisories for both Alberta and BC, consulting with counsel, listening to Members, conversations with various Health Authorities and much debate and discussion, we are cautiously proceeding with scheduled extended trips.  We will review on a trip by trip basis going forward in conjunction with any changes to guidelines or advisories.  Trip organizers may continue posting local events based on the trip organizer and participants’ comfort level and within guidelines and recommendations.  

I know most of you are suffering from the effects of the restrictions, and many of us look forward to getting out around other people.  With hope on the horizon with the rollout of a vaccine, it is tempting to be less vigilant in following the rules.  While I hate to be heavy-handed, I must remind you we have a long way to go.  We can only continue these events and avoid further restrictions if everyone continues to do their part.  

In addition to the rules around Covid, we must continue to follow the standard rules set out by the province and various venues where we host events.  These include simple things like sticking to trails and not removing items from Parks. For dog friendly events, this means keeping dogs on leash in areas where this is required and picking up after your pet.  Our organizers set out guidelines for individual trips, and by registering for these events, you agree to abide by those rules. Failure to do so may get you banned from participating in events or removed from the Club.

Please read our trip guidelines below. 

 

Guidelines for Participants

1.         Please do not sign up if: 

  • You have Covid or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, or have been close to someone who has:  Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Shortness of breath, Joint Pain, Chills, Sore Throat, Headache, Chills, Nausea/Vomiting, Loss of Taste or Smell.

  • You have travelled in the last two weeks or have been in contact with someone who has

  • You are awaiting the results of a Covid test.


2. If you have signed up and begin to experience any of these symptoms or are no longer comfortable with attending, please ask to be removed from the event.  You will receive a full refund for any paid event.


3. While there are larger numbers of members on extended events, there will be no large group gatherings.  You should ski with your family group or allowed cohort.  If skiing with others, keep groups small and respect other members’ comfort level with physical-distancing and lift sharing.


4.  We will not arrange carpooling.  You must drive to the event, trailhead or accommodation by yourself or with your family/allowed cohort(if permitted within the government restrictions). Some events may meet centrally and convoy.


5.   If allowed under the applicable guidelines, any socialization will be physically distanced and in small groups, preferably outside.  No congregating in hotel rooms, condos or other close quarters. (note - social events are not currently allowed under Alberta rules)


6.   Please do not share equipment, food or other material outside the family or allowed cohort.  You should not be close enough to share.


7.  Please update your emergency contact information on your profile on our website and consider signing up for a tracing app.


8.     Bring your face coverings and hand sanitizer and respect others’ need for distancing and face coverings.


9.      Events may be cancelled or changed on short notice. Check your email and calendar listing before attending the event. We will review changes to guidelines event by event as they come up and make decisions as needed. If cancelled, you will receive a full refund.


10. Trip organizers will refuse participation to anyone who appears ill or does not follow these guidelines.  They may also ban you from future events, and the Council may remove you from Club membership. 


11. Please familiarize yourself with, and follow any protocols or guidelines established or required by any facility, province or area where the event takes place. These include but are not limited to things like staying on marked trails, not removing things from Parks and keeping dogs on leash where required.


12.    Please assess your comfort level and participate at your own risk.


Guidelines for Trip Organizers

1.      Please assess your comfort level in posting events and trips.  If you have posted an event and are no longer able to lead or are no longer comfortable doing so, please contact president@calgaryskiclub.org We will assess the event and guidelines and cancel the event or have another event organizer step in.


2.      Be familiar with, and follow the guidelines for participants.  You may remove participants if they do not respect the rules or have not done so in the past.

3.    When posting an event, ensure to include the guidelines for participants in the event details or a reference or link to the Clubs Covid page.


4.     Remind members to check the resort or facility for guidelines and requirements such as pre-booking of lift tickets.


5.   Keep gatherings small and physically distanced.  In the case of an extended trip, rather than meet in a large group before setting out for the trail or slopes, suggest smaller groups of similar abilities meet at different locations or times. (based on responses to questions on sign up or self-select at location – i.e. blue-green skiers meet at 9:15 at the bottom of the Blue Chair.  Black & double black skiers meet at 9:00 outside the main lodge east entrance.


6.      Remind members as needed of the requirement to respect guidelines for the facility, local area or province where the event takes place, and respect physical distancing guidelines and some member’s need to ride lifts alone. 


7.    If you have posted a local event and have an extensive waiting list, please consider asking one of your experienced participants or another trip organizer to run a second event at a slightly different time for the people on the waiting list.


Update Dec 24th, 2020

After ongoing conversations with members, trip organizers and authorities, all of whom were cautiously optimistic, some of our trip organizers may be posting events over the next few weeks to take advantage of the new snow. These events will be kept well within limits outlined by AHS. Participants are expected to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask when unable to distance and observe any guidelines set out by AHS or the venue at which the event will occur. We will not be arranging carpooling, and members are reminded that under the guidelines carpooling is only allowed within a household or certain specific situations outlined by Alberta Health. Assess your comfort level and participate at your own risk. Please respect members and other trail user's comfort levels with distancing and face coverings.

A gentle reminder

1. Please cancel or do not sign up if you:

  • Are experiencing any symptoms such as Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Shortness of breath, Joint Pain, Chills, Sore Throat, Headache, Chills, Nausea/Vomiting.
  • Have travelled in the last 2 weeks, or have been close to someone who has.  
  • Have been close to someone who has exhibited any of the symptoms above.

2. The number of participants is restricted to a maximum of 10. Assess your comfort level and participate at your own risk.

 

3. No carpooling will be arranged. You must drive to the event or trailhead yourself or with your family/allowed cohort. Some events may meet at a central location and convoy.

 

4. No equipment, food or other material is to be shared. You should not be close enough to share.

 

5. Please update your emergency contact information on your profile on our website. This will not be obtained at the trailhead or meeting place.

 

6. A reminder to bring your face coverings and hand sanitizer and respect others' need for distancing and face coverings. Please follow any guidelines required by any facility where an event takes place.

 

7. Events may be cancelled or changed on short notice. Check the calendar listing before the event.

 

8. Trip organizers will refuse participation to anyone who does not follow these guidelines or appears ill.

 

9. Please familiarize yourself with, and follow, any protocols established by Alberta Health or other authorities.

Update Dec 12, 2020

We have spoken to AHS and confirmed the new restrictions say outdoor physical trips must be limited to 10 people or less with appropriate distancing. More precisely, the message is that while permitted, they are discouraged, as noted in this recent quote from Dr. Hinshaw. 

 

"We have not changed people's ability to participate in outdoor sports and recreation in groups of up to ten people.

This reflects the ability of people to do these activities while keeping distanced and wanting to keep options open for physical fitness in outdoor settings. However, I am also asking Albertans to please follow the spirit of the restrictions that are now in place. This is about reducing the spread, not finding loopholes. Please don't go skating or skiing with groups of friends if you can go with your household instead. Stick to your household. 

If you are unsure about what to do, please err on the side of caution and make the safest choice."

 

While you may have heard there is little direct evidence of transmission in outdoor physical events, there are a substantial number of cases where the source is unknown.

 

The head organizer of a large outdoor meetup group posted on Dec 1st that he had received a warning call from AHS that someone had complained about their trips and numbers. I heard rumours that 3 people recently ticketed $1000.00 while carpooling to or from an outdoor event. I am not sure what the exact charges were - something to do with a social gathering outside your cohort, I presume. I led a downhill trip to Lake Louise on Thursday this week. It was very disappointing that people were still carpooling with non-family members, with no masks to boot. It was also disheartening to hear about a recent poll that said up to 50% of Albertans are considering ignoring the new restrictions at Christmas.

 

We have a social responsibility to be part of the solution. Whether you believe the restrictions are needed or not, they are an effort to slow down the virus, and if we do not do our part, more stringent rules may be imposed, including the closure of trails and ski resorts. While severe, if we all do our part, hopefully, the restrictions will be short term and relaxed after Jan 12th.

 

A few days ago, when the new restrictions were announced, we reached out to trip organizers for their comments and opinions. A big thank you to those who responded. Although there was no clear consensus, many of you noted that many of our members do not have any other outlet for physical and mental stimulation under the lockdown measures. Nor do they have a cohort to participate in activities with. It was clear many felt safer going in a small group rather than on their own and would prefer to be with people they know rather than on the trail with strangers. Others felt strongly about cancelling trips altogether.

 

We will be working closely with our trip organizers to review each trip scheduled to take place before the end of the current restrictions. Some of these trips will be cancelled or postponed. A few may proceed with extra caution. Organizers will be very clear about physical distancing and that carpooling outside of your family is not permitted. We do not plan on posting any new events to take place during the period of restrictions.

 

If you are registered for any upcoming trips, please watch for changes. We also ask you to consider cancelling if you have your own cohort or family group to share outdoor activities with. Should you chose to attend an event, we ask that you take extra precautions and be vigilant about distancing. Please do not show up for an event if you have not registered. This puts the whole group and the Club at risk. Trip organizers may refuse participation to anyone who does not follow the rules or disrespects other members' comfort levels. Please read the guidelines outlined in our Dec 8th update posted below.

 

At this time, we will not be taking any immediate action on trips scheduled after the Alberta restriction deadline of Jan 12th, but we will be watching for updates. Some trips are out of province and will be affected by rules and restrictions in other jurisdictions and may result in early cancellation or postponement due to those rules.

 

Thank you for bearing with us while we get through this. 

Dec 8th, 2020 Update

The Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services announced many new restrictions today.

The full details are here  New Measures.

The portion pertaining to us is noted in red below:

 

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec 13th (Nov 27th restrictions remain in effect until Dec 13th)

Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta.

  • Outdoor group physical activity, including team sports, must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
    • members of different households must maintain 2-metre distancing at all times

While it appears we are allowed to continue to hold physical activity events if they are limited to 10 or fewer people, we continue to approach this with an abundance of caution. We are reaching out to Alberta Health for further clarification and understanding and will provide any updates if things change.

 

Please be aware of the following:

 

If a trip organizer is not comfortable leading a trip given the current situation, they have the absolute blessing of the Ski Club Council to cancel or postpone the event. At their discretion, they may reach out to another organizer to run the trip on their behalf. Suppose a trip is currently scheduled with more than 10 participants. In that case, the trip organizer may cancel the trip or ask another trip organizer to share the event by breaking it into smaller groups leaving at different times. They may also ask some participants to voluntarily withdraw. Under no circumstances is a trip or event to proceed with more than 10 participants, including the trip organizer. Trip organizers may reduce limits further at their discretion.

 

Non-members will not be allowed on any events until otherwise noted.

 

To all members

1. Please cancel or do not sign up if you:

  • Are experiencing any symptoms such as Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue, Productive Cough, Shortness of breath, Joint Pain, Chills, Sore Throat, Headache, Chills, Nausea/Vomiting.
  • Have travelled in the last 2 weeks, or have been close to someone who has.  
  • Have been close to someone who has exhibited any of the symptoms above.

2. The number of participants is restricted to a maximum of 10. Assess your comfort level and participate at your own risk. 

 

3. No carpooling is allowed. You must drive to the event or trailhead yourself or with your family/cohort. Some events may meet at a central location and convoy.

 

4. No equipment, food or other material is to be shared. You should not be close enough to share.

 

5. Please update your emergency contact information on your profile on our website. This will not be obtained at the trailhead or meeting place.

 

6. A reminder to bring your face coverings and hand sanitizer and respect others' need for distancing and face coverings. Please follow any guidelines required by any facility where an event takes place.

 

7. Events may be cancelled or changed on short notice. Check the calendar listing before the event.

 

8. Trip organizers will refuse participation to anyone who does not follow these guidelines or appears ill.

 

9. Please familiarize yourself with, and follow, any protocols established by Alberta Health or other authorities.

 

These restrictions are in place until at least Jan 12th, 2021. The Club has several extended trips taking place after that. While we do not currently have any plans to cancel these events, we will be assessing the situation as we move into the new year. The Club Council will be having ongoing discussions with trip organizers and will decide on a trip by trip basis whether to proceed based on the health and travel restrictions in place at that time and on the comfort level of the organizer. If in any doubt, we will err on the side of caution.

 

While this is not the kind of news we want to deliver, your health and safety are foremost in our minds at this time. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

Council

Nov 2020 Update


cancelled and replaced