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 email@example.com. 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.