Today we inaugurated our new training centre at Cypress Mountain!!

A gorgeous sunny day greeted us today on our first training session at our new training centre at Cypress.

Thanks to the support of Cypress Mountain, we now have a dedicated terrain we can work in, that offers great training conditions for all ages. Today U12, U14 and U 16 racers had the opportunity to train tall gates slalom and slalom drills with brushes and stubbies. There is a lot of terrain to be used to develop skills in slalom and giant slalom.

We thank Steve Williamson and all the Cypress Mountain staff for their support in accomplishing this.

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U12 Christmas/Holiday Camp

We’ve had a great couple days up at cypress so far during the holidays, we’ve been skiing fresh powder all week! I’m pleased about how many of the kids have been coming out, and I’m stoked on how well everyone’s been skiing! We’ve been doing some gnarly skiing all week and everyone’s been shredding! We’ve got one more day to go before christmas, then we’re going to start into the second part of the camp up until New Year’s eve. It looks like the snow’s going to KEEP COMING! So get ready for some more great skiing!

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Here we all are at the top of sky chair on Monday!

-Hayden

Snow is Here, U10 Xmas Camp, Try and Buddy Day coming up!!

The snow is here to stay!!
A big snowfall happened this past weekend, and more cold weather and snow is coming. Check this two other forecasts:
So planning ahead, our Xmas camp from December 28 to December 31 will happen at Cypress Mountain. These are the conditions:
  1. You must have signed your Family Membership and Program Registration
  2. You must have signed up your BC Alpine registration online. A link will be sent to your email address
  3. Price for the camp is $20 per day, paid in cash at the club cabin prior to going skiing.
  4. There will be a try and buddy day on Sunday Dec 27. Bring a buddy to ski with you that day. Only those that bring one can ski. There is no cost for this day. We will ski until lunch time, NO SKIING AFTER LUNCH. 
  5. Please click on the link below to sign up for buddy day and Xmas Camp. This is mandatory so we can plan ahead and have the coaches in place to provide good and safe training to all that attend. Enter your child’s name and attending.

U10 Xmas Camp Sign Up Sheet

I hope to see ALL the U10 for Xmas camp!!!

Olin Wakkary Selected to Rising Stars Camp, Gavin Preziosi will be BC Head Coach

Olin Wakkary has been selected among the best in the Province to attend the Rising Stars camp from Dec 10 to Dec 13 at Sun Peaks. Olin is part of a team of 8 boys and 8 girls that will work with a similar team from Alberta. Gavin Preziosi, our U16 Head Coach has been chosen to guide the team as BC Head Coach, with the help of three Assistant Coaches.  This nomination is very important for our club, as it shows the degree of confidence BC Alpine has in our coaching staff. The camp

Way to go Cypress!!! Have a successful camp.

You can read the post at BC Alpine

Tuning Clinic hosted by Sidecut

As in previous seasons, Sidecut, a ski tuning tools manufacturer out of Whistler. will host a tuning clinic this coming Thursday December 10.

Don’t lose this opportunity to learn how to tune and to get the latest trends in race tuning. Chris Hillier, Sidecut owner will be there to host the clinic. Tuning tools at a discounted price will also be available.

Where: 5021 Pinetree Crescent, West Vancouver, BC.

When: Thursday December 10 at 6pm

Official response to last season’s poor conditions

December 4, 2015

To all members and returning members:

As snow is falling on the mountains again and it is time to sign up for the upcoming season, we have received some questions about financial compensation for last seasons’ lack of snow and limited skiing opportunity on our own Cypress Mountain.

The information below details what financial compensation and contingency we as a not-for-profit organization will be able to provide.

The club will not be able to make any refunds of membership fees paid for last season, but as a way of compensation we will not increase the programs costs this year. They will remain as last season.

The contingency plan for this season should we again find ourselves in a situation where we are unable to train at Cypress Mountain:

a. If we cannot train on Cypress we will move our training to Whistler Mountain as we did last year.

b. We have secured a 40% discount on window ticket prices at Whistler for parents and children of Cypress Ski Club.

c. We are looking into alternatives to provide transportation for the children to Whistler to minimize traveling by parents and to lower transportation costs.

d. Once our season is running and we know the number of children signed up and the funds available the Board will decide if the club can partially subsidize coaches’ costs if it is necessary to travel to Whistler again.

e. We are also increasing our sponsorship and fundraising drive to increase the benefits of our club to our members.

Background for decision on compensation:

Cypress Mountain ended its operation at the end of January due to lack of snow, therefore we were not able to ski at our local hill for the remainder of the season. When this occurred, a contingency plan was put into effect whereas we chose to continue the season by providing training at Whistler. We were able to secure a 40% discount on the window price for children and parents.

Refund Policy

Abide by the current refund policy, copied below:

1. All requests for refunds and withdrawals from a program must be advised in writing to the Club Registrar. 

2. A full refund minus a 15% administration fee will be given if withdrawal occurs one week prior to the commencement of the first day of the program for the season. There will be no refunds after that date. BC Alpine Insurance Fees are non-refundable 

3. There will be no refunds offered during the season due to injury, illness or non participation in a program. 

4. If programs are adversely affected by lack of snow, the Club will offer extra days once the conditions are suitable or if that is not possible, the Club may opt to refund a portion of fees at the end of the season. 

2014/2015 season and the club’s response to the challenging situation:

1. The club organized training opportunities for the remainder of the season.

2. Though Cypress Mountain has offered substantial discounts on its passes this season we have to clarify that we are an independent entity from them. Cypress Mountain is a profit driven company owned by Boyne Resorts, which is the second largest ski and golf resorts owner/operator in the United States (Wikipedia). Their pockets are much deeper and can support the losses sustained at Cypress last season.

Cypress Ski Club apologizes for the situation. Since the club was founded in 1984 we have not had a similar situation. Yet despite the absolute lack of snow at Cypress we were able to still ski at Whistler and our children and racers had an excellent competition season.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me directly at any time.

Eric Konigsmann

President, Cypress Ski Club

Email: president@cypressskiclub.com

Winter is here, and the season has begun!!!!

A new season has begun and with it a new board is taking the helm of our club. Eric Konigsmann is taking over as President. I big thank you to Joe Shaw that helped us navigate a couple of difficult seasons.

New energy has brought a fresh breath of air into the club, along with old and new sponsors that support the club and allow us to hire a professional group of coaches.

This summer, a group of 3 racers guided by our Head U16-U18 coach Gavin Preziosi headed to La Parva, Chile, where they free skied, trained and even powder skied in full on winter conditions. Two of our U16 racers have decided to pursue their skiing career as members of Vancouver Ski Team. We wish them the best and we are sure they will ski well and put the Cypress Ski Club name high in the results. All our support is available for them. On the dryland side, our program was delivered during October and November, making use of outdoor venues, gymnastics and rock climbing to provide a well rounded program to help our racers perform on snow.

I am very happy and confident with the team of coaches we have put together. This is no easy task. Hayden Sidey-Phillips will take over the U12 group, and Mark Anderson will move to the U14 Head Coach position. Gavin Preziosi continues in charge of a very successful U16 group. On the U10 side Graeme Zacharias is a very important asset to help the Program Director in delivering a quality program.

A most important aspect this coming season is to be able to use our Lower Bowen Training Centre. Cypress Mountain is fully supporting our club with this initiative and we hope we can take advantage of this terrain. This can also be another source of revenue for our club, as we can showcase our sponsors there.

Finally, I hope all our members come together to support our club. Parents, alumni, coaches and racers  need to all pitch in to make our club the premier club of the North Shore, and help fulfill  our vision.

INSPIRING SKIERS FOR LIFE

Raul Anguita
Program Director
Cypress Ski Club