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

 

Skiing and Ski Racing, why not?

I often hear the comment among parents about how much commitment is involved in skiing and so much more in ski racing. And I agree, the whole family will become involved when they all learn how to ski. Si racing of course raises the commitment to another level, and also the costs.

So what is in skiing and ski racing that can make it worthwhile? First of all, I think that all sports require commitment, but what sets skiing aside is that parents AND children can practice the sport together. Yes, skiing is the prime family sport, because all from cradle to grave can practice it together. You can teach your young ones how to ski, and enjoy their love for the sport, while sharing being outside, experiencing the thrill of speed and the conquering of a new and steeper slope. Yes we all know it is expensive, so why do so many people practice it?

Skiing and foremost ski racing pose unique challenges: adverse weather, difficult snow conditions etc. But the reward of being up on the mountains is unique. You will see your child having fun, learning how to set and achieve goals, overcome challenges, learning how to travel and developing a love for sports and a healthy lifestyle. Ski racing will help them learn how to manage their time, because they will understand that the pursuit of excellence lays the ground for success. They will make sure that they are good students so they can dedicate time to the sport they love.

So what in life does not require commitment? That, I think, is not the issue, it being really to understand the rewards that are in store if you embrace the challenge posed.

Having raised three children in ski racing, I can attest to the beauty of its enormous rewards to the sacrifices made.

This is not an exhaustive comment on what ski racing can do for your child, as explaining all the details involved is quite long. Bring your children and let them tell you where their dreams lie, and, like most parents, do everything you can to support them. Bear in mind that while they ski race, parents can have fun skiing, instead of sitting by the field while they play, say, soccer.

Give it a try!!!!

HelluvaParty a big success last Saturday

An enthusiastic group of parents, children and coaches enjoyed a Saturday afternoon at our President’s home.

Good food and good company provided the setting for lively conversations and sharing of experiences. Parents from U10 to U18 athletes were present, creating a friendly atmosphere that is an integral part of our club. We are not only a skiing club, but foremost we are a group of people that share our passion for the mountains and the belief in the notion that alpine ski racing is a powerful formative tool for our children.

We will create more instances where we can all participate. Do not miss the opportunity to contribute to the club where your child will grow and learn. Help us provide the best environment for that to happen!!!

Pot Luck Helluva Party this coming Saturday November 7

SNOW IS COMING!!!

 

LET’S ALL GET TOGETHER AND WELCOME THE NEW SEASON, DO A SNOW DANCE AND JOIN OUR ENERGIES SO IT KEEPS SNOWING

 

THIS COMING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7 THE CYPRESS SKI CLUB’S PRESIDENT ERIC KONIGSMANN IS HOSTING A POTLUCK PARTY AT HIS HOME

 

ALL CLUB MEMBERS ARE INVITED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US

 

HAMBURGERS AND HOTDOGS WILL BE SERVED

APPIES, SNACKS AND DRINKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS ARE WELCOME

 

PARENTS WILL MEET OTHER PARENTS AND WE WILL ALL BE ABLE TO CHAT, ASK QUESTIONS AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT THE CLUB OFFERS OUR CHILDREN

 

DO NOT MISS THIS HELLUVA PARTY FROM 3 TO 6PM AT

5021 PINETREE CRESCENT

WEST VANCOUVER

 

RSVP to Raul Anguita: info@cypressskiclub.com

Please indicate what you will be contributing to our potluck

Why engage our children in sports?

After all shuffling them from school to their sport practice, acquiring the necessary equipment, deal with injuries and juggling time between school, sports and social activities is tough.

But certainly being active throughout a lifetime is a must to lead a healthy life. Sport and physical activity in itself may not directly lead to benefits but, in combination with other factors, can promote healthy lifestyles. Participating, volunteering, coaching and organizing sport can improve a student’s employability, health, confidence and self-esteem. Familiarization with practicing sports should start at an early age so it becomes ingrained in the living habits of our children.

 

One of the most widely-used definitions of health is that of the WHO, which defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. This definition goes well beyond a condition of physical health but includes mental health and general well-being.

 

We ask you as a parent to become engaged with Cypress Ski Club, and through the marvelous sport of alpine skiing teach your children that pursuing a healthy lifestyle is paramount, and that through pursuing excellence in performance they will contribute widely to our well being as inhabitants of this planet.

OPEN HOUSE AT OUR PRESIDENT’S HOME ON NOVEMBER 7

All club members are invited to a potluck at Eric Konigsmann’s, our new President

We encourage all parents and children to come and get to know each other, exchange ideas and have a fun afternoon.

For all U10 parents it is a good opportunity to learn from the more experienced ones about the nuisances and ways of the club, what their experience has been and what skiing in the club has done for their children.

COME AND JOIN US AND CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING OUR CLUB A FUN, INTERESTING AND FRUITFUL PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN, THAT IS OUR GOAL.

Address:

5021 Pinetree Crescent

West Vancouver.

From 3 to 6 PM

RSVP to our Program Director.

Thank you and see you on November 7

Our AGM Meeting held this past Saturday

Our AGM meeting was attended by a fair number of people, a big thank you to all parents that were there.

We have  now a new Board of Directors in place:

President: Eric Konigsmann

Vice President: Morten Johanessen

Secretary: Liz Gandhi

Volunteers Coordinator: Liisa Wagner

Treasurer: Paul Kevener

Alpine Committee: Ron Wakkary

Sponsorship: Joel Emery

Registrar: Sue Horne

As pointed out many times before our club relies totally in volunteers to function. Please step up if you want to make our club the “Premier Club of The North Shore”

Inspiring Skiers for Life, a vision

Skiing is certainly a unique sport. Most of us, when it gets cold and the weather is nasty, go inside and enjoy a warm atmosphere. Some of us enjoy the harshness of winter and relish on being outside while snow falls. The whole family, young and old, can enjoy skiing and it can be practiced throughout our entire life. Being in the mountains is exhilarating.

So why Inspiring Skiers for Life is our vision? Because through skiing, and here I am referring to alpine skiing and moreover, alpine ski racing, we can teach our children basic and more refined life skills that will inspire them through a lifetime. First of all, racing teaches them how to ski better than any other skiing mode. That is because racing the clock requires being precise, subtle, strong, and focused. By means of drills in enclosed environments, big mountain skiing in all types of terrain and snow conditions, and enjoying the groomers, coaches instil in racers the need to look for excellence in performance. This requires learning how to focus, persevere, set goals and many other aspects involved in performing. Also thrown in the equation are dealing with frustrations, recovering from mistakes, learning equanimity in victory and defeat, caring for their teammates and dealing with all the factors involved in a competition course.

 

So Inspiring Skiers for Life is and will always be our vision. It is the coach’s and parent’s responsibility to deliver this message to our children.

 

Racer’s Night at Swiss Sports Haus on October 26

Swiss Sports House has programmed a racer’s night on October 26.

Please read the info below:

Swiss Sports Haus

Cypress Mountain Ski Club Race Night

October 26th from 6pm – 8pm

Please join coaches and executive at:

Swiss Sports Haus 490 – 15th St., (15th & Clyde) West Vancouver for the annual race night.

– Special racer pricing in effect for all skis, boots & bindings.

– 20% off all in stock race accessories; poles helmets, tuning supplies, guards, etc. (Race night Only)

– 20% off new arrival in stock clothing. Outer wear, base layers, mid layers, socks, gloves etc. Applies to racer and entire family! (Race Night Only)

 

– A further 20% off remaining 2015 Club Priced Head skis (In store clearouts)

 

– 20% – 50% off Club pricing for Blizzard NEW past year skis! (Special Order Only)

 

– Meet the staff and experienced professional boot fitters.

 

This is the opportunity to order any sizes of any models not in stock.

Brands include: Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Volkl, Dalbello, Marker, Head, Fischer, Blizzard, Tecnica, Salomon, POC, Uvex, Swix, Leki, Spyder, Descente, Hestra, Icebreaker & X-bionic.

Please view more brand info at www.swiss-sports-haus.com

 

For information, call 604-922-9107 or e-mail the store at swissport@telus.net