2015 Annual General Meeting On October 24

Our 2015 AGM is coming up soon. We need all members to attend.

We will also take advantage of the occasion to welcome our members with hot dogs, hamburgers and a simple style buffet lunch.
Bring all the equipment you have for sale as a swap will also take place.
Schedule is as follows:
Lunch and equipment swap from 12 to 1pm
AGM 1 to 2pm.
I encourage all of you to please come and participate. To have a strong club, we need the help of all parents that sign up their children in the different programs. Without your support we can only do so much. Different tasks have to be fulfilled to make our club the
“PREMIER SKI CLUB OF THE NORTH SHORE”. So don’t be shy, come and make our skiing community strong. You will meet a fun, enthusiastic and supportive group of parents that love mountains and believe in skiing and racing as a fun and powerful educational tool for their children.

Notice of 29th Annual General Meeting

Cypress Ski Club



Notice is given that the 29th Annual General Meeting of the Cypress Ski Club will be held from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, British Columbia






Verification of Quorum:


  1. Call to Order


  1. Presidents opening remarks


  1. Approve Agenda


  1. 2014-15 Board Reports
  1. President’s Report for 2014-15 Season
  2. Treasurer’s Report


  1. New Business – Procedure for Voting
    1. Nominees of members as Club Directors
    2. Election
    3. Motion to authorize new Directors to conduct business of the club


  1. 2015-16 Board Reports
    1. President’s Report for 2015-16 Season


  1. Termination
    1. Motion to terminate the Cypress Ski Club 29th Annual General Meeting


  1. Open Forum- Questions and Answers





Nominees for Club Directors


President: Eric Konigsmann


Vice-President: vacant


Treasurer: Paul Kevener


Registrar: Susan Horne


Alpine Committee: Ron Wakkary


Sponsorship: Joel Emery


Volunteer Coordinator: Liisa Wagner


Secretary: Liz Gandhi

Racers Night at Skiis and Biikes On October 28

Racer Nights

Special racer evenings to get a better understanding of what is needed for this years race season

– Meet the Mfg’s reps

– Talk with the coaches

– Check out 2016 equipment


– All racers get race pricing on skis, boots and bindings – this is really cheap

– All racers get the race discount 20% off all ski clothing and ski race stuff

– Meet some coaches and talk about the season ahead

-they can help choose the right equipment for your athlete



Cypress SC – Oct 28 in Vancouver

1701 Third St Vancouver 604 738 3715

– Wax and tuning clinic

– Refreshments

– Entire family is welcome


Program Registrations are OPEN NOW

Our Program Registrations for the upcoming season are open. We are looking forward to an exciting season, hoping for lots of snow and lots of fun.

Our Bowen Training Center is waiting to open its doors this season, allowing for specific training aimed at the different ages and skill levels in our club.

Sign up ASAP to ensure your spot in our club.

Follow this link to open the Program Registration page on Karelo.

Please contact our Program Director if you have any questions.

Peter Konigsmann Slalom Red Mountain

New U14 and U12 Head Coaches appointed for next season

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the hiring process of our Head Coaches’ staff .

Mark Anderson is taking over the U14 program. Mark is a Level 3 experienced coach, that will certainly bring all his passion and knowledge that has always characterized him.

Hayden Sidey-Phillips will be our new U12 coach. Hayden has moved through the ranks of Cypress Ski Club, first as a racer, then as U16 Assistant Coach, and now as U12 Head Coach. Hayden is a Development Level coach, and will be working closely with the Program Director to bring the U12 program to a new level. He will also help in mentoring the U10 coaches.

We are looking forward to the upcoming season. Hopefully lots of snow will allow us to train on our Training Center, and make up for all the training we missed this past one.


Peter Konigsmann Slalom Red Mountain

U16 Teck BC Open Series at Red Mountain – Jan 16-18

Cypress Ski Club’s U16 team take on the province again in the second open series of the season at the Teck BC Open Series at Red Mountain! In three days of technical racing Olin Wakkary was 9th in Slalom on Jan 16th and Peter Konigsmann was  13th in Giant Slalom on Jan 18th.

This event was the final qualifier for the BC team for Canada Games and Peter Konigsmann was named an alternate since he is currently ranked 6th in the province.

See all the official results

See the BC Alpine news article for more information

Good results and eye opening races at Sun Peaks

Our U16 team, under the expert coaching of Gavin Preziosi and Hayden Sidey-Phillips attended races at Sun Peaks. These races gather skiers from all clubs in the Province, as part of the new calendar devised for this age group. Also, U18, U12 and Senior racers can participate, creating a strong and competitive event for the younger ones.

Our club is certainly gathering momentum.  In Gavin’s words “racer commented that they want to keep working hard to get better” That is the right attitude.

Cypress also was present on the podium. Peter Konigsmann was 4th and 3d in the slaloms, signalling the comeback of Cypress as a club that is on the right track. Way to go Peter!! Mike Reid had the best result in his career, finishing 11th on Saturday slalom. Matthew Kuzek has certainly come a long way from where he started two seasons ago. Olin Wakkary and Kavi Gandhi are in their first year of U16, and are adjusting their skiing to a much more demanding competition environment. Mariya Fedoroff, Emma Johanessen and Adrienne Pop left Sun Peaks determined to work hard in order to ski faster.

Take a look at this great pictures, courtesy of Wayne Kuzek

U16 Sun Peaks Races Dec. 2014

You can find results here. Please note that this are general results. U16 are those born 1999-2000.

Sun Peaks Results

A big thank you to our chaperones Liz Gandhi and Morten Johannessen, that took good care of the whole group.


Help us develop our new Training Center at Cypress Mountain

Dear CSC Members and Friends,
We are currently 36% toward meeting our target for fundraising for the Club’s Lower Bowen Training Centre! Help us reach our goal of $20,000 by making a donation by December 31st 2014 that you can apply to your 2014 taxes. As a non-for-profit Club, we need the help of our members, their families and friends to finance this project. Please support our young athletes by making a tax deductible donation through the National Sports Trust Fund, who will issue a tax exemption receipt.
Log in to https://app.etapestry.com/cart/SportBC/default/item.php?ref=1691.0.334635035 at SportBC and National Sports Fund to donate on line. Be sure to donate to P296 – Cypress Ski Club – Lower Bowen Training and Racing Centre.
For more information on our training centre and fundraising initiative go to http://cypressskiclub.com/about-us/lower-bowen/
Your generosity and support of the athletes and club is greatly appreciated.
Ron Wakkary
“Fundraiser-in-chief” Cypress Ski Club

Limitless – A Kid’s Ambition By Lillian Grant

Limitless – A Kid’s Ambition
By Lillian Grant

It’s cold outside. The leaves are pretty well toast. Brown, crisp and with their own distinct aroma. Retailers have started shamelessly advertizing for the holiday season. Around my house, that means the ski wax is out and our son’s yearning to get on the hill is unharnessed. It’s game on. At ten years old, he has found his passion. Something that some adults I know have yet to discover. I have mixed feelings about this.

We live on the West Coast where sport is abundant twelve months of the year. Of all of the sports we have placed on his platter, soccer was abandoned, tennis is just for fun, and cycling is just a way to get to school. Skiing stuck ever since his first foray into powder at 14 months. Dipped intermittently into fresh powder on plastic toddler skis by the love and strength of his father’s back, this was it.

Fast forward to year five of organized club racing. He’s found his tribe and has some significant wins under his belt, and shows some natural talent that, if nurtured, could give him every opportunity to keep going. Have his grades and behavior at school been in line with house policy that you can’t have one without the other? If we were in a court of law I’d have to admit no. But how do you squelch the light in your child’s eyes if he’s not racking up straight A’s? While the odds are against the vast majority of people who try to make sport their profession, in skiing where races are won and lost by 100ths of a second, this arena is exponentially more unrealistic to achieve excellence.

If we weren’t encouraged to pursue our passions within the confines of our own home, there is plenty of encouragement at school, in the media, and certainly from manufacturers of sporting goods. Mr. X Jr. (MXJ), whom I will refer to my son as, has his encouragement from all angles. He comes by his enthusiasm honestly having a father who ditched university in his twenties to race internationally for Britain. Like the 99.9% of aspiring athletes who don’t make it to the top 0.01% who are good enough to rank internationally, and eventually get paid to do what they consider playing, he returned to complete his education as an adult and went on to pursue a career in business.

Good example in-house, I feel justified ranting about making education a priority and how skiing is a privilege not a right. I have approached my motherly fan club with moderation and caution. I have baked a ski hill birthday cake complete with race gates and ski lift; I have created a special place to showcase his medals and achievements; I endorse purchases of costly fees and equipment. I have also initiated a policy that, in agreement with my husband, lays down the law that if school work and behaviour is not up to snuff, then there’s no white stuff.

I have been astounded and impressed with the commitment of these ski club kids as they train to stay fit during the summer with dryland training, and spend more than half the week during the winter months putting miles under their skis to have just a handful of chances during the year to explode out of a starting gate and pick a better line than the kid before him. I have no doubt that the balance of skiing and school are the subject of discussion in every other ski club household. Pretty intense when you consider pbj’s are still in their top ten food choices. The technical savvy, the mental balance and the tenacity to keep afloat in this sport is daunting. And MXJ seems to feed off of it.

Resolved to continue to encourage my budding athlete, I talk a pretty good game and wield what I hope is some authority in the sketchy household “no snuff, no white stuff” bylaw, but I have yet to enforce this in a way that has real meaning. At time of writing, I’m still mesmerized by MXJ’s dreams of becoming a racer and his bare palette on which he paints his hopes and dreams. Even if he doesn’t know the statistics and logistics of the road only a few will be privileged enough to walk, isn’t it only fitting to allow him to indulge while he is not jaded and weighed down by all of the adult considerations that might shatter his ambitions? Hey, I’m not saying I know the answer with certainty, but my gut says let him dream. So for now, until I have VIP access to the family seats at Kitsbuhel, I’m pretty sure the thing to do is let him sow his seeds and supply enough sunlight and fertilizer. If he’s forty and living in our basement with no job, I’ll let you know. Until then, his ambition remains limitless.