We are moving all the reservations from last Saturday to this Sunday
BLIZZARD MEMBERS WHO WERE SIGNED UP FOR LAST SATURDAY (YESTERDAY): REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU CANCELED OR NOT, YOU WILL HAVE FIRST PRIORITY FOR THE WEEK 2 TRIP ON THE 19TH OF DECEMBER (THIS SUNDAY).
WE HAVE ROLLED OVER THE ENTIRE ATTENDANCE LIST TO THE UPCOMING TRIP. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU WILL NOT BE USING YOUR TRIP CREDIT FOR THIS TRIP.
This means that if you were not signed up for last Saturday, but want to come this upcoming Sunday, you will not see any available seats until we determine how many of Saturday's attendees will not coming with us. For this reason, no additional seats will be available until Tuesday.
If you have been waiting to finalize your equipment rentals now is the time to do it. Please spend this time putting labels on all your equipment even if they are rentals. You may brush up on past emails or watch the webinar (caution, it is a bit out of date at this point). Please check that the jacket your child will be using has a zippered pocket for their valuables and their name. Check the straps on their helmet fit them so the helmet is snug, not tight or too loose.
In addition to email, I would like to start using RainedOut.com
Rainedout.com is an SMS messaging system that allows us to reach the smallest segment of our club or the entire club to share information on the fly. This helps if we encounter traffic, or are delayed for any reason. I can reach out to those who have subscribed to the system with a brief SMS telling them at the granularity of a bus stop. Here's the link to sign up and learn more. All of the currently used Bus Stops are listed by their name. Skokie is no longer separate from Old Orchard, so if you signed up before for Old Orchard, you'll have to re-subscribe for Skokie/Old Orchard.
DRIVING UP TO ALPINE INSTEAD OF TAKING THE BUS
As a reminder, if you are driving up to Alpine for any trip I need to know ahead of time. There is a liability issue of having a child under our oversight and then not knowing where they are or in whose responsibility. If we don't know that they are driving up, they are marked as absent and not counted for lift tickets. There is no way to do it programmatically. A simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the fact you are driving them up can be done right after you pay for the trip.
PICKING UP YOUR CHILD FROM ALPINE IF THEY CAME ON THE BUS
The antithesis of that is if you are picking them up from Alpine but they were on the bus in the morning. You need to send a note with them, give it to the bus captain, and the captain will log it onto his/her roster. When you come to Alpine to pick up or join your Blizzard member, you need to go to the Blizzard desk (usually in the Fairview Cafe, second floor (Edelweiss Room) to sign your child out. That means they need to be with you (having met you at the appointed time prior to 2:45.) We will take a picture of your license and you will out a release form so that we are no longer responsible for their whereabouts. This is the best way to ensure peace of mind for both of us.
LABELING HELPS SAVE MINDS
Another pertinent point is labeling of equipment. Blizzard labels make your skis and poles immediately visible. We have not had too many swaps this year, just a few, but identifying poles and skis from all the other equipment that looks the same becomes a breeze if there are Blizzard stickers on them. Alpine Lost & Found knows who they belong to, you can see if you have the right equipment, and outsiders are less likely to grab them by accident. You don't know how irksome it is to try and track down swapped equipment, it is a true headache. Labels are a true win-win in my book.
CAN I SKIP A LESSON?
Lessons are still mandatory for as long as we have them. No one is a perfect skier or boarder. It boggles the mind that someone who is an A or B would skip a lesson. They are endangering themselves as well as everyone around them. The answer is NO, unequivocally, No. Don't do it - take the lesson. As added incentive, if you do skip more than two lessons I am going to ask you to leave the club.