We did a good job of solving some of the boot, ski and pole swaps. I'd like to get an email from those that still have outstanding issues. Single poles are most likely not going to be solved, but marked pairs might be. I didn't see any single poles in the Alpine stash. We pulled all the poles that had a Viking sticker or had a name we recognized. Any others have yet to surface, but we'll go back to Alpine's Lost & Found this week as well.

Sunday is going to be  wet snow - just like Spring skiing. It is not great for teaching, so lessons are optional for all but the A and B level skiers. The whole goal of B level is to ensure you can stop on command and turn to slow down and/or avoid an accident. 
For that reason the 9 kids that need to be classified must come to classification or prove that they have already been validated at a level of B or better within Blizzard.

Many of our kids have the opportunity to ski during vacation. When you come back, let us know where you have been and what kind of runs you skied or boarded. A reclassification may be in order if you took lessons or had some instruction while on that trip.

The Bus START TIMES for Sunday, March 6th - changes this week.
Bus return times can be found on the website under the "More Info" tab. All members on buses are asked to call or text their parents 20-30 minutes before we get to their stop. We loan our phones for that purpose. Make certain you also convey that message to your child.

Lincoln Park - 7 AM. There are two buses leaving from Lincoln Park at 7AM. 

River Forest -  7 AM. There is one bus leaving from River Forest.

Hyde Park - 7 AM, Hyde Park needs to leave on time at 7 AM as it is picking up at Winnemac Park 

Winnemac Park - 7:30 AM. Bus leaving from Winnemac 

Oak Brook - 7:30 AM. Bus coming from River Forest 

Old Orchard/Skokie - No one scheduled from Old Orchard

Schaumburg - 8:10 AM bus is coming from Oak Brook

Park Ridge/Des Plaines - 7:45 AM. Bus is coming from Lincoln Park

Half Day Rd/Bannockburn - 7:45 AM. Bus is coming from Lincoln Park

This schedule is specific to the Week 12 trip. Times may be adjusted over the season as the routes may vary. The routes change each week depending on the membership. 

Please ensure your child(ren) have not been exposed to Covid prior to the trip and remain in a 5-day quarantine as directed by the CDC and CDPH (Chicago Department of Public Health). Face Masks are required on the bus and in communal indoor areas. This will be strictly enforced.

All equipment should be labeled.  All kids need helmets, skiers must have poles, and snowboarders need a safety leash. Kids should have enough money for lunch, or bring a lunch. No large bags - just what they need for the day like gloves, pants, jacket, gaiter or balaclava, Covid face masks, and goggles. Wear the clothing you are going to ski or board in. Dress in layers as the temperature will start off in the teens and reach 40° in the afternoon.

If you are driving up, you must check in at the Blizzard Desk to receive your lift ticket and your Blizzard Membership card (if you don’t already have it.) The Blizzard desk is in the FairView bldg to the far right of all the buildings as you face the slopes. If your child needs to be classified (first time with Blizzard and not a rank beginner) you must be there around 9 AM. You are not required to sign out your child if you drove them to Alpine, but do arrange to pick up any personal belongings you leave in the Blizzard area before we leave and do our sweep of the area.

"Can I pick up my kid and their friends from Wilmot or Alpine?" (Taken from the FAQ section on the website)
If you are picking up your child or anyone else's child from Wilmot or Alpine, we need two things. One, is a note that is given to the Bus Captain of the originating bus, from each parent on the morning of the trip. Second, you need to be at the area prior to our departure at 2:45 PM so we can ensure that you have coordinated with your child and whomever is leaving with you. Please arrange to meet your kid(s) at the Blizzard area prior to 2:30 PM, share your ID with us, and sign out the departing members. This is a liability issue for us and we will hold up the departure of the entire club if someone is missing, delayed, or has been taken without our knowledge. If you do not sign out your child(ren), it holds up the entire club from departing.

LOST & FOUND - PLEASE ASK TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE. Pictures help immensely

The Lost & Found generally travels with the club up to Alpine each week. We are working on pictures of items we have. While we have gloves and hats and accessories, we know that kids have swapped ski poles and are missing poles. These are the more critical items as ski poles are mandatory for lessons. Please share with me any missing poles or swapped poles so I can investigate. Alpine has a Lost & Found area as well, but they will not do a comprehensive search for missing items. This weekend we will undertake an extensive search through their stash to see if any of our missing property can be located. If you are missing skis and poles, I need a detailed description, even a picture, of the missing item to assist our search.

It has been a real challenge to get all the Blizzard Tags printed. Another challenge to get them into the hands of the kids. And, yet another one to get them punched at Lessons. The tags are necessary. Their loss comes with a $10 replacement fee - and we will notice their loss as we use the tags to check everyone in at the bus in the AM. Tags are held at the Blizzard Desk at Alpine and need to be picked up there before class (if possible) on a trip day. Tags can be punched after class at the Blizzard Desk as well.

If you have a lanyard from a previous year - help us out by recycling it and reusing it for this year.

See you tomorrow.

Suzanne Hoffman
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