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WE HAVE ROLLED OVER THE  REMAINING DECEMBER 11th ATTENDANCE LIST TO THE UPCOMING TRIP. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU WILL NOT BE USING YOUR DECEMBER 11th TRIP CREDIT FOR THIS TRIP.

The easiest way for us to apply the December 11th trip credit, for those of you who have yet to use it, is to register you each week unless you tell us you are not coming. We free up seats based on what you tell us each trip. Some of you let me know that you were going to use the credit later in the season. Just be aware, you will be added to the roster each week until you use the credit.

Which leads me to another issue. Please select your bus stop carefully. The default is Lincoln Park. You need to ensure you have the right stop as that affects the bus load for the stop. Several kids were listed on the wrong roster for the December 19th trip as their stop was incorrect. Some of them I caught, others I did not. But even so, that means manual intervention to correct the error. I have enough to do without having to manipulate bus rosters on Friday night before the trip.

We know that equipment rentals have been hard to come by. We have a couple of snowboards and pairs of skis that members have for sale. If you are interested, please let us know.

LABELS
I should not have to drive around the city and suburbs to correct ski and pole swaps. Your equipment should be marked ad you should ensure your kids know enough to look at the equipment they grab when leaving the bus area. We wound up with ski swaps on the Lincoln Park, River Forest, and Oak Brook routes. Some of the skis were clearly marked. Others had no markings on them at all. I'm driving equipment around trying to make certain it is back with its original owner. I shouldn't have to do that. You don't know how irksome it is to try and track down swapped equipment, it is a true headache.

Other than equipment, kids lose gloves, helmets, and gaiters all the time. MARK EVERYTHING. Get Mabels Labels.
campaigns.mabelslabels.com They arrive quickly and they are the best labels. Next, is getting kids to read them. 

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 under 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 blizzardskiclub@gmail.com 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.

BUS RETURN TRACKING
The Bus stop locations and the approximate times are listed on the website under the "More Info" tab. All members are given a 20 minutes warning prior to their arrival back at the originating bus stop. Since our routes change each week to accommodate the varying loads at each bus stop, being able to have a more accurate return time is next to impossible. Sunday arrivals will always be earlier than Saturdays. I wish I could be more exacting, but it is near to impossible. In addition to email, When I need to reach all the parents, I can used RainedOut.com, but that is a service to which you must subscribe.


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.
https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=54d28bf5f97b828105f1

THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION

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.

Really, pray harder for SNOW! Don't let the rain fool you. The skiing will be pretty good on Saturday as the falling temperatures will allow for snowmaking later in the week, and Alpine is sometimes 5-10 degrees colder than we are.

Suzanne Hoffman
Blizzardskiclub@gmail.com

www.blizzardskiclub.com
773-852-1000
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