BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

viaSport and Province of B.C.

To all BC Alpine members and clubs:

The Provincial Government has requested that viaSport (BC Alpine’s link to government) develop a framework that supports a Return-to-Sport plan for all organized sport. Being that all sports are different, early indications note that the framework will be wide, phased-in, and must comply with any restrictions the health authorities have in place, both now and as they are adjusted over time.

ViaSport’s Sport Framework will require approval from the government. Each sport (Provincial Sport Organization) will then need to develop its own Return-to-Sport plan that fits within viaSport’s Framework and adheres to the health authorities’ requirements. Our individual sport plan will also require approval from the Government through ViaSport before it can be shared with BC Alpine member clubs.

We will publish timelines as we get more information and will develop BC Alpine’s plan as soon as we get the framework from ViaSport.

Stay safe and healthy!

BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

Creative Transportation Solutions Ltd. (CTS) becomes BC Alpine partner

BC Alpine is proud to welcome new corporate partner Creative Transportation Solutions Ltd. (CTS) beginning in the 2020/21 season. Founder and CEO Jan Voss is no stranger to the ski community in BC, as he and his family are passionate skiers and have been involved in ski racing on every level, from athlete to volunteer to club executive to official to coach! 

Creative Transportation Solutions Ltd. (CTS) with offices in both Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan, is one of the most highly respected traffic engineering firms in Western Canada, with over 25 employees and a solid reputation for quality and innovative transportation consulting services. The firm was established in March 1993 to provide traffic engineering, transportation planning and data collection consulting services to the public and private sectors. The main goal of CTS is to develop consistently comprehensive, effective and forward-looking transportation solutions for its clients.

CTS has been an industry leader in traffic engineering and operations since its founding. Conducting intersection assessments and corridor studies, undertaking road safety assessments, developing work zone traffic control plans, preparing access management plans and conducting peer reviews, are just some of the many types of traffic engineering studies that CTS is regularly retained to undertake. As well, they are regularly retained to conduct signal coordination studies for Metro Vancouver municipalities and have successfully developed over 1,000 signal timing plans that have been implemented throughout the region to-date.

Anders Hestdalen, BC Alpine CEO, recognizes that this commitment on the part of CTS and Jan Voss is "extraordinary at a time when we all face great challenges. It speaks to a belief in the value of youth sport and development, and to a commitment to ski racing in BC and Canada. This is a long-term agreement that can offer the whole ski community confidence in our ability to work through the hard times and continue strengthen and grow once this is over.”

CTS will be an official partner of BC Alpine and the presenting partner of our annual Member Summit.

"As a proud sponsor of the Hemlock Ski Club for many years, I am thrilled that CTS is now an official partner of BC Alpine and can help provide financial support at the provincial level for a sport that has meant so much to our family over the years”, said CTS founder and CEO Jan Voss. 

top right – Jan Voss race official
top left – Jenn Voss on-hill race administrator
bottom right – Katrina Voss forerunning
bottom left – Kelsey Voss coaching

BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

CSA Insurance Guidelines for Remote Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To all BC Alpine member clubs: 

Please read and follow CSA Guidelines for Remote Training During Pandemic

Many of our Snowsports clubs across Canada wish to provide some form of remote training to their members through various types of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Offering remote training can provide clubs and their participants a sense of normalcy, daily physical activity, fun, and a reduced impact of detraining.

The CSA, under which each member NSO, PTSO and their clubs belongs, is prepared to temporarily modify the scope of the CSA’s CGL Policy to allow specific remote training (providing certain rules are followed).

In order to provide remote training and be covered under CSA’s CGL insurance, PTSO and clubs must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Clubs must be aware that remote training is only covered under CSA’s general liability policy under strict requirements.

  2. Costs that are usually covered under the CSA SAIP policy may not be covered. This is separate from CGL.

  3. As usual Remote training coverage applies only to those members who are members of the appropriate NSO and cannot be extended to non-members. All members must have executed the appropriate membership documents and be listed with their NSO.

  4. Publicly-accessible broadcast tools such Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. are not acceptable methods of remote-training delivery. Any club or PTSO must consider the use of controlled, multi-screen video conferencing tools such as Skype or Zoom.

  5. Each club must provide their NSO with a list of coaches that are delivering remote training. Only certified coaches registered and in good standing with their NSO can offer remote training (no exceptions permitted).

  6. At the beginning of each remote training session, Coaches must verify that only registered members are at the other end of the remote communication tools (for example, non-member siblings are not allowed to participate).

  7. Good record keeping must be maintained. Coaches are required to maintain a log of who is in attendance, what instruction is provided, by whom, and the date for each session. Each athlete should also maintain a personal log containing their information.

  8. Keep in mind that while, specific remote training programming is permitted; regular programming at gym or other facilities remains prohibited and must follow the applicable local Rules and regulations.

  9. Certified coaches that are registered with their NSO are permitted to develop physical activities and conditioning plans for athletes that are reasonable and safe, with consideration of each participants abilities, accessible space, and equipment. Coaches must carefully consider and select appropriate, individualized programming to meet each participant’s needs.

  10. Use of trampoline or other devices that require direct supervision is strictly prohibited.

  11. In accordance with Safe Sport guidelines, coaches should refrain from one-on-one communication with participants, particularly those who are minors. If communication must be directed at one participant, there should be an adult on either side of the call to supervise (e.g. a parent beside the participant, or another adult with the coach).

The CSA will be pleased to address any specific concerns or questions as we deal with this unique and challenging situation.

Office: 604 .734.6802 * Mobile: 604.671.4575


BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

ViaSport C-19 updates including Financial Assistance Info & Grants FAQ

As part of the ongoing commitment to keeping British Columbia's amateur sport sector informed, please be reminded that Viapsport is sharing regular COVID-19 updates on their website.

Most notably, they have recently posted about financial assistance for non-profits and small businesses. They have also put together a list of frequently asked questions regarding grants and other funded sport programs.

Viasport will continue to share guidance from public health authorities and updates related to the sport sector on an ongoing basis at this webpage and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @viaSportBC.

BCA Covid-19 update: viaSport working to develop Return-to-Sport framework

COVID-19 updates for the B.C. sport sector and BC Alpine

As members of the sport community in British Columbia, we are all being affected by the recent COVID-19 situation. During this unprecedented time, information is being shared rapidly on many different platforms. In an effort to keep all sport organizations, participants, officials, parents and spectators informed, viaSport will be making regular updates to their website and social media platforms as this issue evolves.

They will share guidance from public health authorities and updates related to the sport sector on an ongoing basis at this webpage and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram: @viaSportBC.

Thank you for your commitment to sport in B.C.


BC Alpine recommend clubs to follow provincial health guidelines and at the same time err on the side of caution when making decisions regarding club activity.

All BC Alpine activity has been canceled until further notice, but here is what you can expect to see from BC Alpine in the coming weeks:


  • The office will be closed and all in-person events and meetings have been put on hold
  • Our staff are all available over phone or virtually
  • We will continously look for ways to deliver services and programs online 



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