Support Sun Peaks Alpine Club 9th Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser – bid online!

Support Sun Peaks Alpine Club 9th Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser – bid online!

Due to current gathering restrictions, the Sun Peaks Racers’ 9th Annual Oktoberfest has been moved to an online format for this year!  Raffle Tickets, 50-50 Tickets, Buy-It-Now Items and Silent Auction Items are all up for bid starting today! Oktoberfest is their major fundraiser of the year helping to keep the club operating with low program costs. 100% of ticket sales and donations made go to support the Sun Peaks Alpine Club and youth alpine sports.  We encourage all BC Alpine families to check out the Sun Peaks Racers Oktoberfest Online Auction. Raffle tickets include 4 Grand Prize Draws including 2 Nights Luxury Stay at the Sun Peaks Grand, pair of Rossignol Skis and more!  Silent Auction items include a piece of Sun Peaks History, a chance to own your very own Crystal Chair!!  Other exciting Auction Items include a coveted custom handmade Clock made from parts off the Crystal Chair, “Day in the Life of a Ski Racer” for 8 Friends with Wade Rettie and Cam Watson, beautiful Artwork, Gift Certificates and more!

To purchase Raffle Tickets and Bid on Auction Items visit: https://app.galabid.com/sunpeaksoktoberfest/widgets

Ryan Jazic accepts Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club U16 Head Coach position

Ryan Jazic accepts Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club U16 Head Coach position

For Immediate Release – September 17, 2020 (North Vancouver, BC) – The Grouse Mountain Tyee ski club is honoured to announce the hiring of Ryan Jazic as head coach of the U16 program for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Ryan brings to the role over 25 years of coaching experience throughout all stages of development, working with the National, Provincial and Coast Zone club teams over the years. Growing up in the Whistler and the Sea to Sky area, Ryan ski raced with the Blackcomb ski club and competed for the BC ski team of his day. In his most recent coaching position, Ryan worked six full seasons with the provincial ski team, helping foster the latest generation of BC high performance athletes, including Tyee Alumni Antonia Wearmouth, Kristina Natalenko, Nicole Mah, Francis MacDonald and Sam Mulligan.

“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Tyee Ski Club.  To sum up the last 25 + years of coaching I have seen that you can’t fake the fundamentals if you want success. That’s why I’m really excited to be working at the development level again and really bring an understanding of what it takes to succeed technically/mentally, both on and off the snow. This is a great age to develop these habits while having fun skiing at the same time.  As to what drew my eyes to the Tyee program in particular, I’d love to say it is the great hot dogs but that’s just a bonus! While coaching during many FIS series here over the last 7 years I’ve been impressed by the passion that this club has for the sport, and knowing Mike Janyk for such a long time I can see that it is being led in a great direction, and it was something I wanted to be a part of. Can’t wait for the snow to fly!” – Ryan Jazic

With a current team of 25 athletes, Ryan will be leading a strong and fun group of 14- and 15-year olds. “The club’s been building the older age programming over the last few years with a goal of inspiring the athletes to ski through two years of FIS (U18) and onto the Provincial ski team. Everyone comes with different goals, whether it’s high performance aspirations, becoming a coach, or to simply develop their skills to full potential while enjoying time with friends, our programs aim to fulfil them all. Ryan adds a high level of expertise, warm personality, and inclusive coaching style to support these individual and program goals. We’re stoked to have him and excited to see the team continue to grow.” – Mike Janyk, Program Director

Joining Ryan on the Coaching staff as an assistant is Titouan Olanié. Titouan worked with the U12 and U14 programs over the last two seasons and brings a level of continuity and youthful energy to the team. With everything going on in 2020, we are grateful to have a staff that matches the commitment and involvement of this current group of athletes, they deserve it!

Mike Janyk 
Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club Program Director 

viaSport & Province of BC announce Local Sport Relief Fund – apply by Oct 16!

viaSport & Province of BC announce Local Sport Relief Fund – apply by Oct 16!

viaSport and the Province of B.C. are pleased to announce that the Local Sport Relief Fund is now open and accepting applications from eligible organizations until October 16, 2020

The Local Sport Relief Fund
 has been developed to provide one-time financial relief for non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund is supported by the Province of B.C. and administered through viaSport British Columbia.

The goal of the funding is to support local sport organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The Province of B.C. recognizes the importance of community-based sport organizations and has allocated this funding to help in their recovery.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $7,500 to help offset fixed and operating costs. Funding must support administration and operational needs for an eventual return to sport, and new sport programming or initiatives are ineligible.

View the grant guidelines and find out how to apply here. For questions regarding the grant application process or to discuss your application, please email localsportfunding@viaSport.ca 

What organizations are eligible?        

Applications may be submitted by organizations that are:

  • Non-profit local sport organizations
  • Non-profit local sport organizations, which exist for the sole purpose of serving underrepresented populations and have well-established sport programming. Underserved populations include Indigenous peoples, girls & women, LGBTQ+, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and newcomers to Canada or refugees.

All organizations must be located in British Columbia and focus on sport delivery at the local or community level. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a B.C. registered society or CRA charity number. For-profit organizations and those with a provincial scope of delivery are not eligible, including viaSport’s funded Provincial Sport, Disability Sport, Multi-Sport and Regional Alliance partners. 

Canada West All Area Passes Application Form for the 2020-21 Season

Canada West All Area Passes Application Form for the 2020-21 Season

The following list of members (by club) have been approved for a CWSAA All Areas Pass for the 2020-21 season.  These members need to complete the online waiver and upload their pass photo as soon as possible.  Links to the waiver and photo uploader are found below the list of approved names along with instructions on using the online waiver signing application.

!!! If you feel any names are in errors or  are missing, contact Keven Dubinsky immediately !!!

Black Dogs Ski Club: 
Lauren Koper, Mike Koper

Fernie Alpine Ski Team:
Dylan Timm, Ewan Carter, Liam Vanhooren, Kaleb Barnum, Brett Christie, Rod Timm, Tyler Werry

Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club:
Katarina Kaludjercic, Mackenzie Themens, Mila Plavsic, Nelson Fretenburg, Alek Hristov, Cole Macdougall, Dylan Stevens, Noel Airoldi, Seungbin Song, Dustin Koepke

Okanagan Ski Team:
Marcus Athans, Ella Mills, Lauren Clancy, Aaron Leaman, Heming Sola, Logan Leach, Oliver Young, Derek Trussler

Prince George Ski Club:
Charlotte Gibson, Melinda Kobasiuk

Red Mountain Racers:
Soleil Patterson

Sasquatch Mtn Ski Club:
Nate Rohwer

Sun Peaks Alpine Club:
Brynn Applegath, Liam Applegath, Euan Currie, Talyn Lorimer, Micah Schwirtlich, Daimion Applegath, Wade Rettie

Vernon Ski Club:
Rane Smith, Gerrit Van Soest

Whistler Mountain Ski Club:
Gemma Bexton, Alyssa Emery, Freya Jumonville, Emeline Bennett, Isabella Cross, Sloane Goldberg, Sara Stiel, Meagan Doiron, Nathan Romanin, Lukas Forssander, Curtis Jepsen, Tait Jordan, Jack Morrow, Hayden Harley, John Nicolls, Matthias Shorter, Adam Usher, Chase Burns, Duncan Ross, Sascha Gilbert, Callum Clarke, Kosuke Akita, Ryuji Gaman, Holly Clarke, Sam Fuller, Richard Jagger, Conrad Pridy, Gigi Kranjc

Windermere Valley Ski Club:
Gavin Donald

STEP 1: Digital Waiver – LINK

CWSAA is excited to be partnering with 1Risk again on the digital waiver for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Tips on filling out the digital waiver:

The digital form is best filled out on a hand held device.  If using a PC to fill out the form, the web browser must be either Chrome or Fire Fox.  Not adaptable with Internet Explorer.

With the digital form, it’s assuming you are of legal age or the parent/guardian signing on behalf of the minor.  

The first part of the form is where the legal age athlete or parent/guardian must initial that they have read the following:
(The signee can either use their finger to initial or the mouse cursor if using a PC.  Can not type in their initials.)

  • Information on Competitor Pass Program & Alpine Responsibility Code
  • Assumption of Risks
  • Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Risks Agreement 
  • Ski Area Operator Day Pass Exclusion of Liability
  • Waiver Progress Information:  this is where the legal age athlete or parent/guardian enter in their personal information
    • at the bottom of the page, please remember to select one of the following options:
      • I am an Adult with no minors to sign for
      • I am an Adult that will be participating and have Minors to sign for
      • I am an Adult Guardian (not participating) signing for minors 
        • be redirected to fill in information for a minor

STEP 2: Photo Upload – LINK

Please remember that CWSAA requires that you filling your affiliation as “BC Alpine” not your ski club as they categorize the passes by provincial governing body and do not know which one each club belongs to. This will help sort all the photos more efficiently and lead to less delays that may occur if your club name is used.

Reminder – Photos must meet the following guidelines:

  • Photos must be in a jpeg format
  • Photos must be taken against a plain white or lightly coloured background
  • The photo must be taken 5 to 6 feet from the person
  • The lighting must be uniform to avoid shadows across the face
  • No hats or sunglasses/goggles
  • The photos must show a full front view of the face and top of the shoulders squared to the camera

Event / Training Sanction requests – a reminder to BC Alpine clubs

Event / Training Sanction requests – a reminder to BC Alpine clubs

While most of the events your club hosts likely fall under our Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance coverage, some events may require some additional due diligence in order be sanctioned.

External Venues Requiring COI

Most events or activities using external venues, such as fundraisers at conference centers or restaurants, or participating in physical training at a gymnastics club, will have the venue operator request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) which can take up to two weeks to obtain and cost $30. The form is easy to fill out and is available in our Registration / Insurance & Sanction files at https://bcalpine.com/files/Event_Files/Insurance_and_Sanction_Forms/

Travel Outside of Canada

If traveling outside of Canada, groups or individuals must complete the Out of Country Training Sanction prior to departure to gain sanctioning for their trip. This form, like the request for COI also takes about two weeks to obtain

Is the activity approved?

Even if your event is in-country and doesn’t take place in a venue that requests a COI, other considerations still need to be addressed. BC clubs are reminded that prior to partaking in events that are not covered by the Alpine Canada / Canadian Snowsports Association pre-approved dryland training activities, they must first obtain verification from Ashlie at Alpine Canada via email to verify that the activity will be allowable under our CGL coverage. In the email request to Ashlie, please be sure to include specific details about the activity, when and where it will take place and who is conducting it.

At the time of writing this, the official list of CSA published acceptable dryland activities includes: 

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Canoeing / Kayaking (excluding white-water)
  • Nordic walking and Nordic walking activities
  • Roller-skiing: (helmets mandatory; wrists guards, pads recommended)
    • only as a training activity that includes coach-organized and directed individual time trials
  • Rollerblading
  • Road cycling
    • only as a training activity as prescribed by a coach or sports science regardless of the type of bike used in that activity
  • Mountain biking (off the road “mountain biking” training activities)
    • third party coverage ONLY which means that there is insurance coverage if the athlete runs into and is sued by a hiker on the trail
    • NO second party coverage (there is no coverage when the athlete gets injured and sues the coach or another athlete for negligence in suggesting that the athlete train on that trail
  • Recreational cycling (road bikes) is covered when done only as a supervised training activity in group.
  • Organized games (i.e.. soccer, hill/track intervals, weight and resistance training properly supervised)
  • Off-season glacier skiing as part of controlled training
  • Back Country Skiing and Overnight Camping (requires specific CSA approval with designated leader with suitable qualifications)

Excluded activities:

  • Recreational biking (mountain biking) of athletes/members (bike parks, etc. as individuals)
  • Competitive biking (any type of bike) for events or time trials
  • Mountain climbing / Rock climbing (considered a high risk activity)
  • Waterskiing / Wakeboarding / Parasailing / White-water Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Paintball
  • Rock Climbing

If you have any questions about this or would like assistance, please contact Keven Dubinsky at kevend@bcalpine.com or 604-678-3074.

Join us in welcoming Montana Molyneux to BC Alpine and BC Ski Team Staff

Join us in welcoming Montana Molyneux to BC Alpine and BC Ski Team Staff

After an extensive search that saw a number of applicants from across the globe, and much interest from within Canada, especially BC, BC Alpine is pleased to announce the hiring of Montana Molyneux as BC Ski Team Assistant Coach.  

Originally from Inglewood, Ontario and the Caledon Ski Club, and now residing in Fernie, BC, Molyneux is no stranger to ski racing in British Columbia. She has been actively involved in coaching in the province for the last ten years, starting at the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club, before moving to the Sun Peaks Alpine Club where she served as Program Director for four seasons. More recently Montana was U16 Head Coach with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, and in 19/20 worked for Alpine Canada as an Assistant Coach with the Para-Alpine Team. Montana has also been an important part of BC Alpine’s Girls Fast Forward camps and webinars for the past three seasons. 

“I’m very happy we were able to hire Montana”, said Head Coach Nick Cooper. “The energy she will bring, and the wide range of coaching experience she has, make her the ideal candidate for this role. I know I speak for our whole group when I say we are all excited to get to work with Montana, and we look forward to seeing what she will bring to this team”.

Montana will start with the BC Ski Team immediately, and plans to join the team in Whistler next week for their second dryland camp of the summer. When asked about the new job, Montana said “I’ve always wanted to be part of a team that truly embodies hard work and commitment. This crew is one of those teams. I’m excited to contribute in every way I can, while continuing to learn and grow with the BC Ski Team.” 

“Montana has been working her tail off in BC since she landed here”, said BC Alpine VP Johnny Crichton. “Her passion and work ethic fit perfectly with the BC Ski Team and we are very lucky to sign her! No question some outstanding BC coaches applied for this job, and with this coaching talent in the pipeline, the future looks bright for BC!”