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Important 2020-2021 Season Update

Dear Trakkers:

After much consideration as to what we are able to offer that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable, and based on the responses from the survey we sent out in September, we have decided that we are not able to offer bus trips this season. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to suspend club activities for the 2020-2021 season until further notice.

We have made this decision after carefully considering:

  • The safety of our members: Advice surrounding the modes and risk of transmission of COVID-19 in indoor environments for long periods of time, such as on a bus, continues to evolve.
  • Comfort of trips: To comply with public health regulations, each ski resort is modifying its operations differently, including limited or no change rooms, limited ski rental capacity, and reducing the number of people inside chalets and the amount of time spent indoors. Arriving in a group means that the bus must be used as a hub, which runs counter to advice given from public health.
  • Value to members and financial impact to the club: Reducing the number of passengers on the bus to ensure appropriate social distancing significantly increases the cost of bus fare. We considered subsidizing the cost of buses in order to keep bus fares reasonable, but this is not financially responsible as we would need to significantly increase fees in the future to recuperate the lost revenue.
  • Logistics and feasibility: After much discussion of various options, including methods to minimize costs and restructuring, modifying and reducing club activities, we determined that other club offerings such as ski lessons, weekend trips, and social events were not feasible under the current situation.

The Board would rather weather the storm this year so that Trakkers can continue to operate in future years. We thank you for your support and ask for your cooperation and understanding during this time. We will continue to maintain our online presence until we are able to re-open membership next year.

In the meantime, we are developing an approach to foster community and online engagement, so please follow us on:

Yours truly,

Trakkers Board of Directors

October 2020 President’s Broadcast

Hello Trakkers!

I hope everyone had a very lovely Thanksgiving.

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey! We’ve had an amazing response rate and will use these responses to guide our approach to the season.

I am writing to let you know that your Board is working hard behind the scenes. We continue to actively monitor the situation carefully and only consider options that are safe, comfortable and enjoyable. While we gather information, membership will be kept closed. We want to ensure that we can offer a program that is of value to our members while following all public health guidelines and protocols to ensure a safe return to play.

Eager to get your skis on? Check out these ski swaps!

Please make sure to read carefully for how to ski swap safely this year.

Hardwood Ski and Bike Ski Swap 2020
October 17 to 25, 2020
More information: https://www.hardwoodskiandbike.ca/event/hardwood-ski-swap-2020

Highlands Nordic Dust ’em Off Ski Swap
October 31 to November 1, 2020
More information: https://highlandsnordic.ca/pro-shop

Gina Ang
President, Trakkers Cross Country Ski Club

Planning for 2020-2021 Season

Dear Trakkers,

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting us with unique challenges in planning for this upcoming ski season. Your board is meeting and working hard to explore all options. The number one priority is the safety and well-being of our members. Because we want to be able to offer ski trips that are enjoyable and safe, we have decided to delay opening up membership until we have more information.

We also want to get your opinion. We will be reaching out to you shortly with a survey.

Once we have gathered all the information available, including your feedback, you will be hearing from us about this winter. While it won’t look the same as past seasons, we hope the solutions we find will allow us to get outside together and enjoy winter.

Stay safe and thank you for your continued support and patience.

Please watch this space for more information.

Yours truly,
The Trakkers Executive