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COVID-19 SkiSparks Guidelines and Procedures
SkiSparks will look different this year, but many things will remain the same. Rental skis will be available at many club locations. Kids will play games and receive instruction from trained coaches. Scholarships are available for membership and equipment fees. Together we will empower kids to be joyful, confident winter enthusiasts. Our focus remains on lifelong health, accessibility and fun.
Some changes you will notice:
- Most SkiSparks clubs will be capped at 60 skiers.
- All families and volunteers will sign a health and safety pledge upon registration.
- Clubs will not have group snacks. No indoor group time.
- Face coverings are required.
- Clubs will be divided into small groups of 10-20 skiers and employ staggered starts.
- Skiers and volunteers will need to pass a health screening at club check-in.
- Level 1 skiers (4&5 year olds) must have a caregiver with them at all times. The caregiver can be on or off skis.
- All adults skiing with the group must be registered volunteers (including caregivers of level 1 skiers).
We are skiing in public places that belong to everyone. SkiSparks procedures will be put in place not only to keep skiers and volunteers safe, but also in consideration of the public who will be on the trails at the same time as our skiers. We never know when someone is around who has underlying health conditions that make them especially susceptible. We need to all work together, take care of each other and focus on public health and well-being this winter.
SkiSparks COVID-19 Procedures Summary (updated 1/15/21)
General SkiSparks Guidelines
- Face coverings must be worn by skiers, volunteers and caregivers at all times while at the facility during club time.
- Level 1 skiers (4-5 year old) can not be excluded from activity if they do not wear their mask properly. We can encourage them to try their best.
- All SkiSparks Clubs will be divided into groups no larger than 25 (skiers + volunteers).
- Groups will have staggered start time and/or different meeting locations to keep them separate from other groups.
- 4 Skiers:1 Coach Ratio
- If your club does not meet the 4:1 ratio prior to the first club meeting, we will communicate to club members that we will need to continue online instruction for the club.
- All participants and volunteers will follow the Health and Safety Pledge.
- Lessons will be available online on the MYSL SkiSparks YouTube Channel.
When You Arrive
- Leaders will communicate with you about the specific time and place your skier should check-in.
- To help skiers maintain distance while waiting for everyone to check in, cones or another physical marker will indicate 6’ of spacing.
- Skiers and volunteers must pass a health screening.
- Skiers in level 2-6 should be independent with carrying equipment and putting it on.
- Each Level 1 skier should have a caregiver present in their group as a registered volunteer.
- Caregivers should not congregate at the check-in area. After your skier is checked in, please leave the area immediately unless you are a registered volunteer.
- You cannot arrive at the check-in area more than 5 minutes before your assigned time.
During Club Time
- Coaches will choose activities that can be done with no contact between skiers.
- Groups must remain at least 12’ from other groups.
- No clubs can use indoor space for group gatherings.
- No group snack.
- All skiers must have a caregiver within 10 minutes of the facility for the duration of the club meeting.
When You Leave
- A caregiver must meet the skier at the designated check-out location and time.
- Skiers and volunteers will work to maintain 6’ of distance.
- After the caregiver is reunited with their skier, please refrain from socializing in the meeting area and leave the check-out area quickly.
- Face coverings can only be removed once you are in your vehicle.
If you have a concern about these procedures or need to report non-compliance, please contact Chrissy Snider, email@example.com or 651-399-7165.
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth and Adults
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Department of Health Outdoor Recreation, Facilities and Public Guidelines
- CDC Guidelines for Daily Activities and Going Out: Play Sports
Further MyXC documentation