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Backup sites (metro area)
Procedure and schedule for using backup sites
Please make sure you understand the required ski passes for your backup location. MYSL is eligible for discounted season passes for coaches at some locations. Communicate clearly to all of your coaches and families if they will need to purchase ski passes and encourage them to come early and allow extra time for the line.
Don’t expect to meet inside at Elm Creek, but a table outside is fine. It is always a good idea to email the leader of the club who’s site you are moving to and ask questions about parking, lesson areas, good trails for beginners, etc. Contact information for each club leader can be found on the individual club websites.
Information and how to communicate to your club
Inform parents at the beginning of the season on your web site and through email where your backup site is and what time club will be.
When you move to your backup site, give families as much notice as possible through email and updating your club webpage. Encourage carpooling as parking will be an issue everywhere. Be very specific about where your club will be meeting and assume that the parents have never been to this location before.
Parents are not allowed to walk along with their skiers at snowmaking loops. At some trails this is acceptable (as long as the parent is not walking on the trails), but never allowed at snowmaking loops. Set the expectation early that everyone out on the trails with the kids MUST be on skis.
Trail etiquette to share with coaches
When we (the ski community) are restricted to the few kilometers of the metro snow making loops, we need to be extra aware of MYSL’s impact on trail use. We are very visible and easy to complain about.
Please never ski backwards on a trail (even if you are doing a drill). Drills need to be done in lesson areas or off of the trail.
Do not stop to talk to your group on a trail (this needs to be done before you start out or in a lesson area).
Avoid crossing over a trail (perpendicular to ski traffic) on foot or skis. Most trails are designed so this shouldn’t be necessary.
Please make sure parents on foot are not walking on ski trails (this means any groomed snow).
When skiing a distance, try to teach the kids to be single file. For safety, especially with younger kids, you should have an adult sweeping to prevent rear-end collisions.
Share the lesson areas. Be creative in using parcels.
Have a clear plan and communicate it to your kids/parents before you start out on a trail.
Have a sense of humor about it all!
Smiling and saying hi to other skiers also gives a great impression.