News and Announcements

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Hello GKHAT families,

Having come off another successful race event which could not have been done without the help of volunteers, we are looking to get a few more folks signed up for the Level 1 officiating course.

GKHAT has the long term goal of hosting official zone races. In order to achieve this goal, we need a volunteers that are trained in running an officiating a ski race. Now is a good time to sign up for this. At no cost to you, we will be able to offer you the Level One Officials Course. We will need at least six participants for this to happen!

On Friday March 17, Mark Shwenk, the BC Alpine Officials Chair, is available to come to Golden to teach this three hour course. We expect to offer this on the afternoon or early evening.

The location for this course has not been finalized. However, it will be help in town on Friday March 17 starting at 5:30 pm and run for approximately three hours.

Follow this link in order to sign up. Having more volunteers trained in officiating increases the likelihood of achieving our goal of hosting the zone race next season.

Ryan Ford
GKHAT Head Coach

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GOLDEN KICKING HORSE ALPINE TEAM

Nancy Greene Ski League Race
GOLDEN B.C
Saturday March 11

Our Annual GKHAT Club Championships wrap up race is this Saturday March 11th. New this year is a move to a Dual Slalom format for the event. Single Elimination Dual Ladders will be randomly seeded in each Gender and U category (U6, U8, U10, U12, U14).

This means that athletes will race the dual and the winner will move on to the next round. Since the focus of the day is on FUN, athletes not moving on to the next round in the dual ladder will continue to run the dual in fun heats until the final round of the dual is complete.

In order to make lapping the course quick the dual will be set below Catamount mid-station.
Coaches and tailgunners will circulate the chair with their race day coaching groups. After the first round or two, athletes remaining in the race dual will always jump to the front of the line of the dual course. Those in each age group moving on to the next round will make the next ride up with a designated tailgunner, while the coach and most tailgunners stays with the main group.

We also are encouraging parents to jump in and do some fun heats in the dual either with other parents, with their kids, coaches or anybody they want! Maximize the fun factor!
Also in the spirit of maximizing the fun factor we encourage parents and athletes to DRESS UP crazy and fun. Either don a costume or just decorate your helmet with some fun things. Just make sure costumes are skiing friendly and don’t have dangly parts that may get caught in chairlifts and stuff.

Awards will be presented at the wind up banquet. The banquet is at the Rec Plex the evening of Saturday March 11. The Rec Plex is located at 1310 9th Street South.

All GKHAT athletes are automatically registered for the race. Please fill in the form if your athlete will not be at the race.

Race Schedule

8:15 am – Set up crew load Catamount
8:40 am – All athletes meet coaches outside yurt
8:50 am – All groups head to the Catamount chair to load at 9am.
9:05 – 9:30 am – Course inspection
9:45-10:00 am – Race begins. Dual runs will start with the youngest age groups and proceed through round 1 of each group before starting round 2 of the ladder and so on.
2:00 pm – Estimated time for tear down.

Lunch breaks will be taken with groups staggering their lunches. The youngest athletes will go first. While the yurt may be open to the club, please be aware that you will need to be out of the yurt at the end of the day. Remember to pack snacks with your athlete.

Banquet Schedule

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Greeting socialize
6:30 – 7:30 pm – dinner
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Awards
Cost is $20 per family. There is a cash bar with beer and wine.
Food is pizza from Red Tomato Pies and potlock salad and desert.

We hope everyone is as excited as we are for this event. Our goal is to turn up the fun factor as much as possible for this event and to light the fires of competition and team spirit within our athletes.

Thanks and we’ll see you there!

Ryan Ford

Head Coach
Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team

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As a further clarification to the March 12 coaching day, there is no GKHAT on Sunday, March 12 for the Development Athletes (this is all the athletes in the regular 12 week program). All these athletes will have their final regular day on snow at the club championship race on March 11th.

We have a bonus weekend offered that you may sign your U8 athlete up for to make up for one of the weekends missed in December. We thank all families in understanding that due to lack of early snow and our need to provide a safe program some of our younger athletes missed out on their 12th day on snow.

Please do register for the U8 make up weekend by following this link.

Pizza Order: In order to ensure that you are able to receive pizza at the banquet, please be sure to submit complete this form and submit your request via the banquet form. All submission must be completed by end of day Tuesday , March 7.

Regards,
GKHAT

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Hi Everyone,

Please, please, please! Do read this entire email and take the necessary actions. The actions are:

Read below for details about:

  • Sunday Mar 12, GKHAT day
  • Vest/jacket returns

Volunteering
We are 5 days away from our last club event of the 2017 season and still have many volunteer positions to fill. Thank you to everyone who has already committed to a race position. The following race positions need to be filled in order for us to run the event on Saturday:

  • U8 tail gunners (7 – please sign up online if you plan on skiing with your child’s group).
  • Set up crew (3)
  • Start Marshall’s (2)
  • Gate Keepers (4)
  • Course crew (2-3)
  • Finish marshals (2)

We are looking forward to ending the season with one final event for all of our athletes. Unfortunately, we will not be able to run an event if these positions are not filled. We need the help of ALL of our families, so please help us end the 2017 GKHAT season with a bang.

We also have a a great off snow volunteer position open as well. We are looking for lunch for our volunteers, so please let us know if you are able to whip up a big soup, stew, chili or other lunch option. Email volunteer.coordinator@gkhat.ca if this is something you can take on.

Race Day Registration
Ryan has a very exciting plan for all the kids. The idea is to try something new and have something that should be friendly for the U6 athletes. In order to pull it off, we really really need you to let us know if you athlete will (or will not) be attending.

Sunday Mar 12, GKHAT day
Please be aware that there will NOT be any training on Sunday March 12. The wind up party is Saturday night and the Saturday kids will not be receiving any training on Saturday March 11. This will ensure that both groups receive the same number of coaching days.

Vest/Jacket Returns
Please be sure to return your vests either by bringing them to the Banquet, or by returning them Saturday after the race at the yurt.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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Hello again GKHAT families,

As a reminder, please do review the last communication regarding events and registrations located at this URL.

Volunteers for GKHAT Championship
As previously communicated, we have a race in a less than ten days. As a result, we URGENTLY need volunteers to sign up. While this race is a club race, and thus there may be less attendees, we do want to ensure a quality experience for the athletes.
Please review the positions and sign up for on. Do remember that even if you wish to be a tail gunner, please remember to sign up. This will help us to distribute parents to other roles.
The volunteer signup form is located here.

Final Race Timings
For the many parents that are looking to see what the final race times were like, we have posted the final times on the GKHAT website. You can find the results in the document section or simply follow this link.

Thank you again,
GKHAT