News and Announcements

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Hello GKHAT Parents,

Having just successfully completed the GKHAT Nancy Greene race with the awesome help from the parents and the great work by the entire coaching team, we are now into March.
With March being final month of GKHAT, it is no surprise that we have a VERY busy few weeks ahead of us. Please be sure to review all items that require action below. Do be aware that we will be asking for volunteers

Be aware that the deadline for a number of these is very close and will require that you review and respond quickly.

GKHAT Club Championships: Saturday, March 11

Our last GKHAT event of the year is right around the corner. Your child will be in the same race day group they were in for the Nancy Greene Race. Please see the link below for all group lists AND to confirm your athletes participation in the last race of the 2017 season.

To register, follow this link.

Please be aware that we will be requiring volunteers to help make this event a success.

GKHAT Annual Award Banquet and Vest Return: March 11

Join GKHAT Team Members and their family to celebrate the 2017 Ski Season!
Saturday, March 11 at 6 pm. Mount 7 Rec Plex (1310 9th Street South)

Based on your RVSP, we will pizza from Red Tomato Pies in advanced and/or families can bring a potluck item to share. Pizza can be paid for with cash at the door. Cost is $20 per family. Deadline to submit order is Tuesday, March 7th. Juice/Water available for all. Cash bar, serving beer and wine will be available for the adults.

To RSVP, please click this link.

U8 Make-up Weekend: March 18 or 19

We will hold one bonus weekend for U8 athletes who’s first days were cancelled in December.
For U8’s only on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19th. If you are registered for one day each weekend you can sign up for one of these days and if you are registered for both days each weekend you can register for both.

Please be aware that no other weekends will be offered. Weather and conditions dependent.

Click and follow this link to register.

2017 Spring Camps: March 21/22 or March 28/29

We will host two spring camps this year on Tuesday-Wednesday March 21-22, and on Tuesday-Wednesday March 28-29. Fun skiing and training in the spring time sun!
Follow this link to register.

Level 1 Officials: March 17

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.

If you are interested and able to attend, please fill out the form located at this link.

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This email contains information on:

  • Parent responsibilities
  • Remaining volunteer positions
  • Ski tuning night

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR RACES

Mini GKHAT: Please note that any mini who is participating in the race needs to have a parent/guardian skiing with them; the mini’s need a one-to-one ratio. Thus, one parent will need to be with your child for the entire day. As a parent/guardian, you will to cycle with the athlete from the finish coral back up to the start coral after run #1, and then collect them after run #2 at the finish coral.

U8 Ski Groups: Each race group will require 2 volunteers (tail gunners). These volunteers will remain with the group for the entire day. All other parents may volunteer for other options for the entire day. Tail gunners will cycle the skiers from the finish coral back up to the start coral after run #1 and collect them at the finish coral after run #2.

U10 Race Day Groups: Each of these groups will require 1 volunteer tail gunner from that group to collect skiers at the finish line. All other parents can volunteer for other positions. Volunteers for this position will only be required while the U10 group is racing (afternoon) Thus, you can volunteer for the morning.

U12 Race Day Groups: These groups will not require any volunteers. Thus, you can volunteer with other positions throughout the day.

If your athlete is not attending, it is important to communicate this to us. Please use the race groups form. or email Ryan at headcoach@gkhat.ca

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

We are running a race for almost 200 racers (our club and visiting clubs) AND ensuring our 134 athletes cycle safely throughout race day. As such we need to have our parents either on the race course or skiing with our kids. Thank you for helping us give our athletes a great race day experience.

Updates for race course volunteer positions:

We still NEED the following positions filled to run a race this weekend.

  • 1 gate keeper
  • 2 start time recorders

Please note: any mini who is participating in the race needs to have a parent/guardian skiing with them.

For more details on the race day, refer to this link.-
For more details on volunteer positions, please refer to this link.

SKI TUNING NIGHT IN THE YURT!

Our Nancy Greene race is fast approaching, so if you are looking to learn about ski tuning, improve your technique, learn how to use those fancy tools you got, and get some hands-on experience and guidance this is the night for you! Ryan will be in the yurt Friday Feb 24 after skiing (3:30pm) to teach and help you out. If you have some tools, bring them and your own skis. If you don’t have tools but want to try it out, the club has some tools you can use.

If you are interested email Ryan at headcoach@gkhat.ca to let him know you’ll be there.

Thank you,
The GKHAT Club

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Hello GKHAT families,

GKHAT is an not-for-profit organization that promotes safe and fun skiing. We are run by volunteers. To ensure that our club works well, we require the input of all families. You can help by volunteering at club events such as the GKHAT Nancy Greene Race and by attending the up-coming AGM.

Please do take the time to stick around and attend the GKHAT AGM on Saturday, Feb 18 at 3:30 pm. We will be meeting at the GKHAT yurt. For more information, click this link

Following the GKHAT AGM, you may want to head down to spirit square in town to attend the Masque Parade. It’s a ton of fun!

GKHAT

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GKHAT Nancy Greene Ski Race
Our Annual GKHAT Nancy Greene Ski League Race is coming up Sunday Feb 26th! We hope you are as excited as we are. Below is some general information about how the day will proceed and a schedule that is usually approximately accurate.

U6 and U8 Athletes will have their race in the morning. After that race is complete, the course will be reset and U10/U12s will race in the afternoon. In the morning U10/U12 athletes will warm up with their coaches, take an early lunch and be ready for course inspection around noon. U6 and U8 athletes will go right away with their coaches and tail-gunning volunteers to course inspection and then have two race runs. Coaches will remain at the start gate during the race, so volunteer tail-gunners will be responsible to deliver athletes back to the top of the second run. At the end of the second run Coaches will go in with their athletes to lunch. U6/8 Coaches and tail-gunners will continue to ski with their groups for the afternoon until 2:30 or the race is finished and parent volunteers are free.

If you haven’t already checked out the volunteer sign-up you can do so with this link

On race day the yurt is the race office- athletes and families must plan to use the day-lodge for lunch, storage, etc. Volunteers & Coaches will be the only people using the yurt on race day.

As usual, be aware that you should provide you child with snacks for the day. Timings noted below are estimates. As a result, it is possible that lunch may be later (or earlier) than listed below.

All GKHAT athletes are automatically registered for the race. Please follow this link and complete the form here to indicate if your athlete will be attending or not.

8:40 am – All athletes meet coaches outside yurt
8:50 am – all U6 and U8 groups head to the Catamount chair to load at 9:00 am. U10’s and up will warm up skiing with coaches.
9:15-9:45 Course inspection for U6s and U8s
10:00 – U6/8 race begins. Athletes will each get two runs through the course. After the first run Volunteer parents will bring them to the bottom and then immediately back up the Start again for their second run.

Course is reset for the afternoon

12:00-12:30 – Course inspection for U10, U12, U14, and Special Olympics
12:45 – Race begins. Athletes will get two runs through the course. Athletes are expected to come back up the chair for their second run immediately following their first.
Awards will follow the afternoon race as soon as possible. Approximately 3:00-3:30 pm.

Lake Louise Nancy Greene Race
In other news, there is one more Nancy Greene away race coming up!
If you are interested in attending the Nancy Greene Ski League race in Lake Louise March 4-5 fill out the form accessed by this link.

Ryan Ford
Head Coach
Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team

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Hello GKHAT Families,

Please continue reading to the end for information about volunteering for our Nancy Greene Race.

Reminders

  • You can purchase high quality GKHAT ski jackets at a great price. The cut off date for submitting is Tuesday, Feb 14 (Valentines day). It’s pretty cool to see all the kids when they are dressed as a team and it helps to build team spirit. Click this link for more information.
  • The AGM is on this Saturday, Feb 18 at 3:30 pm. Please do come to the GKHAT yurt at 3:30 pm to attend. Check this announcement.

Volunteering
We have been working hard to get ready for our upcoming Nancy Greene Race on Feb. 26, and now need your help.
The logistics of this race are quite different from those of our first festival event. First of all, this is an official race event, and this changes the nature and importance of many of our race positions. Secondly, no matter your volunteer position you will see your skier on course. Lastly, things are going to happen quite quickly once our first racer comes out of the start gate. There are 44 volunteer race course positions required to run this race and ensure all of our skiers have a fabulous day. Please take a minute to sign up for a position via the sign up form below.

In the two links below you will find:

  1. The race day groups for all skiers. This has been provided to you here to make the athlete drop off on race morning more efficient and to allow for tail gunner sign up on the volunteer form.
  2. The volunteer sign up for our NG Race.

After reviewing both links please,

  1. Complete the form to indicate to indicate if you skier will or will not be participating in the race by Sunday, February 19. For each of your athletes, complete this form.
  2. Sign up for a volunteer position. We need the help of all of our families to run this race and make it fabulous! Sign up here.
  • After course inspection, coaches will be staying at the top of the race course until the end of the second run. This means we will be relying on our tail gunners to cycle skiers from the finish coral back up to the start after the first run, AND collect the skiers for coaches at the bottom of the race course after the second run.

Thank you in advance for helping us run a great Nancy Greene Race!
If you have any questions please email volunteer.coordinator@gkhat.ca.