COVID-19

Covid 19 Regulations and how we see it working in 2021

Cairngorm Ski Club is working hard to keep all our trainees, coaches, parents and volunteers safe. It is important to us that we share our Covid19 procedures, so everyone can be clear of our policies before booking.

  • All trainees required to sign in with CSC Track and Trace
  • Start, Lunch and Pick up times will be staggered to avoid crowding
  • All coaches will be required to maintain 2m distance with trainees and other coaches, as far as is reasonably possible.
  • All 12+ trainees must maintain 2m distance at lunch and meeting times.
  • If a trainee shows any Covid19 symptoms, they must NOT attend training sessions and will NOT be refunded (same as any other illness)
  • If a trainee is asked to self-isolate as a result of being contracted by Track and Trace, they must NOT attend training, but WILL be refunded on production of evidence.
  • If a trainee lives in a Level 4 area, by law they must NOT travel to Level 1 or 2 for training (exercise), but WILL be refunded for sessions missed.
  • If a trainee lives in a Level 3 area, they are allowed to travel for outdoor exercise (U18 only). If they choose not to attend sessions, they will NOT be refunded.
  • Coaches are allowed to travel for work purposes between different levels and will continue to do so.
  • CSC cannot be held responsible for any other costs associated with Covid19, for example season pass refunds if a trainee cannot attend sessions

Please refer to the Government guidelines as they are constantly changing https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Covid Updates from Snowsport Scotland

Cairngorm Ski Club risk assessment for Cairngorm Mountain

Amanda Shepherd, Development Officer and CSC Covid Officer  amanda.shepherd@cairngormskiclub.co.uk

The Important Stuff (or small print) for 2021

ALL GROUP INFORMATION – THIS IS HOW WE SEE THINGS WORKING IN 20121 BUT IT COULD CHANGE AS THE GOVERNMENT BRINGS IN NEW GUIDELINES. PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING.

PRE-SESSION – Trainees will be allocated to their coaches by e-mail on the Thursday evening prior to each training weekend.

REGISTRATION – On arrival at Cairngorm trainees should register with their respective coaches by the CSC Flags at the old Ski School meeting point below the bridge and behind the Day Lodge (See Map).

Trainees must be ready to ski and have lift passes, lunch bags and wearing CSC Jackets. Each training group will then remain in their own coaching bubble for the rest of the day.

Bairn’s groups meet at 8.30 am; Alpine and Pro-Ski groups at 9 am. Adult groups immediately afterwards.

LUNCH – Lunches for Bairns will be held at staggered times at the Shieling. Parents are requested not to meet their children for these lunch sessions.

Lunches for Pro-ski and Alpine groups will be held at staggered times in the Shieling. Parents are requested not to meet their children for these lunch sessions.  Trainees over 12 must practice social distancing whilst in the Shieling.

We have exclusive use of the Shieling on the understanding that we clean and disinfect after each use. There will be a rota for club members to do this.

PICK-UP – Coaches will return the trainees to the original pick-up points. Adult groups 2.45 pm; Bairns at 3 pm; Older Groups 3.30pm. These are staggered to avoid overcrowding so please don’t be late!

PARENTS– In the case that no indoor facilities are available during the day, parents who are not skiing or do not intend to remain in the immediate vicinity will be required to notify the club in advance (through WebCollect) and indicate how they would wish for their child to be transported should the mountain close early or in the event of an accident. They must be contactable all day, be within a short drive away and preferably also have a secondary emergency contact person on the hill.

EQUIPMENT – Please ensure that all equipment fits and is in good shape prior to training (sounds like an obvious one but we have had folks turn up to find that boots don’t fit any more and spend the morning in Ski Hire).

NO HELMET – NO SKI

CLOTHING – It can be bitterly cold so please ensure all athletes are appropriately dressed for the conditions. Lots of layers. Ski Club Jackets are strongly encouraged for team identity.

PACKED LUNCH & BACK PACK – Packed lunches (and anything else that will be required for the day) will be taken out with trainees in the morning. When conditions allow we will use the Shieling at the mid station as a base for the day and generally to eat lunch.

BAD WEATHER – It does happen that on occasion the mountain will be closed due to bad weather. We will either transfer training to the Lecht or provide dry-land training alternatives (typically at Glenmore Lodge). Announcements regarding these will be made as soon as we can on our
Facebook Pages ‘Cairngorm Ski Club’ and ‘Cairngorm Ski Club – Members Group’ and be pinned to the top of these pages. We will endeavour to make a decision about the following weekend’s training by Thursday evening although sometimes we may have to change plans on the morning of training.

COMMUNICATION – We will endeavour to make a decision about the following weekends training using weather forecasts on Thursday evening. The main forecasts we use are Mountain Weather Information Service   and for longer-term forecasts Snow-Forecast.com. If the forecast is marginal we will delay the decision until Friday or, in a worst-case scenario, even very early Saturday or Sunday morning. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook Page.

FEEDBACK – The coaches will endeavour to speak with each parent at the end of each session to offer feedback. Please feel free to approach the coach or Coaching Trustee for feedback at anytime. If you wish to discuss any other aspect of the programme or the club at anytime please also feel free to speak with either myself, any coach or any other committee member. The most important thing to us is that our trainees have fun so if there is a problem please tell us and we will do our best to fix it.

VIDEO ANALYSIS & PHOTOGRAPHY – We will again use video analysis, we propose to publish these for athletes and parents to review on youtube with links from our Facebook page and website. The videos will not be private but will be “unlisted” so you will only be able to find them if you have the link or from our channel. Also we will take photographs of athletes whilst training and those who medal at events etc. for our own purposes and for the purposes of promoting the club. If you have any objection to any of this then please let us know by writing to secretary@cairngormskiclub.co.uk

TRAINING FEES As we are sure you are aware the club is run by volunteers and employs some of the best quality coaches. Our training programme is heavily subsidised by the fundraising activities of the club (normally to the tune of between £3,000 and £8,000 per year). In order to attract quality coaches, we need to offer them secure employment. We, therefore, operate on the basis that if we train (on snow or dry land) you pay unless prior agreement is obtained from the Coaching Trustee (myself). Please also contact me in the event of injury or illness. If an athlete is not to attend training for any reason then it would be great if you would let us know so we are not waiting or looking out for them, however, you would still be expected to pay for the session.

If you have any queries please drop me an email coaching@cairngormskiclub.co.uk and I will be happy to reply or give you a call.

Angus Ritchie, Coaching Trustee