Our ski season ended far too abruptly and too early for all members of the Mont Tremblant Ski Club. Over the past week, I have had conversations with many people, from the most alarmist to the most optimistic. For a few days, we were still hoping to be able to put on our ski boots and skis before the snow disappeared, but with the latest information, this seems like a more and more remote possibility. Unless you have a ski slope in your backyard and you can install a chair lift (or use a ski-doo!), it seems as though we will have to wait a few months before being able to once again enjoy the pleasures of skiing (Station Mont-Tremblant is asking us to not access the slopes).
Several items were left unresolved. Below are some clarifications regarding some of these items but additional details will be shared in the coming weeks.
-Missed training days: This subject will be discussed at the next CSMT board meeting in April
-Uncompleted volunteer days: This subject will be discussed at the next CSMT board meeting in April (those registered for the Eastern Championships will be attributed their volunteer days)
-Return of U14 and U16 bibs: We will be installing a mail slot at the chalet of the Ski Club in the coming weeks. Ideally, the bibs will be dropped off there, otherwise they can be sent by mail to the club’s address.
-Jackets for next season: Orders must be placed this spring for next season. We are waiting to hear from the Magasin de la Place regarding the procedure for placing orders (by phone and online) and deadlines.
-Spring Camp: Project put on hold.
-Selection camp (on snow): Possibly postponed until next November.
-Selection camp (physical evaluation day): Date to be determined later in May or June *.
-Spring physical evaluation day for ALL ATHLETES-MEMBERS (New project of the Alpine Committee): Date to be determined later in May or June *.
-End of Season Recognition Event: Initially scheduled for April 4, possibly postponed to May or June, not canceled for the time being *
-CSMT Golf Tournament scheduled for June (New project): Postponed
(* We are considering the possibility of organizing a “Super Weekend” (non race!) which would combine several activities, obviously depending on how the situation evolves).
I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the great season that the Ski Club had before this sudden ending. Over the past 2 years, the members of the CSMT have worked to establish a mission statement, a vision and a set of values for the club. Over the past 5 years, our head coach has put together a great team of coaches and programs to help each athlete reach his full potential. Over the past few years, the board and the committees that have been put into place have helped the club evolve as a whole. I am confident that all of these efforts have helped elevate the club to a whole new level of excellence. This winter, I was PARTICULARLY impressed with the level of improvement shown by EACH ATHLETE over the season. Regardless of the program chosen, the bar has been raised in an impressive manner. The performance of our young athletes who qualified for the Provincial and National Championships in all age groups (in unprecedented numbers) is only one example of the level of excellence of the club. There were many other athletes who could have qualified and others who made remarkable progress and whose work ethic was impeccable. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL for your commitment. By pursuing these values of respect, effort and rigor, commitment and sportsmanship, we will all continue to rise up!!!
It goes without saying that I must acknowledge the parents who contributed to the club, not only by “delivering their children on time” in the morning (even if certain young people found a way to get lost and to arrive late at the meeting point), but also for all of the volunteer days that you have completed this season in order to help us, once again this year, host races that were, according to feedback from the DTs (technical directors) “RIGHT ON THE MARK” ! THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS.
We have several parent members at the CSMT who are health care professionals. I would like to extend a special thank you to these parents, who are directly on the front lines, for all of their sacrifices and efforts to help us get through this period of uncertainty for all.
It is during challenging times like these that we hope to inspire our youth to be strong and resilient. Take care of yourself and your families, stay active and healthy in body and spirit … We all hope to see each other in person again soon.
Wishing everyone a great Spring season!
Club de ski Mont Tremblant
1000 chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC, J8E 1T1
Excellence in Ski racing, Champions in Life / Excellence en ski de compétition, champion dans la vie