We are pleased to announce the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program will be running again in winter 2015 thanks to the continued support of Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy and his work with the CIBC Children’s Foundation, the Vancouver Island for Adaptive Snowsports, and Mount Washington Alpine Resort. This program takes thousands of local elementary students cross-country skiing each winter!
Read on for more information. See the registration form at the bottom.
Who can participate?
The program is offered to students in Elementary School.
What’s the program all about?
This year, it consists of three 2-hour sessions. Lessons are taught by certified instructors. Students are taught safety and the basics of XC skiing in a fun atmosphere. Classic skiing is always taught, and depending on the group dynamics, sometimes Skate skiing is also taught.
Parents and teachers are encouraged to participate in the program. The more the merrier, but we must have a minimum of two adults per class plus one as a chaperone inside the ski lodge. The schools have the responsibility of assigning adult chaperones.
How to prepare for the ski days?
On our end, we provide in-school orientations for local schools and comprehensive packages for distance schools. We hope this might help students be better prepared and perhaps more excited to ski outside of our program on their own time.
Are subsidies available?
As always, we have set aside some money for financially disadvantaged students or schools. Please indicate your reasons for needing this assistance and to what degree assistance is required when filling in the form below. Note: Subsidies are generally granted on a first come first serve basis until the budget is exhausted so please request assistance early.
Is there an adaptive program for students with disabilities?
VISAS are heavily involved again this year and strongly encourage all students to participate in this program. Please contact us to receive a letter from the VISAS coordinator.
Please note that aides may ski for free as part of the program and can be of great assistance to the VISAS instructor particularly in communication and discipline.
View the letter from VISAS here.
The cost for the program the prices this year will be in the range of $50-$60/student. Final prices will be confirmed by mid October. Again this year, we will be asking for a deposit at the time of booking, with the remainder due at program completion upon receiving our invoice. Our program coordinator Lynda Magor will contact you with payment instructions when your program is confirmed.
Every year, when program balances are due, there are always schools that request to pay for only those students that attended so an explanation of how the program budget is laid out follows so that it is clear as to why we cannot honour these requests.
The price we set is below our operating costs, but we do our best to run a break even program, truly non-profit, and as such, we include in our budget a percentage of absenteeism. We charge a program rate as opposed to a per-visit rate, much like swim lessons or soccer but Mount Washington charges us per visit. Most parents are used to this because most other programs operate the same way. If we were to change this, our price per student would go up significantly – 15 to 20% – to accommodate all operating costs and the extra administration involved in keeping attendance records.
Heading off for a snowy adventure. Photo courtesy Andrew Pape-Salmon
This year, due to the way the school calendar falls (there are only 10 weeks of skiing available), the programs are 3 weeks long and begin the second week of January. Contact Lynda if it is very important to you to have a 4-week program and she will do her best to accommodate where there are available time slots.
You will have six program options to choose from this year.
We are committed to running the program Tuesday through Thursday. School groups can choose Program 1, or 2, or 3 and choose to come up to Mt. Washington 3 times during that month on the same day of the week (Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday) and at the same time (morning or afternoon). School groups can also choose a program format of consecutive days, Program 4, 5, or 6.
*The dates below are from last year. We will have the new, similar dates for you soon!
Program 1 – January – Weeks beginning Jan 13, 20, and 27, 2014*
Program 2 – February – Weeks beginning Feb 3, 10, and 17, 2014*
Program 3 – March – Weeks beginning Feb 24, Mar 3, and 10, 2014*
The exception to the format is school district days off or bad road conditions in which case every effort is made to make up the class on an available day.
We are also opening the invitation to schools outside of the Comox Valley and realize that some schools groups travelling greater distances can also choose a program format of consecutive days, Program 4, 5, or 6, if that is more suited to their needs.
This year booking transportation is the responsibility of the school. The Program Coordinator will advise schools of which other schools are in the program on the same days so that schools can try to work together to reduce transportation costs.
Here is a list of PDF resources for Teachers to use. Click on an item to view the PDF. Right-click (on a PC) or press Control and click (on a Mac) to download/save the PDF to your computer:
Letter to Schools
Letter for Families
Register soon to book your spot. Please use the form below. Please fill in all the relevant sections and scroll to the bottom of the form to find the SUBMIT button.
Any questions can be directed to Lynda Magor via email email@example.com or phone 250.792.5330.
(New form coming soon!)