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PDP opportunity

Here is a message from AJ with the snow school regarding some opportunities for those looking to further their knowledge and coaching education. Please contact the snow school directly if interested:



This Saturday and Sunday we have our first PDP offerings for the season.
Because we have no programs this weekend, it will be a great time to get out on snow and have some fun.
You are only able to take 1 PDP, but you may come out, and if numbers permit we will offer Session on top of these offerings.

Below is an offering of PDP’s that will be running here. Each PDP runs 4 hours and is delivered by a Level 4 course conductor.

As a CSIA / CSCF instructor & coach, these sessions are something that you are entitled to take. Your dues cover the cost of taking 1 PDP per season.  These sessions are AWESOME… you should really think about coming out.  They are FUN, and focused on helping you be your best. Even instructors who are certified as recently as this week are able to attend…. this is a great way to get ready to teach this season.

SATURDAY 7th 9:00 AM – Int & Adv Ski Improvement – SPACES OPEN

SATURDAY 7th 1:00 PM – Teaching Children – SPACES OPEN  (only 2 spots left)
SATURDAY 7th 1:00 PM – Assessment & Development – SPACES OPEN

SUNDAY 8th 9:00 AM – Assessment & Development – FULL
SUNDAY 8th 9:00 AM – Assessment & Development – SPACES OPEN

SUNDAY 8th 1:00 pm – General PDP – Ski & Teach Development – SPACES OPEN (only 2 spots left)
SUNDAY 8th 1:00 pm – Int & Adv Ski Improvement – SPACES OPEN

Emails have been sent out regarding these PDP’s.
If you wish to participate, please email AJ with your name, the PDP you wish to attend, and your CSIA #

Space will fill up FAST… please do not wait too long, as you will likely miss out


Tuesday Night Certifying Sessions

Good afternoon everyone!

A quick reminder about the Tuesday Night certifying sessions that will be kicking off on Tuesday, January 10th. For those of you needing a refresher of what these are, here’s a short and sweet description:

Who is this for? Coaches who are EL Trained (level 1), preferably coaches who have had 1 season of coaching JHL or NG under their belt but is available for all coaches who have successfully acheived the Entry Level Trained Status.

What is the committment? I know some of you are probably wondering this yourself… the committment for coaches is to attend a minimum of 5 out of 8 sessions (Note: the 1st session on January 10th is mandatory for all) . On the first night, you will be assigned to one night or half of a night that you will have to come prepared to lead a lesson to the group of your peers. At the end of each lesson, coaches will debrief on how the trainer did and recommend ways for improvement. All and all, this will be an interactive learning session.

When do I have to sign-up by? Kent will be running these sessions and you are required to sign-up via email to myself by the end of the week, January 8th, 2012…. this way Kent, can plan out the 8 week session depending on numbers.

What will I get out of it? You will get some practical experience coaching with your peers and have the opportunity to do lots of reflecting on others and your own coaching styles. At the end of the season, upon completing your book, your risk management EAP (emergency action plan) and your end of season eval- providing that you do a good job at leading your respective session, you will obtain your “certified” status. Please note, we will ONLY be evaluating those who commit to this program.

Any questions? Let me know via email or ask below in the comments section.

Thanks everyone!



Weekly Update: December 12

Good afternoon Team!

Hope you are all doing well and eager to get on snow. I know that some of you drove a fair bit this weekend to find some white stuff– please send pictures along and I can post them on the blog! So, another week has gone by and it is time for another update…

Training make-up: Hope those of you who missed the training on Nov 12/13 have already RSVP’s to the training on the 20th. This is mandatory and a condition of your employment for you to complete this training. I am still waiting on a date for the Nov 26th make-up training date, as soon as I have it, I’ll make sure to post it on the BLOG.

On-Snow Training Update: I am sure most of you have been watching the weather network as much as I have and you have noticed that the 14 day trend is showing a few cold days but also some warm ones. If you have had a chance to drive by the hill, you would have noticed that they have had the opportunity to make a fair amount of snow… however in order to preserve their snow efforts through the next few hot days, GE has decided to postpone their opening date to December 23rd, 2011. What does this mean? Well it means that you have all weekend to do your christmas shopping and that you don’t have to be at training! Please note that we will NOT be scheduling a make-up session for this weekend’s on-snow training, we will do our best to cover the information that was planned for the session during Christmas camp.

What’s next: The next time, we will be seeing each other will be 8am on snow on the 26th. I will keep you posted on any updates or changes from this on the BLOG so do make sure to be checking it on a regular basis.

Christmas camp schedule: In the next week, I will be working on a Christmas camp schedule that I will email out to all league coaches and christmas camp fill-in coaches. Please make sure to be checking your emails frequently as I will want immediate feedback on the schedule once you receive it. Thank you for your help with this.

Apprentices: You should have already received an email about our weekend training being cancelled, we will make this up on Sat Jan 7th. This will be your first apprenticing shift and you will be expected to arrive and be on snow for 7:30am.

Lastly, a few housekeeping rules:

  • I will be sending offers of employment for Monday High School Racing sometime this week or next, do respond if you are still interested
  • I know that other resorts may decide to postpone their opening day as well, if this affects you as you registered for a course, a reminder that you must be certified and must be licensed prior to your first shift. If you think that you will not be able to fulfill this requirement, do let me know. In terms of other licensing options- a reminder that you can also complete online modules. For all level 1 courses that are cancelled, do note that they will be reschedule and that it is your responsibility to sign-up for a new course.
  • If you are interested in working set-up crew, please let me know asap as well as your days of availabilities. Set-Up crew is from 4:30-6:30pm from Tuesday-Thursday.

I do believe that is all for now. Thanks for keeping yourself updated through the BLOG. A reminder that if I have not received an email back from you with an acceptance of your offer of employment, unless we have spoken in person or via email, your offer has now been revoked. Should you still be interested in working for the season, an email outlining why you were late responding will be necessary for consideration.

Since we will not be seeing each other until after Christmas. Hope you all have a happy and safe start to your holiday season. Best wishes to those of you registered for a course!

Think snow!





Weekly Update: Nov 21, 2011

Good morning coaches!

Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. Have you started on your Holiday Shopping yet? less than 25 days until Christmas! You know what that means right? Christmas camp is just around the corner! Did everyone see the white stuff last week?! Lots of things are happening this week so read below to ensure that you catch all the info:

Thursday Nov 24: Corbetts Night

If you are still looking for gear for the season, whether it is skis, boots, a helmet, tuning stuff, or even clothing… you won’t want to miss this event! Snow school staff are exclusively invited for a night with some GREAT deals. Night begins at 5pm.

Saturday Nov 26th: Training #2

This is the 2nd of 3 mandatory trainings. Training will begin at 10:30am sharp in the Sunset lodge; we will start off with all of the snow school staff for the 1st hour, after which we will break, move into the clubhouse and continue with some MHRC specific training. A reminder that this training, like all other, is mandatory and if you cannot make it, you need to let me know. Milton Heights coaches and apprentices MUST attend the 26th session while the rest of the snow school staff have the option between Saturday and Sunday. Training for coaches will end at 1:00pm.

Saturday Nov 26th: Apprentice Meeting

On Saturday, immediately following the training, at 1:30pm, there will be a 1 hour mandatory meeting for all apprentices and their parents in the clubhouse. This meeting will cover information around expectations, job responsibilities, apprentice program details, etc… Bring your questions, pen and paper.

Sunday, Nov 27: Last Dryland

Yes, it is that time again! Week 7 of dryland is coming up this weekend which means that if you are around and willing to come out and volunteer/help run the last day fun activities, please let us know! A reminder that dryland runs from 10am-12noon.

Pre-season trip: Stratton

On Dec 9-11, 2011, we will be heading down to Stratton, Vermont for a pre-season trip. If you want more information on the trip, cost, etc… check out

Lastly, last year’s apprentices should be gearing up for their level 1 CSCF (EL) course. If you have not yet registered or have any questions regarding this course, do not hesitate to let me know.

CSCF Credits and liscensing: I have posted LOTS of information about this and will review again this weekend, but do make sure that you have all of your credits completed asap. You need them in order to be able to work this season!

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!



Further Coaching Education

Hi Guys!

Just a quick note to remind you all that if you are interested/willing to go courses to further your coaching education, please present me with a plan including all costs associated with the course and I will present it to the team to see what the club can help cover. I know how expensive it can be to go on courses and I don’t want this to be a make it or break it factor for you to further develop your coaching knowledge. Of course, if you go on course, we benefit from it, so we would be more than happy to help cover some or all of the costs where we can. Thanks!

have a good night!


Weekly Update & Ski swap volunteering?

Hello coaches!

A few updates for this week:

1. Dryland begins this Sunday 10am. Please join us if you are keen in getting in shape for the ski season!

2. Make sure to have looked at the important dates on the calendar for training, etc… on the BLOG. do let me know if you have any conflicts.

3. A few of you have been emailing me re: Stratton trip; I promise that I will provide details as soon as I have them! I hope that we can nail down details this week so we can promote registration at dry land.

4. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so asap. A reminder that everyone MUST complete educational and risk management credits in order to be licensed for the season. A reminder that it is NOT enough to just pay your dues, you must also complete these credits in order to be ensured as a coach for the ski season. For those of you signing up for your CSCF level 1 coaching course, your membership dues and your licensing requirements are included in the fee of the course for the 1st season- you will have to worry about this next season!

5. I highly encourage you all to register for the RaceLINE articles if you have not yet done so. This is a great way to stay updated on what is happening at a high level in AOA.

6. Coaches’s Conference is happening on Fri October 28 & 29. We would like to ensure that we have a good MHRC representation at this conference so do please take a look at your schedule and see if you can attend. Please send me an email if you plan on attending so I know who will be there from our club.

7. Planning on attending a coaching course this season? If so, please send me an email letting me know when you think you will be attending and which course you are interested in… a reminder that the club does reserve some funds for dedicated and senior coaches who wish to continue their professional development.

8. Prospective apprentices- please ensure that you have submitted your resume and cover letter to me via email along with your interest to apprentice for the 2011-12 season. Please do take a look at the required dates for training on the calendar in “important dates”. do let me know if there are any conflicts.

9. Our ski swap is fast approaching and as you know, we are always looking for some wonderful and keen volunteers like yourselves! so please read the info below and email the correct person if you are interested in volunteering:
For those of you who haven’t experienced this event…. the MHRC Swap is the
2nd largest in Ontario….. run by volunteers from our club, Glen Eden staff
and our partners (Corbett’s and McMaster Sports). It is our largest
fund-raising activity; without it our program fees would increase

I ask that you look at the duties and work-shifts below…. choose
something that suits you and contact Erin  by e-mail at

We will offer training on Thursday evening for those of you who have not
participated before.

Thanks in advance for your support.

SWAP Coordinator

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3rd – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th – 9 am to 5 pm




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th – 5 pm to 10 pm








SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th – 9 am to 1 pm

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th – 1 pm to 5 pm








SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 9 am to 3 pm






SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 3 pm to 6 pm


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th – 6 pm to 8 pm




That is all for now

I will be back with some more updates shortly so do make sure that you are checking in the blog on a daily basis as I will be increasing my posting frequency from now on! Also, if you have not already done so, you can “subscribe to the blog” which means that you will receive an email alert every time a new post has been published- this way you can stay updated ALL the time!

thanks everyone and looking forward to seeing many of you at the hill soon!



Para Coaching Clinics- info below

In case you aren’t aware, the CSCF is using some para coaching clinics as part of the certification pathways for coaching certifications- here is some info on an upcoming one in case you are interested:
Here is the message from AOS- if you are interested, just let me know via email and I’ll send you some more information about registration:



Carving the Future Para-Alpine Events 2011

You are cordially invited to participate in and help spread the word about Alpine Canada’s Carving the Future Para-Alpine Events 2011, being hosted in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and the National Capital Region of Quebec and Ontario. The goal of each event is to create as far a reach into the disability community as can be accomplished, to increase awareness and knowledge of Para-alpine ski racing, and to increase communication among the Para-alpine community in Canada.


Participants may or may not have had previous experience in alpine skiing, but have an interest in learning more about the sport in a competition context. This includes individuals who have a congenital disability or are newly disabled, coaches, parents, health care professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the potential opportunities and benefits that Para-Alpine racing can provide.

This year’s events are scheduled as follows:

Quebec/National Capital Event: February 12 and 13, 2011 at Edelweiss Valley Ski Resort, Quebec/National Capital Region.

Alberta Event: February 27, 2011 at Canada Olympic Park, Calgary (On-snow activities from 9:15 am until 3:30 pm)

Ontario Event: March 6, 2011 at Georgian Peaks, Collingwood, Ontario. (On- snow activities from 9:15 until 3:30 pm)

British Columbia Event: March 13 and 14, 2011 at Kimberley Alpine Resort. This Carving the Future event will run in conjunction with the Canadian Para-Alpine Championships and the CADS 2011 Festival.

For further information and details regarding any of these events, or to register, please contact Evelyn at Please note that pre-registration for each of these events is strongly encouraged.


CSCF speed module

Coaches who are currently taking the DL pathway and wish to complete this would have the option of completing it at the POD Cup next week, if you are interested, reply back to here and send me an email separately. thanks

Please pass this on to your coaches –

Coaches wishing to use this event as their CSCF Speed Module will be able to do that – they must attend all days of the camp – it is ok if they are with their athletes – there will be a daily de-briefing (apx 30 minutes at the end of each day) – they must attend all Team Captain meetings (daily – beginning Wednesday 8 am – Old South Lodge Loft)–
if they are not with athletes – we will arrange for them to accompany an experienced coach for mentoring and assist with event duties under the direction of the Chief of Race and/or TD

Cost is $25 – payable to Craigleith Ski Club – they can contact me to register

They must register and complete the online basic speed concept mode before the speed camp. Link below

Tuesday night mentoring/certification

Hi coaches,

After a couple of emails from parents/coaches and after attending a CSCF update over the last two days, I want to better explain the reasoning and value behind the Tuesday night coach training that we are implementing.  Note that this is to help Entry Level (EL) “trained” coaches attain “certified” status within the CSCF coaching pathway.  If unfamiliar with this pathway, a full description of each level can be found here:

Depending on the number of participants within this program, I envision that each Tuesday night will allow one or two coaches to coach a “mock” EL training session under my supervision and guidance.  This will constitute their “in the field” evaluation by a certified mentor coach (me) that is required for certification.  Apprentice coaches are also required to be active participants on these nights, however, they have to have passed their EL course before they can put this toward certification.

The value of obtaining “certification” as an addition to  “training” is to demonstrate coaching competency at the EL stage.  Given that our club is primarily made up of athletes skiing at the EL/snow stars stage (JHL, DD, NG, K1), having coaches that are proven to have skill coaching this level of athlete is critical!  If you are an Entry Level (Level 1) “trained” coach and are working this season with athletes and are still on the fence about attending these sessions, I strongly advise you to take part.  Please let Emilie or I know if you haven’t already done so.  This will enable me to continue my planning for administering these sessions.  My email is if you want to directly ask me more about anything relating to certification and mentoring.

Hope to see most of you this weekend!


A few things

A reminder that this weekend is COACH ON SNOW training. Returning coaches are to attend Sunday 10am-12noon and NEW coaches (this includes JHL, apprentices and new to league coaches) on Saturday, please check the calendar for all the information before sending me an email (as you can imagine, my inbox does get quite full with over 50 coaches!) Ian will be running training and he will have the clubhouse opened by 9am- you are responsible to be ready ON SNOW in front of the clubhouse (in uniform-as this is a coaching session) for 9:50am latest. Ian will have your season pass and will hand them out then. In preparation for this training, I would like to request for everyone to think of a few goals that they have for the season (these goals can be personal, coaching, etc…). There will be race committee members available to take your picture on the weekend after/or before the session as it was a goal to have a coaching board with everyone’s pictures and names to make it easier for families to find their coach during the week- so please be co-operative.

A reminder for coaches who are also racing that you will be coaching for the 1st three days and racing for the last 3. Coaches MUST be on snow for 8am at the gate cabana with skis and uniform on the 26th of December, ready to load the lift, we will be doing an on-snow session prior to camp starting.  Lastly, a reminder that time trials will be held on December 30th and 31st for both K2 and J, at this point we will do GS on day 1 and SL on Day 2. For all K1 coaches, we will also be having K1 time trials on the 30th- more details to come.

A reminder that prior to coaching you MUST have all your licensing credits, if you are still missing some or you have not paid your dues yet you MUST do this prior to your 1st day on snow.

Thanks for your help, I look forward to a great season! Check your emails this week for a coaches league contact list. A reminder that when you are not available, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. Merry Christmas everyone and see you on the 26th. I will on course this weekend until Wednesday next week, unavailable by phone but available by email if you have any questions

see you on snow on the 26th