News and Announcements

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Thank you Wetzin’kwa Community Grant Program for a 2020 grant of $14,595 towards our SSSC Track Surface Improvement Project purchase for the Smithers Ski and Snowboard club.

Our contractor Graeme Tabor of Super Duty Forest Services did an exceptional job. In the course of a few weeks, Graeme and his small crew of young workers brushed all of Cinderella, lower Turkey Shoot, and cleared a significant area for the future Pumptrack. Graeme even found time to widen a sizeable section of Lower Turkey Shoot, and also took down some danger trees on Twinkle Toes! They exceeded all expectations, with brushing done ‘wall to wall’ and down to 10 cm or lower across all areas.

In addition, SSSC agreed to organize volunteer time for debris removal in order to maximize the ‘saw time’. We completed over 100 volunteer hours in July, September, and October 2020 on thoseruns, painstakingly hand throwing all woody debris, rocks, and picking up years of garbage on those runs. It was an all ages affair with club athletes as young as 5 helping out in the action.

The results have been astounding. Cinderella instantly became the most used run in November for people ski touring on the first inches of snow before the hill opened! For our club training, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort was able to groom wall to wall right from the start of the season to improve the track surface. The beautiful new yellow safety B-nets lined the run for the entire season, keeping athletes safe as they zoomed down the track. On Turkey Shoot, we successfully did a number of ‘Race Simulation Days’ and timed training for the younger athletes on the beautifully manicured slope. Dual courses were set up right to the end of April for eager athletes. The pumptrack was a great hit, with HBMR doing an exceptional job building and maintaining the track.

We sincerely appreciate the support of Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Board towards the Smithers Ski and Snowboard.

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SSSC has been fortunate to partner with Jamie McCartney of Titan Performance Inc for our spring and summer Dryland program. (Jamie has already started working with athletes that were registered in the Smithers Saltos program which ended May 26.)

Going Forward, SSSC is offering two sessions to enrol in to cover June, July, August. Consider one or both. Cost covers all classes in each session. If your athlete is away for a class, there is a training app that can be used for the athlete to do independently if they so choose (and drag some family along with them).

This is open to all ski and snowboard athletes born in 2007 and 2008 (U15). There are 15 athletes in this cohort and we’d love to see everyone commit!

This is an incredible opportunity for committed athletes to continue to develop athletically in whatever sports they are pursuing, with a particular focus on ski and snowboard skills.

Session 1
June (5 classes)
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm starting June 2
Location – Outside TBA each week
Cost $65.00 (will be billed by SSSC)

Session 2
July 20 – Aug 19 (10 classes)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:30am
Location – Outside TBA each week
Cost $115.00 (will be billed by SSSC)

Please email smitherssscinfo@gmail.com to register your athlete and provide contact email(s) and cell numbers you wish to use to get info from Jamie directly during the program.

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SSSC is very pleased to announce the successful completion of our Phase 2- Interior Club Cabin Renos!

A huge thanks to Northern Development Initiative Trust- $15,000 grant- for making this possible.

Upgrades include:
-Removal of old wall paneling and replace with plywood
-Repair trim and paint walls
-Install new Pine window liners
-Removal of old carpets and replace with rubberized flooring
-Remove old woodstove
-Install new woodstove with cement board and tile fire proofing
-Install and repair existing shelving.

The upgrades are simply astounding! Please check out Photos under the Media section of our Website.

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SSSC Executive has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Schussboomer Downhill that had been rescheduled for December 12th.* Please mark April 3rd, 2021 for the next Schussboomer* and hopefully a more social world once again! In lieu of this signature fundraising event for our club athlete programming, please consider our virtual auction on Facebook- search for Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club Fundraiser, or the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/699674924286612

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Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club is pleased to share our upcoming program plans for this winter season. We are offering a variety of programs with some changes to better align with our Return to Sport plan, and support athlete development. Please review carefully as part of registration.

U12 1-day ski (Saturday only) – $453.50
For skiers who do not want to train twice a week quite yet, the U12 1-day program o ers an alternative for 10 &
11 year olds coming from U10, or new to the sport, to keep active in the SSSC. Our coaches continue to focus on
the Snow Stars skill development guide and these older athletes are provided with full day programming, from
10 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturdays, running early January to late-March.

U12 2-day ski – $558.50
e U12 2-day ski program is for more committed athletes, using Snow Stars as the Development model for
progression, with the key focus to consolidate and re ne basic skiing skills and to learn to train/race. We also
introduce general tness both on-snow and o -snow (dryland training); ski race speci c training will include
dual formats (side by side training/racing) in both slalom and giant slalom. Free skiing in all conditions and
on all types of terrain will play a major role in the overall program. is is a high energy group with signi cant
athletic development. e program runs full days (9 AM-3:30 PM) from opening weekend (December 5/6) to
closing in early April, with multi-day camps at Christmas and spring break. ursday a ernoon training is
optional but was a huge success last year and will be o ered again. Athletes are encouraged to attend the Ski the
North Festival, one out of town Teck race (Prince George or Quesnel), and the North Zone Finals in Smithers in
April. Fall and Spring ski camps may be available as part of programming.

U14 Snowboard (Sundays Only) – $407.00
Riders will take the fundamental skills taught in the U-10 program and move to the Learn To Train stage of
the Long Term Athlete Development model. is one day program will be on Sundays from 10AM to 3:30 PM
from mid-December to early April. We will introduce riders to all snowboard disciplines. e U-13 program
uses Canada Snowboard’s Blue Curriculum of their Riders Program to develop athletes. We will go into some
slope-style training, although at the U-13 stage it isn’t the main focus for the season. Disciplines that will be
incorporated will be PGS (gates), Snowboard cross (SBX), free ride and slope style.

U14 and U16 Ski – $717.50
e U14 and U16 ski programs continue to develop athletes along Alpine Canada’s LTAD (Long Term Athlete
Development) model and consolidate skills learned from youth. Program runs Saturday/Sundays and ursday
a ernoons, with camps at Christmas and spring breaks, and coaches o en o er exibility for additional training.
Athletes attend Teck Zone races in Quesnel, Prince George, and Smithers, as well as select provincial meets such
as Whistler Cup, BC winter Games, and/or U14 and U16 provincials. ese experiences build lifelong memories
and help set athletes up for success in whatever goals they pursue later on.

Special Olympics – $153.50
Special Olympics (S/O) is a sport organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We are the
only alpine ski team north of Quesnel. We are always looking for new members to join our team. Skiers can be
any level! We train most Saturday mornings from mid-December starting at 10:00 am and we may train more
o en as needed. Every winter we participate in a large regional S/O race. Also, we are invited to race in the SSSC
races that always happen here at Hudson Bay Mountain. Come and join us to train in the mountains with new
friends!

The document Smithers_Ski___Snowboard_Program_Information_2020__1_.pdf was attached to this post.