WINTER 2020 THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF ALPINE SKI CLUB
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2019/20 MEMBERSâ€™ STORIES
THE OFF-SEASON, DEFINED.
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First Tracks | Skidoodle’s exec editor weighs in Round Table | the board dishes on Club business New Directors | meet your newly elected directors Retired Directors | acknowledging years of expert contribution
12 Tip of the Toque | celebrating our own! 14 Rising Stars | who’s up and coming on the slopes 16 Performance Tips | using the ruts, acing the park, and Alpine’s new OEFT 20 Socialite Pages | a look back at the year at Alpine 25 Everyone’s Happy Place | where memories are made 30 Nature’s Windfall | building community at the base of Blue 34 Chalet Essentials | stunning designs for get-togethers 38 Are your Knees ready for Skis? | keeping in shape for the season 40 Green Season | what’s hot for the 2019/20 season 44 Jeep Gladiator | exclusive custom 4x4 build for Alpine 47 Essentials Gear Guide | what’s hot for this ski season COVER PHOTO: DOCKSIDE MAGAZINE
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Design: Springfed Creative Executive Editors: Kerina Williamson & Jacquie Newall Chapman Managing Editor: Kirsti Suutari Advertising: Alana Mackle SKIDOODLE 2020 3
JOINING ALPINE HAS HAD A TREMENDOUSLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR FAMILY. WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS OUR FAMILY HAS EVER MADE.
A s a young child, my family moved to Canada from England, settling in Calgary. My grandparents, always up for an adventure and recently retired, decided to join us and settled in the Rockies nearby. Every weekend my family would make the trek to Invermere B.C. to visit them. At age 60 my grandparents decided that they too would learn to ski at Panorama. Being evenly matched, my Granddad and I would ski together. It was no easy feat for a 6’4” man to ride a rickety t-bar with a 4-year-old! But I still remember bursting with pride when a kind stranger would say, “How lovely, a grandfather teaching his granddaughter how to ski” and he would quickly reply, “SHE’S teaching ME how to ski.” As soon as I would tire or get cold, without hesitation he would take me in for hot chocolate with double whipped cream and we would relive our adventures of the day.
Many of my happiest childhood memories revolve around skiing with my family. So even before my husband (Duff) and I had baby names picked out for our twins we knew we would be a ski family. In our early years, we would ski our local hills and take ski trips out west. But the very first day we skied at Alpine when our twins were 10 years old, we knew it would be our forever ski home. We loved the diverse terrain that reminded us of out west. I still love that intimidated butterfly feeling I get standing at the top of The Steeps. The views are spectacular too. But most of all, it was the familyfirst atmosphere that drew us to Alpine. I remember looking across the clubhouse that first day and seeing wonderful grandparents holding their grandbaby pointing out to them their parents coming down the slopes. I wanted that someday too. Joining Alpine has had a tremendously positive impact on our family. Without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions our family has ever made. This past June, in what seems like a blink of an eye, both our children graduated high school and turned 18 – ADULTS. They are starting exciting new chapters and so are we. I am reminded of my Nana’s words of wisdom, “Every age and stage has its blessings.” We joined Alpine as young family, but we are now discovering that there is a vibrant community of empty nesters enjoying Alpine and everything the area has to offer all year round. Ski/ snowboard groups, mountain biking, hiking, get-togethers, volunteering, BBQs and floats down the Beaver River on lazy summer days. Who knew empty nesters were having so much fun?
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Kerina Williamson
Hopefully someday I will be a grandparent skiing with my grandchild at Alpine and enjoying hot chocolates with double whipped cream. But until then, I’m going to ski as much as my heart desires at Alpine. Enjoy first tracks and après. Maybe I’ll even give Fun & Glory a go again too. What I have come to realize as my family transitions into this next chapter is there are still Alpine stories to write. From 4 to 104, Alpine is truly everyone’s happy place. Whatever your age and stage, have an amazing season and enjoy everything Alpine and the wonderful Alpine community have to offer.
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IF I HAD TO SUM UP THE ATMOSPHERE AROUND THE CLUB IN ONE WORD IT WOULD BE “MOMENTUM.” ... THIS MOMENTUM WILL ENSURE THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE MEMBERS ARE REWARDED WITH A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE-CLUB EXPERIENCE.
Iexperience t is so exciting that another winter season is upon us. There is no better place to the best that winter has to offer than at Alpine Ski Club. It is my privilege to be president of the Club and to lead a committed and experienced board. I would like to start by thanking the following now-retired directors for their contributions: Matt Cody (marketing and communications), Randy Milthorpe (revenue enhancement) and Nick Tadross (programs). Joining the board are Laura Coward (programs) and Kerina Williamson (marketing and communications). Thank you to the board PRESIDENT and to the many committees for your dedication.
If I had to sum up the atmosphere around the Club in one word it would be “momentum.” This year we welcome 42 new families to the Club, program enrolment is climbing, the social events are packed, we are paying down our debt ahead of schedule, and the board is now evolving a plan for the future of our snowmaking systems. This momentum will ensure that current and future members are rewarded with a truly exceptional private-club experience. I encourage you to introduce and possibly reintroduce your friends, family and co-workers to the Club. Let’s share with them what sets Alpine apart: the terrain, the conditions, the clubhouse, the lifestyle and our family-first environment. As much as we are moving ahead, Alpine is a club that values its heritage. Next year we will be celebrating our sixtieth season and I urge everyone to take the time to contemplate the hard work, vision and determination of the volunteers and staff that made the Club what it is today. So whatever your sport may be – skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing – I am sure you will enjoy a fun-filled season. Thank you in advance to Bill Williams, all the Alpine staff and Men With Knives for your hard work and support and giving our members and guests a truly special experience every day. SKIDOODLE 2020 5
THE 2018-19 SEASON WAS AN EXCITING ONE FOR ALPINE WITH A BANNER NUMBER OF INTRODUCTORY MEMBERS RESULTING IN 42 NEW FULL-VOTING MEMBERS BY THE END OF THE SEASON! THE GOAL FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON IS TO HAVE A REPEAT PERFORMANCE WITH A VIBRANT IM COHORT AND A MAJORITY DECIDING TO MAKE ALPINE SKI CLUB THEIR CHOICE FOR A LONG-TERM LIFESTYLE COMMITMENT.
If you’re an avid reader of Skidoodle, you will have observed some refinements in the last few years as we begin to separate what’s immediate information (distributed through e-doodle mails) and what makes Alpine special in a more timeless way. This issue of Skidoodle reflects the latest step in that evolution, and there’s more to come! Around the clubhouse this winter, look for broader information coverage as the Club adds digital screens to the Georgian and Alpine Rooms. And for the navigation ease of our guests year ‘round, more way-finding signs have been installed, mostly in the entrance hall. If those guests happen to be yours this winter, as Alpine members you are now eligible for accommodation discounts at several respectable local hotels for your hosting ease. If you’re interested in knowing more about using the clubhouse for an event in the off season, go online to our new green-season website at www.alpineskiclubvenue.com. Finally, think no further than Alpine for your holiday shopping. You can still shop in person at the Tuck Shop, but if you prefer to shop from the comfort of your couch, login to alpineskiclub.com, head to the member drop-down menu, and check out the tuck shop online! Delivery can be made to your home or to the Club within seven to ten days for pickup (during the operating season).
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Keep your eyes open for more exciting developments. You might spy a one-of-a-kind custom-built Alpine Jacquie Newall Chapman Ski Club Edition Jeep Gladiator… Kerina Williamson
Alpine is the place to be. The numbers are evidence of this with a banner number of introductory members (IMs) this past year and a high number of those converting to full-voting membership (FVM). We’re delighted with the energy and enthusiasm our new members have brought to the Club. For the 2019/2020 season our IM program continues in strength. Indeed, the IM program has become so successful that we have reduced it from a two-year to a one-year program. As we approach the full subscription level, the board will continue to monitor our IM program to ensure the maximum benefit and member experience for our FVMs.
MEMBERSHIP As always, we depend on our existing membership to share their experience at Alpine with their friends Don French and family. Our strongest source of new members is member referrals – 80% of them last season – which also ensure a soft landing for our new members with a community that can ensure they hit the ground running.
I am thrilled to say that there are many reasons why our IMs and new FVMs choose Alpine. Our clubhouse is always a hit, but I hear more and more about the variety and quality of our ski programs, terrain and conditions, great staff, excellent food and beverage, exciting social and ski events and, most importantly, the welcome and inclusiveness extended by our Alpine family. Skiing at Alpine is like taking a mini ski vacation every weekend. Where else can you experience a lifestyle where multiple generations of families and friends share in physical activity and interact socially every weekend in the winter?
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ALPINE IS MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO SKI; IT IS A PLACE FOCUSED ON FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HEALTHY OUTDOOR RECREATION THAT WILL PROVIDE COUNTLESS EXPERIENCES AND MEMORIES THAT WILL FOREVER SHAPE YOUR LIVES.
LONG-RANGE PLANNING Philip Taylor
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT Dave Grant
Strategic planning is a critical component of any organization’s governance. Among other things, Alpine’s strategic planning committee oversees and ensures regular analysis of our: (i) short- and long-term financial models (sustainable funding); (ii) membership demographics and trends (sustainable membership); and (iii) capital expenditures (maintenance/needs and improvements/desires).
The new ski season got off to a tremendous start with fantastic weather for chair-lift rides, an abundance of children’s activities, a delicious Men With Knives feast, and ample socializing at the sold-out corn roast. Each year the corn roast is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and look forward to what will be another great season at Alpine.
On a personal level, Alpine was part of the strategic plan for my family. It seems like yesterday that my parents joined Alpine, and over 35 years our four badges have grown to ten. Alpine’s generous second-generation initiation fee made it a no-brainer for Jennifer and I to join Alpine at age 24 (it didn’t hurt that the initiation fee was a gift from my grandmother). At the time we joined, a child of a full-voting member could join up to their thirtieth birthday for 10% of the last initiation fee charged. Even with this generous policy (since amended with terms up to their fortieth birthday) and the addition of the intermediate membership program (providing membership opportunities from infancy), requests are made to the board to allow children to join beyond the prescribed age limits. In addressing these requests, the board must follow the by-laws and has no discretion to grant a discount or waive an age limit. With the pressures of completing school, settling into a career, buying a house, etc., an Alpine membership may seem low on the priority list, yet I would urge all of our second-generation prospects to remember their Alpine experiences and keep Alpine on their strategic plan. Alpine is more than just a place to ski; it is a place focused on family, friends and healthy outdoor recreation that will provide countless experiences and memories that will forever shape your lives. Don’t let the opportunity to join pass you by!
Your Men’s and Ladies’ Days committees have been hard at work over the summer planning for these marquee events and they will surely be highlights of the season. The popular Dean Connor and the Binder Brothers have agreed to reprise their performance at the KISS Dance on February 8. Tickets for this event, as well as for Men’s and Ladies’ Days, will be available to purchase online beginning December 1. We fully expect all three of these events to sell out so please mark that date in your calendars to avoid disappointment. With Rowan’s Law now passed into legislation, watch for the movie night on December 28 to raise awareness on this important topic. The roundup of your favourite après themes is returning this season, and you’ll be able to follow the event calendar more easily on your smartphone as our application provider is making improvements for the small screen. The Club is continuing its effort to provide as many activities as possible for kids during the après hours on Saturdays, synchronizing with the finish time of on-snow programs. If you’re a high school student looking to earn volunteer hours, working from 3:00-5:00 at all or one of these events usually qualifies (contact Madi at email@example.com).
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MOTHER NATURE DOESN’T ALWAYS DELIVER THE SNOW WE NEED FOR OPENING DAY AND THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. AT ALPINE WE CONTINUE TO MAKE INCREMENTAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR SNOWMAKING TO REMAIN CURRENT WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. LAST YEAR WE ADDED ELEVEN TOWER GUNS ON CHALLENGE, AND THIS YEAR WE REPLACED FIVE AGING SLED GUNS ON THE PROPERTY.
INFRASTRUCTURE Jackie Berg
FOOD & BEVERAGE Jed Barach
During the beautiful days of summer it’s difficult to imagine Alpine’s opening day in December. Thankfully that’s not the case with our top-notch operations team at Alpine! Through the heat of the summer and into the cool days of fall, there has been considerable effort to prepare for the return of Alpine members to the slopes.
I extend a big thank you to all members who participated in the member survey. That along with feedback to the board and management continues to be an important information tool for focus and direction. For example, members tell us they saw improvements in quality, variety, and speed of service in all aspects of our food & beverage offerings, and these efforts will continue this season.
Safety is paramount for our members. At Alpine we complete regularly scheduled audits on our lifts to ensure that the overhead cables have maintained their integrity, the chair lift motors are tuned, and the tower foundations secure. We add gravel to our parking lot, and re-grade our slopes each year as needed. The re-grading makes for a more enjoyable skiing experience AND ensures less snow is needed to level out the hills during the winter months. Mother Nature doesn’t always deliver the snow we need for opening day and throughout the season. At Alpine we continue to make incremental investments in our snowmaking to remain current with the latest technology. Last year we added eleven tower guns on Challenge, and this year we replaced five aging sled guns on the property. The production of man-made snow is one of the larger cost factors in a ski resort. Our newly purchased GPS system (SNOWsat) will deliver detailed information on the depth of the snow throughout the property so we can determine which snow guns need to be activated and when, and where we should “push” snow around the property with our groomers. This enables Alpine to optimize the use of the snow groomers and produce snow only as needed. We are very excited about the purchase of these GPS systems for our four groomers! Please bring your friends and family to Alpine and enjoy our firstclass on-hill experience.
The feedback also touches on pricing. Our research into other Escarpment resorts and the general restaurant community shows that Alpine’s food & beverage prices are competitive, especially comparing the quality and portions. To make the menu more approachable for lighter eaters and children, we have added smaller portions and options with lower price points. Members will see this in additions at the cafeteria such as a 4-oz burger and the baby burrito, and at the bar with 6- and 9-oz wine pours. Our partnership with award-winning Men With Knives Catering continues, and its success is demonstrated in the steady increase in food and beverage revenue. This season we are growing the gluten-free, Keto-friendly and healthy lunch options. Themed Saturday specials and new additions to the regular menu include chicken souvlaki, steamed bao buns and globally inspired bowls. Social media is an ideal way to help with your winter meal planning; follow Men With Knives Catering (@menwithknives) for advance notice of weekend features and ready-to-go specials. We haven’t neglected the outer buildings. Added at the North Warming Hut are made-to-order sandwiches, paninis and lunch options for the ski and snowboard programs. In the Upper Chalet, Men With Knives has invited business partners Ruth and Patrick who own and operate Chef Patrick’s Gourmet Foods (former owners of Café Chartreuse), to join us with their renowned pastries and delicious coffees, adding Saturday afternoon fondues and Sunday morning frittatas and Caesars to the lineup. The clubhouse continues to provide opportunities to enhance our members’ experience during the ski season, and it appeals to a broad base of people during the green season. As Collingwood thrives as more of a full-year experience, so does Alpine!
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ALPINE IS BLESSED WITH A WEALTH OF GIFTED MEMBERS WILLING TO VOLUNTEER THEIR RELATIVE REALMS OF EXPERTISE TO THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF OUR CLUB’S AFFAIRS. PLEASE WELCOME THE MOST RECENT TWO OF SUCH ELECTED VOLUNTEERS AS THEY EMBARK ON THEIR FOUR-YEAR TERMS OF OFFICE.
PROGRAMS & SAFETY Laura Coward
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Kerina Williamson
With grandparents on both sides who were members of the Club, Laura has grown up on the slopes of Alpine. She started racing as a child and continued in the race program through FIS until leaving for business school at Western. During undergrad she returned on weekends to coach, and after completing law school and her master’s degree in law she returned to both the Fun & Glory and Masters’ race programs.
Kerina is joining Jacquie Chapman this year as a marketing and communications director. The Williamsons are a first-generation Alpine family. Duff & Kerina along with their then 10-year-old twins (Ben & Emma) joined Alpine’s introductory member program in 2011 and have never looked back.
Professionally, Laura practiced for several years at a full-service law firm in Hamilton with a focus on civil litigation. Recently she joined a construction management company as general counsel and operations. She greatly enjoys her role which allows her to use her skills to solve complex problems, and provide legal and regulatory advice. Laura has always been a huge supporter of Alpine, specifically of the programs and social events. She has volunteered with the membership engagement committee with a focus on engaging and re-engaging members aged 19+. When not on the slopes, she can often be found enjoying a run, hike, or organizing dinner with family and friends. Laura is excited to join the board and to contribute to Alpine’s continued growth. She loves socializing and sharing her passion for skiing, ski racing, and the Club with those around her.
Kerina is delighted to have the opportunity to bring her passion for Alpine and marketing together. Over her career, Kerina has had the opportunity to gain advertising agency, corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Her agency experience includes strategic development and project management for both consumer and business-to-business clients. She has experience launching products and managing programs with executions involving packaging, point of purchase, promotions, television, radio, print, out-of-home, direct mail, customer and channel incentives. Her corporate background ranges from conducting research studies through to working with a team to develop and implement global marketing programs. Kerina is looking forward to working with Jacquie and the board in supporting and collaborating with Alpine’s very talented marketing team and agencies.
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ALPINE IS GOVERNED BY A ROTATING BOARD OF TWELVE ELECTED MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES, EACH SERVING ONE FOUR-YEAR TERM. THESE DEDICATED PEOPLE VOLUNTEER MANY HOURS OF THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CLUB. HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR PARTING THOUGHTS AFTER RECENTLY COMPLETED FULL TOURS OF DUTY.
Matthew Cody MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, 2014-2019 “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” – Abe Lemons At Alpine, not having a day off isn’t a bad thing. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend more time on the hill instead of in the boardroom? As I reflect on my six years of service, I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together. When I first arrived, I resolved to leave the portfolio in better condition than I came to it – just as my predecessor, Christine Brennan, did when she passed it on to me. To my mind, that’s the key to success: no single person actually “owns” a board position. Rather, they borrow the seat for a small time and put their personal best into the role. It’s an ongoing relay race, where the goal is to hand off a healthy portfolio to the next incumbent. As I prepare to pass that baton, I sincerely hope I’ve achieved this, and I’m honoured to add my name to the list of boards that have served the Club through successive decades. There are many people to thank, which I will do personally, but I would be remiss if I didn’t tip my proverbial hat to those that offered unconditional support during my tenure. First, a hearty thank you to Neil Skelding for suggesting I join the board during his time as president. I’m also grateful to my fellow directors, successive presidents, and secretary Ulla Mueller for their hard work; Bill Williams, Kim Roberts and the administrative staff who always had office doors open so they could respond to my oft-repeated question, “Hey there, do you have time to explain [insert random aspect of Alpine’s business] to me?” while rolling their eyes only occasionally at my more insufferable enquiries; our former marketing staff Wendy Hately, and present marketing staff Kirsti Suutari and Alana Mackle – who are responsible for the majority of the heavy lifting in the department, and I’m very thankful for their teamwork and dedication. Shout-outs to the membership, with their steady supply of ideas and suggestions to make Alpine awesome. Finally, I wish to thank our current marketing directors, Jacquie Chapman and Kerina Williamson. As they take the marketing baton and run, I highly suspect the portfolio is in very good hands.
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Nick Tadross PROGRAMS & SAFETY, 2015-2019 Timing is everything. After seeing our daughter progress through the Alpine racing program and transition to the National Ski Academy, I was presented with a unique opportunity to serve concurrently on both NSA and Alpine boards. To say that the past four years as a director have flown by would be an understatement. It has truly been a privilege to serve with so many talented individuals who have dedicated themselves to the betterment of our club. Without their countless hours of contributions and those of our dedicated staff, we would not have the Alpine Ski Club we know and experience today. Special thanks go to Neil Skelding, Grant McEwen, Michael Morse, and Steven Koster, four Club presidents from whom I learned so much. To Kim Roberts and Bill Williams, words cannot express how grateful I am to have worked directly with each of you. Thank you also to our head coaches Jason Manning and Tyler King for your leadership of our amazing coaching staff and athletes; to Alana Mackle and Erin Hindle for your tireless organizing efforts; to all our snow pros for providing exceptional service to our members and guests; to our race crew co-heads Alain Doutre and Tobin Walsh and team for always delivering a class event; and to patrol leader Rick Goldenhar and the patrol for keeping our members and guests safe on the Alpine hills. To our athletes in all programs (junior and adult), I am so proud of each and every one of you. It is a highlight and an honour each year to be able to recognize the accomplishments of both athletes and staff at various events. This past season, I earned my CSIA Level 1 certification under the expertise of our very talented Alpine CSIA Level 3 instructor, Kirsti Suutari. As I leave this role on the Alpine board in the very capable hands of my successor, Laura Coward, I am excited to start a new chapter as a ski pro at the Club.
Randy Milthorpe DIRECTOR OF REVENUE ENHANCEMENT, 2016-2019 It has been my pleasure and I am humbly honoured to have served the membership of Alpine Ski Club these past four years in the capacity of director of revenue enhancement. My focus was to look for revenue sources from outside of the membership. Speaking to members and staff, you have been terrific in your support of this endeavour, and for that I thank you. And I thank you for all the great ideas you have brought forth to achieve this goal. As a club we depend on the membership to be our best promoters, and new revenue follows. To highlight the wonderful experience of being at Alpine, simply share your passion for the Alpine experience. Bring a group of people to the Club for a weekday ski visit, a corporate off-site meeting in the green season or an evening gala. Look to your corporations, professional associations and school groups and show off the amazing facilities in spring, summer, fall or winter. Alpine is an award-winning facility that you can be sure will impress and inspire your group in their objectives. Our board of directors, management leadership team and staff bring an unparalleled passion to Alpine that results in the fantastic family experience we all get to enjoy. I am so thrilled at having been able to participate in helping to create that experience. I will forever cherish the relationships developed over the past four years.
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ALPINE SKI CLUB IS THE HOME OF SOME NOTEWORTHY TALENT AS RECOGNIZED BY THE INDUSTRY. PLEASE HELP US CELEBRATE THESE DESERVING PEOPLE—AND OUR OWN CLUB—FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.
Kim Roberts CSIA ONTARIO HALL OF FAME
Dan Genge JIMMIE SPENCER LEADERSHIP AWARD
Kim Roberts, Alpine’s program manager, was inducted into the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) Ontario Hall of Fame at their 2019 spring banquet.
Alpine’s Dan Genge is the first non-resort-association recipient of the Canadian Ski Council’s Jimmie Spencer Leadership Award, created to honour Jimmie Spencer who was a leader in the Canadian ski and snowboard industry and a president and CEO of the Canada West Ski Areas Association. Dan has spent over 50 years in the snow sports industry as a ski instructor, snow school director, supervisor, and volunteer on many boards and committees including the Canadian Ski Council. He was the founding president of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) Canada. Dan is a Level 2 CASI evaluator, Level 4 CSIA instructor, and Level 2 coach (CSCF).
Kim joined the industry’s professional ranks in 1976 when she certified as a ski pro at what was then Talisman resort. She subsequently earned her CSIA Levels 2 and 3 and CSCF (coach) Level 2 certifications, and spent a few years as a CSIA Level 1 course conductor. During her teaching career Kim has worked at private and public resorts teaching both able and differently-abled bodies before landing at Alpine as a supervisor some 30 years ago, becoming the ski school director in 1994. Circa 1999 the ski school grew to encompass racing and snowboarding where they have subsequently enjoyed balanced status. Those who look upon Kim as the ski-only sort should know that Kim is the co-founder of the Interclub Freestyle League. Under Kim snowboarding at Alpine has outpunched its weight relative to the rest of the country and attracted an outsized share of talented pros. Incidentally, Kim did learn how to snowboard, then put the single board away in favour of a matched pair. It’s a testament to Kim’s management that Alpine can boast the level of training talent it has in all of its disciplines, and this is reflected in the quality of our programs. Recent comparisons suggest that Alpine’s program registration is higher per capita than at the other Escarpment clubs, which is undoubtedly a related outcome. Congratulations, Kim!
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Dan has also been inducted into the CSIA Ontario Hall of Fame, and awarded the Millennium 2000 award and the Canadian Ski Council Award of Excellence. Among a long list of criteria for this award are a few that exemplify Dan: the award recipient is someone who has overcome a variety of challenges on their way to success and has become a positive leader in the ski and snowboard industry; has demonstrated innumerable feats and achievements in the winter snow sports industry; and should show a credible commitment and recognized personal leadership regarding his/her contribution to the development and promotion of skiing and snowboarding in Canada. Dan retired in June after 25 years as executive director of CASI. Despite two bionic knees you’ll still find Dan teaching in his Alpine uniform, and thanks to him also his wife, Cathy, who too is an inductee to the CSIA Ontario Hall of Fame, and supervises the Club’s Mixed Boards program. We tip our collective toque to you, Dan!
2019/20 TIP OF THE TOQUE
Alpine Ski Patrol DR. DOUGLAS FIRTH AWARD
Andrew Petras CSIA AWARD OF MERIT
Our sports are not without incident, and when things don’t go as planned, it’s good to know we’re attended to by the best of the best.
Each year the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (Ontario) recognizes excellence amongst the ski pros at Ontario resorts. This year’s recipient for Alpine is Andrew Petras, who further demonstrated his commitment to the sport by earning his Level 3 certification, and continued his winning streak with a proposal of marriage (accepted, of course!).
The Dr. Douglas Firth Award is presented in appreciation of the outstanding first aid service by a patroller or patrollers in Central Zone. Recipients are determined on merit rather than by annual contest, and this is not the first time members of our Alpine patrol have received this award. Congratulations go to patrollers John Ackery, Rick Goldenhar, Andy Hueton, Melanie Kearns, Larry Moodie, Scott Shymko, and Ian Young for a tricky rescue of a skier who left the trail and was found injured in the creek. The story has a happy ending, since the expert first aid and efficient extraction have contributed to a full recovery. Thanks Alpine patrol. We’re fortunate to have you!
Well done on all fronts, Andrew!
Alpine Ski Club READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS This year Alpine was nominated for the first time in three Topfacility, 9 Private Ski Resorts categories of Readers’ Choice Awards: recreational in the World banquet facility, and wedding facility/venue. CNN Travel Congratulations, Alpine, in winning all three!
Top Ski Resort Flight Network
Men With Knives READERS’ CHOICE AWARD Last year Men With Knives was honoured with the Readers’ Choice Award for catering. We continue to boast about Alpine’s food & beverage service, and it turns out with good reason…Men With Knives has won this accolade a second year in a row.
Top 9 Private Ski Resorts in the World CNN Travel
Wedding Facility/Venue Recreational Facility Banquet Facility Readers' Choice Awards
Top Ski Resort Flight Network
Wedding Facility/Venue Recreational Facility Banquet Facility Readers' Choice Awards
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Carter Wega flying high!
AIMING FOR THE STARS IS A VERY LOFTY GOAL. HOW AND WHEN DO YOU RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE MADE IT? THAT IS A SUBJECT ON WHICH OUR ATHLETES HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY REFLECTED.
by Kim Roberts
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2019/20 RISING STARS
Last winter we saw our home club, National Team member and World Cup ski racer, Roni Remme make it to the podium on the global stage. Roni, now 23, brought home a World Cup silver medal from the women’s alpine combined event in Crans-Montana, Switzerland last February. We can’t wait to see what this season brings for her. As members we have also been following National Snowboard Team member Derek Livingston, who claimed two World Cup snowboard half-pipe bronze medals, one in Calgary and one at Mammoth Mountain. These two athletes have set the bar at the top for our other rising stars…and they seem to be accepting the challenge. THE RANKS: In ski racing we are watching Ontario Team member Emma Williamson. Emma is a passionate ski racer who is dedicated to success. “There are so many things I love about my sport. I love the way it makes me feel, the speed, the challenge, but if I had to say the one thing that I love most, I think it would be the way it gives me purpose. When I’m on my skis I feel like there’s nowhere else I should be and nowhere else I want to be.” I’m sure her Alpine community will be watching her as she aims to make the national team. Racing on the Southern Ontario Team is Emma’s twin, 18-year-old Ben Williamson. Ben started university at McGill this fall and will be balancing ski racing and studies. His focus will be on the FIS circuit and his long-term hopes include making the national team. Within our snowboarding community we are developing athletes in multiple disciplines. Snowboard racing has always been strong at the Club and our athletes continue to rise to the top. This season we will be watching our athletes who have been named to the Next Gen snowboard team. This team level is considered the national development equivalent. Returning for their second years are team members Ryley Kilmer Choi and Andrew Hildebrand. Joining them for her first year will be Abby Van Groningen. Racing at the provincial level on the NorAm and FIS circuits are members Jacob and Adam Farber and Eric Hildebrand. At 17 and 18 respectively their common goal this season is to make it to the Junior World Cup and continue on to the national level. At 14 years old Luis Keesmat Freeman has started to make a name for himself. This past season Luis was first in both PGS and PSL at the Canadian finals in U14. His coaches are all optimistic about the career he has ahead of him! Carter Wega was introduced to freestyle skiing in Alpine’s terrain park eight years ago. Carter tried snowboarding the following year and has not looked back. Carter loves snowboarding and flying through the air – a freestyle snowboarder was born. Like most winter athletes, Carter does dry-land training during the off season
both in the gym and on trampoline as well as trips to Quebec for airbag training. Carter’s on-snow training started on November 3 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Returning home in early December Carter will be training on snow 3-4 days per week for the season. This year Carter will travel to Sun Peaks in January for back-toback NorAm slopestyle competitions. In February, Carter will be in Quebec for both an Air Nation slopestyle and a NorAm Big Air event. There is also a NorAm slopestyle event at Mount St. Louis Moonstone in February. Certainly a full season! Freeski or freestyle skiing is still in the developmental stages competitively, but quickly pushing through the ranks are two of our members, twins Joey and David Pellegrini. This season they will be skiing with Agenda out of Mount St. Louis Moonstone. They will be doing most of the Canada Cups, Jr. Nationals (provided they qualify), NorAms, Stepup Tour, and a mix of other competitions. Joey and David will both be working on doubles on snow all four ways. They currently focus on trampoline training at Vertical Zone and do airbag training at Maximize. David and Joey want to place at Jr. Nationals and make finals at every other national competition.
IT IS A GOOD-BAD PROBLEM TO HAVE SO MANY ATHLETES WE CONSIDER RISING STARS! WE CAN’T SHOWCASE EVERYONE BUT PLEASE WATCH OUR RACE BULLETIN AND THE E-DOODLE FOR EXCITING UPDATES ON ALL OUR ATHLETES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. SKIDOODLE 2020 15
AS A SKI PRO OF OVER 50 YEARS I HAVE NEVER ONCE QUESTIONED THE CONDITION OF MY STUDENTS’ SKIS UNLESS THEY HAD THE WRONG WAX ON AND COULDN’T MOVE. BUT NO SKI WILL PERFORM THE WAY IT WAS DESIGNED TO UNLESS PROPERLY TUNED TO YOUR ABILITY LEVEL. A BEGINNER’S SKIS ARE TUNED DIFFERENTLY THAN A WORLD CUP RACER’S. HERE’S HOW. THE BASES
Ski bases may not be flat; moisture and humidity in shipping and storing can cause even new skis to warp, especially cheaper skis, rentals, and those with wood cores.
GOOD FOR TRACKING STRAIGHT, BUT DIFFICULT TO TURN
GOOD FOR TURNING, BUT WON’T TRACK STRAIGHT
WILL TURN EASILY AND TRACK STRAIGHT WHEN NEEDED
Test this by running a straight edge or tuning bar across your skis from tip to tail; if you see light beneath your straight edge then your edges are high (“railed”) and/or the base may be concave. This causes most of first-timer frustration—their skis won’t turn no matter what they do. If however the straight edge touches only the base and not the edges then the skis are convex. This will allow the ski to turn more easily and for a beginner this is golden! For a high-performance ski the base will need to be taken down so they are reasonably flat.
The solution to either condition is to ask your shop for a base grind to flatten the skis from edge to edge. Flat bases offer the best of both worlds: a ski that turns easily, and tracks when asked to.
With your bases reasonably flat, add a base-edge bevel.
BASE EDGE BEVEL
Use a 10” mill bastard file with an angled base-file holder and base file your edges from tip to tail. The file should touch only the metal edges. File until you start taking off some of the base material. Bevelled edges will allow beginners to initiate turns more easily. This chart is a general guide to ski tuning for different abilities. Ability Level Ski Base Base Edge Beginner Slightly convex 1-2o Intermediate Flat 1o Advanced (Instructor) Flat 1o Expert (Racers) Flat .5-1o
Side Edge 89-90o 89o 88o 87o
Tip/Tail Rounding* 6”/3” 4”/2” Only portion of tip/tail not touching the snow
* Rounding the tip and tail edges will stop the tips from hooking or catching while turning and reduce the damage to your tips as one sharp tip edge nicks or scratches the other. Remember to de-bur!
All skis need to be waxed to seal the base despite coming that way from the manufacturer. Wax accounts for about 30% of the ski’s performance. Ideally skis need to be sharpened and waxed before first use, and at least every six days of use thereafter. If you don’t believe this try your skis after a season without tuning, then have your service tech sharpen and wax them and feel the difference.
WOULDN’T YOU LIKE THAT FEELING EVERY TIME YOU GO SKIING? Dan Genge is a CSIA Level 4 and CASI Level 3, recently retired as the executive director of CASI. Dan says the same principles apply to snowboards with some variation in the details. SKIDOODLE 2020 16
THE SNOW IS PERFECT, YOU PHYSICALLY FEEL GOOD, YOUR SKIS HAVE A SWEET TUNE AND AFTER ONE RUN YOU RECOGNIZE THAT IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY. TO THE STEEPS!
Your descent takes you directly underneath the chairlift. Control is your goal, and then it happens: your legs start to shake and the skis start to chatter. All those good feelings you had at the top of the run are suddenly gone. It’s not working and everyone on the chair sees it too. The cause is based in human nature. Specifically, it’s your need for safety or survival–you want to control your descent by controlling your speed, rushing past the fall line to get to the end of the turn. You do this by pivoting the skis quickly at the top of the turn and digging in at the bottom. As the skis drift sideways at the top of the turn, you continue in a straight line with very little change of direction. Digging in then generates a lot of pressure in a short period of time, causing the skis to lose their grip, resulting in chatter.
James Scott is a senior Alpine Ski Club trainer, CSIA Level 4 course conductor, and assistant coach of the Canadian Interski team. You can find him at justforfunskiclub.com.
The solution is lengthening the skis’ performance but maintaining the turn size. Switch your focus to carving, turning, or steering down into the fall line. Yes, directly down the hill! This goes against human nature as you are now steering directly into the scariest part of the turn. When the skis are performing and bending at the top of the turn, you have grip and a change of direction. Now as you continue to steer through the bottom of the turn, there is less pressure over a longer period of time resulting in no chatter…and a lot of impressed people on the chair. SKIDOODLE 2020 17
FOUR BASIC STEPS TO
TERRAIN PARK SUCCESS
WHEN ATTEMPTING ANY TRICK ON ANY FEATURE WE MUST OBSERVE THE FOUR STEPS: APPROACH, TAKE-OFF, MANOEUVRE, AND LANDING, ALSO REFERRED TO AS ATML. REMEMBERING THESE STEPS, IN THIS ORDER, WILL HELP UP THE SUCCESS RATE OF STOMPED, SIC TRICKS. Approach: make sure you are lined up with the feature you will be using the way you want to be. Ride towards the feature in an athletic body position (about halfway between fully extended and fully flexed). Use this time to control your speed if necessary, also known as a speed check. Take-off: for any basic airs you want to focus on pushing off with equal weight on both feet and with a flat base. Manoeuvre: know what you are going to attempt before you even start your approach. The main thought during your execution is to stay balanced and smooth. This is also the time to spot your landing.
Adrian Hodson-Walker has spent 18 years coaching competitive programs of some sort. He is a two-time coach of the year, Level 3 CASI Instructor, Park and Carving Instructor and Level 1 CASI Evaluator. SKIDOODLE 2020 18
Landing: just like your take-off you are looking for an equal-weight, flat-base landing. If you have hit the feature with proper speed you should be experiencing a smooth landing using slight flexing in the lower body to absorb the impact. If you are experiencing strong impact on landing then be sure you are going the correct speed to land on (and not past) the downslope of the feature. This tidbit is intended for basic manoeuvres. For more advanced tricks be sure to book a freestyle lesson with one of our certified coaches.
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SOCIALITE The Club is busy the year round, with members in the winter, and events through the green season. What’s clear from these photographs: it’s easy to smile at Alpine Ski Club!
Photograph by Brad Quarrington
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Photograph by Julie Card
01. Jessie & Luis share their first dance as a married couple in September. 02. A retro scene on Retro Day as Courtney serves up a cold beverage. 03. Snowboard NorAm competitors hit the course. 04. Friends gather for the Chums Après in the Heritage Lounge. 05. Tim popped the question to Megan with some help from our dye crew. 06. Who needs a tropical vacation when you’ve got the Ladies’ Day luau? 07. Pro Dave Smith, then and now. 08. Batman (John) and Robin (Michael) arrive to save Festival Day! 09. Ridin’ the ‘Pine member band rocks the terrace on a spring day.
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10. Keeping toasty by the fire. 11. NorAm racer cresting the pro jump. 12 Our Alpine racing alumnus and World Cup racer Roni Remme returns to visit. 13. Winners of the NorAm Parallel Slalom in January. 14. Tater, the alpaca and his friends stop by on Festival Day.
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2019/20 MEMBERS’ STORIES
HAPPY PLACE MEMBERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE ALPINE MEMORIES
ASK ANY MEMBER ABOUT THEIR ALPINE EXPERIENCE AND THE FLOODGATES OPEN. WHETHER THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE DECISION TO JOIN THEIR FAMILIES OR WERE PART OF THOSE FAMILIES, THE EXPERIENCES ARE BOUND BY A COMMON THREAD—IT’S CLEAR THAT ALPINE HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN THEIR LIVES. HERE ARE THE STORIES OF ONE FIRST- AND ONE SECOND-GENERATION MEMBER.
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When I was asked to contribute to this Skidoodle article, with so many experiences at Alpine, I wasn’t sure where to begin. As an archivist, my lens is always a historical one, so I decided the best place to start was to return to the photos that my dad had taken of Alpine documenting the Club from its very beginning.
I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF ALPINE MY ENTIRE LIFE. MY DAD, MICHAEL WOLFE, WAS ONE OF FOUNDING MEMBERS. IN THE EARLY YEARS, HE WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS SPENT THEIR WEEKENDS AT ALPINE CLEARING TREES, RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SOCIALIZING. ONE OF THOSE FIRST RECRUITS WOULD SHORTLY BECOME HIS WIFE, JO. Looking at the photos from the early 1960s through the 1980s, it is clear that the family spirit of Alpine has been constant from its inception. In spite of all the changes that I have seen at Alpine in over 40 years, in the most important ways, it is the same place where I grew up. There are several vivid memories that immediately come to mind. Sitting on the rooftop deck after a full day of skiing with my dad in the 1970s turns out to be not too different from sitting on the deck of the new clubhouse with family and friends. The feeling of freedom and independence of skiing all day with my brothers away from the watchful eyes of my parents is the same feeling hundreds of kids still feel every weekend. Hearing AM radio played by the lifties on the North (now Millennium) chair–which to this day when I hear a Billy Joel song–brings me right back to that lift line. More recently, every weekend morning when my son Bennett meets up with his race team, it is near the same spot where my wife Lisa and I were married on the deck of the old chalet. Each time we bring new guests to Alpine, we watch their preconceived notions of an overly exclusive club melt away as they quickly discover a club atmosphere centred on families and friendliness. I feel proud and privileged to be a life-long, three-generation member of the Alpine family with a strong connection to its history and heritage. And as I did as a child, and as we still do now, the last run at the end of the day is always Arrowhead… SKIDOODLE 2020 26
WHO KNEW THAT AGREEING TO DO A TRIAL MEMBERSHIP AT ALPINE SKI CLUB WITH OUR VERY CLOSE FRIENDS WHILE ENJOYING A FEW DRINKS CAMPING (PERHAPS NOT THE WISEST TIME TO MAKE A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION) WOULD LEAD TO AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE THAT WOULD SHAPE OUR WINTERS FOREVER?! What started out as “this is a fun thing to do over the winter, but I can’t see us ever joining” very quickly became something all of us couldn’t see ourselves NOT doing. We were won over by the family-focused nature of the club, the excellent skiing conditions week in and week out, and of course the friend group our family was building. In an “all-for-one-and-onefor-all” decision, both of our families joined Alpine and haven’t looked back. Dreading winter has become a thing of the past!!! We now count down the days until ski season. Not only do we look forward to the thrill of that first chair up the hill but value the opportunity to spend an entire season amongst new friends we think of as our skiing family. We’ve watched our girls grow at Alpine. It is where they were first given the independence to explore on their own, having the whole hill as their playground, and where they learned to “bobsled”! Today they give back to the Club by assisting with lessons and as instructors, passing on the ski skills they have learned here as well as the art of boot skiing! Our non-Alpine friends have grown accustomed to our MIA status mid-December through to April. However, when we explain the feeling of soaring down the slopes, enjoying family lunches in the beautiful clubhouse, well organized après, and relaxed vibe, we inevitably schedule a visit which is usually followed by “when can we be invited back?”
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by Dr. Andrew McManus BHK, DC.
AS THE DAYS GET SHORTER AND FALL IS IN THE AIR IT IS TIME TO START SHARPENING THOSE SKIS AND DREAMING ABOUT THE WHITE FLUFFY STUFF. SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE YOUR BODY FOR OUR DEMANDING SPORT? DUE TO HIGH SPEEDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES SKIING IS CLASSIFIED AS AN EXTREME SPORT. YES, YOU ARE AN EXTREME ATHLETE! WITH LIMITED DAYS ON SNOW IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE YOUR SKI LEGS ARE PREPARED AND READY TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE SEASON INJURY FREE.
U p to 77% of all alpine skiing-related injuries occur to the lower extremity. More specifically, many season-ending injuries occur at the knee joint due to partial and complete tears of the ACL. Our anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) lives inside our knee joint and works 2
to prevent hyperextension of the knee and the forward movement of the shin from the upper leg.
We see professional athletes diligently warm up their muscles before competition to prevent injury and improve performance. Snowsport athletes start at a disadvantage due to low temperatures decreasing the rate of force development of the knee flexor muscles (hamstrings and glutes), reducing their ability to quickly combat the demand of external forces on the knee.2 Cold chairlift rides don’t help to keep those hamstrings warm for performance. When demand exceeds capacity, injury occurs. This means that we must increase our capacity to handle external forces to minimize risk. What other factors lead to increased risk of injury? According to studies of FIS and World Cup ski racers, low core strength and below average jump-down ability are also factors for knee and low back injuries in skiers.1 Low back pain is the second most common injury in skiers.2 Forward and lateral bending combined with high ground reaction forces during turning cause large repetitive forces at the intervertebral disc (the shock-absorbing components of the spine).1 Skiers can generate up to 8Gs of compressive force during a turn1–think of all that compression!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT INJURY? Equipment: Have an experienced shop set your DIN based on your height, weight, and skill level. Premature release from bindings account for less than 5% of all skiing injuries, while over-tightened bindings contribute to as much as 30% to 40% of injuries.2 Prepare Your Body: Below are four exercises that every skier should do to prepare for the season. All it takes is 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week! Please remember that all exercise programs involve risk, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. For those who choose to use this workout, they acknowledge this risk. If you are unsure, please seek professional advice before starting. SKIDOODLE 2020 38
1. ECCENTRIC HAMSTRING CURL
2. BOX JUMPS
This is the MOST effective exercise for preventing knee injuries in skiers.
Jump to the side onto a box and then back down to the ground near the starting position. Then perform on the other side. One box can be used.
Have a partner or use a bar to hold ankles firmly. SLOWLY lower torso to the floor. Use your arms and relax your legs to return to the starting position.
3 sets of 15 jumps each side
3 sets of 10 repetitions
4. MONSTER WALKS
Perform a plank on your elbows as shown and sustain.
With an elastic band around both ankles, walk forward while keeping your feet spread apart. Keep your knees bent and out the entire time.
3 sets of 60 seconds
3 sets of 60 seconds of walking
Dr. Andrew McManus, a coach at Alpine, is the chiropractor at Collingwood Squash & Fitness Centre with Celeste Marcoux, Head of Personal Training. The Collingwood Squash & Fitness Centre offers preferred pricing for members of Alpine Ski Club, includes sport-specific training and injury prevention. For more information contact: www.collingwoodsquashandfitness.ca; (905)-444-7824 firstname.lastname@example.org
References: 1. Tarka M, Davey A, Lonza G, Oâ€™Brien C, Delaney J, Endres N. Alpine Ski Racing Injuries. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2019;11(3):265-271. 2. Davey A, Endres N, Johnson R, Shealy J. Alpine Skiing Injuries. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2018;11(1):18-26. 3. Mehl J, Diermeier T, Herbst E, Imhoff A, Stoffels T, Zantop T et al. Evidence-based concepts for prevention of knee and ACL injuries. 2017 guidelines of the ligament committee of the German Knee Society (DKG). Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. 2017;138(1):51-61. SKIDOODLE 2020 39
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Since its grand opening in 2016, the clubhouse at Alpine has played host to a fair number of spectacular and memorable weddings. But did you know the clubhouse has been the chosen venue for many corporate and social events as well, including community fundraisers, client appreciation evenings, luncheons, trade shows, holiday parties, birthdays and board meetings?
Along with the clubhouse being fully accessible—restrooms on both levels are designed to accommodate wheelchairs, and the elevator simplifies transit between floors—tasteful menus are created by celebrated in-house caterer Men With Knives. It is true that food and drink tend to make the event, and Men With Knives delivers nothing short of remarkable, specializing in locally sourced ingredients prepared with an international flair. The service is bar none as well, from traditional table service to friendly food stations, including the ever-popular late-night snack service to re-energize guests on the dance floor.
Nestled at the foot of the Escarpment, the modest elevation of the modern clubhouse offers sweeping views of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, with the resident red-tail hawks soaring through the trees off the Heritage Lounge. And with 45,000 square feet of space, the layout possibilities are endlessly flexible to meet needs big and small. And while some businesses opt to use the clubhouse as the backdrop for their conference or meetings—where exclusivity can From fundraising galas to corporate presentations, it takes the be arranged—others use it as a venue to relax after a day spent right location and set up to make the event a success. Planners elsewhere in the area. The laid back, sophisticated vibe of the and event hosts appreciate Alpine’s professional approach clubhouse is perfect for afternoon socials and evening cocktails and meticulous attention to detail, while guests appreciate the alike and the service extends a warm feeling of appreciation to contemporary architecture and that feel—through the use of employees and associates that they remember. colour, glass, and natural materials—of bringing the outdoors in. Whether you need space for a community event, product launch, Many social and corporate event organizers opt to utilize the appreciation evening or conference, or just want to get the team striking outdoor terrace as a part of the event footprint for out of the office, the clubhouse’s size, layout options and aesthetic barbeques, cocktails and entertainment, knowing that if Mother make it the perfect venue for your vision, and you can be confident Nature has her own plans, the event can be relocated indoors the Alpine team will assist you every step of the way. with minimal disruption. More than an event venue – it’s a destination experience. Visit the new website for layout options, sample meal plans and more at alpineskiclubvenue.com. SKIDOODLE 2020 41
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HOW DO YOU TAKE ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST HIGHLYANTICIPATED VEHICLE RELEASES AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL? IT’S A TASK TORONTO’S PFAFF AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS RECENTLY TOOK ON, TRANSFORMING A STOCK JEEP GLADIATOR INTO AN OFF-ROADING BEAST.
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AN UNDEFEATABLE GLADIATOR “For the last couple of years, we’ve sponsored Men’s Day at Alpine Ski Club,” says Laurance Yap, Creative Director at Pfaff. “We’ve brought up a bunch of amazing cars for the guys to test drive in the morning. It’s typically been Porsches, Audis, BMWs and other premium brands, and they’re typically well received.”
“Your imagination goes wild just looking at it,” Yap enthuses. “The Gladiator, much like the Wrangler, is truly built from the factory with the intention that owners are going to customize them. It’s a platform that readily lends itself to being lifted, having larger tires put on it, and more.”
But, this year just as the Pfaff team was beginning to think about what they would do next, they got a call from Matt Ross at Springfed Creative. Besides being an outdoors and off-roading enthusiast himself, Ross heads up Cargo – the overlanding and gear adventure brand. Instead of creating another amazing highend road car, he suggested, why not create a vehicle for where there aren’t any roads at all?
It would be natural to think that a build like this would translate into a ton of time in the fabrication shop, adapting or creating the materials needed for the upgrades. But that wasn’t the case.
That got the Pfaff team thinking about an amazing off-road build – and if that’s your game, you have to consider starting with one of the most highly anticipated new models in the category as your base: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. A modern rethink of what an off-roading, overlanding vehicle can be, the Gladiator was the perfect starting point from which to build something entirely new. Says Yap, it made perfect sense to the team to trick one out, take it to the next level, and see how it was received in the community. “I think, number one, the Gladiator’s newness was a very important part of it. It’s a new body shape,” he notes. “Number two was its suitability for overlanding. It’s got a longer bed which provides more options when it comes to creatively adapting the back of the truck to various uses – whether that’s installing something where you can store and hang a lot of gear, or adding some kind of accommodation platform or tent. It just gives you a lot more options than something like a Wrangler might. “Frankly,” he adds, “we also thought it would look really cool.” The Pfaff team brainstormed a long list of what they wanted to do to the Gladiator… and they went a little crazy. The catalogue of customizations is long and comprehensive, and includes a Mopar lift and snorkel kit, bed-mounted cross rails and storage system, Katzkin leather seats, rock rails and a Rubicon “stubby” bumper. Then they added a Thule snowboard/ski rack system, a WARN ZEON 10-inch winch and elite rear bumper and a recovery snow package – the list goes on and on. Then they topped the whole thing off with a one-of-a-kind Alpine Ski Club graphics package.
“One of the major happy surprises was that most of what we wanted to do was actually available to the Mopar parts catalogue,” observes Yap. In fact, the slowest part of the process was the wait for the truck itself. The end result is what Yap calls a “mix of styling cues” – from the customizations to the paint job, it’s part aggression, part refinement and all outdoors. The Gladiator will make its appearance at this year’s Men’s Day event on January 31, 2020 , and will also be featured at the Cargo Overland show at Alpine on May 23/24 2020. The Gladiator build is a clear indicator that overlanding and vehicle-borne outdoor adventures are becoming more mainstream. (Yap notes, for example, that the Toyota TRDs that the company orders are sold before they even make it to the showroom.) “We’ve definitely seen increased interest – whether it’s actually the overlanding hobby or just the look,” he notes. And, it means Pfaff is certainly keeping an eye on the sport to see if this one custom build turns into something more. “I think we’re going to wait and see how it goes. We have much more experience building high-performance street project cars. Our Pfaff Tuning guys have been doing that for a long time, and we will typically build at least one pretty extreme project car a year. “This is our first foray into something more truck-y, so we’ll see how it goes. That said, we’re all anticipating that it’s going to be positive. It’s still sort of an uncharted territory for us.” But, it has to be said: If you’re heading out into uncharted territory, you can’t do much better than a tricked-out 2020 Jeep Gladiator. SKIDOODLE 2020 45
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Tired of the fine print? At Pfaff, we want to sell you a car the way you want to buy it. We’ll provide you with our best price first, so you won’t have to negotiate. We won’t add any additional fees to your deal. And you can’t buy the wrong car with our return and exchange policy. Visit one of our dealerships today to experience the Pfaff difference.
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686 COAL SMARTY 3-IN-1 MEN’S BLACK BIB VEST PANT $419.99
686 HYDRASTASH SYNC GORE-TEX MEN’S RED DAZED JACKET $479.99
An experimental collaborative design that combines the utility of a puffy approach vest with shell pants. Wear together or separately to control temperature, comfort and look.
The brainchild of the 686 team of backcountry explorers comes to fruition in the first-ever GORE-TEX® jacket with Hydrastash® integrated hydration system.
Features: • 2.5-layer in DRY® 20K stretch fabric + DWR • Fully taped Bemis® seams • Removable Smarty® 100g Silver Eco Primaloft® insulation vest • Thermagraph® body mapping pant insulation system with 120g infiLOFTTM insulation in pant only • Air-FloTM mesh-lined inner leg vents
Features: • Hydrastash® built-in hydration (bladder kit included) • 2-layer Bluesign® approved GORE-TEX fabric + DWR • Fully taped GORE-TEX seams • Shell design • Air-FloTM underarm vents
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VOLCOM BRIGHTON PULLOVER MEN’S CARAMEL JACKET $269.99
VOLCOM L GORE-TEX MEN’S BLACK PANT $279.99
The Brighton Pullover is there for you when you need to batten down the hatches. A V-Science 2-layer shell paired with the V-Science stretch oxford helps give you robust protection against the winter. It comes in a drop-tail fit that keeps you looking sharp along any adventure. The V-Science breathable lining system is at its heart and helps keep your temperature even-keeled and comfortable throughout the day. Solid 15,000mm / 15,000gm2 waterproof/ breathable ratings lifts the Brighton Pullover above the rest.
The L GORE-TEX pant is for those living large. A GPT articulated fit keeps the look in your favour and even comes in an XXL offering. When hell breaks loose, you’re covered with a GORE-TEX 2-layer laminate shell that helps make you weatherproof and limits effects on comfort. The V-Science breathable lining system helps keep your inner climate balanced and helps avoid leaks with fully taped seams. Coming in a variety of colours, the choice is yours.
FULL TILT TOM WALLISCH PRO SKI BOOTS $549.99
If you want to stick huge tricks like Tom, well, it’ll take years of practice. However, it doesn’t hurt to have his boots, the Full Tilt Tom Wallisch Pro Ski Boots. The refined 99 mm sole last done in thermal plastic urethane with Grilamid tongue and a cinch powerstrap mean top performance both in the park and out on the open slopes. The super stylish midnight blue is a nice touch too. New to this boot is the Pro Liner | Responsive Power: the Pro Liner’s laminate is specifically engineered to provide the most energy transfer to the shell while maintaining warmth in a custom moldable fit.
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HEAD KORE 93 WOMENS SKIS $649.99
Burton Step On® is snowboarding’s next evolution, secure and ready for the entire mountain. Don’t believe the Big-Strap-and-Buckle lobbyists, stepons are here to stay! Burton Step On snowboard bindings really do let you step onto your board and ride away. These bindings work with Burton Step On boots to give you a great all-around medium flex, forgiving enough for freestyle manoeuvers yet trustworthy enough for higherconsequence lines. No offence to your uncle in the buckle biz, but it’s time to simplify with the Burton Step On snowboard bindings.
A tremendous frontside ski that balances precision and lightness as well as any ski in the business, the Head Kore 93 W skis feature a Graphene-KOYOYD-Carbon sandwich cap construction and a light Karuba wood core. A perfect choice for the woman who spends the majority of her time on-piste but doesn’t hesitate to mix it up in the trees or sidecountry when conditions call. The ideal cruising tool to enter the freerider world. Super light and feminine design.
HELLY HANSEN POWDERQUEEN 2.0 WOMEN’S JACKET $549.99
The women’s Powderqueen 2.0 Jacket has been updated with a utilitarian military look but still with the loved longer relaxed freeride fit to allow you to feel free and challenge the mountain. Built for joyful freeride days on big mountains, this highly breathable, waterproof, Primaloft® insulated ski jacket keeps you protected while you find this new line. The high collar keeps you warm during cold lift rides and protected against deep powder. This jacket also features the Helly Hansen Life Pocket this special pocket holds the secret to keeping smartphones alive longer. Developed in collaboration with PrimaLoft® and using thermal resistant materials, the Life Pocket™ stays twice as warm as a regular ski jacket pocket. Enjoy bottomless powder! SKIDOODLE 2020 51
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AEXOS CONCUSSION BASE LAYER $129.99-149.99 CDN HALO™ is compression equipment designed to reduce whiplash of the head and neck during impacts in contact sports. The advanced base layer provides postural support that works with the natural movements of an athlete without affecting range of motion or mobility. HALO™ incorporates smart materials that are engineered to respond during impact. The core technology behind HALO™ allows the shirt’s collar to stiffen during a whiplash event, improving neck stability and reducing causal factors of whiplash injury and concussion. www.aexos.ca
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HEAD R-SERIES $349.00
With its revolutionary construction, this multiple award-winning new helmet heralds the start of a paradigm shift in head protection. The innovative combination of a visor helmet with the advantages of wearing a goggle are integrated into a product which is outstanding in terms of fit, style and performance.
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SPYDER LEGACY GTX INFINIUM 1/2-ZIP MEN’S VOLCANO SWEATER $599.99
This retro Spyder Legacy sweater is back to Spyder’s roots, but with the updated Gore-Tex Infinium, waterproof and breathable has this classic back to the future. • Fabric: 87% extra-fine merino wool/13% nylon • Spyder Heritage inspired skiable jacquard sweater lined for windproof and waterproof elements • Watertight YKK® AquaGuard® center front and hand pocket zippers • Gore fabric overlay on shoulders and collar for waterproof elements featuring a chevron pattern • Spyder heritage logo patch
TRUE OUTLIERS MINK-LINED PARKA $1800.00
Never be cold again. These beautiful parkas from True Outliers have been tested to -40 Celsius, and look great too! These coats are made of cotton with a Teflon coating, stuffed with 650-fill power down, and comes with a removable mink liner! www.trueoutliers.com
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DAKINE TRAVEL BAGS
55L BOOT BAG BACKPACK $94.99
BLACK GOGGLE STASH $29.99
FALL LINE SKI ROLLER BAG $164.99
Choose the Boot Pack DLX when you want to push the adventure a little further. The dedicated helmet and goggle pocket, frontzip cargo pocket, and separate rear-entry tarp-lined boot compartment securely hold all your ski or snowboarding essentials. The zippered side pockets can hold tuning kits and extra gloves, hats, or baselayers, and the front zippered cooler pocket keeps a sack lunch cool while you’re out working up an appetite.
Keep your goggles safe with the Dakine Goggle Stash, Fully padded and fleece lined with an extra lens sleeve and mesh vents – this is a must for your new goggles!
When you’re on the hunt for worldclass skiing, the right tools make all the difference. With the Fall Line, finding the perfect spot for everything is easy: removable bag for boots, the zippered exterior pocket for small stuff, and a large interior volume for your boards/poles/pack. Cruise through your travels and focus on getting the goods.
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In an increasingly electronic age, Alpine Ski Club continues to produce Skidoodle as its feature publication. Skidoodle is a 64-page full-co...
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In an increasingly electronic age, Alpine Ski Club continues to produce Skidoodle as its feature publication. Skidoodle is a 64-page full-co...