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President’s Update (11 Jul)

Thank you to all those members who have provided feedback in recent weeks, both directly to the Committee and to our amazing Admin Officer. Your support is truly appreciated, particularly given some of the tough decisions that we have had to make in the build up to re-opening the lodges on 22 June. It certainly hasn’t been a smooth road so far, and with a second wave of infections taking hold in Victoria, there are likely to be plenty more challenges ahead.

Regardless of our preparations, we must continue to remain prepared for sudden and significant operational changes. The recent decision to suspend operations at Hotham and Falls Creek, following the introduction of new restrictions in Victoria, is a stark example of how quickly changes can occur. It remains our hope NSW and ACT can avoid a second wave, and we encourage all members to continue to follow government advice in regards to social distancing, hygiene, and testing.

The Committee continues to monitor the situation closely, and is making adjustments to the COVID-19 Management Plan, as appropriate. We have published V1.1 of the Plan, with the following updates:

  • Confirmation of opening dates and lodge capacity
  • Removal of the reference to private health insurance (as this is not required for COVID-19 testing/treatment)
  • Added restriction on staying at a lodge if a member or guest has been in the location of a COVID-19 hotspot in the 2 weeks prior
  • Clarification that bookings (or changes) must be received no later than 5 pm the day before the booking commences (previously this was 24 hours)
  • Significant revision of the incident response procedure (Section 9.1) where a current guest develops COVID-19 symptoms (as the advice has changed since the initial version)
  • Minor revision of the incident response procedure (Section 9.2) where a past guest reports a positive test for COVID-19
  • Minor revision to the Incident Response and Recovery Checklists

You can find the complete Plan, together with a Summary in the COVID-19 Essential Information. The Plan will continue to be updated as new advice is received and government regulations change. To receive notifications of updates, we strongly recommend subscribing to Skimail (please email cac.office@cac.org.au if you do not currently receive this). Alternatively, please join the CAC – Canberra Alpine Club Facebook group.

Since my last update we have been informed by SLOPES (the Ski Lodges Organisation of Perisher Smiggins and Guthega) that the following lodges are not operating – Eremo (Perisher), Gunuma (Smiggins), IMBAC (Smiggins), Kooloora (Perisher), and Tate (Guthega). The majority of other lodges are opening at reduced capacity (like us), and there are some that are opening at full capacity.

The Committee is regularly reviewing the decisions regarding lodge capacity. The advice from NSW Health (e.g. the 4m2 rule) is a key consideration, but we are also considering the ability for members and guests to observe appropriate social distancing within the lodges, as well as the risk of a second wave due to community transmission. For now, the capacities are remaining at 23 (for Jindabyne) and 26 (for Perisher).

This year continues to be challenging for all of us, and for the Club, and with the risk of a second wave in NSW and ACT, we need to ensure that we follow the health guidelines, and maintain our COVID-19 Management Plan. We appreciate all your support and welcome any further feedback. As always, if you need my assistance, please email me on president@cac.org.au.

Laura Peel Wins Freestyle Aerials Crystal Globe

Laura Peel, a member of the CAC since she was a little girl, has recently won the Freestyle Aerials Crystal Globe. Congratulations to Laura for her great achievement!

For more information, please see the recent Canberra Times article at the following link: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6706163/in-isolation-with-the-worlds-best-aerial-skier/?fbclid=IwAR2-sClqGZcatvCcIjdHj88ezuUW6POWgTLcW9DXHK9xI4gJQqFxquMSh7A

2019 Constitutional Changes – Ballot

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) passed a series of special resolutions to amend the Club’s Constitution.  These amendments cover four separate sets of changes:

  • Remove transitional clauses that are no longer relevant
  • Change the minimum Youth Membership age to 18
  • Allow removal of Life Members whom the Club has been unable to contact
  • Remove the concept of “leave” for Committee meetings

Constitutional changes, after being approved at the AGM, must be confirmed by a postal ballot of members in order to take effect.  Ballot papers have been posted to all members eligible to vote.  Please follow the instructions on the ballot paper to participate.

Completed ballot papers must be received by 5pm, Friday April 19 2019, to be included in the count.

If you have not received a ballot paper, or have made an error on your ballot paper and would like a new one, you can print one yourself – the link is below.

Also below is a link to information on the background to these changes. This information has been posted to eligible members with ballot papers.

If you have any queries about the ballot process, or the changes being proposed, please contact Jenny McLeod (email secretary@cac.org.au).

Click here for ballot paper (PDF format)

Click here for background information on the proposed changes

2017 Club Championships

Club Championships in XC, Alpine and Snowboard were held recently.

The XC Championships were held as part of the KAC Classic, from Perisher to Charlotte Pass, on Wednesday 9 August 2017. Unusually for the KAC, it was a beautiful day!

The Alpine and Snowboard Championships were held as part of the ACT Citizens Race, on Sunday 13 August 2017.

Results are on the Race Results page, with links to the full results for each race.

2017 Brumby Races results

The Brumby Races were held on Saturday 22nd July, on Upper Rollercoaster at Blue Cow.  Despite forecast wind, the day turned out to be really nice for weather.

The Brumby Races are held on a dual GS course.  Each racer had two timed runs – one on the red course, and one on the blue, racing next to another racer.

The timed runs are used to determine the winners of the Brumby Cup – but not directly.  A random draw of to match up the men and women was held at the Brumby Dinner on Saturday night, and results for that are given below the timed runs.

Racers also participated in the President’s Cup – a knockout, also using the dual GS course, held after the timed runs.  The winner of each pair progressed to the next round.

Results are on the Race Results page.

Peak Festival

The Perisher lodge was full on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with the Peak Festival providing a great range of music at venues around Perisher.

Hussy Hicks at the Marritz
Not much snow, but lots of people!
Peak Festival - Kathy getting a dance with Mikelangelo (of the Black Sea Gentlemen) at the Sundeck
Peak Festival - Lisa Couper with Bertie McMahon at the Sundeck


View from the top
Peak Festival - The Groove, playing at The Man
Peak Festival - Sally and George at the Sundeck
Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen - Sundeck packed out for the Peak Festival

Photos – Jenny McLeod and Teresa Harrington