OCTOBER 2020
ED MESSAGE - REGISTRATION FOR EVERYONE - SILENT AUCTION HELP
PRIVATE ARC'TERYX SALE - CYPRESS MNT NEED SKI INSTRUCTORS
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REGISTRATION for VOLUNTEERS and STUDENTS and BUBBLE PEOPLE
Message from the Executive Director:

Hello amazing VASS family!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.
A quick COVID update.... if you have not yet seen our interim Return To Sport document, it's on our website: CLICK HERE   It highlights several of the steps we will be taking to get ready for everyone to come and play on the mountains.  There will still be many little changes along the way and we will be creating trainings for students, bubble people and instructors.  It is awesome how seriously everyone is taking these precautions: our mountain partners, our board of directors, program coordinators, BCAS and CADS.  It is allows us to be as prepared as possible for every upcoming situation.

In this newsletter we will be looking at how STUDENTS and BUBBLE PEOPLE can get registered NOW to make this process as easy as possible for everyone. We will also be looking at how our volunteers can continue to sign up. Thanks to all of you for investing your time and passion to make VASS a reality this season.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon.


Best,

James Peters
Executive Director 
Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports 

NEW AND RETURNING VOLUNTEERS REGISTRATION VIDEOS

Volunteer signup is alive and strong.  We have already had a number of people signup to volunteer in the 2020-2021 season.   If you are a first timer, click here to see a short video on how to get sorted, and please take time to review our website that has an in depth look at what your first year will look like. www.vass.ca

If you are a returning instructor volunteer, I am sure you already know all of the key things, but here is a list of things to be mindful of when you go to www.vass.skiportal.org to sign up:

1.     Only sign up for programs that you are volunteering for.   Please do not sign up for all of the programs you are available for.  If you have a checkmark on a program, it will be assumed you are wanting to show up for the entire program.  
2.     Please review all of the blue tabs in your profile at www.vass.skiportal.org   There may be some new things that need filling out.
3.     If you are signing up for CADS 1, you must select a CADS COURSE date, an OVERVIEW ZOOM and OVERVIEW ON SNOW sessions.  Unless you already have you CSIA OR CASI certifications respectively, in which case the overview sessions are not required.
4.     If you are a returning instructor, there are REFRESHER ZOOM SESSIONS that you can sign up for in the training section of your profile.   Great opportunity to get your ski-brain back in shape.

And if you need a video reminder, click here to check it out.  

Thank you so much for your continued commitment to VASS.
STUDENT AND BUBBLE PEOPLE REGISTRATION VIDEOS
NOV 1st, 2020 @ 7:00am - Student registration opens

As I am sure you are all aware, this year every student, unless already directed by me, will need to bring a support person to their lessons that can ski or board at a similar or greater level than the student.  We affectionately call these people the BUBBLE PEOPLE.  

Both STUDENTS and BUBBLE PEOPLE can get their profiles completed NOW at www.vass.skiportal.org and then on Nov 1, 2020, at 7am the registration for students opens and you can jump into the student profile and sign up for the program you want.  Due to limited numbers this year, we are asking that each student only apply for 1 Program. These programs are going to fill up very quickly as we only have 1/2 the capacity of last year. We will then, as quickly as possible (probably a couple of days), accept students to each program and you will be sent a link to make the payment for the program. Please click here to see a short video with everything you need know about signing up a STUENT and click here to learn about signing up a BUBBLE PERSON. If you have any questions, please call James to get answers quickly at 604-646-8277
 
SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS...



We are charging ahead with our WINTER SILENT AUCTION event to be held in the last week of November.   If anyone has any donations that they think will sell well in a silent auction, we would love to hear from you.  Awesome items might be: Gift Certificate for services or products, vouchers for a unique experience or lessons, gift baskets, wine and other spirits, and anything else you can dream up…. And things that are lighter and can be mailed, are always easy for everyone. Be creative, as every little bit counts. Here is a link with a tonne of ideas.... click here.

For more info or to chat about your donation, please email info@vass.ca

Also, if you would like to help out in the silent auction itself, please give James a call:  604 646 8277.
SPECIAL VASS ONLY SALE.....
Hi VASS members.

You are invited to a private shopping event at Arc’teryx Vancouver, 813 Burrard St, on 10/15/2020. At the event, you have the exciting opportunity to enjoy 20% off store products and 50% off promotional items.  
 
For this event, we are utilizing a booking system where you can select the time that suits you from the options available. This will allow you to enjoy the in-store experience, and shop for one hour safely distanced at a recommended capacity.  
 
If you have any questions, our Product Guides will be happy to assist you. While our in-store shopping experience has changed a bit, our gear and our commitment to the community have not. Learn more about our in-store safety protocol by visiting: (https://arcteryx.com/help/covid-retail)
 
Next steps for you include. Visit our booking site: (https://store-bookings.as.me/private-shopping-event-burrard)

1. Go to the date provided for your organization and select a time from the list.
2. Enter the requested details. Be sure to include the name of the person who invited you. Invitations may not be forwarded or shared with others.
3. Add a calendar reminder from the confirmation message. 
4. Arrive at the store for your event on the specified shopping date & time. Show your invitation at the door to gain entry. Only one person may attend per invitation.
5. Browse our extensive product line and plan your next adventure! 

***IF YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND THEN NEED TO CANCEL, PLEASE GO BACK TO YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION AND REMOVE YOUR SPOT SO SOMEONE ELSE CAN ATTEND....

We look forward to seeing you! 
 
Arc’teryx Burrard Team
Arc’teryx Vancouver
CYPRESS MOUNTAIN HIRING FAIR OCT 16-18

Our friends at Cypress mountain are having a job fair next weekend. If anyone is interested in more info, please check out their website by clicking here. I would be happy to write a reference letter for any previous volunteers.