Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program
March 9th update
Time to Ski and Ride!
The scene this morning
Not too bad. Little bit of wind and one broken snowcat. Must be Week 1.
Time to get this going. Enough of this waiting. Sky Tavern is going to start Saturday morning and Sunday too. I will not make any excuses, just the year we were handed. A good amount of plans we had for the season got washed away, but still some very cool stuff is going to happen on the slopes.
Get here early, park tight, have fun. The first week get to buses at 7 and if driving up, 8 might be late. We are doing this for the kids, well maybe not all of it. There is a lot of fun to be had in teaching kids skiing and snowboarding or running a resort for them. Thank you!
Make certain you have your pass. No one gets to be here without one. There is still a fair amount of passes not picked up. We are going to hand bus kids that don't have their's as they get off the bus. Everyone else needs to stop by the front room and see Lythia.
Week 1 is pure confusion. That is just the way it is. We will get it done together as long as we don't lose any senses of humor. It takes a little time for the routine to take form. It has been almost a year since we did this and some of us are getting forgetful!
The Moms and Dads at the front desk and in the ? vests are your best friends when there is a problem. Find them if you don't know what to do, go, help, whatever. Also your job is to remind me to smile.
Everyone please check the kid's gear. Swapping out boots now is very difficult since all the gear is stowed away but if no alternative, we will try. Buckle ski boots for a few hours and let them warm up indoors first. It stretches them back out. Helmets, everyone wears a helmet on the snow!
If you have not please read this rather long rambling below. It is orientation in an email. Its long, but has most of the answers.
Been waiting a long time for this.
See you this weekend!
Updated: March 2018
Life with Sky Tavern follows. It's laughingly called Angie's List because when Angie ran the office, these were the most common questions. Maybe it needs to be called Lythia's list now. It is a short instruction/orientation/helpful hint manual for surviving Sky Tavern. It has stuff for both bus parents and member adults. Please read all the way through. A few changes happened for this season and I am sure things that are vitally important have been left out of all this accidentally.
Some of the info here is for members/ volunteers adults and some for the bus program, but please read it all.
EVERYONE HAS A BADGE AT SKY TAVERN.
Wear your badge when at Sky Tavern, Please! It is how we know who belongs. Visitors please go to the front desk and get a visitor pass. If you forget your badge, go to the front desk and get a temporary one. It may cost you! Your child's badge lists what type of member you are. Bus kids can ride the bus, Child of a member have adults driving them up and then helping. They don't ride the bus. SkyKids are 4 and 5 years old.
If you don't have computer access, we update our phone message at (775) 323-5125 during our season to inform you if the program is a GO or ON HOLD/NO GO. Visit the website regularly for updates. See announcements page https://members.skytavern.org/index.php?rp=/announcements)
You can also follow us on Facebook
GO or ON HOLD/NO GO?
GO or ON HOLD/NO GO means simply either the program is happening that day (GO!) or not happening (ON HOLD/NO GO!) due to bad weather, bad road conditions, or some other reason. We do everything within our power to keep the program running every weekend, but if it's not safe, we'll call a ON HOLD/NO GO. The ways to find the message are through emails, the website and Sky Tavern Facebook page. The message on the office phone is changed also. 323-5125. The call for On Hold is made by 6:30 each day, is the plan. I make the wrong call every year. If you would like this responsibility, please come to the lodge at 5 am, Sat, Sun.
WHAT DAY(S) CAN I GO?
When you sign up as an adult member, you and your family have the option to go Saturday, Sunday, or both days! The only requirement is that your children have to take their lessons each day and you as the adult, volunteer your time each day to help keep the program running smoothly. Please no just sleeping in and showing at noon to just ski. Bad example to all and you will be told NO.
Bus students sign up for Saturdays OR Sundays as their primary day. They must purchase a bus ticket online by Wednesday at noon to get on the bus that weekend. After we count how many empty seats we will have for a bus at every stop, we will open those up for "other day" kids to get up to Sky Tavern. We are trying to keep the buses full since we spend much more money moving kids than we take in. Bus kids can be driven up on your off day, but please Mom or Dad, check in at the front desk. Below is instructions for the bus ticket.
WHAT GEAR DO WE NEED TO SKI OR BOARD?
You'll need skis & poles (despite what the shops say, Sky Tavern teaches skiing with poles if not in SkyKids or snowboarding) or a snowboard (with a leash strap between boot and board!) with appropriate boots, warm long socks, ski goggles, waterproof gloves. Again SkyKids are no poles to start.
We recommend a layered approach to clothing so that depending on how the weather turns, you're covered. Long underwear, ski pants, long sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, waterproof jacket, glove liners, are all good gear to wear and/or bring up because you never know how the weather will be or how it will change! Bus students need to have all their gear in a bag for the bus; skis, snowboards, everything. It is to protect the bus from damage. Need not be anything super trick or expensive. In 1967 my Mother made mine out of zebra stripped material. I got laughed at a lot, but could always find my skis first.
Socks are really important. Real ski socks are slippery and make getting boots on easier. One pair is all you need. Wearing two pairs at once tends to make blisters and the only things in your boots are feet and socks. No pant legs!
Everyone skis or rides with one, everyone. Please remember Sky Tavern is a training area and not a run of the mill ski area. Snowsports is a helmeted sport just like biking. My kids have never skied without a helmet and the youngest one makes Robby Knievel look boring. Be an example please. Helmets are required on everyone, please! Won't toss adults out the first day for not having a helmet, but do plan on sending the cutest 7 year old with butterflies on her coat, to ask you why you don't wear one. Think Cindy Lu Who. She may kick you out or give you a kiss depending on if she passed her class. It's all about the kids! She will have the last say! She is a great enforcer!
NSAA Responsibility Codes strictly enforced. Violation will result in serious penalties. Not following these is how people get hurt
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
HOW DOES THE DAY RUN?
When the program is a GO we recommend you be at the lodge by 8:00am. PLEASE enter through the second entrance and park in the lower parking lot and follow the attendants' directions. Remember he is your neighbor. The upper lot is for CSIs, ski patrol, disabled persons, board members, ops staff and loading/unloading of buses ONLY. The parking lot Marshall is mean! She will send you around to the lower lot. I am afraid of her. Set up a meeting place for you and your child to meet after classes are over. It's no fun for a child trying to find a lost parent!
BUS STUDENTS Instructions
An admission. This system is new and going to be a work in progress.
Between Monday and Wednesday at noon go to skytavern.org and log into your account you registered the kids with. Go to Purchase products then bus transportation. It is on the left of the page. Buy the bus pass (s) you need to get the kid out of the house. When you registered, you picked a primary day and pick up spot. Lets everyone please stick to that this first week so we can figure out the system. Whoever signed up for a certain spot on a certain day has first priority. If a bus gets overbooked please call the office. Like I said work in progress. Follow the instructions add the child to the roster. The ride is $12 and non-refundable except if Sky Tavern has a no-go situation. May certain you are logged into your account by hitting "already registered". Do not create a new account please.
When the program is a GO we recommend you go to your school pick up site by 7:00 am the first day with your gear safely stowed in a carry on bag. Don't forget your lunch, meal pass or money($10 is plenty). The 7 am pick-up times may change after the first day, but the bus supervisors will let you know. Students can stow their gear on the bus or in our lockers (limited number and you can bring a lock to use on them for the day if you have one).
There are lockers for bus kids. You can bring a lock if you want but take it home with you every day. If Mom, Dad, Grandparents want to come see the new budding Olympian, please sign in at the front desk as a visitor. If you take them home early please sign them out of the buses. If we don't know where they are, we will hold the buses until they are found. This can make them very unpopular at school the next week. This is just like a school field trip.
MEMBERS & BUS STUDENTS
Kids and instructors be dressed and have all your gear on by 8:30am when classes are forming. On your child's badge there is a level number for which class they should be in. Level 1's go to a Level 1 class and so on. Classes will form right outside the lodge on the snow by the first chairlift (Sky Ridge). Signs are posted by each class so just look for your level number. If a beginner went to Dryland last Sunday they are a level 2. Lessons start at 9:00am and end between 11:00am-11:30am-noon. All children are required to take their classes each day they're there. After classes are over, children are free to have lunch or free ski until the end of the day. Children are only allowed to use the chairlifts when they have passed to Level 3P and above or with an adult. (this might change depending on how the new back trail run works out).
Kids have become pretty good with phones since we first wrote this, but please leave the other electronics at home. Kids lose a few of these each year for various reasons. It is not fun to be the parent that has to deal with an upset kid that has lost something really important to them.
Don't run in the lodge. Locker room, in and out please
How does THE DAY END?
Bus students are able to ski until 2:30pm at which time they will not be allowed on any ski lifts. At 2:30pm bus students are asked to get their gear together and get to their buses for the ride home. Buses normally return to the school sites by 3:30pm. If a bus kid goes home with a parent they must be signed out at the front desk. Buses will not leave until all kids are accounted for.
Adult members and their families are able to ski until the lifts are shut down at 4:00pm. Please help put stuff away before you leave. Things like the ski racks and garbage need to be dealt with every night. Remember you are the staff of this place. Cinderella's flock of helpful birds do not show up and clean the lodge every night.
A word about classes and passing.
Sky Tavern teaches snowsports. The idea is to get better at skiing and riding and enjoy it for life. Sometimes it is hard and kids don't pass to the next level. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries, but if a kid is having problems, seek out a Certified Snowsports Instructor (CSI). Green or Gold coats. It is ok to ask after classes or lunch for one of them to help a kid. It is what they do. Most of the time it only takes a run or two to find the issue and a tool to correct it. The child may still have some work to do, but at least help is there. Calling the office Monday morning to complain your child didn't pass is useless. The office Mom pays bills, the CSIs teach and pass kids to the next level. Since they are all parents, a kid has to walk up to them and ask for help passing. The CSIs love this when it happens. They are at Sky Tavern because they want to help kids succeed!
Getting punched at Sky Tavern is a good thing. That means your level card got punched and up a level you go! The kid is getting better at this.
You are what you are punched. A child is the level that the punched hole is on, not the one above it. If the 3 is punched out, Bobby is a level 3.
Punching your own level card is a no-no.
GENERAL SKY TAVERN RULES for ALL
(There are more no doubt!)
Don't be late! Classes start the line up at 8:30-8:45. It is all about you, but class will not wait!
Don't be late!!!
Don't be late! See a trend?
No sleds except when we give the go ahead.
If you use the lunch trays for sleds, prepare to wash dishes. (fair warning!) Snowboards either. They go on your feet.
Kids go to classes every day
Equipment stays out of the lodge
Kids can ride the Sky Ridge chairlift alone if over 4 feet and Class 3P or with adults anytime. The same is true for the America chairlift, but Class 4 since it goes faster.No alcohol/anything else of that type of substance during program hours. Examples Please!
Drive in the second entrance by the rental shop.
All parents have positions, no one on the sidelines. Not putting in your time helping will result in bad karma and a bad relationship between you and the Mom that worked 2 or 3 shifts. If you don't know what to do, ask the Ambassadors with the ? on their back. They can fix anything.
Smoking cigarettes is allowed in lower parking lot and behind the lodge only, and not next to the fuel tanks. Really, that did happened!
Upper parking lot is restricted parking. If you belong there, you know it and don't be late.
Please no loading and unloading at the upper lot. Don't ask, and don't try to blow the system. There isn't one parking space more than a three minute walk in ski boots from the snow. The exception is getting someone out of Ski Patrol of course. See the Marshall and drive to Patrol.
If you are a bus kid parent, please pick up your child at the bus stop. Forgetting means another mom or dad has to stay there until you remember that middle child. Eventually the authorities will be called. Forgetting makes for interesting dinner time conversations at a few houses, yours, theirs and mine.
Bus parents need to be available by phone all day long, just in case.
If you don't like the way it is done, fix it! It is how I got here almost 20 years ago.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Give us a call in the office at (775) 323-5125 or e-mail us . Please be patient and understand that this is a very busy time for us! We'll do our absolute best to help you in any way we can.
On the hill, just ask the Ambassadors ( ?)! They put on those silly vests for a reason, to help!
Above all, have fun, smile a bunch and treat every kid like the special person they are! Thanks for being part of Sky Tavern. This place matters and the memories made last a lifetime.
To steal a phase from an old Reno icon,
Think Snow! This year more than ever, please.
Friday, March 9, 2018