Lappe Nordic Ski Club 2020 COVID Guidelines

Revised: December 3, 2020

As we approach the start of our winter programs a few changes have been made to our COVID guidelines.  Not only are these guidelines, as always, inline with the guidelines and requirements of the Ontario Government, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Cross-Country Ski Ontario, but they are designed so that our program participants feel confident that we are taking this pandemic seriously and keeping athletes and families safe. 

Although these guidelines are similar to those from November 20th, there are important changes. Please review them carefully:  

CLUB COVID GUIDELINES:

  • Masks – Keep each other safe by wearing masks as follows – 
    We deem that it is difficult for program participants to keep a 2m distance until they are on the trail skiing. As such, all participants are required to wear their masks from the time they leave their cars until such time as they are skiing out of the stadium. Participants are also asked to put their masks on when stopped on the trail with their group. Masks are preferable, however pulling a buff over the mouth and nose can work when necessary. Also, masks must be worn at all times in all indoor spaces.
  • Self-Assessment: All club program members and coaches as well as anyone arriving with them must complete a COVID self assessment prior to attending every and all program sessions or Club events. Do not attend any Club programs or events if your self assessment deems your status as a potential COVID-19 risk or case, and follow public health guidelines for isolation and testing.
    • Self Assessment includes not attending Club programs or events if:
      • have tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting COVID-19 test results and are in self-isolation
      • feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19
      • have been in close contact in the past 14 days with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
      • Have travelled outside of Northwestern Ontario in past 14 days
  • Attendance: Attendance will be taken at the start of each session by your coach for contact tracing purposes. Exceptions are FIT and COMP teams, as all athletes will be presumed to have been present at all sessions.
  • Group Size: Club will endeavour to maintain group sizes of 15 participants or less which is below the allowable number required by the “Ontario Framework for Reopening” as currently written in the Prevent, Protect, Restrict and Control levels. Groups will be structured to have the same coaches, remain separate from other groups, and be as consistent as possible. However, note that program members participating or coaching in/with more than one group is a possibility. Athletes participating in Super Saturday will be in a mixed group.
  • Physical Distance: Maintain physical distance of 2m at all times when possible.
  • Waxing: We encourage you to glide wax your skis at home. Program participants may use the wax forms in the chalet and adjacent trailer for quick grip wax application only during program times, as well as 30 minutes before and after the program start time. FIT/COMP teams and Track Attack athletes may also use the Club Trailer for grip waxing. Your coach will teach you how to apply grip wax outside as well. If you cannot glide wax at home, please do so at Lappe well outside of program times. Video on waxing basics.
  • Bags/Clothing: Please do not leave any bags or clothing in the chalet or in the adjacent trailer. The only exception to this is if you have an assigned locker. You may leave some belongings in your locker, but not on the floor in front of it.

ON THE TRAIL DURING PROGRAM TIMES:

  • Fit/Comp Teams/Adult Programs: It is expected that you will self monitor your 2m distance and put on a mask or pull up your buff when stopped in a group. FIT/COMP athletes who cannot follow these guidelines may be asked to leave training and not attend the following 2 sessions.  Adult program participants (Learn to Ski and Recreational Technique) who do not comply will be asked to not attend session(s).
  • Other Youth/Children’s Program: To help younger athletes follow the guidelines each group will be assigned a monitor to provide gentle reminders. If a participant is having difficulty following the guidelines, we will work with parents and coaches to try to find a solution. Athletes in these programs will be asked to put on their masks (or pull up their buffs) for most group activities.
  • Communication: Use of clear, consistent and respectful communication regarding physical distance by using “green, yellow and red zone”. Example, “Oops, we are in each other’s red zone”, or “We are in the yellow zone, let’s back up a bit”. “Okay, green zone, we can proceed.” 
  • Physical Distance: Maintain physical distance of 2m at all times when possible. Overtake quickly, and wide.  Masks should be worn if skiing side by side for any length of time. Please keep in mind that other skiers need space to pass you safely.
  • No Contact: Programs will not include games involving direct touching of any kind (only no contact activities). 
  • Stadium Use: Each program group will have a predetermined meeting location, and a dedicated entrance/exit to the stadium.  Please ensure that you are aware of this location for the start and finish of the program.  Stadium Map for 11:30 Saturday Programs.
    • You are permitted to walk into the stadium to put on skis and are encouraged to do so, rather than stop at the entrance points. 

CLUB TRAILERS:

  • Masks must be worn in trailers at all times.
  • Seasonal Ski Rentals: The Club trailer will be used for seasonal ski equipment rentals with only 1 family and the Equipment Coordinator inside at a time. 
  • Waxing: FIT/COMP teams and Track Attack athletes may also use the Club trailer for grip waxing when necessary prior to a race or session. Portable wax benches can be brought outside when necessary. 
  • Bags: If a FIT/COMP athlete does not have an assigned chalet locker and does not have a car in which to leave their bag, they may leave their bag in the Club trailer’s boot room. The Club trailer may not be used for changing. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

  •   Program Changes: Any changes to scheduled programming will be communicated via email to participants.
  • A Positive COVID Test: If a program participant tests positive for COVID we will follow guidelines provided by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. 
    • The Club’s board of directors encourages program participants to inform the club by emailing Rena Viehbeck, Program Manager ([email protected]) and Stephanie Marler, Club President ([email protected]) if a program participant or any member of the family living at the same address tests positive for COVID-19. We will not reveal the identity of the individual or family specifically in any communication, but this information may be used to provide timely communication to group members.
    • With this information, we commit:
      • If the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is a participant in a Lappe program, to immediately contact Public Health for guidance, and review suspending practices for that group for two weeks.
      • If a family member of a Club program participant tests positive for COVID-19, to communicate to that participant’s program group that there has been a positive COVID-19 test in the household of an athlete and to give each family the choice as to whether they participate at group sessions.
  • COVID Status: If the status of our region changes we will consult with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to confirm if our protocols and guidelines are still adequate.
  • Personal Equipment: All families and athletes are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer with them for use when they feel it is needed and a personal water bottle.
  • Feedback/Concerns: We are continually finding ways to improve our guidelines and practices for the safety of all club members. We encourage you to provide feedback by emailing Rena Viehbeck – Program Manager at [email protected] or Stephanie Marler – Club President at [email protected].

 

Information about Chalet Use, Trail Passes and Food Services:

The Lappe Nordic Ski Club and the Lappe Ski Center are separate entities. The Ski Club is a not-for-profit organization that offers programming and other activities for its members and the ski community at large. The Lappe Ski Centre, owned by the Puiras family, maintains and operates the property and buildings, grooms the trails, offers seasonal and daily trail passes, and provides food and other services to its trail pass holders. For information about the Lappe Ski Center chalet use including washrooms, food services and COVID guidelines, please refer to the Lappe Ski Center guidelines below.

December 2020 Lappe Ski Centre COVID Guidelines