Temperatures are moderating, Fall is in the air and I’m certain there’s a lot of curiosity regarding our club as we prepare for the upcoming season. We’ve decided to not get ahead of all the seeming weekly changes on the current pandemic in hopes that by this point it may be possible to determine where the public governance will be at the opening of our upcoming season. With that in mind, it appears there will still be authorities issuing guidelines to be followed which Ausblick will need to prepare for. We also recognize that these guidelines frequently change as time progresses. Our personal opinions and experiences may or may not be helpful as we here at Ausblick adapt to the pandemic and strive to find a bit of the good old days in our lives. Please understand that our club will do it’s best to achieve a reasonable balance in embracing the recommended safeguards to insure the health and safety of our membership and employees. Our goal is for you to experience as much as possible of a near-typical Ausblick season. We’re all in this together; hopefully we can all participate in making the transition to ensuring another SnowSports Season.
Ausblick has been monitoring industry decisions for the past couple months and while we are different than the commercial industry offerings, there are a few themes that appear a certainty; two of which we all have months of experience with, face coverings & social distancing. Other areas that modifications are under consideration for are within SnowSports Instruction, Kitchen availability, locker accessibility, lodge capacity limitations, social events, etc. Potential solutions under consideration are a separate area for those preferring to avoid the lodge and simply boot up to ski, outdoor grills available (weather permitting), sanitation stations, etc. Lift expectations at this point will be 2 per chair unless from the same household and separation within lift lines. As we continue forward on our commitment to provide our membership as near a normal experience this season as possible under the guidelines set forth, we will keep you informed via constant contact communication. Who knows what might change in the next 10 weeks!
Many of you have been asking about the annual Ski Sale typically held in the coming weeks. As you might have guessed, pandemic social distancing obviously prevents us on a practical side from offering the event as in the past. So this year we’ve decided to open the parking lot to Sellers & Buyers on Saturday, October 10th (rain date: October 17th). The event will be similar to a flea market offering, so mark your calendars. Selling of items will be restricted to Members, buyers are open to the public.
Sale begins at 12-noon either day. Please watch for more details from Dennis in the near future.
Our club Board of Directors has experienced some changes at our Annual Meeting in August. Leaving our Board are long term members John Siepmann, Mike Wichert and Rick Jansky. All three should be recognized for their contribution and commitment to Ausblick over the years and the Board certainly Thanks them for their service. It’s been a pleasure working with them and incorporating their contributions and guidance into Ausblick’s direction over the years.
New members joining our Board include Abby Horn, Dan Johnson and Scott Robertson; affording experience and relationships representing the National Ski Patrol and the Ausblick Race organization. We look forward to their input, perspective and ideas going forward from here. Thank You all for your willingness to serve.
Lastly, our membership openings are filling very quickly. There are under 50 remaining available memberships remaining before we must close membership per our ByLaws restrictions. Our concern at this point is previous members who may be waiting to renew. They could possibly miss the opportunity to get back into the club if the remaining openings are exhausted before they act. Please contact Dennis Evinrude, Membership Chairman if you may have questions prior to making a decision to renew your membership.
Please watch for updates via Constant Contact on the latest activity for our Ausblick community. Our goal is to achieve as normal of a season as possible given the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in. I would hope that by working together, adapting as we can and understanding that we’re in this together; our time at Ausblick will remain a club to enjoy family, make friendships and offer memories to be shared for years to come.
Bob Turowski – President