Paused for 21/22

A message from the founder of KCSSC:

**This is a cry for help, NOT the white flag**

It breaks my heart to say this, but we are pausing Kittitas Co. Ski & Snowboard Club for the upcoming 2021/2022 season. What does “pause” mean exactly? Well, we’re not saying we’re cancelling the season, yet we’re not we’re continuing it. I can tell you this much: We wont be running our club at the ski resort. Hopefully we can find another way.

Even with this grim news, I’m a firm believer that optimism doesn’t come from a lack of adversity, nor from just “thinking good thoughts”. True optimism comes from identifying a challenge, and believing in the possibility of a solution.

Children (and adults) need snow in their lives. Snow brings an unparalleled type of joy that can’t be found elsewhere.

So, for the sake of transparency, I’d like to share our reasons for pausing this club, in hopes that we can work as a community to find a solution. The children have been through enough, and deserve to slide on.

There are 5 challenges we face this season:

  1. Our local ski resort is requiring vaccinations for employment. That means that they, like most businesses, are understaffed. An understaffed resort means fewer chairs open, and longer lift lines. We run our club mid week so that we can virtually ski straight to the chair. Last year, we stood in line on many occasions for more than 30 minutes- on a mid week night! This year they will have even fewer staff. We believe it’s not worth our time, money, and energy, to stand in line.
  2. King County now requires a vaccine passport indoors. Half of the resort base areas are in King Co. Sure, skiing is outdoors. But what about bathrooms? And the rental shop? Kittitas County Ski & Snowboard Club does not discriminate, and will not support discrimination.
  3. Like most businesses right now, we are understaffed! We rely mostly on volunteers, but we just don’t have the support needed to run the club this year.
  4. I-90 Snow Removal isn’t looking good. WSDOT is incredibly understaffed right now. They have always done a great job with the roads, thanks to their task force. Without those drivers, we don’t find it safe or smart to create a schedule that depends so greatly on road conditions

This is a cry for help, not a white flag. KCSSC is not a company for one individual. It is a community club. That means we need to collaborate the creativity, the intelligence, the love, the passion, and the energy of our community! Do you have ideas on how to keep this going for the children? Do you know of a local hill we could ski on? Are you willing to volunteer once or twice a week? There are likely many options that we haven’t thought of.

Please, feel free to reach out with any input here: kcsscyouth@gmail.com

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