Greetings pandemic weary hikers and skiers. The organizing committee of the BTNSC has been talking about our upcoming season these past few weeks, and several of us have been approached by members asking/hoping that we will have at least some kind of season.
In these abnormal times it is impossible to know with any certainty how to proceed, but for now we have decided to begin with as normal a start to our season as possible. We will begin with our Lachine walks, Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, starting Sept 2nd. We meet in the municipal parking lot at St. Joseph and 21st Avenue. Be there five to ten minutes early, and have parking money.
Beyond that it is our intention to start the Sunday hiking schedule at the end of September, as is customary, at Cap St. Jacques. We will keep the initial hikes as close as possible, so as to limit the need for indoor bathroom stops. We will adjust and adapt as we go.
We hope to start the Ski season whenever it is possible to start skiing. We will have our regular Sunday outings, however possible destinations may be more limited than in previous years. We will also schedule the Saturdays at Cap St. Jacques and the Wednesday evenings on Mont Royal.
Everything is dependent on Covid-19 though, and the dictates and recommendations of our Public Health authorities. As weary as we may be, we must all remain responsible and vigilant in our behaviour. We’ll post health and safety guidelines here on our website and in the weekly emails.
Some members are looking forward to a BT season, however it may turn out. Others may think it is simply unwise altogether! Everyone has to make their own decisions as to how they wish to proceed. If you are comfortable coming out, please do so.
We will not be scheduling any indoor social events, nor will we have an Opening Meeting in November. We will post updates on the season here on our website, and send this information out via weekly emails. For now, we will be holding onto our Tremblant Weekend, scheduled for January 22-24.
Finally, we will not be charging any membership fee this season, as much of that money goes to supporting our social gatherings, Opening Meeting and Ski Clinic. The only one of these that may happen is the Ski Clinic. We’ll figure that out later if necessary. This will be a transition year to better times.
We will continue with last year’s membership mailing list. If any lapsed members wish to be added to the list, they only need ask. If any potential new members wish to join us, you need to know that this will be a very different year. We’ll have to arrange to meet up with you at a given walk, hike or ski outing and introduce you to the club one-on-one.