Coronavirus/COVID-19 Spring Update for Eastern Members (Updated May 8, 2020)

Spring Update for Eastern Members (Updated May 8, 2020)

This month marks the beginning of my 20th year as your Eastern Executive Director/CEO. When I first started at Eastern in May of 2001 I would never have imagined that my twentieth year would begin with us facing such incredible challenges as a society, as an economy and as an association. That said, I am thankful for the efforts of your professional staff and volunteer leadership in facing these challenges head on (if safely spaced, that is) and already working on how to develop and deliver what promises to be a very different 2020-21 membership year and snowports season.

While the coming year will no doubt require compromise and flexibility on the part of us all, it also provides ample opportunities for us to shake things up and get creative in both the membership experience we deliver and how we deliver it. I thank you, our members, in advance for your willingness to ebb and flow with the season ahead as “the best laid plans” may change more than once between now and the first late-autumn snowfall.

For example, at this point it impossible to say for sure if we can hold a Snow ProJam and Master’s Academy in its traditional timeframe (mid-December), format and size. We are hopeful but bringing together 500-plus snowsports pros and staff for a week of education and socializing will likely not be permitted or, even if permitted, advisable. We certainly do not want to put our members, education staff or professional office staff at risk for the sake of withholding tradition.

If necessary, we would look at combining elements of ProJam, Master’s Academy and Spring Rally into one big “welcome back” Spring SnowPro Summit in late March of 2021. Our hope is that by then a vaccine will be available and we will be free to gather together as we choose without fear or risk.

In the meantime, we are developing webinars and online programming for you to experience and enjoy in the coming months. We also plan on scheduling a variety of smaller on-hill clinics and programs as well. Stay tuned for more details.

Even sooner, your spring issue of the SnowPro will be on the way to your mailbox later this month and feature a “reward and renewal” theme. Throughout the issue you’ll read accounts from staff, volunteers and member about their rewards from moments, efforts and experiences of the past year and renewal in the hope for the future that annually comes with the spring season. We hope you’ll enjoy this special themed spring issue!

Stay active, stay safe and thank you for your continued dedication to snowsports education!
Michael J. Mendrick, CEO PSIA-AASI Eastern Division

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The following link is provided by the Center for Disease Control and contains important information about Coronavirus and COVID-19.

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What You Should Know