Master’s Academy & Snow Pro Jam – cancelled for 2020

Announcement on 2020 ProJam and Master’s Academy

Despite our best efforts to preserve this annual tradition as well as the largest gathering of snowsports instructors in the country, we are sorry to announce that both ProJam and Master’s Academy will NOT be held at Killington, VT this December as originally planned.

This is due to a number of combining factors that make holding the event unwise and not viable in its current timetable and format.

  • Killington has communicated to us that they will not be able to provide complimentary tickets as in previous seasons and further, will not be able to commit alternative pricing on lift tickets until later this fall. This makes it impossible for us to price the event or (even if pricing is provided) price the event favorably for members.
  • Less than 45% of 286 survey respondents (past PJ/MA attendees) indicated they would be “very likely” to attend a December event this year due to travel and safety apprehensions.
  • Vermont travel restrictions requiring 7 or 14-day quarantines are in place for many of the states from which PJ/MA attendees typically originate.
  • No social activities such as the annual banquet or sponsor party would be permitted.

In short, even if we were to hold the event in December it would be much smaller, offer much less to members and likely be more expensive due to lift ticket assessments. In addition, despite all efforts to provide safety protocols, we will be putting both our members, our education and our office staff at some risk by holding the event prior to the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19.

We will be exploring the possibility of running smaller regional or in-state events during that time period, and we will also continue to provide on-line educational opportunities for our members. We are also looking into a possible ProJam/Master’s Academy-like event to take place in late March or an enhanced Spring Rally when (hopefully) conditions improve and restrictions (and apprehensions) are reduced.

In addition, we hope to offer a fairly large schedule of on-snow educational events for our members. You will be receiving more information on the winter event schedule in the coming weeks as well as new online programming. That said, the situation for this coming season remains highly unpredictable and variable at this point in time and we appreciate your understanding and support.

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