On behalf of the team here at Chicopee, we would like to thank all of the members who participated in the Sunrise Session and Champions Day festivities. We look forward to enjoying the rest of this season, as we anticipate the start of the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season.
Mother Nature is holding out as thousands of skiers and snowboarders patiently wait for the season to get started. These next few weeks are forecasted to have unusually warm weather. The Chicopee Operations Team has gone through and tested all our snowmaking systems, and are ready and waiting for our first cold spell.
To fight against the now volatile weather patterns of the last few years, Chicopee has invested over $400,000 into new state-of-the-art, high efficiency snow guns. These guns allow us to make snow at higher temperatures (-2c to -3c, but not 10c!) and are much more energy efficient in doing so.
With the new snow guns and cold temperatures last season, we found that we could almost completely deplete our water supply in 10 days of snowmaking. It would take us up to 3 weeks to restore the ponds and water supply. To rectify this vulnerability, we drilled a new well deep in the bedrock, which means we’ll be able to produce approximately 3x the volume of water. This means we’ll have all the water we need for snowmaking.
So the million dollar question, when will we be open? At this point only Mother Nature can answer that. Stay tuned to our social media channels and e-newsletter for the latest updates. We will be announcing our opening once a date is confirmed.
Stay tuned, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Due to the warm weather expected for the next 14 days, our NYE Celebrations will be cancelled. Our fireworks show will be postponed to Family Day weekend.
In a time when kids are choosing to spend more time in front of a screen instead of going outside, it’s becoming more important to ensure they stay physically active. According to a survey by Participaction, children up to the age of 12 spend an average of 8 hours in front of a screen every day. Summer camps are perfect for getting any kids off the couch and away from technology.
Summer camps help kids get the most of their summer vacation in ways that let them have fun while also providing an excellent learning experience. Instead of studying history or math, they’re learning leadership or problem solving skills. Instead of science or geography, they’re learning social skills. Summer camps provide kids with opportunities for personal growth by helping them develop these important life skills.
Summer camps also have physical activity benefits. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that youth aged 5 to 17 have at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. According to a Canadian Health Measures Survey, only 5% of youth aged 5 to 17 meet these recommendations. Summer camps help surpass these recommendations by providing active experiences that are fun for kids of all ages. From tennis to ropes courses to biking, there are so many ways to keep kids active. With a range of activities for them to explore, their experience differs day to day keeping them engaged.
Summer camps go above and beyond by bringing learning, physical activity, and fun together in one great experience. From making new friends to discovering new hobbies like climbing or volleyball, summer camps provide so many opportunities for kids to enjoy and explore all in one great program. So is summer camp the best option for your child? The answer is yes!
Arguably the best part about summer camps is that they can do all of this without breaking the bank. So if you’re worried about the cost, then we have good news for you! There are multiple benefits from the Canadian Government that can be used to help pay for children’s care in programs like summer camps. For example, the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) is increasing and expanding by giving parents $160 in benefits per month (up to $1,920 a year) for each child under the age of six, and adding a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 a year) for each child aged six through 17.
In addition to this, the Government is doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) and making it refundable to help families with the costs of fitness activities, like summer camps. There is now a $1,000 limit for the year that is refundable starting this year. Summer camps can also be claimed under the child care expenses deduction section of your taxes.
There’s even more good news! Chicopee’s summer camps fall under the CFTC so families can be reimbursed for the money they put towards our summer camps. Sounds like getting your cake and eating it too!
Here at Chicopee, we offer some exciting summer camps for kids born between 2002 and 2011. Our camps are designed for campers who enjoy being active in the great outdoors and feature a wide range of activities. A week at a Chicopee summer camp can include: climbing, biking, beach volleyball, tennis, low ropes, high ropes, field sports, disc golf, team building games, crafts, and more!
Check out our summer camp programs and sign your kids up today for a summer of fun at Chicopee!