We are working closely with Public Health and the other Nova Scotia Ski Resorts to make sure that we all have a unified approach to the opening and operation of our beloved ski resorts this winter. As we move forward into the ski season, we will continue to keep the public updated on our Covid-19 protocols, using this page. Our practices will look very similar to those of many other business establishments, and may change from time to time, as advised by Publich Health. Please check back often for possible updates!
To keep up-to-date on Nova Scotia’s Covid-19 response, visit Nova Scotia Public Health here
2020 – 2021 SEASON COVID-19 PROTOCOL UPDATE
Ready for winter? We sure are! While there are many unknowns – below are the things we do know. We are committed to providing high quality, safety-focused fun this winter. The safety of our staff, guest & community remains our main priority. We will continue to follow the most current Public Health Covid – 19 guidelines.
COVID-19 MEDICAL SCREENING QUESTION
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please return home or stay home and use the Covid self-assessment tool on the Government of Nova Scotia website at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en
- Are you sick or symptomatic?
- Have you traveled outside Nova Scotia within the last 14 days?
- Are you a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you waiting for result of a COVID-19 test?
ENHANCED CLEANING & SANITIZATION
All staff are committed to increased cleaning and sanitizing in high traffic areas and on high touch surfaces. We’ve added additional hand sanitizing stations around the buildings.
Please practice good hand hygiene.
Some areas may need to limit daily lift ticket sales, should it become necessary, to ensure health and safety of our staff & guest.
Look for ticket sale options on resort websites and outdoor ticket windows
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS
Face coverings are mandatory. This includes all indoor areas, except when seated consuming food & drink, outdoor areas, including ticket lines, lift lines, lifts & on all decks.
We are confident social distancing can be maintained on the trails & do not foresee limiting on hill capacity. We ask that guests maintain physical distancing & face coverings on all trails and in lift load & unload areas.
INDOOR CAPACITY LIMITS
We’ve reconfigured seating and tablets in our food service & lounge areas. Some ski areas may have table service-only areas and restricted areas on weekends. Look for separate entrance/exits & one-way traffic.
Please consider other guests and limit your time indoors.
RIDING THE LIFTS
Face coverings are mandatory. Family bubles & close social groups can load lifts as normal. Singles & doubles will not be asked to load with anyone outside their cohort. Lift corrals will be roconfigured to allow for physical distancing.
We’ll have reduced indoor space available. There will be no personal belongings stored indoors on floors & under tables. Some areas may have limited or no access to cubbies and lockers.
Please consider your vehicle your own personal lodge, warming hut, changing areas & lunch room.
Multi-week programs will run as planned. Except changes such as staggered start times, distanced meeting places & pre-booked lessons. Lesson availability will be based on capacity & current restrictions. Masks must be worn by instructors and students at all times.
FOOD SERVICE / LOUNGE
Look for a simplified menu with a focus on easily prepared & grab-and-go items. On busy days & weekends look for outside food options. Some areas may be reserved for table service.
Rental Equipment will be available. Rental shop indoor capacity will be reduced. There will be reduced storage for guests’ footwear and bags. Look for one way traffic markers and separate entry and exit signs. Some equipment may be returned outdoors. All equipment will be disinfected after every use.
Under Provincial Legislation, it is required to wear a snow sport helmet while skiing or snowboarding in Nova Scotia. Helmets must meet one of the following standards: ASTM, Snell or CEN. The 2007 amendments require helmet use for all wheeled activities, whether on public or private lands and roads, skate parks or playgrounds.
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail look uphill and yield to others.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
- Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
- You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
It Is Your Responsibility.
NOTICE TO ALL USERS OF
THESE PREMISES AND FACILITIES
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY
ASSUMPTION OF RISK • JURISDICTION
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
THESE CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS INCLUDING
THE RIGHT TO SUE THE OPERATOR FOR NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF THE OCCUPIERS’ LIABILITY ACT OR TO CLAIM COMPENSATION FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT
Your use of these premises and facilities and participation in activities on the premises involve various risks, dangers and hazards. Please visit the Safety & Risk Awareness website at: www.skisafety.ca for a description of these risks, dangers and hazards. A description of these risks, dangers and hazards is also available at guest services.
As a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in activities on the premises, you assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever including NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF ANY DUTY OF CARE OWED UNDER THE OCCUPIERS’ LIABILITY ACT ON THE PART OF THE OPERATOR OF THE PREMISES AND FACILITIES and its employees and representatives (hereinafter collectively referred to as “the Operator”).
- You agree that the Operator shall not be liable for any personal injury, death or property loss AND RELEASE THE OPERATOR FROM ALL LIABILITY AND WAIVE ALL CLAIMS WITH RESPECT THERETO.
- Negligence includes failure on the part of the Operator to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect you from or warn you of the risks, dangers and hazards referred to above.
- Any litigation involving the Operator shall be brought solely within Nova Scotia and shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Nova Scotia Court.
- These conditions and any rights, duties and obligations involving the Operator shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of Nova Scotia and no other jurisdiction.
THE OPERATOR’S LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF THE OCCUPIERS’ LIABILITY ACT IS EXCLUDED BY THESE CONDITIONS.