WINTER EXPECTATIONS

UPDATES FOR THIS COMING SEASON

Video update from General Manager Dean Prentice on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Video Timestamps
Introduction: (0:00)    Winter Policies: (0:25)    Product Information: (2:14)    Season Passes (2:35)    Guest Q&A (3:08)    Lodge Capacity (3:19)    Shuttle Bus: (3:53)    Lineups & Chairlifts: (4:36)    Day Passes: (4:51)    Bear and Deer Lodge: (5:22)    Nordic Centre: (5:54)    Snow School: (6:20)    Eateries: (7:15)    Snow: (8:30)    Closing Remarks: (8:58)
BC Provincial COVID Restrictions
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MT. WASHINGTON WINTER OPENING DAY SET FOR DECEMBER 4th, 2020

A letter from General Manager Dean Prentice delivered to email subscribers Friday, September 11, 2020

With summer nearing its end, as somebody who has long been committed to an active outdoor lifestyle and particularly as a skier, I can honestly say there has never been a time when I anticipated the arrival of a winter season more than this year. The magic of winter - snow silently falling, the crisp winter air and the excitement of linking turns on every unique run is always special. This year it’s safe to say “special” could be expanded to include therapeutic. In a sense, we need this ski season for our emotional and physical wellbeing as much as for the enjoyment. We believe recreation is one of the essential food groups - now more than ever.

DISCLAIMER: Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.  The resort has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit.  The risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.  Every skier and rider shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy skiing experience.  It is your responsibility to read and comply with all instructions and signage posted at the resort and on the resort’s website.  Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Wear a face covering in designated areas and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from other guests, including in lift lines.  Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
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GUEST HEALTH & SAFETY

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Protecting guests health and safety while visiting Mt. Washington this winter is among our top priorities. Booking activities in advance and being prepared for your visit is encouraged to eliminate physical interaction points throughout your experience. Guests are expected to maintain 6 ft physical distancing from those outside their group, as well as sanitizing often, and to wear a face covering.

TEAM HEALTH & SAFETY

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The health of Mt. Washington staff is among our top priorities. Our team will follow to Worksafe BC guidelines for safe operating practices to maintain the safety of themselves and others. Staff will complete a prescreening check-list before reporting to each shift and will maintain 6 ft distancing, practice frequent sanitization, as well as the use of masks and other PPE when appropriate while working.

LODGES & MOUNTAIN CLEANLINESS

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The cleanliness of the Resort facilities is among our top priorities. We have increased cleaning and sanitization practices throughout including common spaces inside, on our chair lifts, and other shared surfaces. Guests are encouraged to come prepared to spend their time outdoors in the fresh air and to only enter the Resort facilities when necessary to do so, following one-way traffic and all posted signage.
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MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings will be worn by both staff and guests and will be required to access the mountain or any resort service. This includes inside any building, when in lift lines and while loading and riding on chairlifts, during ski and snowboard lessons and other activities, or anytime when congregating near others - even outdoors. The only time to remove your face covering is when out on the trails, far away from those outside of your social bubble, or when seated to dine. No one will be permitted to access resort services without a face covering, so please come prepared. Guests who don’t comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.
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PHYSICAL DISTANCING ENFORCED

Mt. Washington will do everything possible and practical to allow for physical distancing throughout the resort to help ensure a safe experience. This includes new policies for how we will form lines and load chairlifts, regulate the number of guests safely permitted in any area such as our lodges and restaurants, and maintain access to provided guest services such as washroom facilities. We are working to expand areas to comfortably accommodate guests while maintaining physical distance requirements, revising menus and service levels that strike a balance between safety, forced limits, and reasonable hospitality. More information will be released in the coming weeks leading up to Opening Day.
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PASS HOLDER ACCESS

As of November 19, 2020, it is unknown to what extent we may be required to limit attendance. Season Pass Holders will be our highest priority in managing any imposed mountain capacity restrictions. It is our intention to allow Pass Holders to access the resort based on their pass type any day the resort is open, without reservations or other exceptional requirements. Our primary effort to control capacity if necessary will be done by limiting the sale of day tickets.

It is possible we may need to control the number of skiers, including Pass Holders, in the event there is limited terrain open. In such a case, Mt. Washington will implement an online advanced reservation system and requirements will be communicated on the web site, via email, social media and on the resort app in advance. Pass Holders are strongly encouraged to download the resort app and turn on push notifications for occasional announcements – this is the quickest and most certain way to stay on top of any changes.
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SKI WELL, BE WELL

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COVID-19 BC Self-Assessment Tool - BC Centre for Disease Control

DAILY PRE-VISIT ONLINE SCREENING

The BC Self-Assessment Tool is the #1 trusted COVID-19 pre-screening tool for citizens across the province. Developed in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health, the assessment tool has been recommended by WorkSafeBC and has already been adopted by businesses large and small across the province. Mount Washinton staff and guests should all utilize this tool before each visit to the resort.

SEASON PASS DEFERRAL OPTION

For those who purchased a Season Pass for this year or are considering doing so, but are still uncertain about their preferences this winter, please remember there is the option to defer the use of that pass until next season:

  • Anyone who buys a Season Pass for the 2020/2021 season can choose to request to defer the use of the pass until the 2021/2022 season.
  • The request must be made by sending an email stating the request between October 1st and November 25th, 2020, and the request must include the pass holder name and the number on the pass.
  • This is not an offer of a cash refund or any other credit offer and only applies to the one-time deferral of a 2020/2021 season pass in exchange for a 2021/2022 season pass.
  • The pass will be moved to the 2021/2022 winter season at no charge, regardless of a season pass price increase.
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SEASON PASSES

Join the #mymw club and look forward to exploring our wide-open spaces and fresh alpine air all season long. Season Pass Early Bird Deals end on September 30th, Passes are available now at standard rates.

Season Pass Holders will be our highest priority in managing any imposed mountain capacity restrictions. It is our intention to allow Pass Holders to access the resort based on their pass type any day the resort is open, without reservations or other exceptional requirements. Our primary effort to control capacity will be done if necessary, by limiting the sale of day tickets.

2020.21 6ixPak COVID CLOSURE CREDITS

If Mount Washington Alpine Resort is closed due to COVID-19 related issue between December 11th and April 11th, the purchaser of a 6ixPack of tickets will receive pro-rated credits towards the purchase of a 6ixPack of tickets for next season, per the following:

  1. Credits are only applicable in the event of COVID-19 related closures and do not apply to any weather-related closures, pass holder injury, health-related absences, or other reasons
  2. Closure credits would apply under the following COVID-19 related circumstances:
    • If a government entity requires closure
    • If the resort closes of its own accord due to COVID related issues
    • If a government health order is issued that restricts passage between the 6ixPak holder’s primary domicile and the resort
    • If a government entity issues a mandatory stay-at-home order covering the 6ixPak holder’s primary residence..... Continue reading 
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LESSONS & PROGRAMS

Lessons are an important part of every mountain operation because it introduces people new to the sport, and helps to improve skills and build confidence making the sport more enjoyable. Our teaching professionals are always committed to safety and enjoyment while learning, and this season that will be highlighted more than ever.
  • Lesson formats will be revised to accommodate either smaller groups and individual self-paced learning options.
  • The duration of all lessons will also be modified to allow for a majority of a session to take place outdoors, reducing the number of indoor breaks.
  • Children’s on-snow programs will be the subject of particular emphasis, with smaller class sizes and minimal exposure to larger group settings.
  • Unfortunately, childcare services (non-skiing) will not be available this season unless circumstances change in a meaningful way.
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EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Equipment rentals will be available online with advanced reservations to get you geared up for your adventures. More information on any this process will be released in the coming weeks. The way in which we manage the pickup and drop off of equipment will be modified to accommodate physical distancing and to limit the number of people in confined spaces.
  • Rental of clothing equipment (ski pants/jackets) will not be available this season.
  • Alternative rental pickup locations in the Comox Valley are being explored for another convenient option, with the goal of reducing capacities in our on-mountain locations and to allow more guests to head from the parking lot straight to the chairlifts

PUBLIC SERVICES

Guests are encouraged to arrive at Mt. Washington prepared to spend their time outdoors in the fresh air and to only enter the Resort facilities when necessary to do so, practicing 6 ft physical distancing, following one-way traffic and all posted signage. Plan to use your vehicle as your personal dressing room and come plan ahead for your visit.

Plan ahead, and buy products online before you arrive!
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SLOPESIDE ACCOMMODATIONS

Bear and Deer Lodge are accepting reservations now. There will be a two-night minimum with advanced reservations required. Physical distancing and rigorous sanitization practices will be in effect per recommendations from the BC Hotel Association.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus travel to and from the mountain will be similar to the previous year’s service, aside from additional safety procedures for COVID-19. There also will be no pick-ups in Comox this year, pick-ups will run from Cumberland and Courtenay only as well as from the base parking lot.

Masks are mandatory for all passenger entry. Passengers will be refused to load if not compliant, and loading will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is no priority loading for Season Pass or Bus Season Pass Holders…

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Although it is our duty to uphold safe operating procedures, we must also ask our guests to adhere to the same guidelines for everyone's health and safety.

Five Questions to ask yourself before proceeding with your to visit Mt. Washington this winter:

1.   Have I been in contact with anyone who is required to self-isolate, or am I required to self-isolate? No.

2.   Do I have any symptoms of COVID-19 including sore throat, persistent cough or fever? No.

3.   Do I live in a household or have I been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19? No.

4.   Do I agree to practice 2 metre / 6ft physical distancing while at the resort and not congregate with any individuals outside my household group? Yes.

5.   
Do I agree to comply with the mandatory mask or facial covering regulation while at the resort? Yes.

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If you cannot adhere to the guidelines outlined on this page, we ask that you please not visit this season for everyone's health and safety. 
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Winter 2020-2021 FAQs

When is Opening Day?
Mount Washington Opening Day is set for Friday, December 4 2020. Face coverings will be required to access any resort service. Plan ahead, buy online, wear a mask, please be kind. Let's keep our season safe, together. Stay up to date on resort protocols at mountwashington.ca/expectations

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