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MSIA – Michigan Ski Area Pandemic Guide 2020-2021

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of change.  Dealing with the safety of guests and staff during a pandemic has been a top priority of ski areas across Michigan as they prepare to open.  Indoor capacity limits, face covering rules, new outdoor dining options, new lift queue configurations, and social distancing rules are all changes that ski areas are making as they prepare to open. This season, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is urging skiers and riders to “Know before you go,” by checking the website of the ski area you are planning to visit to familiarize yourself with their COVID-19 protocol.

“Some ski areas are going to contactless lift ticket sales, others are bringing in food trucks for outdoor dining, changing the rental department around to aid in social distancing and limiting class sizes for ski and snowboard lessons,” says Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman and director of snow sports at Shanty Creek Resort.

One rule that will be consistent across all Michigan ski areas is the requirement to wear CDC-recommended face coverings in all indoor spaces, except when seated to eat or drink, and outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained – such as the base lodge staging area, shuttles, lift lines, while loading and riding a lift, or entering an indoor facility.

“The important thing to remember is that we are doing this for the wellbeing of our guests and our staff. We want everyone to be able to head out and enjoy the slopes safely,” Kershner adds.

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Caberfae Peaks – WHAT’S NEW for 2020 – 2021 — COVID-19 Guidelines

Our resort will look a bit different this ski & snowboard season due to COVID-19. Below is what you can expect when you come out to ski or snowboard this winter. Help us keep everyone healthy so that we can keep the lifts turning all winter long.

Updated 10/30/20 – COVID-19 policies are subject to change at any time as local, regional & state laws or resort policies change. The MDHHS issued a health order effective 10/29/20, which moves Region 6 back to Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan and has additional restrictions on indoor gatherings. Our COVID Policies detailed below have been updated to reflect this new Health Order.

FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED INDOORS AND THROUGHOUT THE BASE AREA

ON MOUNTAIN – LIFTS & LIFT LINES

  • Face coverings will be required to load the lifts and in all lift queues
  • Guests will be asked to self-group and load the chair with their traveling party
  • Lift attendants will not require guests to ride the chair with people they do not know

TICKET OFFICE

  • We recommend purchasing tickets, rentals & lessons in advance to guarantee availability
  • Ski area volume may be limited on certain days
  • Season Pass tickets will not require reservations & volume will not be limited for pass holders
  • Daily tickets purchased in advance will be refunded in the event of a government mandated shut down

BLACKMER LODGE

  • For the health & safety of our guests, picnic lunches will not be allowed in the Blackmer Lodge during the 2020/2021 season due to COVID-19
  • We will have outdoor picnic tables throughout the resort for those packing picnic lunches or tailgating
  • The cafeteria will be operating at 50% capacity with fixed seating and offering reduced & simplified food options
  • Tables will be no larger than a 6 top
  • Lunches may be purchased online in advance for express service

SKYVIEW LODGE

  • Open 7 days a week to accommodate additional indoor spacing
  • Operating at 50% capacity with fixed seating
  • Picnic lunches will be allowed
  • Crock pots or buffet style meals will not be allowed
  • Cubbies will be installed for storage of picnic lunches, bags & gear
  • No saving or reserving tables & No alcohol may be brought in
  • Skis, boards & ski poles will not be allowed inside the Skyview Lodge

R DUB’S PUB & BEATIE’S BAR & GRILL

  • An outdoor deck has been added to R Dub’s Pub for open air seating and service
  • Both R Dub’s & Beatie’s will be operating at 50% capacity with fixed seating
  • There will be no tables larger than a 6 top

SNOWMAKING & GROOMING

  • Our commitment to snowmaking, grooming & delivering the best possible snow conditions on some of the best terrain in the state will continue throughout the season.

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Season passes for the 2020/2021 ski and snowboard season are on sale. See our SEASON PASSES page. SHOP NOW

Also, visit our COVID-19 policy page so that you know what to expect this winter when you come out to ski or ride.

We have the snowmaking system all ready to go, and we are just waiting on the cold weather. Stay tuned to this page as we will keep you updated once we fire the guns up.

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Crystal Mountain – Winter 2020-2021 – Frequently Asked Questions

What's New This Winter at Crystal Mountain
Skiers and riders share many things: a love of the slopes, the feeling of freedom when cruising down runs and making memories with family and friends on a beautiful winter day. We are all part of an outdoor community, and that’s what makes Crystal Mountain special.

Winter may look a little different this year, and that’s OK. We’ll all be outside, enjoying snow and fresh air, and looking for that perfect run. We are excited to see you all soon, and we can’t wait to open the slopes!

The Crystal Mountain team has been working toward re-opening for this winter since we ended operations last March. Crystal Clean was developed as our commitment to safety and health, but has become part of our culture throughout the summer. We are strengthening that commitment to you now by continuing to plan for all contingencies and reimagining the Crystal Mountain experience for your safety, for your health and for your enjoyment.

We have developed our winter operations plan using ski industry best practices and state and local health recommendations. Visit links below for more information:

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Below are the latest postings from the Crystal Mountain Page On Facebook.

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Is this photo from this year? Surprised to see all the color changes.

Beautiful!

Beautiful scenery

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Sunday September 6th, 2020 - 9:05 am

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Thank you to everyone for joining us for the North Mitten Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K races! After schedule changes and uncertainty, we are thrilled you hung in there with us and ran today or virtually. Results from all races are here: results.enduranceevolution.com/results.aspx?CId=16662&RId=5008&EId=2

If you were unable to join us today, mark your calendars to run with us Memorial Day Weekend, May 30, 2021. Registration opens Jan. 1.
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Thank you to everyone for joining us for the North Mitten Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K races! After schedule changes and uncertainty, we are thrilled you hung in there with us and ran today or virtually. Results from all races are here: http://results.enduranceevolution.com/results.aspx?CId=16662&RId=5008&EId=2 

If you were unable to join us today, mark your calendars to run with us Memorial Day Weekend, May 30, 2021. Registration opens Jan. 1.

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Thank you for hosting. It was great to be back on your course! See ya in the spring.

Thank you!!

I can't thank you enough for hosting this event. So happy to run an actual race.

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Boyne Mountain – Winter 2020 – 21 – What To Expect

Our commitment to guest and team member safety is our top priority. Knowing that operating during a pandemic is a very fluid situation, we did our due diligence in planning for a safe winter season ahead with the understanding that we all need to be flexible. With 415 skiable acres and large base areas, we feel confident that we can spread out and welcome all that choose to come play outside with us! We continue to work each day towards iniatives and protocols to provide you with the safest possible vacation and recreational experiences.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required at all times in the base area, lift lines, on chairlifts, and indoors, except when seated at a table in a restaurant. Winter neck gators are acceptable as long as they cover both the nose and mouth. We suggest keeping an extra face mask on you in case one is lost or you find your primary face covering freezing up and getting too uncomfortable. Employees are required to wear face coverings at all times.

Social Distancing

As recommended by the CDC and state guidelines, please maintain a distance of at least six feet from other guests wherever possible. Keep your eyes out for signage to denote safe distancing, and be respectful of those around you.

Be Flexible

Our staff has worked incredibly hard to plan for this winter, but this season will be new and different for all of us. In many situations we’ll be learning on the fly and adapting to changing rules and realities. Just as we will be flexible with our plans, we encourage you to be flexible with yours. A successful season will require us all to work together.

Tickets & Passes

Currently, we do not plan to require daily reservations for season pass, Ikon Pass, or Cherry Pickers passholders. We strongly encourage guests to purchase lift tickets online in advance. Online tickets are priced lower, and provide contactless pickup at our new Online Lift Ticket pickup window in the base area. It is possible that lift tickets may be limited or unavailable to purchase at the ticket window on peak days.

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Base Lodge Restrictions

Capacity will be strictly limited inside the base lodges and food court this season – gear storage and changing will not be permitted. Guests should come prepared to boot up in their cars, and only bring with them items that can be carried throughout the day (small day packs, for example). Guests should expect to spend minimal time indoors during their visit. For those looking to access ski lockers, follow the directional signage and expect strict time limits at your locker.

Chairlifts

Guests will be asked to ride the lift with members of the group they traveled with. Lift mazes will be arranged to provide safe spacing between lanes, and all guests will be required to wear face coverings while in line and while riding the lift.

Restaurants

Indoor occupancy in all of our restaurants will be limited in accordance with current Michigan guidelines, and face coverings will be required for all guests except when seated at a table. All restaurants will feature expanded takeout offerings, and our new point of sale system will allow for contactless payments and online ordering.

Events & Activities

No large scale gatherings are currently planned or scheduled, though this could change if guidance from health authorities changes. All competitions will follow the guidelines of the relevant governing body.

The Adventure Center plans to offer ziplining, snowshoeing, fat tire bike rentals, and tubing. Tubing will be restricted to one-hour time blocks and likely will need to be purchased in advance to reserve your tubes.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Open weekends only! You must book your day passes online in advance to attend your chosen 3-hour time slot, Friday-Sunday. Capacity is set at 250 people per session, expect a fantastic waterpark experience with more splashing, less crowds! Face covering are required in common areas, not when in pools or using attractions.

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Lodging

Lodging is available this winter in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, Boynehof, Clock Tower Lodge, and resort condos, and operate in accordance with Michigan guidelines. All lodging properties booked through Boyne Mountain, including the hotel, condos, and private homes, will follow American Hotel and Lodging Association Stay Safe guideline for cleaning and safety protocols.

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SnowSports Academy, Rentals, & Childcare

Lesson offerings have been altered this season in an effort to keep staff and guests safe. Some notable changes:

  • Kids (ages 3-6) | Private lessons only! A parent must participate in the lesson.
  • Kids (ages 7-12) | Group and private lessons; group lesson ratio is 5 kids per instructor maximum.
  • Ages 13 and older | group and private lessons; group lesson ratio is also 5:1.

Group lessons times are 10am-noon and 2:30-4:30pm. Private lessons offered throughout the day, 9am-4:30pm. With smaller lesson sizes, we anticipate filling quickly. Reserve online in advance to secure your spot – coming soon!

Ski and snowboard rentals are available this season. Look for new signage directing redesigned traffic flow. We strongly encourage guests to reserve rentals online in advance to eliminate touchpoints upon arrival. Rental sales go online very soon.

Childcare will not be available to guests this winter, as our daycare facility will not be able to operate within current state guidelines.

Employee Safety

All Boyne Mountain Resort team members undergo a health screening every day prior to their shift. If team members are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms, they are instructed to stay home. Masks are required for all employees and guests while indoors or in any situation in which it is difficult to maintain a safe distance.

Team members have been trained in stringent cleaning procedures, with increased frequency of scheduled cleanings in all common areas.

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