Ride the Edge

COVID-19

Blizzard takes COVID-19 seriously. We will have policies in place this season to make our events as safe as possible — while still enjoying our great Midwest winters!

We are working closely with the MN Ski Areas Association (MSAA), our transportation company and the MN Department of Health (MDH) to create a safe winter recreation plan using CDC guidelines for all Blizzard participants. We hope to communicate our plan by late October.

We understand every family has different concerns about COVID-19. Expand the sections below for more information. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please call or email the office.

We are here to help and to listen to your concerns!

On The Bus

With our online reservation system for Blizzard events, including prepayment by credit card, Blizzard offers touchless transactions all season.

Pre-screening

If you or your child does not feel well, STAY HOME! We never charge families a no-show fee if a child is sick. This season, that’s even more important! Just like school or work, stay home if you’re unwell.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC, do not come to any Blizzard event.

If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result, do not come to any Blizzard event.

Additional screening will be implemented as needed to comply with government and business directives.

Capacity

We will follow capacity limits established by our transportation provider and their industry associations. Those limits have not been communicated to Blizzard yet.

It is likely that bus capacity will be restricted, and we will have to adjust weekly trip fees accordingly. We appreciate your understanding about the impact of operating in a pandemic.

 

In The Chalet

Capacity

Most chalets will operate at reduced capacity this season to meet physical distancing requirements. We will take action as needed to observe capacity restrictions set by government and business directives. We have not received guidance from the areas yet about indoor chalet space. We expect to spend as little time inside as possible!

Warm-up breaks

Turns out, it gets cold in the winter! Be assured that we’ll have plenty of options for individuals and groups to pop inside for a quick warm-up break. It will be more important than ever to dress for the weather, though! Check out our Gear & Apparel Guide and this super cute video for tips on how to dress for all-day outdoor fun!

Food and beverage

We always recommend packing nutritious snacks and lunches for Blizzard trips; it’s better than standing in a concession line! Area food services will operate at reduced capacities this season. We will take action as needed to observe capacity restrictions set by government and business directives. We have not received guidance from the areas yet about dining changes.

 

On The Hill

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the safest activities when it comes to COVID-19. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has supported ski and snowboard areas since 1962. In their 2020-21 Operating Best Practices, NSAA writes that “U.S. ski areas provide hundreds of acres of land for outdoor recreation [and] are experts at monitoring and managing…traffic in their outdoor spaces.”

Further enhancing safety, “face coverings, including neck gaiters, goggles, gloves or mittens, and helmets are standard pieces of skiing or snowboarding gear.” NSAA reminds us that “long-standing skiing and snowboarding etiquette requires guests to respect one another and give space between themselves and other skiers and riders.” It’s a great recipe for COVID-19 safety.

Chair lifts

NSAA notes that “physical distancing in lift queues occurs organically due to the length of skis and snowboards. Ski area employees…ensure a consistent flow of appropriately-spaced traffic.” Also the “average chairlift travels at approximately 5 mph…providing constant directional air flow. Chairs are spaced approximately 50 feet apart.”

Most areas have indicated that there will be some restrictions on riders per chair. Those restrictions have not yet been communicated to Blizzard. We will take action as needed.

Lessons

Very little guidance is available yet regarding changes to lesson design, class sizes, etc. due to COVID-19. As Blizzard receives guidance from industry organizations and government directives, we will make adjustments as needed.

 

Payment Information

At this time, we have not decided what changes will be made to our operations for the 2020-21 season. Changes required for COVID-19 may have a significant impact on Program Fees and Weekly Trip Fees. We expect to communicate complete details with Blizzard families by late October.

We realize this creates uncertainty, but we also need to understand how many families are committed to the season.

Program Fees

Starting on September 4, Blizzard will charge a $100 deposit to secure your child’s enrollment for the 2020-21 season. If you registered your child(ren) already and have a credit card on file, we will automatically charge your account.

Once Program Fees are finalized in late October, we will contact you to confirm your child’s participation and your deposit will be credited toward the full Program Fee. New registrations will be charged the full Program Fee.

Weekly Trip Fees

It is likely that bus capacity will be restricted, and we will have to adjust weekly trip fees accordingly. We appreciate your understanding about the impact of operating in a pandemic.

COVID-19 cancellation policy

If you registered your child(ren) already but are certain they will not participate in Blizzard under any circumstances this season, contact the office by September 4. We will make your account inactive this season and you will not be charged anything, including the $100 deposit.

If you registered your child(ren) already but decide after September 4 not to participate in Blizzard due to COVID-19, your deposit will automatically be applied toward their 2021-22 registration.

If Blizzard is forced to cancel all or part of our season due to COVID-19, a prorated credit will automatically be applied toward your child(ren)’s 2021-22 registration.

Our standard Cancellation Policy will apply in all other cases. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the office.

 

Additional Resources

We’ve found these sites to be helpful when looking for information about COVID-19 in relation to Blizzard. If you have other resources to recommend, please let us know and we’ll add them here!

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Coronavirus COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) – Stay Safe MN

National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) – Ski Well, Be Well

 

We truly appreciate your continued support and patience as we evaluate our programs, events, lesson formats, and entire operation for you, our Blizzard members and staff.

If we work together, we can limit the spread of COVID-19, keep our communities healthy, and have the best ski and snowboard season ever!!!