We are planning on returning to typical operating procedures for the 2021-22 season! We continue to work with the Minnesota Ski Areas Association and our transportation company to create a safe winter recreation plan based on guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Minnesota and National Ski Areas Associations. We specifically watch the COVID-19 Organized Sports Recommendations from MDH.
Because of our close interaction with children, Blizzard staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning with the 2021-22 season.
Blizzard takes COVID-19 seriously. We have policies in place to run our events safely while enjoying our great Midwest winters!
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Blizzard follows prevention guidelines from MDH. Here’s an overview of our safety measures.
Skiing and snowboarding are great activities for maintaining physical distancing! See below for details about how we’re physically distancing indoors and outside.
Blizzard continues to evaluate face coverings in indoor spaces, including buses and chalets. We will follow all guidelines from the CDC, snowsports areas, Metro Area school districts.
Per CDC guidelines, masks are currently required for all persons riding a bus. Face coverings must be snug-fitting and cover the nose and mouth completely. Fabric covers must have at least two layers. For more information, check CDC recommendations and MDH guidelines.
NSAA’s Ski Well, Be Well program offers a lot of info about staying safe on the slopes. We expect an update for the 2021-22 season.
- The natural outdoor mountain environment is a great place to enjoy your own space!
- The Responsibility Code helps us keep separate on the hill.
- Chairlift chairs are ~50′ apart and keep us moving, creating lots of space and fresh air.
- Wearing skis and snowboards naturally help us separate in lift lines.
- Blizzard Lesson Cones are spaced to keep groups apart.
Hand sanitizer, spare masks and gloves will be available at the Blizzard Table in the chalet and on every bus.
You must complete a symptom check when making a reservation for a Blizzard event. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify the office so we can meet our obligations for contact tracing.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you feel sick in general, PLEASE STAY HOME and do not attend a Blizzard event!
We will follow our transportation provider’s safety measures, including limits on bus capacity and seating arrangements. Per CDC guidelines, masks are required for all persons riding a bus.
Due to our COVID-19 protocols, reservations are mandatory. Nobody will be permitted on a bus without a reservation.
Gloves, hand sanitizer and spare masks will be available on every bus.
Parents should escort their child(ren) to the Blizzard Table upon arrival to get a lift ticket from the Blizzard Table and drop off your lunch. Please note, areas may limit bags in the chalet again this season.
If you drive, plan to arrive at the area by 9:15 AM to gear up, get your lift ticket, and be ready to join your group between 9:30-9:45 AM.
Please pick up your child(ren) between 3:15-3:30 PM.
DIRECT TO SNOW
Blizzard normally moves from the buses into the chalet, where we meet our groups and get geared up. Last season, we moved from the buses directly to the hill to minimize crowding in the chalet. Everyone loved our low footprint in the chalet and the reduced amount of bags, gear, and general clutter!
We are still determining the best options for our members and staff this season. Stay tuned!
All programs are returning to a more typical grouping and scheduling strategy. See our program overview page with links to details for each program.
Our cancellation policy remains unchanged for those with deferred registration balances from last season due to COVID-19: We will apply 100% of program fees to your 2021-22 registration or issue a 75% refund before December 1. There will be no refunds after December 1. We also understand that many families are experiencing very challenging circumstances right now, so please reach out to the office to discuss special situations.
The Blizzard Table will be staffed all day by our wonderful Blizzard Chaperones. Members and staff will check in and check out as usual. Spare masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are available at the Blizzard Table throughout the day.
Blizzard will have dedicated space inside the chalet to keep us separated from the general public. All Blizzard members must be in our dedicated space whenever using the chalet. Members and staff should wear their Blizzard membership card or staff ID at all times in the chalet.
Food & Beverage
We strongly recommend bringing a lunch from home. This is required for K-5 programs as usual; older members and staff can purchase food at the areas.
We will again offer a nut-free table for those with allergies.
All Blizzard members and staff will be assigned to a lunch period to reduce crowding in the chalet. All Blizzard members must eat in our designated area, regardless of where food is purchased.
All areas have implemented COVID-related protocols at Ski Patrol. If a person is determined to have COVID-19 symptoms, they will be isolated and must be picked up. Under no circumstances will anyone with COVID-19 symptoms be permitted to ride home on a Blizzard bus.
Lost & Found
Blizzard will not lend out gear this season. If something is forgotten, Blizzard can assist with an emergency purchase from the area.
At the end of the day, all lost & found will be collected in a plastic bag and returned to the Blizzard office. After two weeks, all unclaimed items will be disposed. If you lose something on a Blizzard trip, please email the office.
These sites have great 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
- MDH – COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults
- National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) – Ski Well, Be Well
- Minnesota Ski Areas Association (MNSAA)
We truly appreciate your continued support as we refine our programs, events, lessons, transportation, and many other aspects of our winter operations. Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19, keep our communities healthy, and have a fantastic ski and snowboard season!
We understand every family has different concerns about COVID-19. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please email the office.