COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Overview 

Nelson Nordic Ski Club memberships are now on sale at earlybird prices! To register, please visit Zone4.ca

The health and safety of our members, visitors, staff and community is our highest priority. In light of COVID-19, we understand that this coming season is going to be quite unlike any other we have seen before, and our Club staff and Board of Directors are working hard to create solutions that will help keep our members, staff, and community safe during this time.

The Club is committed to operating our trails, facilities and programs this winter following the guidelines set out by the government and health authorities. This season, you will notice some operational differences: including limited access to huts and cabins, a focus on keeping our programs outside and on-snow, and more flexible cancellation policies.

We are currently finalizing our Return to Sport plan for our youth programs (Bunnies & Jackrabbits, Track Attack, Junior Racers) and Masters Program. We are also working hard to determine how we will deliver our School Outreach Program this year. More details will be available soon.

We know how important it is for our nordic skiing community to be able to access the healthy, active, outdoor activities we all love and depend upon so much. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic. We will get through this together.

Parking Lots and Trail Heads

Physical distancing begins in the parking lots at Apex and Busk. Signs will be used to encourage skiers to be mindful, give space and take turns if parties in neighbouring vehicles are arriving or departing at the same time. If 2m physical distancing is not possible, skiers are encouraged to wear a mask in high traffic areas, including outside at trailheads. As we did last March, we will be asking members and visitors to maintain proper physical distancing with those outside their “bubble” and to refrain from congregating and socializing at trailheads or elsewhere on the trail system.

Kiosks

The following safety precautions will be implemented in the kiosks at Apex and Busk trailheads:

  • Only staff or volunteers on duty will be permitted in the kiosks.
  • Memberships will be purchased independently online on Zone4.ca and picked up at the kiosk to minimize contact time. Please contact info@nelsonnordicski.ca if you are unable to register online.
  • As usual, we request that you retain your membership card from previous years so that we do not have to issue you a new one. As in past years, we will issue a new sticker to returning members.
  • A new system will be developed for members who need to have their photo taken for their membership card. Visitors purchasing day passes will be encouraged to pay by credit or debit card using the Square. We intend to minimize cash transactions whenever possible.
  • Staff and volunteers will be instructed to wear masks when interacting with members or visitors in enclosed spaces. 
  • Staff will perform additional cleaning duties in the kiosks, Apex Hut and outhouses.
  • Members will check in at the kiosk window instead of coming inside the kiosk.
  • New this year, snowshoe rentals at Busk will be brought outside by the kiosk attendant. Rental equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between uses.

Apex Hut

The following safety precautions will be implemented in the Apex Hut:

  • We are currently working out the occupancy capacity for Apex Hut. Regardless, we will request that members and visitors please leave belongings in their vehicles while they are skiing.
  • Anyone entering the hut will be expected to wear a non-medical mask. 
  • Entry will be through the back door (nearest the kiosk) and exit through the front door (nearest the trailhead). 
  • Seating will be limited or removed.
  • Staff will provide additional cleaning duties in the hut as required.

Outhouses

  • Outhouses at Apex and Busk parking lots will remain open and will be cleaned regularly, as per Provincial protocols.

Cabins

We are presently calculating occupancy limits and considering whether or not Clearwater and Euphrates cabins will be able to be open this season. We do not anticipate these spaces will be able to accommodate large numbers of people.

COVID-19 Agreements

For all individuals and activities, if you choose to participate you must follow these rules: 

• Complete the COVID Self Assessment on a daily basis (see below). 

• Wear a mask in any indoor spaces. 

• Wash your hands before participating. 

• Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer. The possible exception is that we are planning to have snowshoes available for rent at Busk kiosk this season. More details to follow.

• Comply with physical distancing measures at all times. 

• Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc. 

• Leave Nelson Nordic Ski Club as quickly as possible after you finish your activities. 

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Everyone who comes to Nelson Nordic Ski Club should complete the Self-Assessment below by answering these questions on a daily basis when participating in any activities at the Club.

  1. Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones?

• Symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please stay home and get assessed for a COVID-19 test, and self-isolate for at least 10 days. 

  1. Have you travelled to any countries outside Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days? 

If you respond yes to this question, please stay home, self-isolate for 14 days and self-monitor. 

  1. Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

• This means you likely would have been contacted by the public health team at your health authority. 

If you respond yes to this question, please stay home, self-isolate for 14 days and self-monitor.

COVID-19 Refund/Credit Policies

Prior to Opening Day

In the sad possibility that the Club is required to shut down prior to opening day due to COVID-related concerns, registered members can choose to either receive a credit toward their 2021-22 membership fees OR receive a refund for the value of their 2020-21 membership fees.

After Opening Day

If the Club is required to shut down after opening day due to COVID-related concerns, we will issue registered members the following pro-rated credits to be used toward the 2021-22 season:

  1. If the trails are closed on or before December 31, 2020, members will receive a credit for 50% of the value of membership fees paid.
  2. If the trails are closed between January 1 and January 31, 2021, members will receive a credit for 25% of the value of membership fees paid.
  3. If the trails are closed between February 1 and February 15, 2021, members will receive a credit for 10% of the value of membership fees paid.
  4. No credit will be issued if the trails are closed after February 15, 2021.

For all other considerations, the Club’s standard refund policy will apply: Membership fees are non-refundable except in special circumstances when approved by the NNSC Board of Directors.

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