Dear Mt. Ashland Skiers and Riders,
As we look towards the month of October and our annual Fall Season Pass sale, I wanted to update you on our operational plans for the exciting winter season ahead. One thing is for sure, things will be different than any season before and we are adapting accordingly. We have heard from so many of you who are ready to join us again on your local mountain. We will be ready!
An Unprecedented Collaboration
Most importantly, the safety of our staff and guests is our top concern. We have spent the summer undergoing an unprecedented collaboration with our ski resort partners across the U.S. to develop a shared set of guidelines called Ski Well, Be Well. Our operating plan is based on the principles outlined below. In addition, our plan has been developed in collaboration, and in compliance, with Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County Health Department guidelines considering closely all of the unique features of our ski area infrastructure and operations.
Season Pass Holders are Top Priority
Our season pass holders will be welcome to access our ski lifts every day we are open during the ski season. With what we know now, we are not planning to limit this access in any way. Should there be a need to reduce daily visits, we will do so by limiting day ticket sales. Season passes will once again be on sale in the month of October and we will offer 2-month interest-free financing to make this purchase as affordable as possible.
Physical Distancing on the Mountain
We are confident that our guests will easily be able to safely disperse across our ski area and keep physical distancing to established guidelines. Because we will not have the capacity as in past years to accommodate guests indoors, we are asking that your vehicle be considered your ski lodge this season as indoor services will be limited, and possibly unavailable. We will most likely not offer Twilight Skiing as we normally would on Thursday and Friday nights this season. Our free public transportation system cannot be safely operated this season, so it will not be offered.
All chairlifts will run as planned this winter, as snow and conditions permit. Facial coverings will be mandatory for all guests while in any buildings, lift lines, loading, riding, and unloading lifts. Wearing facial coverings in these situations is the most important factor in our ability to transport guests up the mountain safely and efficiently this winter. Mazes and lift queues will be set up to facilitate physical distancing. Lift users will be asked to ride only with those they arrived with, others should ride single.
This plan will be flexible and ever evolving as conditions change with regulations, health concerns, and as we learn more about how best to serve as many of our faithful guests as possible. Thanks so much for your continued support as we roll into the ski season ahead.
I can’t wait to see you all again, on the mountain.