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As the weather begins to cool down our thoughts are turning to the upcoming ski season. As you would expect, as well as starting the usual work of preparing the trails, we have also been actively planning for a ski season in a Covid-19 environment. The bad news is Covid is still with us. The good news is that cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing have to be amongst the safest winter activities. Not to mention the fact that they are, at least in my opinion, the most fun.
We plan to have our 50km trail network open as usual, well maintained and expertly groomed. After much deliberation we have made the decision not to open the Outdoor Center to the public. Large groups of people congregating in the Outdoor Center represents too great a risk to both guests and staff. We hope you understand.
Season passes and day passes will be available online. They may also be ordered by phone. Season passes and day passes can be picked up at a service window that will be available at the Outdoor Center. Day pass receipts may also be printed and carried with you as proof of purchase without the need to pick up the pass at the Outdoor Center window. We have reduced the season pass rates for the upcoming season by $25 to acknowledge that not all of the usual facilities will be available.
Equipment rentals may also be booked online as well as over the phone. Overnight lodge guests will be able to collect their rentals at the Log House. Skiers who are not staying at the Lodge will be able to pick up their rentals at the Outdoor Center window.
Ski lessons will be available throughout the season and can be booked through the Outdoor Center. Children 10 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult – a great chance for the adult to get some tuition too.
We plan on having a limited lunch food service available at the Outdoor Center which will be ordered and collected at the service window. Included will be a selection of hot soups and chilis as well as wrapped sandwiches. There will be a fire pit at the Outdoor Center to help keep you warm, weather permitting, while you enjoy your lunch. Lunch will also be served at the Log House.
Let’s hope the snow comes early and thick. See you on the trails.
Jim Rucker, Garnet Hill Lodge