Safety

The safety of our staff and patrons is of the utmost importance to us here, at Ski Ben Eoin!

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

We are working closely with Public Health and the other Atlantic Ski Resorts to make sure that we all have a unified approach to the opening and operation of our beloved ski resorts this winter. As we move forward into the ski season, we will continue to keep the public updated on our Covid-19 protocols, using this page. Our practices will look very similar to those of many other business establishments, and may change from time to time, as advised by Publich Health. Please check back often for possible updates!

To keep up-to-date on Nova Scotia’s Covid-19 response, visit Nova Scotia Public Health here

Update December 13th, 2020

The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have approved the COVID-19 SNOW RESORT BEST PRACTICES WINTER OPERATIONS guidance document, but we will continue to monitor the provincial Covid-19 site for any updates that may occur over the coming months, with respect to the Health Protection Act Orders. We will have a plan in place for our facility and, if updates to the Order do occur, both the guidance document and the facility plans will be updated. 

There are many changes taking place this year, which are made with the safety of staff and patrons in mind. Outlined below is our current COVID-19 Response plan (check back regularly for updates):

Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitization– we will be cleaning more often (especially in high traffic areas) and providing sanitizing stations around the property so that you can practice good hand hygiene. 

Mandatory face coverings – Facemasks are now required across the property unless you are seated with food and beverage. 

Indoor Capacity Limits – each area of the building has been assessed to determine capacity limits, which will be posted and followed. 

Indoor Space – we have re-configured our indoor public spaces to allow for social distancing. We have also added more outdoor seating and have included directional signage to keep traffic flowing smoothly in one direction. Our Rental building has a new look and will serve as a warming centre if someone wants to take a quick break during their outing. The maximum time limit is 20 minutes to allow for fellow snow friends to also take advantage of the area. All Ski Resorts are recommending that people use their vehicles as their personal lockers.

Food Service/Lounge – reduced menus to highlight more grab-and-go items, outdoor food service options will be available on weekends/holidays. The main Chalet will operate as a cafeteria so no outside food and beverage or boot change / storage will be allowed. Seating capacity will be reduced to meet COVID-19 protocol.  The Broken Buckle will operate as usual but with limited capacity following COVID-19 protocol. 

Season Pass/Tickets – we expect to have an online ticket and rental purchasing option available by season start to help reduce line ups and wait times.

Outdoor Capacity – it is not anticipated that an outdoor capacity limit will be implemented at Ski Ben Eoin, but if limits are required, we will reduce daily ticket sales to ensure priority access to our valued members and 2 for U cardholders. 

Riding the Lifts – face coverings are mandatory; family bubbles and close social groups may ride together. Singles and doubles will not be asked to load with those outside their cohort. Corrals will be organized to allow for social distancing. 

Snow school – we will run multi-week programs with staggered start times, distanced meeting areas and required pre-registration. Face coverings must be always worn by instructors and students. 

Rentals – rentals will be permitted! The newly reconfigured rental building will operate at reduced capacity, with limited space for storage. All equipment will be sanitized after each use. 

If you are feeling unwell, have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the last 14 days, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are awaiting rest results please do the right thing and stay home. This plan will work if we all work together to stick to it!

Update December 1st, 2020

2021 Season Membership Waiver

(every member must have a signed waiver)

As in years past, we have updated our season membership waiver for the 2021 season. This means that all members, regardless of prior membership history at Ski Ben Eoin, will be required to sign a Release of Liability. If you need a copy of the “2021 Season Membership Waiver”, click the button below. 

On-Mountain Safety

You will find the Alpine Responsibility Code posted in several places around the mountain. It is imperitave that riders read, understand, and adhere to the Alpine Responsibilty Code in the interest of keeping the facility as safe as possible. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to stop one of our Ski Patrol representatives to ask for more information!

Ski Patrol

 

If you’re not familiar with them, our Ski Patrol team are the folks who take care of our safety concerns here, at Ski Ben Eoin. They monitor the runs to make sure that visitors are adhering to the Alpine Responsibility Code, they point out and address any possible safety concerns, erect snow fencing, and much more! They are invaluable members to our team, and they are always happy to help! Be sure to say hello to our red jackets when you see them on the mountain! 

Interested in Joining the team? Contact Nova Scotia Zone Ski Patrol at joinus@novascotiazone.com for more information.