RNSC COVID Operation Plan for 2021-22
UPDATE March 13th, 2022
BC Health regulations changed on March 10th, 2022. In accordance with the lifting of mask mandates the RNSC will now be lifting the requirement to wear masks in the lower area of our lodge and around the building. We still encourage members and visitors to respect each other through physical distancing and each other’s personal choice to mask or not.
We will not be re-opening the upstairs of the lodge the remainder of this season. We are looking forward to welcoming back a communal indoor space next season if circumstances allow for it. Thank you for your understanding.
Revised November 8th 2021
RNSC is keen to have a safe ski-filled winter for all our members, staff, visitors and the Revelstoke community. Once again our winter is going to be a bit different due to the pandemic and we ask that everyone respect each other and our RNSC COVID policies. Our policies are generated from a mix of beginnings. Some are mandated through government agencies, and some are RNSC specific to prioritize everyone’s safety – all are valid.
Please read all the plans and expectations below as some have been updated from last season. As the pandemic is a dynamic situation keep an open mind and be flexible if these change over the season to match changing circumstances.
Specific Group Plans
For everyone before visiting RNSC
Please do a self-assessment before visiting. If you are showing any signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently tested positive, please do not visit our facilities.
For the 2021-22 season we are implementing vaccine requirements for the following groups of people:
- Participants in RNSC programming aged 12 or older
- Certain events – dependant on requirement of event
The general public skiing on our trails is not required to be vaccinated.
On March 1oth BC Health lifted the mandated mask policies. The RNSC has followed suite and no longer requires mandatory mask wearing in or around our buildings. Recognizing that mask wearing is now a personal choice we ask that all members and guests respect each other’s choices and continue to physically distance from one another.
Please consult your coach or instructor for any RNSC programing mask protocols.
RNSC has disposable masks available at strategic places if prefer to wear one. If you need one and do not see one available please ask the ticket office staff.
Members and Visitors
Actions by members and visitors help keep our trails a safe space for everyone to enjoy cross-country skiing. As we all have different comfort levels, please respect your fellow skier by following all guidelines and posted signage. This starts Day 1 when you drive to the parking lot and ends when the snow is gone. You must also:
- Take the “COVID Self-Assessment” (https://bc.thrive.health/) EACH time you come to RNSC and follow its guidelines.
- If you have any symptoms you must remain away from the ski area and remain away as per the self-assessment and medical guidelines.
- Physically distance 2m at all times.
- Hand sanitize before using any communal touch surfaces.
- Have your dog on a leash as per the guidelines below.
- Refrain from becoming a large group gathering and socialize off-site.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and for being positive if you are reminded about COVID guidelines by staff and/or other members.
All RNSC staff are double vaccinated. This is for their and your safety. As usual, staff are keen to help and answer questions. Staff will be:
- Using the outside window of the Ticket Office to greet people, with COVID precautions in place.
- At times wearing a bright vest in the parking lot with a mask in place, ready to answer questions and help with parking lot congestion.
- Adhering to 2m physical distancing.
- Regularly cleaning touchpoints and washrooms.
- Reminding you to follow our COVID guidelines.
As with last season, we anticipate our parking lot to be our most congested area this winter. It will be really important for all members and visitors to be alert as soon as they arrive. Please:
- Turn around and come back another time if the parking lot is full.
- Stay in your car until other people around your vehicle have moved away or entered their vehicle.
- Maintain 2m of distance between yourself and others.
- Do not linger in the parking lot or stadium area – get out on the trails or back in your vehicle.
- Follow any direction our staff or volunteers in high-visability vests give you.
The upstairs lodge area will once again be closed to public use. This means members and visitors cannot come in and warm up by the fire or have a nice lunch at the tables. We recognize this will not be easy as the lodge has been such a great hub for RNSC over the last decade.
New this season we will have a couple of chairs downstairs for people to change shoes/boots in a warm environment. We ask that you do not linger and bring all personal items back outside to your vehicle or into the cubbies provided outside.
As long lingering inside visits are not possible, please come prepared with adequate clothing, food, and water so you are able to remain outside during your visit.
While the ticket office is open (9am-4pm), the downstairs door of the lodge will be open for washroom use. Washroom COVID etiquette:
- Please sanitize your hands before entering using the dispenser attached to the wall.
- There will be signage on the outside wall to indicate if a washroom is occupied or not. Remain outside if the washroom for your use is occupied.
- Please respect the one at a time rule for each of the men’s and women’s bathroom. Parents and young kids can go in together.
- No loitering, please leave immediate after use.
Physical distancing is now our new normal everywhere and we expect to see this out on the trails. Please give everyone you see/pass at least 2m in distance.
RNSC will follow any guidelines set out by our provincial government and health authorities in regards to events. As these guidelines are ever changing with the dynamic situation of the pandemic we will give more details regarding events closer to the event date. We know the Lantern Ski was sorely missed last season and we are hoping to bring it back this season.
RNSC welcomes dogs on designated trails. We are proud to offer a space for owners and animals to enjoy winter. This season it will be even more important for dog owners to do their part and keep control of their animals at all times. Due to COVID there will be no tolerance of dogs who jump on other visitors.
If you are skiing with your dog, you must:
- Have it leashed in the parking lot at all times.
- Have it leashed for the first 200m on Roadway Ramble and up and down Main Loop if you are backcountry touring.
- Have the dog leashed when crossing Nordic trails if you are snowshoeing.
- Be able to voice command the dog if it is off leash on the dog loop. If not, the dog must remain leashed throughout the trail so it does not interact with others.
RNSC will be continuing to offer rentals this season, including free rentals for youth. (If you are part of Ski League, talk to Paula Martens about the seasonal loaners. We will be continuing with the same process established last season. The following is what to expect:
- Follow all signs and directions.
- Enter the lodge porch through the entrance by the parking lot and yellow fee box.
- Physically distance (2m) if there is a line-up.
- Use the hand sanitizer provided.
- Only one group will be at the ticket office window at a time.
- Payment and rental sizing will be done at the ticket window.
- Proceed to rental area on wide porch (stadium side). This is where staff will bring you your rental equipment.
- Any personal items, such as shoes, will need to be stored in your vehicle or the cubbies provided outside down by the washroom entrance while you ski.
- Return rental equipment, as per signage, on the wide porch (stadium side). Make sure to wait until anyone who needs to has exited before heading up the step to deposit rental equipment.
- Gear will be cleaned between users.
Thank you for your patience as this system is a bit more time consuming than non-COVID times.
The RNSC is governed by BC regulations. As we all know, the pandemic situation changes daily. If we are asked to close our recreational trails we will comply. We will then work with the province as to when we can safely reopen.
RNSC is going to do everything it can to ensure safe skiing this winter, and we thank you for doing your part to help us with this goal.
Ole Sandberg Hut
This hut is under the jurisdiction of Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Currently they are allowing a maximum of 4 people inside the cabin. They will continue to update their signage around the cabin as the winter progresses. Please obey all posted guidelines.