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Pandemic forces Big White to suspend night skiing, tubing and skating this winter

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September 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

This year’s ski season at Big White Ski Resort will look different with new mask requirements and the suspension of night skiing, tubing and skating.

An update on resort operations will be made available in the coming days, but senior vice president Michael J Ballingall confirmed those three regular activities will not be happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tot Town Daycare has also been suspended.

Masks will be required at all indoor venues, in lift lines, while loading and unloading, and on the gondola.

READ MORE: Big White proceeding with an abundance of caution after COVID-19 concerns raised

“Around the resort safety is the priority. Unfortunately, people who are unable to follow safety protocols or use required safety equipment while loading, unloading or riding a chairlift are simply unable to ride a chairlift,” writes president Peter Plimmer, in a statement issued Sept. 7.

“If you are unable to wear a mask our staff may not be able to help you load or unload a lift if required. They may not be able to safely slow or stop the lift if required in an emergency situation. There is also an increased risk to our staff and yourself if you need to be evacuated from a lift during an emergency,” he wrote.

In addition to new mask protocols, tickets must be purchased online in advance and collected at ticket pick-up boxes. Single riders will be welcome on lifts as the resort asks for customers to only ride with people in their immediate circles and day tickets may be limited and must be purchased in advance.

For more information and to view what Big White is doing during COVID-19, visit the resort’s website here.

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