The winter season is finally on the horizon and we couldn't be more excited to welcome you back onto the snow to enjoy the soul-refreshing mountain environment we all love. COVID-19 sure dealt us a blow in March! However, rest assured that everyone at ASC Training Center is determined that it will not happen again this season. We’ve developed an Operational Playbook based on guidance from the State of California, Nevada County, US Ski and Snowboard, Ski California, and others. No matter what COVID-19 has in store, we’ll be ready.
So, what can you expect this season?
- ASCTC will start the season with a conservative and measured approach that meets or exceeds the combined guidance in our Playbook. The health and safety of our members and staff are paramount. We will follow state and local orders as/if they relax, but only if we feel everyone will stay safe and healthy.
- The key to getting on snow is controlling our capacity. Athletic programs and access to the Training Center will be tightly scheduled and staggered to maintain distancing and stay within capacity limits.
- Plan on vehicle-to-snow-to-vehicle days at ASCTC. This means getting ready at your vehicle, meeting coaches on the snow, and returning to your vehicle with a big grin from an awesome day of skiing and riding.
- Teams will move in “pods” without mixing. Face coverings and social distancing will be required at all times while indoors, and outdoors when within 6 feet of others. Outdoor gatherings and activities will be limited to team pods.
- Indoor areas will be limited or closed depending on where Nevada County is in the State Tier guidance. The Green Building will become a warming hut. How’s lunch on the deck or tables on the snow sound? We will have well-ventilated restrooms out of the weather in our maintenance shop. Our main restrooms will open as our Playbook allows.
- Cross country season trail passes will be blacked-out at times or have scheduling restrictions according to trail capacity. Count on black-outs during busy team days. Trail capacity will be gauged by team schedules and total groomed kilometers. A black-out calendar will be available on the Trail Report website as the season gets closer. Day passes and rentals will be available after the first of the year (if guidance allows).
Finally, you can expect a wave of communication and education coming your way as the season nears. We want to keep you updated on our operations and when you can ski/ride. Keep an eye out for your invitation to a series of virtual Q&A Zoom webinars starting in late October. These will cover everything from general operations to program-specific team updates.
With everyone working together it will be a great season. We are confident this season will be another chapter in the ASC legacy that has successfully brought athletes and families to the snow for 92 years. Now….go look at those long-range snow forecasts!