WinSport opens hill with pandemic protocols in place

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WinSport opens hill with pandemic protocols in place

WinSport is opening its season on Friday for a year unlike any other — but for now, only pass holders will be allowed to participate.

"No walk-up or day tickets will be available, at least for the foreseeable future," said Dale Oviatt, senior manager of communications for WinSport. "[At least] until we can get a start on things and see how our processes are working."

Pass holders are required to book times online with WinSport's reservation system as the organization seeks to control the capacity on the hill.

The organization is also seeking to keep numbers down in indoor spaces. When guests arrive, they are asked to put their masks and equipment on and proceed directly to the hill.

"If you've decided to bring your own lunch, or you just want to warm up, just pop back out to your car, and use that for your items as well," Oviatt said.

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With the new restrictions announced this week by the Alberta government, Oviatt said WinSport is not allowed to operate warming areas.

The hill's food court area will be open, but will follow restaurant guidelines.

"So, not a lot of indoor space," Oviatt said. "That's why we want you to use your car as your day lodge."

Increased security will be onsite, but Oviatt suggested guests not bring valuables to the hill.

In a typical season, WinSport sees families come out to watch kids participate in lessons. That will be changed due to the pandemic.

"We're not allowing any foot traffic or spectators anywhere on snow," Oviatt said. "That's just to keep the physical numbers down on the hill."

The organization is requesting guests review all of the hill's COVID-19 protocols before visiting.

The tube park at the facility is scheduled to open Dec. 19.