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Mount Hood ski area to enforce safety protocols, offer more indoor options for patrons

COURTESY PHOTO: RICHARD HALLMAN  - Protocols to ensure health and safety will be enforced at Mt. Hood Meadows this season, and tickets and passes will be pulled for those who choose not to cooperate. Mt. Hood Meadows is ramping up to its winter season with safety in mind.

"Having come through last season without a single traceable workplace transmission of COVID, and being awarded the Best Employee Safety Program by the National Ski Areas Association, we are approaching this season with a renewed commitment to keep our team healthy so they can enrich the lives of our guests," resort representatives said in a statement.

Meadows intends to keep staff members and guests safe with the cooperation of everyone working and playing at the resort.

"We encourage guests to take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including getting vaccinated. We are offering our team a $200 vaccination incentive, or they will need to be tested weekly — in compliance with federal mandate," resort representatives said.

"And, in accordance with published Oregon Health Authority requirements, masks must be worn indoors at all times except while actively eating or drinking in our designated indoor dining areas. Outdoors masks will be required in lift lines or other outdoor locations where physical distancing is not possible."

Indoor dining will be offered this season at the Sahale Grill (Waterfall Room and Raptors Roost), the Bullwheel Bar, the Alpenstube and loft, the Schuss, Vertical, the Renaissance Cafe, Higher Grounds and the entire econd level of the North Lodge near Fresh Tracks. Masks are required except when seated to eat or drink in designated dining areas.

"There won't be any time limits for those spending time indoors this season, but we do ask that you wear a mask and socially distance yourself from others if you are spending an extended period of time inside," representatives said.

Shuttles between the Sunrise and Hood River Meadows parking lots to the lodge will be offered with masking required.

Full-day lessons will return with indoor supervision and lunch provided for children ages 7-14. Half-day lessons will be available for children ages 6 and younger without indoor supervision. Day care services will not be offered this season.

Visitation will be managed with required prepurchase of passes online.

"Last season we successfully managed our day-to-day and even hour-by-hour visitation by limiting certain pass and ticket products, based on the daily visitation forecast," representatives said. "Bottom line: you should not plan on coming to Meadows without first purchasing your lift access in advance (either a pass or a day or night ticket.) Day of tickets are not guaranteed and advance purchasing of tickets (as well as lesson and rental products) allow us to prepare for your visit so we can fulfill your purchase and get you on the mountain faster."

Meadows representatives encourage anyone who feels ill or showing COVID-related symptoms to stay home and visit the mountain at a later date. Protocols to ensure health and safety will be enforced, and tickets and passes will be pulled for those who choose not to cooperate.

"For those who visited Meadows last season, we thank you for your cooperation and helping us keep the lifts turning all season long!" representatives said. "Be flexible, be patient, be kind."

For more information, visit the resort website at SkiHood.com.


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