Last night (Thursday 18th June) your committee ratified the Brindabella Ski Club COVID Safe Plan (link) and the Lodge Operations Guide (link) for 2020. We also formally decided to open the lodges this winter. There has been an enormous effort from the committee and two subcommittees including volunteers from outside the committee to get us to this point. This effort will continue as we finalise preparations for the season and regularly review the operating environment and consider whether we need to update our plans and procedures, including assessing whether we are able to remain open.
We are pleased to appoint Lynne Wyatt as Lodge Manager, Guthega and Alex Wotton as backup Lodge Manager for both Guthega and Thredbo. Alex will fill in for Lynne during her planned absence from Guthega in late August. Both Lynne and Alex will be in Guthega for the next two weeks and will also visit Thredbo, working with Lodge Operations Subcommittee members to finalise preparations for opening.
All members are asked to consider carefully your decision to utilise the lodges this season with the understanding that the experience will be significantly different from previous years and that you travel with an understanding of your increased responsibilities and accept the associated risk. Details are in the two documents mentioned above. Everyone intending to stay in any of our lodges is asked to understand both of these documents.
Many of the features of your experience in our lodges this year are as described in a previous email I sent to you, which you can read again on the club website at https://brindabellaskiclub.org.au/waragun_bookings_opening/.
In addition to hand sanitisers spread throughout the lodge, you’ll find many signs with snippets of information that are relevant to the area you are in. For example, in the kitchen you will see a reminder that food preparation needs to be rostered to one party at a time, with limited numbers of people allowed in the kitchen. This means that your food preparation will need to be very quick. You’ll need to complete it with very limited utensils and you won’t have access to any pantry items in the lodge.
All guests within the lodge will bear a significant additional burden of cleaning and sanitising this year. The roster will include daily tasks as well as tasks on arrival and prior to departure. These tasks will add up to several hours for every person in the lodge over your stay.
All guests will be required to demonstrate understanding of key aspects of the COVID Safe plan prior to being allocated onto the trip list, including bringing your own pillow, doona and sheets, the fact that you will be turned away if you fail a health check on arrival and the fact that arrival time must be between noon and 4 pm on Sunday.
All guests will be required to digitally acknowledge a waiver prior to being allocated onto the trip list, and physically sign the waiver on arrival after passing the health check. This waiver is published in the Lodge Operations Guide.
Round 2 bookings open this Sunday 21 June at 9 am. Round 3 bookings open at 9 am on Sunday 28 June.
Regardless of whether you decide to stay in a club lodge this winter, whether you stay elsewhere for your ski holiday in 2020, or whether you decide to stay away from the ski fields this year, I hope you and your family and friends stay healthy and can enjoy whatever it is you choose to do.
Brindabella Ski Club