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WinSport’s ski and snowboard hill opens Friday with new COVID-19 protocols

Skiers and snowboarders heading to WinSport this season will notice a number of changes in place due to COVID-19.

The hill opens for the season on Friday, and WinSport president and CEO Barry Heck says they’re making the safety of guests and staff their top priority.

“WinSport is eager to play a significant role in helping families stay active this winter, but we need to ensure we are making the experience as safe as possible,” Heck said in a news release.

“Our team has been diligent in developing a safe reopening strategy and we will continue to follow Government of Alberta and City of Calgary guidelines.

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“The COVID-19 environment is new to everyone, including the ski and snowboard industry,” Heck continued. “Resorts throughout Canada will be learning as we go, and ultimately we all have the same goal of making it a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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“We are taking the necessary steps to help reduce the risk of the virus and we will continue to evolve throughout the season as situations change.”

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WinSport says the most significant changes were put in place to limit visitor capacity and provide space for physical distancing, including:

This season, the hill will be open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

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In addition to capacity protocols, other changes include:

WinSport’s tube park is scheduled to open on Dec. 19.

For more information and the latest updates from WinSport you can visit their website.

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