Idaho ski resorts implementing new measures

Posted at 1:42 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 11:54:56-04

Bogus and Brundage ski resorts announced new precautionary measures Friday against the coronavirus.

The actions taken at Bogus Basin include:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of highly trafficked areas, such as restrooms, cafeterias, food stations and work stations.
  • Installing Clorox wipe dispensers near food and beverage areas in the lodges
  • Providing hand sanitizer throughout lodges and other facilities
  • Prohibiting symptomatic employees from working
  • Allowing guests to ride alone or with fewer people on the chairlifts
  • Canceling all upcoming mountain events
  • Discontinuing public bus services

Bogus Basin will continue to evaluate changes and the impact on operations. The Bogus Basin team will provide updates via their website, social media and email.

Brundage plans to keep the lifts operating through April 12. According to their general manager, they will be making some adjustments to operation to limit potential exposure and risks with a heightened focus on safety and hygiene.

Specific steps Brundage Mountain is taking to protect guests and employees include:

  • Daily briefings with staff on best practices for personal hygiene and guest interactions including cough and sneeze etiquette, hand sanitizing procedure and the importance of staying home when sick.
  • Lift operators have been given guidance that guests who would prefer to ride the chairlifts by themselves or with only members of their own group should be allowed to do so.
  • Installation of additional hand sanitizing stations for staff to access around the mountain, including at the top and bottom of each chairlift.
  • Increased frequency of disinfection and cleaning of public restrooms and high-touch indoor areas, such as bathrooms, food courts, kitchen surfaces, door handles, tables, restaurants, bars, ski lesson and rental check-in counters and communal computer workstations.
  • Installation of new hand sanitizing stations for guests to use in public areas around the resort.
  • Additional steps and information about hygiene and social distancing are underway in food and beverage facilities.
  • Adjusting cancellation policies to provide full refunds for anyone who cancels their scheduled Ski + Ride School lessons, tours, dinner or snowmobile adventure.
  • Events that have been canceled include: Hidden Valley Hoedown and Brewlympic Games.
  • Brundage Mountain is assessing the remaining events and may make more adjustments to the event lineup to protect the health of our guests and employees.

Brundage Mountain continues to take all appropriate precautions recommended by the CDC and local health agencies.