March 24, 2020
As many of you already know, the COVID-19 pandemic is growing at an alarming rate. Our governments have asked that we stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Our hospitals and care workers have requested we abstain from high risk activities to limit the pressure on our Healthcare system. Avalanche Canada has announced ending its forecasts within days and has asked people to “Please restrain backcountry activities during pandemic”. Our local emergency services are also impacted by this crisis. As such we can expect response times to be affected.
The scene in our parking lot on Saturday the 21st, was not a display of our community actively participating in social distancing. From our parking camera and witness statements we could see a nearly full parking lot, full of mingling and group activity; tail gate gatherings, guests from all ends of the world, and entire families out and about like nothing was wrong.
Continuous failure to adhere to our government requests will only cause stricter restrictions and increase the time for which these restrictions will be in place. As responsible business owners, crown land tenants and Canadians, we would like to ask everyone to abstain from coming to MMC-Shames Mountain to recreate. This pandemic is a global issue that can only be resolved if we all do our part, and take these requests seriously.
Finally, due to the significant impacts of COVID-19 affecting all industries, avalanche hazards related road closures may become more frequent and for prolonged periods as we transitions from winter to a late spring snowpack.
We thank you all in advance for your patience and cooperation in this matter.
MMC-Shames Mountain Team
March 16, 2020
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority and with the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to cease operations at MMC-Shames Mountain for the remainder of the Season. This has not been an easy decision to make as we strongly believe than an active community is a health community,
Over the past week, we have tirelessly monitored the situation and implemented various measures to help ensure guest safety; however, this community means a lot to us, and at this time we believe we have a social responsibility to close the resort.
We are continuing to encourage everyone to stay active an live a healthy lifestyle while doing their part to reduce the impacts of COVID-19.
Please be patient as we work through all the details involved in shutting down early. We will be communicating all these details as they get sorted.
Thank you for your patience and understanding; it truly has been an incredible ski season.
MMC- Shames Mountain Team
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