The Fall and Winter seasons will be here before long, and we want to update you on a number of changes at the Short Hills Ski Club has made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working hard to ensure that the club and lodge are a safe and welcoming place for our members and guests. Your safety and well-being is our primary concern. Below is a summary of the changes and what we expect going forward:
Our meetings have been held virtually since March following our normal schedule. General Meetings are being held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Beginning November 10th we will resume our weekly meeting schedule (virtually) until the end of the Ski Season. There are no in-person meetings planned for the Elk’s lodge for this season. Resumption of physical meetings will depend upon the health situation and associated governmental guidelines and mandates.
The lodge has been closed since March due to Travel restrictions to Vermont and changes in lodge operations, policy and booking procedures necessary to ensure the health and safety of our members, guests and employees. Specifically:
- Enhanced Lodge Plan – Updated SHSC procedures, guidelines and requirements in order to comply with the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Vermont individual and lodge operator guidelines and requirements for COVID-19
- Lodge Improvements & Adaptations – Changes at the lodge in accordance with the enhanced lodge plan and other health and safety-related items. This includes new Health & Safety related Signage (e.g. social distancing, use of masks, cleaning), a locked cleaning supply closet, removal of tables and chairs from the dining room to reduce capacity in accordance with guidelines, installation of Sanitizing UVC lamps in the heating & ventillation systems, installation of a kitchen decontamination curtain in the hallway, addition of a railing to the game room, and updates to the fire alarm system. In addition, one of the hot water heaters is being replaced, the roof replacement is scheduled for the fall, and a second decontamination curtain for meal-service counter will be installed.
- Lodge reservations – The member system will be used for all lodge reservations in order to have a contactless process for the safety of our members and to accommodate the likelihood that in-person signups may not be possible. The reservation process is simple and easy to use. It has been updated to include attestation of conformance to Vermont travel restrictions, attestation that the member and any guests have read and accept the in the enhanced lodge plan conditions, limit the capacity at the lodge to 25 people, and to confirm agreement with the updated general liability waiver which now includes COVID-19 related clauses.
- Lodge Refunds – Due to the COVID-19 situation, the lodge refund policy has been changed. If you need to cancel your reservation due to Vermont COVID Restrictions you can receive a refund. We do not want you come to the lodge if you are not well, have COVID symptoms or cannot travel due to travel or quarantine restrictions.
- Lodge Rates– Lodge rates for the 2020-21 season are the same as they were for the 2019-20 season. Winter weekends will be available for booking 2 ½ weeks prior as in the past. Advance bookings can be made for Individual lodge nights (non-weekends) at any time throughout the season. Weekend rates include meals as in prior years. A variable supplement will apply for lower occupancy weekends.
- Lodge Occupancy – Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Vermont, the lodge capacity will be capped at 25 people per night. Once the capacity is reached it will not be possible to add anyone. As a safety measure, multiple families will not be placed into the same room (zoo concept). Once a room is booked by someone, only that person can approve additional occupants in that room. Rooms with capacity of 4, 5 or 6 require a minimum of 2 people to reserve.
- Lodge Opening – Due to the above changes, the lodge and our processes are considered COVID-ready and will open for the season beginning with Hike & Bike Weekend, October 9-12. Hike & Bike Weekend and Individual nights at the lodge for the 2020-21 season can be reserved effective immediately. Travel restrictions to Vermont vary by county and changes weekly. Please be sure to visit the Vermont COVID-19 site to determine what restrictions apply to you before reserving space at the lodge.
- As of now, the Ski Resorts in Vermont are planning to open for the 2020-21 season. Please be aware that capacities will be limited and other restrictions are being put in place due to COVID-19. The details are still evolving, but this is the general direction: Reservations will be required at some mountains and preference will be given to season pass holders (This includes IKON pass and EPIC pass holders for their respective properties). Daily passes will be limited if available and will need to be purchased in advance. Please be sure follow the ongoing mountain updates and be aware of how this may affect your plans. SHSC will not be carrying an inventory of passes.