A Northwest community favorite for skiers and snowboarders, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is open for operations for what will be an unprecedented ski season due to COVID-19. 

 Schweitzer Mountain’s Marketing Manager, Dig Chrismer, said that she is hoping that everyone will help mitigate the spread to keep the mountain open all winter. 

 “Face masks are required when inside any of the buildings on the mountain. We are really hoping that everyone will work together to help mitigate the spread,” Chrismer said to GUTV. 

Some of the rules skiers and riders can expect are to ride up the chair with people they came to the mountain with, social distancing and masks in lift lines and inside buildings.

 Avid skier and coach, Max Mallinen, said Schweitzer is a large mountain and he thinks it can accommodate mountain-goers this season, even with social distancing guidelines. 

Chrismer said the resort is largely focusing on the passholders this season, but not making season passholders make reservations to ski or snowboard. As for day tickets, Schweitzer is selling them, but limited numbers of them. Chrismer suggests that non-passholders buy day tickets in advance to guarantee that they can ski or ride on their desired day.

Schweitzer Mountain is open for operations, but has threatened to shut down if skiers and riders do not obey the rules set forth. Chrimser said people who do not comply with the regulations will be asked to leave.

Hannah Hislop is a news editor. Follow her on Twitter: @hannahvhislop.

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