COVID Policy 2021-2022 Season

Please Get Vaccinated! 

As of 8/25/2021

For 2021-2022 The policy is : 

COVID-19 Policy for the 2021-2022 Season
As we approach the 2021-2022 season, our main goal is to provide a safe experience for our students, instructors, staff and volunteers. COVID-19 continues to be a problematic situation throughout the United States. We are implementing the following policies for all courses and events operated by the Silverton Avalanche School. 

We will require:

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination

OR

Proof of a negative Covid-19 test within two days prior to the course or event.

If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test, they will be given a credit to attend a course at a different date. Those who are unvaccinated and do not take a valid Covid-19 test within 48 hours of the class will be turned away and no refund will be given.
The acceptable forms of vaccination proof:
An original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate or photo of an original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate (For residents of Colorado the myColorado™ app vaccination records are acceptable – all text must be legible. Out of state residents may use a similar app or a cell phone photo). The name on the vaccination record must match the name on the ID of the attendee. The vaccination certificate must match a valid form of identification such as a drivers license or passport.
Fully vaccinated means: you are two weeks removed from your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks removed from your single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Dates: If you are attending, your vaccination must show second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson, prior to the course or event.
Boosters will be available for persons who have received a vaccination after 8 months.
The acceptable form of a negative COVID-19 test are as follows:
A valid original negative Covid-19 PCR based Test (time-stamped within two days prior to event check-in).
Check here for testing sites. https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing
All information is subject to change and we will modify this policy based on the best information available. Failure to comply with this policy means no refund.
 
GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION 

Depending on the COVID-19 situation in area, masks may be required indoors.

We are following the national and international developments of the COVID-19 pandemic daily. Courses will return to in-person learning for the 2021 season. Backcountry skiing and recreation is a low risk sport with regards to disease transmission. We have taken steps to modify our program to ensure that staff and students are safe from COVID-19. 

The safety of our students and staff are the #1 priority as we plan the season out.

Upon registration for a course this season, students will be updated on a regular basis as the protocols update per venue. 

BASIC RULES OF COVID-19 AND COURSE OPERATIONS

  1. Reduce risk: For activities in the mountains, low mountain ranges and other nature sports areas, stay well below the personal performance limit. More than ever: Only practice mountain sports when you are healthy to avoid any potential strain on emergency services.
  1. Only in authorized small groups: We will be following local public health and public safety guidelines. These may vary at different venues. Always keep the required social distance during greetings and discussions. Avoid high-traffic areas and tours.
  1. Keep a distance of at least 2m: Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.  
  1. Avoid the usual contact rituals: e.g. shaking hands, giving hugs, sharing drinks with others, etc.
  1. Bring a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant with you : In addition to general emergency equipment, a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant should be in your backpack at all times.
  1. Wear a mask (mouth-nose protection) in permitted carpooling: Only carry out carpooling in the number and composition of persons permitted by the authorities. Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.
  1. In an emergency: As a first responder, proceed according to the generally applicable first aid guidelines and use a mask (mouth-nose protection). When close to somebody, limit conversation to help reduce potential spread of infection.
  1. Disinfecting equipment: Follow manufacturers guidance on equipment cleaning and quarantine. Only use your own equipment. Minimize sharing or borrowing equipment.