On Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, Eagle Pass Heliskiing closed its operations for the season. Our top priority is always the health, safety and well-being of our guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and safety of our local communities. Our hearts go out to all who have been, and will be, affected by the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We would like to thank our local First Nations who allow us to operate on the land, The Province and our local governments - in particular, Revelstoke and the CSRD; our loyal guests, our partners, our hardworking staff and contractors of over 100 individuals who strive every day to showcase Revelstoke, the Monashee Mountains and BC to the world.
Below is some important public information:
COVID-19 – On the evening of Friday, March 20th, one of our guests, who stayed in private accommodation and skied with us between March 9th and 12th, informed us that they have tested positive for COVID-19. We are carefully monitoring the situation in conjunction with our medical directors and public health officials. We have reported to BC CDC and are following their directions. All parties with known exposure will be contacted and advised to self-isolate for 14-days and self-monitor for symptoms. We urge everyone to adhere to health authority guidance such as social distancing and self-isolation. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions
FACILITIES – We kindly ask that members of the public do not attempt to enter our lodge, day base, sales or administration offices. All Eagle Pass facilities were closed, indefinitely, on Tuesday, March 17th, with staff working remotely from their homes.
STAFF – All of our staff are presently healthy, symptom-free, are social distancing and self-monitoring for 14 days. All staff have been asked to track their health since day one of self-isolation, to use and follow the recommendations of the BC COVID19 Self-Assessment Tool and to immediately report to us if they become symptomatic.
PUBLIC RECREATION – We should always endeavour to be self-sufficient in the mountains and make decisions that are appropriate for the conditions and our level of training and experience. Please be conservative and extra vigilant to the possibility of any type of incident or injury that could add more load to our Search & Rescue Teams and our healthcare system that is already under pressure. If you choose to head out, we encourage you to plan and take all precautions necessary to safeguard the health and safety of your group and others.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Everyone should always be prepared to be self-sufficient while recreating in the mountains. However, right now, the resources that are available to you are limited. With all ski operations shutting down, professionally collected snowpack data is not available to prepare public avalanche bulletins, or helicopters with trained ski guides quickly available to assist Search and Rescue. In addition, an accident would add stress to our healthcare system that is already under pressure. We understand how important recreation is for mental health, so we urge you to choose activities and areas with minimal risk to safeguard everyone’s health and safety.
ECONOMIC & SOCIAL IMPACT – As a business and employer in Revelstoke, we recognize that we have a significant role to play in helping restore the local economy once we get through the unprecedented challenges that we are facing. The affects of COVID-19 are continuing to evolve and despite the uncertainty, we need to focus on what is the most meaningful to us all. Please be kind to one another; be responsible and considerate. Urge everyone to follow the direction of our provincial and federal health officials. We are all in this together.
The Eagle Pass Team