Safety/COVID-19

COVID-19 Policies

Tyrol Basin is committed to keeping our customers, staff, and volunteers safe, happy, and healthy this upcoming 2020-2021 Winter Season. As always, Tyrol Basin is dedicated to being open for skiing and snowboarding as many days as the weather will allow. In conjunction with Dane County Public Health and the CDC, Tyrol Basin will require adherence to current order requirements (https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/forward-dane/current-order.) This includes but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Individuals must wear face coverings if they are unable to remain socially distanced. This includes customers, staff, and volunteers alike.
  • Individuals should always remain socially distanced from one another unless they are from the same household. This includes riding the chairlift.
  • Indoor capacity will be monitored and kept within the limits of DCPH orders
  • Individuals should wash hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently
  • If an individual is feeling ill with symptoms of contagious illness, has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they should stay home! “Don’t be the reason we lose the season!”

Most protocols will be easy and natural for skiing and snowboarding customers to follow. Skiers and snowboarders already wear face coverings and gloves as part of their equipment for the sport. When following the Skier Responsibility code as recommended, skiers and snowboarders will remain socially distanced. “If you’re closer than 6 ft away from someone on a trail, you’ve got a lot more to worry about than catching COVID-19!” Staying active and getting a daily dose of fresh air will keep all of us physically and mentally well.

Tyrol Basin has made necessary enhancements to our facilities, amenities, policies and procedures; keeping our staff and customer’s health and safety as the number one goal since the pandemic began.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Brand new outdoor deck, which triples our outdoor seating capacity for food and beverage patrons
  • Remodeled lower-level Chalet restrooms, which increases our handwashing capacity
  • Brand new gas firepits in base area and on bar deck
  • Multiple Hand Sanitizer stations throughout the resort
  • Added plexiglass barriers
  • Outdoor Lockers available for rent

Policies and Procedures

  • Keep as many of your group members in the car until you have all of your tickets as possible. Avoid bringing your entire group to the ticket line if at all possible.
  • Additional sanitizing efforts in place
    • NEW Rental Equipment return process eliminates cross contamination amongst customers
    • Indoor facilities will receive additional sanitation efforts upon close of business each day.
  • Indoor traffic will be reduced if at all possible
  • All Snow Sports school lessons will be booked online and check-in will take place outdoors.
    • Customers may pre-pay for and reserve lessons here: https://shop.tyrolbasin.com/lessons
  • Ski Patrol
    • The Tyrol Basin Ski Patrol will be following any and all regulations put in place by the National Ski Patrol, CDC, Dane County Health Department, etc.
    • All Ski Patrol members will wear proper PPE when handling patients.
    • All Ski Patrol members will wear a mask indoors, and in any situation when social distancing cannot be achieved outdoors.
  • Staff will remain socially distanced whenever possible and will wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Staff members are not permitted to work if they are exhibiting symptoms of contagious illness or if they have been exposed to someone that has tested positive in the last 14 days.
  • Tyrol Basin will also follow practices from the NSAA’s “Ski Well, Be Well; Ski Area Operating Best Practices” as part of general best practice for the 2020-2021 Winter season. https://nsaa.org/skiwellbewell
  • Tyrol Basin will not require anyone to ride the chairlift together. Customers should only ride the chairlift with members of their household.

 

Recommendations

  • Plan to spend most of your visit outdoors. Dress in layers and bring a spare set of warm clothes.
    • We’ve increased our outdoor seating options to allow customers to enjoy food and beverage outside.
    • Bagged lunches and other snacks brought by customers should be enjoyed while sitting at outdoor tables on our roof deck. As always, carry-in alcohol is not allowed on Tyrol Basin property.
  • Buy tickets and rentals ahead of time online
  • Fill out forms and waivers ahead of time. Rental forms need to be printed and will be marked with proof of purchase upon arrival
  • Boot up in your vehicle if possible. All benches will be located outdoors for customers renting equipment.

For more information, please submit a contact request: https://tyrolbasin.com/contact/

Safety and Hill Policies

WARNING to Skiers/Riders:
Under Wisconsin law (Wisconsin Skier Safety Act, 2012), each person engaged in skiing/riding has a duty to do all of the following:

  • Obey all posted warnings and signs.
  • Keep off of closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Know the range of his or her ability and engage in skiing or sledding within that ability.
  • Assess the difficulty of the trails and terrains that are open to skiing or sledding.
  • Maintain control of his or her speed and direction.
  • Be able to stop or avoid other individuals or objects.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in skiing or sledding who are ahead or who are down the slope.
  • Not stop at a point that will result in the individual obstructing a trail or not being visible from above.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in skiing or sledding who are uphill when starting downhill or when merging onto a trail.
  • Be able to safely board, ride, and deboard any lift serving an area open to skiing or sledding.
  • Board and deboard a lift only at designated sites.
  • If involved in a collision with another participant in a snow sport that results in injury or death, not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving his or her name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of the ski patrol, except for the purpose of securing aid for a person injured in the collision. A person who leaves the scene of the collision for the purpose of securing aid shall give his or her name and current address after securing the aid.

WARNING to Snow Tubers:
Under Wisconsin law (Wisconsin Skier Safety Act, 2012), each individual engaged in tubing has a duty to do all of the following:

  • Obey all posted warnings and signs.
  • Keep out of closed areas.
  • Know the range of his or her ability and engage in tubing within that ability.
  • Assess the difficulty of the terrain that is open to tubing.
  • Maintain control of the speed and direction of the tube or other device that is being used.
  • Comply with any posted limits imposed on the number of passengers or on the amount of weight of the tube or other device while it is being ridden.
  • Be able to safely board, ride, and deboard any lift serving an area open to tubing.
  • Board and deboard a lift only at designated sites.
  • Yield to other individuals engaged in tubing who are ahead or who are down the slope.
  • Look uphill and yield to oncoming tubes before leaving the bottom of the hill at the end of a run.

Skiers Responsibility Code
Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great on the snow experience.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, and unload safely.

Know the code. It’s your responsibility. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious!

Helmets and Protective Gear

We highly recommend helmets in all winter sports, including tubing.  The use of a helmet and or wrist guards may reduce the risk of an injury.  Wrist injuries are not uncommon for snowboarders and wrist guards can help prevent injuries. Whether or not to wear a helmet or other safety devices is a personal choice.   All of our full ski and snowboard rental packages include a helmet for free regardless of age or ability level.  Make sure to check into all available options. Here are some sources of additional safety information:

http://www.lidsonkids.org/

https://www.nsp.org/slopesafety/helmetsafety.aspx

Drone Policy

Tyrol Basin does not allow the use of drones by the public without prior authorization.  All authorizations must be obtained by our General Manager.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass or daily lift ticket.

Hazards

All fencing, poles, signage and other marking devices are in place to inform you of potential hazards or obstacles. The markers will not protect you from injury, and it is your responsibility to stay away from marked areas.

Retention Devices

All persons skiing or snowboarding must have a properly function retention device in their equipment.

Tyrol Basin Reckless Snow sport Participant Policy:

  • Skiing at a high rate of speed without regard for personal safety or the safety of others
  • Skiing at a high rate of speed in beginner areas.
  • Skiing at a high rate of speed near lift lines or in constricted areas.
  • Causing a collision or near-miss.
  • Failure to yield to uphill skiers when entering a trail from the side.
  • Failure to exercise due caution when overtaking another skier.
  • Failure to assure that the back side of a terrain park feature is clear before use.
  • Skiing while ability is impaired by alcohol or any substance, licit or illicit.
  • Skiing on closed trails.
  • Skiing out of bounds.
  • Performing an invert (feet higher than head) is not recommended.
  • Building jumps.
  • Swinging or bouncing chairlift chairs.
  • Any horseplay on lifts.
  • Throwing objects from lifts.
  • Strapping in a snowboard while riding a chairlift.
  • Blocking an off-ramp for any of the lifts.
  • Skiing out of the established track of a rope tow or bouncing the tow cable.
  • Unnecessarily blocking or impeding the normal flow of other skiers.
  • Tampering with, moving, destroying, defacing, or theft of any Tyrol property.
  • Failure to adhere to posted signage.
  • Any criminal activity, including theft of services by not having a valid lift passes.
  • The use of profanity.
  • Failure to follow directions of a Tyrol Basin employee.
  • Fighting or the harassment of another guest.

 

Both Tyrol Basin Ski Patrol and Tyrol Basin staff have the authority to confiscate any lift pass of a reckless participant in a snow sport A confiscation decision rests on the sole judgment of such authorized person. Options include, but are not limited to, suspension or revocation of Tyrol Basin privileges for any period of time.  Disposition is at the absolute and sole discretion of Tyrol Basin management, and is not appealable in any court or under any legal theory. A reckless snow sport participant can be approached at any time, and at any location within Tyrol Basins’s area of operation, which includes the parking lots. For any criminal activity, Tyrol Basin reserves the right to prosecute. Depending upon the circumstances, Tyrol Basin Ski Patrol or Tyrol Basin staff may issue a verbal warning of reckless conduct instead of confiscating the lift pass.

If you have any questions with out safety policies or procedures please call us at 608-437-4135.