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MSEF Covid-19 Policies

With the uncertainty of the pandemic, this policy and subsequent recommendations may be subject to change, based on best applicable guidelines from Missoula County-City Health Department (MCCHD), federal, state or local mandates.

1.  Reimbursement Policy: Related to the program offerings being affected directly by the pandemic:

A.  100% refund if the season does not start

B.  If we start the season and have to unexpectedly stop – 80% prorated refund for days not skied based on program skier days.

C.  Cold/severe weather days may result in cancellation of practice due to the lack of warming/shelter options during the pandemic.  All efforts will be made to reschedule practices cancelled due to weather.  However, refunds will not be offered for practices cancelled due to weather.

D.  This policy is separate from the MSEF Refund Policy which can be found at {link to web page}

2.  Participation after Symptoms/Exposures:

A.    MSEF will adhere to federal, local, and state mandates.

B.    Any athlete demonstrating symptoms will not participate in training or competitions until tested negative with resolution of symptoms as per MCCHD guidelines referenced in attachment A, or having completed a 10 day quarantine from the onset of symptoms with resolution of symptoms.

C.    Any Coach, Staff, or Board member displaying symptoms will not participate in face-to-face MSEF events until tested negative with resolution of symptoms as per MCCHD guidelines referenced in attachment A, or having completed a 14 day quarantine from the onset of symptoms with resolution of symptoms.

D.    Any athlete, Coach, Staff or board member having direct exposure to a person who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by MCCHD. If any athlete, Coach, Staff or board member has direct exposure to a person who tests positive for Covid, that individual will also notify MSEF immediately.  MCCHD will determine if the exposure qualifies as a close contact as well as the need for and duration of a quarantine due to that exposure.  MSEF will follow the recommendations of MCCHD regarding a potential return to practice date for that athlete.  Personal information about an athlete deemed a close contact will not be shared by MCCHD or MSEF as that information is protected by law.

MSEF Contacts:       Program Director Dylan Snell - MST, YSL

                                    Cell:  802.747.8396


                                    Deb Demmons -Griz Ski Team

                                    Cell:  406.240.0175


                                    Liam Harry-Freeride

                                    Cell:  208.850.0878



3.    Contact Tracing:

A.  Families will be required to use Team Reach to sign up athletes for training days, events and races.

B.  All athletes will be required to sign up using the Team Reach app within 24  to the start of the training event.  No athlete will be allowed to participate if sign up was not completed within 24 hours prior to the training event.

C.  With the Team Reach sign up for each day, there will be a pre screen questionnaire to complete for athletes, staff and volunteers.

D.  A “No sign up, then no training” rule will be strictly enforced. This is mandatory to allow us to provide adequate contact records for MCCHD for their contact tracing.

E.  Contact tracing will be performed by MCCHD, with cooperation of all MSEF athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and board members.

F.   We will strive to maintain stable groups/cohorts for training sessions to minimize contacts and facilitate contact tracing efforts.

4.    Training:

A.   Plan to stage training cohort starting and ending locations separately at the venue.

B.   Plan for staggered start times of the various programs

C.   Athletes and coaches will boot-up in their cars and be ready to ski on arrival at the base.

D.   Yurt will be for baggage storage only. Masks are required inside of yurt, no more than 4 people in the yurt at a time.

5.   Masking:

A.   Face masks, gators/buffs, face coverings will be required (covering nose and mouth) anytime physical distancing cannot or is not maintained.

B.   Face masks, gators/buffs, face coverings will be required (covering nose and mouth) during the entire lift process, lift lines, loading, riding and unloading

C.   Face masks, gators/buffs, face coverings (covering nose and mouth) will be required anytime indoors

6.   Travel:

A.   Athletes are encouraged to travel to and from races with their families and avoid unnecessary contact with others.

B.   Athletes are encouraged to stay at hotels/lodging with their families.

C.   Coaches will be provided single rooms.

D.   All members of MSEF will abide by local and state mandates as well as resort regulations as they pertain to the racing/training venues

7.  Racing/Competition:

A.   Adherence to federal, state and local mandates.

B.   Adherence to US Ski and Snowboard Covid-19 Alpine Domestic Competition Guidance.

C.   Adherence to IFSA guidelines if any.


8.  Athlete Return to Training/Racing after COVID-19 Infection:

MSEF will follow the USSA guidelines for this:

9.  No Coach/Athlete cohort will have a total of more than 25 people, including athletes, volunteers and staff  and must meet the following requirements:

A. Capacity:

                                      i.        The maximum capacity will be less than 250 people total in the program, with the capacity of the Montana Snowbowl able to allow for adequate physical distancing on the mountain. This capacity shall not be exceeded.

                                    ii.        The program will only include registered members, staff and volunteers.

B.  Physical Distancing: Six-foot physical distance between   individuals/associated parties/25-person groups shall be maintained throughout offered programs.

C.   Traffic flow: Foot traffic flow, including entry into the venue, exiting the venue, and waiting in lines shall be designed and monitored per Montana Snowbowl policies to ensure 6-foot physical distancing will be maintained between individuals or associated parties.  The physical boundaries of the Montana Snowbowl will serve as the event boundaries.

D.   Enforcement of Requirements: All members of MSEF will agree to follow the requirements of this plan.  Suspension or expulsion from the program may occur otherwise.

E.   Cleaning and Disinfection: Frequently touched surfaces within the Yurt will be cleaned with disinfectant.  Hand sanitizer will be available in the Yurt.  Montana Snowbowl will remain responsible for the rest of the venue related to facilities.

F.    Health Screening: Staff, volunteers, and athletes with COVID-19 symptoms shall be excluded from any in person activities.  Team Reach will be used for completion of the health assessment prior to registering for each training session or event.

G.   Close Contact Identification: Team Reach will be used to maintain a record of all cohorts for all training sessions and events.  This information must remain available for public health officials for at least two weeks after the event or gathering.

H.   Face Coverings: MSEF will comply with all current State Directives and Local Rule/Orders for face coverings, as they apply to an event or gathering.

10.  MSEF programs shall be modified, scaled back, postponed or canceled if notified by the MCCHD Health Officer that further restrictions for gatherings and events are necessary based on the Reopening Phase and the epidemiological situation at the time the event will take place.

11. MCCHD may approve alternate strategies to the requirements listed herein, if the Department determines that those strategies will provide equivalent public health protection.

12. MSEF must follow the COVID-19 plan. If necessary, MSEF shall make further adjustments during the season to ensure that requirements are being met.

13. The MCCHD Health Officer may cancel an event or gathering if it does not adhere to the requirements of this plan.

14. The venue may have additional requirements based on the Governor’s Directives. If requirements for the event or gathering and the venue conflict, the more restrictive requirement applies. 


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