Updated December 2nd, 2021

Getting into the mountains is as important as ever. The refuge they offer, as well as the opportunity for wellness, solitude, and adventure, are invaluable. Indeed, we’ve all been longing to return. Relative to all the ways our country is starting to “open up,” outdoor recreation is a recommended and lower risk way to return to normalcy. Open fresh air with natural ventilation and plenty of sunshine make it harder for the coronavirus to latch on to us human hosts. But going to the mountains is not without risk. In addition to the host of hazards we normally encounter, we must now endeavor to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We ask you to work with us to manage this new risk to the best of our abilities.

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to evolve, so do SMG’s mitigation strategies. In consultation with our medical director the following policies and procedures will apply:

  • Day Programs (Guided Ski Tours and “valley-based” avalanche classes): no testing or vaccination requirements. Masks will be required if distancing cannot be maintained for groups that have unvaccinated members.

  • Guided Hut Trips, Hut-based Avalanche Classes, Ski Mountaineering Courses: all guests and guides must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24-48 hours of the start of the trip. Masks will be required inside the Williams Peak Yurt.

We will continue to encourage good hand hygiene as this remains a smart practice with or without a pandemic, especially before preparing and eating food.