LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — The slopes are open at Perfect North for a new season, but it's going to look a little different this year with new COVID-19 precautions and rules in place for guests.
Those ready to strap on their gear and grab a snowboard, sled or skis will need to don another bit of equipment in certain areas: a face mask. Social distancing has been implemented in many areas of Perfect North as well, and guests must keep their distance and wear a mask while indoors and in lines for a lift.
"Honestly, I've noticed that the mask does make it warmer anyways, and since it is colder, I don't mind having it on as much," said Lauren Sanders, a guest at Perfect North.
Capacity is not being limited, but Alex Perfect said he hopes people will think about buying their tickets online to minimize contact with staff. Group bookings are being restricted, to keep too many from booking the same day.
"We're doubling our efforts to keep things clean," said Perfect. "Routine cleaning in our lodge area for our dining services, everything we can. We've upgraded the filters in our rental shop and we've done quite a bit to improve our facilities."
He said the new policies and guidelines officially went into place when the season started earlier in December, but the team has been discussing and planning since they closed for the summer last March.
"We made lots of considerations as far as what face coverings would look like and what would be expected of our skiers and snowboarders… We are requiring face coverings indoors, in our lift lines and while snow tubing," he said.
Right now, the slopes are 50% open, but this is more about the weather than the pandemic; Staff said the temperatures need to drop below freezing before they can open more trails and make more snow. Perfect said he's hoping colder weather nearing Christmas will help them open the rest of the slopes.