Poplar Grove Winery & Mustang Powder
Ski and Wine Collaboration
Dear Valued Poplar Grove Members,
We are partnering with Mustang Powder to offer our members a wonderful ski/snowboard opportunity and a chance to experience the best cat skiing on the planet while enjoying two evenings of special dinners paired with Poplar Grove wines! As a Poplar Grove Wine Club member – Mustang Powder is offering a 28% discount on your cat skiing vacation.
COVID has affected so many of us during 2020, and we believe in supporting local BC businesses whenever possible. With travel restrictions on US and overseas tourists still in place, hospitality has been challenged on so many levels.
We are looking for 12 people, to complete three bubbles of four people or two bubbles of six, to fill the seats in a cat and enjoy delicious food and wine. A member of the Poplar Grove team will be personally facilitating the experience on site and guiding you through the wine inspired dinners.
Please note that Mustang Powder has comprehensive COVID protocols in place to keep their guests safe during their journey into the mountains. Please read the protocols in the link.
The following trip (three days of cat skiing) is available:
Wednesday Dec 9 to Friday Dec 11
3 days - $720 per day (regularly $1000 per day)
Mustang Powder is holding 12 seats for our members for a 10-day period before releasing the date to the public.
Looking forward to hearing from our members who are keen to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Get your ski friends and book your bubble before Wednesday November 4, 2020!
Mustang Powder COVID Protocols
Guests are keen to know what steps Mustang has taken to prevent the spread of COVID. Our industry organization, Helicat Canada, has established a comprehensive Best Practices document. Below is a list of some of the key procedures that you can expect to be in place during your ski holiday at Mustang Lodge:
- Face coverings will be required any time physical distancing cannot be attained: For example, when sitting in the snowcat and when in the helicopter during the heli transfer. (We will update you with a more specific mask strategy prior to your trip).
- Face coverings will not be required when you are outside of the snowcat or skiing.
- All meals will be served to guests – there will be no breakfast or lunch buffets this season.
- Lunch and daytime snacks will be eaten outside of the cat.
- We have a strict and conscientious cleaning protocol for all multi-touch surfaces, interior of snowcat cabs, public washrooms, common areas and staff quarters etc.
- Hand sanitizer will be widely available in the lodge and snowcats. All guests and staff are required to regularly wash their hands throughout the day.
- Lodge furniture has been reorganized to create physical distancing all times when in the lodge.
- There will be no massages this season and the sauna will be closed.
- The Hot tub will be open, since it is outdoors and quite large – but with a maximum capacity of 3 or 4 people. There will be a booking schedule for the hot tub.
- Guests and Staff will have their temperature taken at our trailhead, and those who are displaying flu or COVID symptoms or fever prior to their trip will not be allowed to come to the lodge. If anyone becomes unwell while at the lodge, the affected people will be evaluated and if deemed necessary, evacuated and tested for COVID. We will be doing daily health assessments of all staff and guests.
- Helicat Canada is working hard to obtain testing kits for its members’ guests and staff prior to entering the lodges. We hope to confirm this sometime in November.
- We will have two totally separate ‘Teams’ of staff members this winter. Each team will work 10 days in; 10 days out of the lodge. If we get a COVID case at the lodge this season, we will immediately send all potentially exposed staff home, clean and disinfect the lodge thoroughly, and bring in a totally fresh set of staff from the outside. This will allow us to continue operating.
- In late summer we made the decision to allow only Canadian residents to come to Mustang this season. If the situation in the USA and/or overseas improves considerably during the autumn/winter, and covid infection rates in those countries becomes similar or better than Canada, we may consider allowing non-Canadian residents to come to the lodge.