Sunday, January 24, 2021

Schweitzer: No masks, no twilight skiing

| January 12, 2021 12:20 PM

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will not offer twilight skiing this weekend because many skiers are declining to wear masks.

"Due to an overwhelming lack of compliance with our mask policies and social distancing in the rental shop, day lodge, and lift lines during twilight skiing, I have made the decision that we will not be offering twilight skiing over the MLK holiday weekend," wrote Tom Chasse, president and CEO, in a Facebook post.

"I will not continue to tolerate the verbal abuse that has been directed towards our staff as they have attempted to enforce our safety requirements," he wrote.

Chasse said he hopes the move is temporary but added that Schweitzer will need to reassess its approach to twilight skiing before it commits to future dates.

The planned fireworks and tubing for Saturday will go as scheduled.

"We hope this 'pause' in our twilight skiing operation will provide our staff a much-needed break from the constant struggle of trying to operate safely during the pandemic as well as a reminder to our guests of our commitment to our safety protocols," Chasse wrote.