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20/21 Ski Brule Operations

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BIG CHANGES FOR 20/21 SNOW SEASON:

 

Last March, the Michigan Governor shut Ski Brule down with a month of the best snow and the best skiing yet to go.  We thought and hoped that the pandemic would be over or at least improve, but it is not, in fact it is worse in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.  In the Ski Brule area, daily cases now exceed monthly total from June, schools are closed, medical facilities are closed, law enforcement is infected.  There were zero COVID cases in Iron County March through May and now 1,000 cases.  The U.P. daily totals exceed the monthly totals from June and our area has been moved back a ‘phase’ due to the significant increase in COVID cases.

Masks are required everywhere, food and bar service is severely restricted, indoor gathering is significantly limited.  Additional rules and enforcement have been implemented by the Health Department, Liquor Control Commission and MIOSHA.

How will we, can we, operate Ski Brule?  We have a legacy here.  Ski Brule has continually operated for 64 years.  Operated under the same family management for longer than any other ski facility in the U.S.  We have provided our guests with a great family winter resort for years.

But Covid-19 has changed everything.  Our traditional model won’t work.   Close gatherings, close friends, close families, personal service, face to face relations, handshakes and hugs are outlawed.

And the financial risk of again being shut down, but now in the early season seems very high!  We’ve look for answers and assurances but have received none!

We now, finally, must advise our many, many guests, our friends and families of Ski Brule’s plans for Winter 20/21.

We all know that things change quickly.  The future is far less predictable, so what we provide here will likely change – hopefully for the better.

 

Our Goals For 20/21:

  1. Keep staff and guests safe.
  2. Remain financially sound for the years after COVID-19.
  3. Offer what we can, safely and practically.

Will we ski & snowboard?  Subject to Covid-19 and mother nature, yes.  Covid-19 and government orders that is, because orders of shut down could occur anytime.  Mother Nature because we will need plenty of natural snow.

Snowmaking and Opening Day:

For many years, in fact since the mid 1980’s, Ski Brule has been opening on or before the first full weekend of November.  Dedicated snowmaking efforts have given Ski Brule its reputation as the first to open and the longest season in the region.  That will not happen this winter.  We cannot risk the long-term future of the resort to open early on machine made snow.  The financial investment for snowmaking is huge, the risk too great, so in fact, we will not be making snow.  We will open when and as (if) there is sufficient natural snow to provide a decent ski and snowboard experience.

It is very unlikely that we will open during November.  Hopefully during December.

Once open, we will operate only when and where there is adequate natural snow for a good experience.

When we do open, we will only be operating on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (school groups have been the mainstay of our midweek business – none this season).

When we are open, we will only operate a limited number of lifts and terrain is likely to be limited as skiing & riding will be better on Blue and Green trails.  There will be no snowboard park elements.

The number of guests allowed into our buildings is very limited, so when we do open, guest numbers may be limited based on prevailing COVID regulations. Reservations may need to be made for skiing/snowboarding.  If required, Advanced lift ticket and season pass holders will be given reservations priority.

 

Additional Information About 20/21 Operations When Ski Brule Opens:

 

Opening:

Do we know when the resort will open for skiing & snowboarding?  No, because we will rely on natural snowfall.  We can not predict when we will be initially open or how long we will be able to offer reasonable conditions.

 

Guest Number Limitation:

Will guest numbers be limited?  Yes, unless the State of Michigan changes its rules, we will need to limit guest numbers to less than one half of our ideal capacity.

 

COVID-19 Waivers:

The purchase of (and/or redemption of an Advanced Lift Ticket) will include a waiver and release of claims related to COVID-19.

 

Masks:

All guests and staff are required (state rules) to wear face masks at all times at the resort, everywhere except in your own vehicles and when actually eating.

 

Food & Bar:

As the rules stand today, we will offer limited food and beverage options with significantly reduced occupancy in the Brule Lodge.

 

Warming:

A limited number of guests will be able to use the lodge warming area.  Guest cooperation will be required for monitoring and limiting of guest numbers in the lodge to assure social distancing.

 

Bathrooms:

The main lodge bathrooms will be available, again guest cooperation will be needed to assure social distancing.

 

Lessons, Sleigh Ride, Tubing & Shuttle Bus:

We cannot reasonably operate these usual services under the current rules.

 

Race Camps & Races:

Ski Brule has been the site of several annual race training camps and competitions.  Without snowmaking, we will not be in a position to host these events during the 20/21 season.

 

 

Cross Country Skiing / Fat Bike Trails:

Yes, the extensive cross-country / fat bike trail system will be open and be ready as soon as possible.

 

Snowshoeing:

Yes, snowshoeing trails will be available as soon as possible.

 

Snowmobile Trails:

Yes, Ski Brule is on a huge snowmobile trail system, which will be open and groomed as soon as possible.

 

Lodging:

The lodges and condos at Ski Brule Village will remain open, all reservations will be honored. Lodging guests will be given priority reservations (if required) for skiing/snowboarding when Ski Brule opens in 20/21.   Reservations can be moved to another date if done so by November 15.  Any guest with reservations wishing to cancel based on Ski Brule’s Covid-19 plans may do so with a full refund if requested before November 15.

 

Marketing:

Our traditional brochures, radio and TV commercials will not happen.  All guest communication will be by the internet, social media, email and telephone.

 

20/21 Advanced Lift Tickets:

Advanced lift tickets purchased for the 20/21 winter season will be honored and given priority reservations (if required) for skiing/snowboarding when Ski Brule opens in 20/21.  20/21 Advanced Lift Tickets not redeemed will be valid for the 21/22 snow season.  No additional Advanced Lift Tickets will be sold.  Full refunds will be available on those purchased for 20/21 if requested before November 15, no refunds after November 15, 2020.

 

 

19/20 Advanced Lift Ticket Not Redeemed During 3/21-4/5/20:

19/20 Advanced Lift Tickets will be honored after 3/21/21 if Ski Brule is open.  If not, then 19/20 Advanced lift tickets will be extended to the 21/22 season from 3/21/22 through close. No additional Season Pass will be sold for 20/21.

 

Season Tickets:

Season tickets will be honored and given priority for reservations (if required) for skiing/snowboarding when Ski Brule opens in 20/21.  Season Passes may be transferred to 21/22 snow season if requested.   No additional season tickets will be sold.  Full refunds on purchased season tickets will be available if requested before November 15.

 

Gift Certificates:

2019/20 & 2020/21 Gift Certificates will be honored through 2021/22 snow season.

 

Daily Facilities Pass (Lift Ticket) Pricing For 20/21:

Only daily facilities passes (lift tickets) will be sold.  Multi day or other extended tickets will not be offered.  Pricing will be the same as for the 19/20 season, subject to published decreases based on available terrain and conditions.  Once purchased, there will be no refunds.  All purchases will be done only by credit card and advanced reservations for skiing/snowboarding if required.

 

Rental Center & Tech Shop:

The Rental Center at Ski Brule will open when the resort is open for skiing & snowboarding.  The number of guests allowed into the facility will be very limited, as such waiting is likely.

 

Bear’s Den Pro Shop:

The Bear’s Den Pro Shop at Ski Brule will open when the resort is open for skiing & snowboarding.  Additionally, the Bear’s Den Pro Shop will be available by appointment when not open for skiing & snowboarding.  However, the number of guests allowed into the facility will be limited, as such waiting is likely.

 

 

Brule Saloon:

The Brule Saloon at Ski Brule will open when the resort is open for skiing & snowboarding.   However, the number of guests allowed into the Brule Saloon will be limited, as such waiting is likely.

 

Children Center:

Because of state restrictions and because we can not assure safe operation, child care and SKIwee facilities and services will not open this season.

 

Brule Cafe:

The Brule Cafe at Ski Brule will open when the resort is open for skiing & snowboarding, likely with limited food and beverage options.   The number of guests allowed into the Brule Lodge will be limited, as such waiting is likely.

 

Lodging:

The lodges and condos at Ski Brule Village will remain available for rental.  Daily maid service will not be provided as a COVID precaution.  Reservation will be paid in full at time of booking with remote check in (no in person check in at the Lodging Office).  Daily maid service is not available due to COVID prevention.  The Lodging Office is not accessible by visitors in person.  Communication will be through telephone or email.

 

Group Trips:

Group trips (20 or more guests) are likely not possible when the resort is open for skiing & snowboarding due to COVID gathering regulations.

 

Nightly Activities:

Nightly activities will be designated for Friday & Saturday nights when Ski Brule is open for skiing & snowboarding.

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June 20, 2020 Ski Brule Update

June 2020

Ski Brule staff have not returned to routine work schedule due to COVID19 precautions.  Staff are working remotely to respond to [email protected] mailbox and answering machine messages Monday-Friday.  Calls and emails received over the weekend will be returned on Monday.

 Please call 800-362-7853 during the times above to make lodging reservations or book at https://skibrule.com/lodging/ski-brule-village/ .  Same night online reservation booking is not available. 

Brule Sporting Clays will not open this summer due to COVID19.

Lodging guests will not receive daily maid service as we try to stop the spread of COVID19.  Shared hot tubs at Pioneer Lodge will not be available as we try to stop the spread of COVID19.

~Ski Brule Family
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Ski Brule Covid19 Update

COVID19 Update:

Email [email protected] mailbox is being checked Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 8am and again at 3:30pm by essential employees as we are observing Governor’s Executive Order 2020-77 which has extended the “Stay at Home Order” to May 28. Essential employees will be available by phone 800-362-7853 Monday-Thursday 8am-9am and again 3:30pm-4:00pm.

Lodging reservations are permissible rentals to essential workers working in Iron County prior to May 28, 2020. Non essential worker reservations can be made for May 29 and beyond. Online reservations bookings are not available at this time. Please call 800-362-7853 during the times above to make lodging reservations.

RE: 19/20 Advanced Lift Tickets: If you have unused advanced lift tickets from 19/20, you may use them next season between March 22, 2021 and close of the 2020/21 snow season. They will not be honored from opening 2020/21 through March 21, 2021.

RE: Season Pass Sale: This sale will be extended until after the executive orders have expired and Ski Brule is able to resume operation. This sale will be promoted on the website and Facebook when available.

RE: 20/21 Early Discounted Advanced Lift Ticket Sale: This sale will be extended until after the executive orders have expired and Ski Brule is able to resume operation. This sale will be promoted on the website and Facebook when available.

RE: 19/20 Comp Certificates & comp lift tickets for Ski Brule . These are non transferable to next season / void.

RE: Scout Day: If you were registered for Boy Scout event, you have been refunded or check returned to you.

Stay home, stay healthy and take care. We will get through this together.

~Ski Brule Family

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COVID19 Operational Update

 

COVID Update:

Email is not being monitored currently as we are observing Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order which has been extended through April 30.  The Governor will reassess the order on or before April 30 and potentially may extend again.    Ski Brule staff are home until permitted to return to work and your message will be responded to when operations resume.   Same is true for phone calls.

RE: Lodging spring/summer stays.  Under current executive orders, Ski Brule/Brule Valley Management is unable to provide vacation rental properties until the executive orders expire.  Lodging reservations for stays during the time of executive orders which prohibit vacation rentals, will be cancelled and deposits refunded.  Ski Brule/Brule Valley Management will not book new reservations during the ‘stay at home order’ as Ski Brule/Brule Valley Management cannot operate.

RE: Lodging.  If you had a winter lodging reservation, it has been cancelled and refund issued.  If you had a comp lodging stay, this cannot be rescheduled to another date.
RE: Advanced Lift Tickets:  If you have unused advanced lift tickets, you may use them next season between March 22 and close of the 2020/21 snow season.
20/21 Advanced Lift Ticket early purchase sale will be available once Ski Brule staff is permitted to return to work.  This sale will be promoted on the website and Facebook when available.

RE: Season Pass Sale:  This sale will be extended until after the executive orders have expired and Ski Brule is able to resume operation.  This sale will be promoted on the website and Facebook when available.
RE: 20/21 Early Discounted Advanced Lift Ticket Sale:  This sale will be extended until after the executive orders have expired and Ski Brule is able to resume operation.  This sale will be promoted on the website and Facebook when available.
RE: Comp Certificates & comp lift tickets for Ski Brule .  These are non transferable to next season.
RE: Scout Day:  If you were registered for Boy Scout event, you have been refunded or check returned to you.
Stay home, stay healthy and take care.  We will get through this together.
~Ski Brule Family

 

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Ski Brule & COVID-19

March 16. 2020

Ski Brule plans to remain open to the extent that we are permitted and we will be publishing as the situation further develops.  Michigan’s Gov will be speaking at noon today about additional changes as it relates to COVID-19 and we will advise thereafter if there are changes.

~ Ski Brule Family

 

USSA Weekend Change …

USSA RACERS AND FAMILY ………………………………

Yes, USSA cancelled the Brule Finale Race for this weekend at Ski Brule.  We are all aware as to why this was the responsible thing to do, even if we are disappointed that it has been cancelled.   It’s my FAVORITE event of the year!! 
So what does this mean?  Do we sit back and cry over it?  NO WAY!  That is NOT the Brule way of handling things.  We aren’t going to sit and cry over spilled milk … NO WAY!  Brule is going to turn that spilled milk into the most amazing milkshake you’ve ever had!
HOW??
1.  SNOW:  Ski Brule has 17 of 17 trails open with a ton of snow.  No bare spots here and we’ will be riding well into April with all the snow on the slopes.
2.  Special Ticket Pricing:  Racers and Family Members that have registered for the event and are on the registered event listing will receive discounted lift tickets this weekend!  $45 Single Day and $90 two day lift tickets for both adults and juniors.  Children ages 9 & under lift tickets are FREE!!!  This special lift ticket discount is available to purchase Friday opening through 7:00 pm.  Thereafter, regular prices will apply. 
3.  Race Training:  Want time in the gates?  No problem.  Rae training space will be available on Whitewater Saturday and Sunday.  Training space is at no additional cost!
4.  Friday Race Training:  Special Friday training ticket was available … and is still available to racers and their family members!  $30 Lift tickets for anyone age 10 & up.  Age 0-9 lift tickets are FREE!  This special pricing is ONLY available at Bear’s Den Pro Shop on Friday. 
5.  Goodies:  Just because the race has been cancelled doesn’t mean you don’t get the ‘good stuff’.  Everyone that is on the USSA race list will receive a FREE Ski Brule shirt and FREE goodie bag!  Both are available at Bear’s Den Pro Shop.
6.MORE FUN!  Petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting and slides will be available on Bambi Trail Saturday and Sunday 10-4:00.
7.  Cotton Candy:  Who doesn’t like cotton candy?  FREE cotton Candy will be available Saturday and Sunday 1-4:00. 
8.  Saturday & Sunday Race Training:  training space is available Saturday and Sunday on Whitewater Trail.  Stop in at Guest Service to confirm  will be training. 
9.  FREE 5 Pack Of Tubing:  If your name appears on registration list as a participant, stop in at Guest Service to pick up a FREE tubing ticket valid Saturday or Sunday 1-3:00.
10.  Homestead BBQ, Tubing and Sleigh Ride:  So often, racers and family don’t make it to the Homestead BBQ Dinner because of being tied up with race activities.  BUT .. this weekend you can!  BBQ is Saturday night 5-8:00 and includes SKi Brule’s famous pulled pork, bbq chicken, sauer kraut, baked beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, apple sauce, cake and choice of beer, wine or non alcoholic beverage.  Take the FREE shuttle bus to the BBQ!   The shuttle will drop you off at the base of Homestead Trail where you will wait by a bonfire while roasting marshmallows & sipping hot chocolate (both complementary) then the sleigh will bring guests to the BBQ dinner.  When you are done filling your tummy, tubing is available at the BBQ … $4/person, unlimited rides.  
11.  Fun Race:  Sign up for the silly slalom at Guest services by 1:30 pm on Saturday.  2:00 Will be the silly slalom on Bambi trail.  What kind of silly things will Jess have lined up for this race???
So .. are you ready to play?  I am!  Ski ya soon!
~Jess & The Ski Brule Team
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Anderson Lake Lodge Is Available To Purchase

Sale Price: $1,300,000.00  More information about Anderson Lake Real Estate Sale

Anderson Lake Lodge, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan between Iron River and Crystal Falls, is a beautiful 4,600 square foot lodge in the middle of 400 acres of the most beautiful and unique piece of property. Please sit back and relax as you experience a aerial and ground view of what make Anderson Lake Lodge so special. Look for yourself – Anderson Lake Real Estate 

You can search lodging options throughout the entire Midwest, but you just can’t do better for access to activities. Anderson Lake Lodge has direct access to the Michigan snowmobile trail systems which link to the Wisconsin snowmobile trail systems. The lodge is located just 15 miles from Ski Brule, the favorite ski resort in the Midwest. A family vacation at Anderson Lake Lodge is perfect for families with a variety of interests, including a bike trail system, waterfalls, golf, hunting, fishing, shopping, casinos, sporting clays, rafting, canoeing, snow sports, snowmobiling and ATV recreational trail system

Anderson Lake Lodge, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan between Iron River and Crystal Falls, is a beautiful 4,600 square foot lodge in the middle of 360 acres of the most beautiful and unique piece of property. Please sit back and relax as you experience a aerial and ground view of what make Anderson Lake Lodge so special.

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Why I Work Here

Why do I work here?  Because of my love of snow and today is a perfect example of how perfect a day could be.  Sunshine and light fluffy snow.  Picture perfect.  It’s a great way to unwind after the weekend … and get ready for next weekend.  It’s Boy Scout Winter Merit Badge day this Saturday.  Cannot wait!

A few laps on the snow today.
~Jess & Colt

Fluffy Snow

Image may contain: 2 people, including Jessica Polich, people smiling, selfie and closeupFluffy snow this morning!  Nothing better than a few inches of fluffy snow over the groom.  It’s going to be a perfect day!  High of 28 and 4 more inches of snow expected today.  No wind either.  It’s Girl Scout Adventure day so I get to hit the slopes all day with these ladies.  I can’t wait!  A day on snow will build up an appetite and I have a date with the cutest skier at Homestead tonight for BBQ dinner, tubing and sleigh ride.  Can’t wait!

Do what you love, love what you do!

Jess & Colt

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