updated Sept. 23, 2020
As we roll out of summer and enjoy the reds, greens and yellow of fall, we can’t help but feel the tinge of excitement that winter is up next. Although we’re not hanging up the bikes yet, we find ourselves anxious to tune and prep our winter gear.
So, what will winter look like at Burke? (Maybe not the only COVID related question on your mind but thoughts of powder days ahead certainly feel good.)
The bike park, hotel, and View Pub have been open all summer and we've had a blast welcoming new and old friends. Smiles were many (under the mask) and we look to continue operations into the winter with that same commitment to fun and safety in everything we do.
Make snow, load chairs, and get you, your family and friends on the slopes. Doing it safely with the flexibility to evolve as conditions warrant is our priority and commitment to you.
Will you have fun? Yes.
Will there be changes to how you interact with Burke staff, and your fellow skiers and riders? Yes.
Are masks required? What about Social Distancing? Yes and Yes. Indoors and Outdoors. If this surprises you, welcome to planet Earth. Pull up a chair and let’s talk.
There will be no limitations on ticket sales or season pass use. Let’s face it, midweek non-holiday is the time to be here if you’re looking to lap Dashney Mile or stretch your lungs on East Bowl; so this would be a great winter to consider the WHEN of your visit to Burke.
What’s old is new again. All base area-ticket sales, pass questions, and everything guest services will now be accessible via the outside ticket windows.
Lift lines are going to be socially distanced, mask wearing affairs. Lift attendants will not be forcing anyone to ride a chair with anyone outside their own party. Most days we expect lift line experiences to be very similar to what you’ve come to expect at Burke.
Snowsports and rentals will be open with some new hours, procedures, and sanitizing protocols. Snowsports will require advance reservations for lessons. Group lessons will be shorter in duration and smaller in size. Explorers will happen and the snowsports team will follow up on details before Dec. 1.
Rentals will also require advance reservations and guests should allow plenty of time, especially on weekends and holidays, to secure their equipment as there will be limitations on the number of guests in the shop at any one time. All equipment will be sanitized between use.
Dashney Nordic Center will be open with complimentary access for all 2020.21 winter passholders. Rentals and programming will be available in partnership with Northwoods Stewardship Center.
PLACES TO SIT INSIDE
Can I get a seat? State required limitations on indoor gatherings are in place and we expect some level of limitation to continue through the winter. That means you will see fewer chairs and tables at Mid-Burke, Base Lodge and the Hotel. Book a room at the Hotel and you’ll have all the seating you need in your guest room for in-between runs. (this is the hotel that is just not slopeside but feet away from the Mid-Burke Express summit lift.)
Day-trippers will be encouraged to use your car as a base lodge. Boot up at the car, purchase your ticket, and head straight to the lift.
Constraints on space also means mountains of boot bags and other stuff are not neighborly. Stuff takes room from you and your friends. Bags will be prohibited from floors and tables. Pack for the day with that in mind. Light and fast. Additional lockers will be placed around the resort. Use them. Bring a lock. (think high school)
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The View Pub, Tamarack, and Bear Den will be open this winter.
In the Hotel: The View Pub will be open seven/days/week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At the Base Lodge: Tamarack Pub & Grill will be serving lunch and dinner on the weekends with special hours during holiday weeks. Otherwise, closed midweek as will the Kingdom Cafeteria.
Mid Burke: Bear Den will be open Thursday through Sunday with special holiday hours.
Grab n’ Go options will be available both at Tamarack and View Pub.
Per state guidance all sit down service requires an advance reservation – regardless of time of day. All advance reservations can be made by calling the select establishment directly. (We'll get those numbers out to you soon.) Reservations at the Bear Den? Yes, but don’t worry, there will be no linens on the table and some chairs may still only have three legs.
Joking aside, we take the responsibility for your safety and the safety of our employees very seriously. The goal is for everyone to have a great time and towards that end we are confident of the work we are putting into preparing for this winter. It's with all of our collective efforts, patience, and perseverance that we have this incredible opportunity to once again share Burke with you.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the slopes of Burke Mountain.
See you soon.