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U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 13 2020
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Update March 15, 9:00 a.m. MDT

On March 14 the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and the Summit County Health Department (SCHD) announced a new case of COVID-19 that is the first instance of community spread of the disease in Utah. In alignment with recommendations from local and state public health officials for those who can avoid traveling to Summit County to do so, and with the health and safety of our athletes and staff in mind, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will close the Center of Excellence for at least two weeks effective Monday, March 16. 

Update March 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m MDT

FIS Ski Cross and Slopestyle Finals in Veysonnaz and Silvaplana (Switzerland) Cancelled

Due to the continued outbreak and spread of the Novel Coronavirus, and the increased travel and event organisation restrictions announced by the Swiss, the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals scheduled to take place 14th March in Veysonnaz (SUI) have been cancelled. Additionally, the FIS Freeski Slopestyle World Cup Finals in Silvaplana (SUI) scheduled for 19th-21st March have also been cancelled.

The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of all stakeholders of FIS competitions. The instructions and decisions of the National and Regional Governments and their Health Authorities are decisive in any recommendation regarding public gatherings that impact FIS competitions.

The competitions were the last of the 2019-20 season for both the FIS Ski Cross and FIS Freeski Slopestyle World Cup tours and will not be replaced at a later date. The cancellation of the World Cup slopestyle competitions also mark the last scheduled FIS World Cup across all Olympic disciplines, marking the official end to the FIS World Cup season for 2019-2020.

Update March 13, 2020, 6:00 a.m MDT

FIS Cross Country World Cup races in Quebec Cancelled

Due to the continued outbreak and spread of the Novel Coronavirus and newly announced travel restrictions, the upcoming Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup competitions on 14th-15th March 2020 in Quebec (CAN) have been cancelled.

The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of all stakeholders.

The instructions and decisions of the National and Regional Governments and their Health Authorities are decisive in any recommendation regarding public gatherings that impact FIS competitions.

The competitions were the last of the 2019-20 season for both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country World Cup tours and will not be replaced at a later date.

Update March 12, 2020, 3:30 PM Mountain

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has cancelled outside visitations and the conference areas from outside groups at the Center of Excellence (COE) in Park City, Utah, through the end of March and we will continue to observe and assess bookings for April as well. Access to the building will be by appointment only. We remind any visitor that if they are experiencing any illness symptoms, they should not enter into the COE at this time.

Update March 12, 2020, 1:00 PM Mountain

All Athletes and Staff,

Your safety and health are our highest priority and we are managing the situation on a daily basis to make the best decisions for not just your health, but for the general public as well. 

With increases on the rise in the United States, your travel history and higher than normal risk for possible exposure, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has mandated that upon return from Europe, you are mandated to follow the CDC guidelines for travelers as if you are returning from level 3 or higher countries.

This includes:

Staying at home for 14 days from the time you left Europe to return to the United States. Those traveling from Bristol or Quebec City will receive further instructions specific to those teams.

Self Isolation Guidance Document.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Complete the daily illness survey sent out from the high performance department.  The survey will be available for athletes on Smartabase and on Google forms for staff.  You will receive a daily reminder from either system to complete the form.  If you report symptoms then you will receive a call from Kyle on the next steps.
  2. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
  3. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  4. If possible, avoid public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  5. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  6. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

What To Do If You Get Sick

If you get sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Report symptoms on a daily survey
  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room to seek medical care
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, call ahead.

 

Update March 12, 2020, 11:00 AM Mountain

Cancelled - U.S. Junior Cross Country Championships, Auburn, Calif.

Cancelled - Alpine Masters National Championships, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; March 17-20

 

Update March 12, 2020, 10:00 AM Mountain

Due to the recently enacted European travel restrictions, and ongoing concerns in the United States and Canada regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Ski & Snowboard is cancelling all remaining U.S. domestic events, and working to return all U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes back to the United States. In addition, Alpine Canada, and Nordiq Canada have cancelled events to coincide with U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is also cancelling all sanctioned and scheduled events beginning Monday, March 16. This includes all club-level events for all disciplines and any unnecessary gatherings, including banquets, awards, and end of season presentations, etc. Expect further updates on future events, including U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress.

At this time, U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events through Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, or as determined by local organizing committees, or local health and government officials that such events should be cancelled.

Individual participants of each event will be contacted by either the local organizing committees, clubs, or U.S. Ski & Snowboard regarding refunds of event entry fees.

The following major U.S. and Canadian events have been cancelled:

In addition, the following events are currently taking place, and will continue as scheduled pending local health and government officials:

  • U.S. Junior Moguls Nationals, Winter Park, Colo.; March 11-16

  • U.S. Freestyle Aerial Championships, Bristol Mountain, NY; March 14

  • U.S. Junior Cross Country Championships, Auburn, Calif.; through March 14

Due to the recently enacted European travel restrictions, and ongoing concerns in the United States regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Ski & Snowboard is working to bring athletes and staff currently in Europe back to the United States over the course of the next several days.

 

Update March 11, 2020

The health and safety of athletes and staff is the primary concern of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and we are monitoring the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We remain in close contact with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as our local health authorities here in Utah for guidance and instruction. 

The CDC has assessed the immediate public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the American public. 

CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment in the United States (updated 3/9/20):

  • For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. While the virus is not currently widespread in the United States, the situation is changing.

  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

Event Updates

U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and staff should not feel pressure to travel, train or compete if they think it might negatively affect their health. Athletes should contact their coaches and staff should contact their supervisors to make appropriate arrangements. 

Currently, all U.S. World Cup, NorAm and National Championship events, as well as all sanctioned regional domestic events, will continue as scheduled. We are in close contact with each local organizing committee and local health officials. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and may alter our decision should the need arise. Any changes will be communicated in a timely fashion. 

World Cup Updates

Women's Alpine: Åre, Sweden March 13-15
Due to the outbreak and situation with COVID-19, FIS announced on Wednesday, March 11, the cancellation of the Audi FIS Women's World Cup races scheduled in
Åre, Sweden, March 13-15 after new recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The races in Åre will not be replaced on the World Cup calendar and the 2019-2020 season is officially finished for the women.

Alpine World Cup Finals
Due to the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Northern Italy, FIS announced on Friday, March 6, the cancellation of the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals scheduled for March 16-22, 2020. 

2020 Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup
The Minnesota Cross Country World Cup Organizing Committee is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with FIS, U.S. Ski & Snowboard and public health authorities. They are taking precautions so that fans can fully enjoy this event including installing hand sanitizing stations and following the CDC guidelines for large events. At this point we are moving forward with the 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup in Minnesota.

Several of our elite teams are finishing up their World Cup seasons in the next few weeks. Currently, all World Cup travel and competition will continue as scheduled. However, we are monitoring the situation daily and may alter our decision should the need arise.

Upcoming World Cup Events

Freestyle

  • Moguls: Idre Fjall, Sweden March 14 & 15; singles and dual moguls

Alpine

  • Men: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia March 14-15; GS, SL

Skicross

  • Veysonnaz, Switzerland; March 14

Snowboardcross

  • Veysonnaz, Switzerland; March 15

Freeski

  • Slopestyle: Silvaplana, Switzerland; March 21

Cross Country

  • Quebec, Canada; March 14-15

  • Minneapolis, MN, USA; March 17

  • Canmore, Canada; March 20-22


U.S. and Canadian Major Competitions

  • U.S. Alpine Masters Championships, Ski Cooper & Steamboat, CO; Mar 12-20

  • Aerials U.S. Freestyle National Championships, Bristol Mountain, N.Y.; March 14

  • Alpine NorAm Finals, Panorama, Canada; March 17-24

  • Moguls U.S. Freestyle National Championships, Squaw Valley, Calif.; March 19-22 

  • NASTAR National Championships, Snowmass, Colo.; March 24-28

  • U.S. Alpine Tech Championships, Aspen Highlands, Colo.;  Mar. 28-31 


U.S. Ski & Snowboard will follow all CDC guidelines for travelers returning home to the United States. 

  • Athletes and staff members who have been in Italy will self-isolate and submit to twice daily temperature monitoring for the 14 days following their departure from the country. 

  • In addition, all athletes and staff returning from Europe will submit to twice daily temperature monitoring for the 14 days following their departure from the continent. 

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard continues to educate athletes and staff on the importance of reporting symptoms. Standard medical protocols will be followed for any athlete or staff member who reports symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Best Practices

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • The CDC recommends that travelers returning from high risk countries should stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Any changes to domestic events will be communicated in a timely fashion. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding as we navigate this evolving situation. 

Helpful resources:
CDC - COVID-19 Overview
CDC - Prevention and treatment
U.S. Department of State Travel Information
Team USA coronavirus updates
WHO - COVID-19 Overview
FIS Update on Remaining World Cup Events and Upcoming Congress