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Updated June 1, 2020

At Talus we are taking a systematic and collaborative approach to operate safely amongst the current climate of COVID-19. This includes updates to staff training, operating procedures, risk management, staff and guest medical screening, alongside communicating with all our partners to ensure that we are complying with a newly formed and developing industry standard. Going forward, we are confident that these updated systems will provide our guests a safe and enjoyable opportunity to explore the Talus area.

To ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff and partners, we have developed a set of Best Management Practices (BMPs). These are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to provide confidence that we are doing everything we can to protect our community.  In the development of specific sector plans, we have identified five principles, which have been used to guide our operating protocol pertaining to staff and guests. These include:

Stay at Home if you are sick
Personal Hygiene
Environmental Hygiene
Safe Physical Distancing
Physical Modification

SUMMER 2020

Entire lodge group booking Talus Lodge is accepting entire lodge group bookings only. Call it your cohort, your pod, your bubble, your squad, or your quaranteam. Whatever you call it, all group members must accept the collective risk of being with each other.
Hybrid self catered experience Services provided;

  • Accommodation including linens and towels
  • Self catered with a stocked kitchen and honour bar. Our favourite recipes and the ingredients required will be on hand. On arrival day, apres hike will be waiting along with a ready to warm dinner. We promise the cookie jar will be full. Because fresh sourdough bread is the anchor of lodge life, we will be delivering warm loaves daily.
  • A van shuttle from staging.
  • Guiding on the hiking route to Talus.
  • Daily guided hikes from the lodge.
  • Best practice sanitization
    Between groups
    Daily of the wash house
Guided hike access Talus Lodge is accessible via a 5 km guided hiking route. More about the hike to Talus: click here.
Staging Nipika Mountain Resort, British Columbia. More about staging: click here
Shuttle A van shuttle will be provided from staging.
Gear Guests must hike in and out with the gear list.  Summer gear list: click here
Group size 1-15 people. Minimum pricing based on 10 people or equivalent.
Availability August 3-September 17, 2020
Families
  • A minimum of 6 adults and 4 children or equivalent pricing is required.
  • Under age 2 are complimentary.
  • Minors require parental attendance in order to take part in the guiding program.
Local travel We are encouraging local travel and accepting bookings requests based on travel guidelines provided by BC Provincial Health Office and Alberta Health Services.

HEALTH

Staff and guests required to adhere to our updated Health and Safety Policies
Stay at home Covid signs/symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath. Trip cancellation is mandatory if;

  • in the 14 days leading up to your Talus trip, if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • you have signs/symptoms.
Prescreening A declaration of health and exposure to be completed to ensure everyone is healthy before travelling.
Health evaluation at staging
  • Your temperature will be taken using a touchless thermometer. If your temperature is over 38 C, a trip cancellation is mandatory.
  • We will be asking you about your health.
Personal hygiene Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene is required at all times following provincial guidelines.
Physical distancing Maintaining physical distancing and wearing face cover/mask is required between staff and guests.
Orientation Following health and safety guidelines provided by Talus during orientation and adhering to the guidelines outlined in the on-site manual administered by the Provincial Health Officer for staff, guest and facility health and hygiene procedures.
COVID signs/symptoms at Talus Should anyone feel unwell, an isolation venue and separate venue will be followed by evacuation;

  • Guided hike and shuttle to staging.
  • Helicopter evacuation.
Post trip follow up  We will be communicating, post trip, regarding any  COVID-19 positive tests in the 14 days after Talus departure.

CLEANING

Best practice sanitization The lodge has been, and will always be, cleaned to meet public health guidelines. We are taking additional steps to ensure guest and staff safety
Prior to arrival
  • Minimum of six hours of cleaning time between groups.
  • Enhanced cleaning with a focus on high touch areas including: kitchen and kitchen equipement, door handles, light switches, handrails, faucets and knobs on cupboards.
  • Linens and towels washed in a Miele washing machine sanitized at 70 C.
Onsite Cleaning of the main lodge during your stay is the groups responsibility. Wash house will be closed for two hours daily to allow for staff access and cleaning.

TRAVEL

Shuttle bus
  • Face masks will be worn on the shuttle
  • All touch points will be sanitized between exchanges
  • Transportation services will follow Transport Canada guidelines for surface transport.

Updated June 1, 2020

At Talus we are taking a systematic and collaborative approach to operate safely amongst the current climate of COVID-19. This includes updates to staff training, operating procedures, risk management, staff and guest medical screening, alongside communicating with all our partners to ensure that we are complying with a newly formed and developing industry standard. Going forward, we are confident that these updated systems will provide our guests a safe and enjoyable opportunity to explore the Talus area.

To ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff and partners, we have developed a set of Best Management Practices (BMPs). These are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to provide confidence that we are doing everything we can to protect our community.  In the development of specific sector plans, we have identified five principles, which have been used to guide our operating protocol pertaining to staff and guests. These include:

Stay at Home if you are sick
Personal Hygiene
Environmental Hygiene
Safe Physical Distancing
Physical Modification

HEALTH

Staff and guests required to adhere to our updated Health and Safety Policies
Stay at home Covid signs/symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath. Trip cancellation is mandatory if;

  • in the 14 days leading up to your Talus trip, if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • you have signs/symptoms.
Prescreening A declaration of health and exposure to be completed to ensure everyone is healthy before travelling.
Health evaluation at staging
  • Your temperature will be taken using a touchless thermometer. If your temperature is over 38 C, a trip cancellation is mandatory.
  • We will be asking you about your health.
Personal hygiene Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene is required at all times following provincial guidelines.
Physical distancing Maintaining physical distancing and wearing face cover/mask is required between staff and guests.
Orientation Following health and safety guidelines provided by Talus during orientation and adhering to the guidelines outlined in the on-site manual administered by the Provincial Health Officer for staff, guest and facility health and hygiene procedures.
COVID signs/symptoms at Talus Should anyone feel unwell, an isolation venue and separate venue will be followed by evacuation;

  • Guided hike and shuttle to staging.
  • Helicopter evacuation.
Post trip follow up  We will be communicating, post trip, regarding any  COVID-19 positive tests in the 14 days after Talus departure.

CLEANING

Best practice sanitization The lodge has been, and will always be, cleaned to meet public health guidelines. We are taking additional steps to ensure guest and staff safety
Prior to arrival
  • Minimum of six hours of cleaning time between groups.
  • Enhanced cleaning with a focus on high touch areas including: kitchen and kitchen equipement, door handles, light switches, handrails, faucets and knobs on cupboards.
  • Linens and towels washed in a Miele washing machine sanitized at 70 C.
Onsite Cleaning of the main lodge during your stay is the groups responsibility. Wash house will be closed for two hours daily to allow for staff access and cleaning.

TRAVEL

Shuttle bus
  • Face masks will be worn on the shuttle
  • All touch points will be sanitized between exchanges
  • Transportation services will follow Transport Canada guidelines for surface transport.

Talus Lodge cannot provided and environment to maintain physical distancing between guests. Physical distancing is not a requirement between members of the same isolation pod.  Entire lodge group bookings, in which everyone has assumed the collective risk to being together, are welcome. Call it your cohort, your pod, your bubble, your squad, or your quaranteam. Talus is about people as much is it is about place. We can offer togetherness between members of your inner circle.

Physical distancing will be practiced at all times between staff and guests. If appropriate distancing is not feasible, mask wear will be required.

 

 

 

 

The hybrid self catered experience allows for physical distancing between the group and staff. Talus will return to the full service product this winter but we aren’t operational ready this summer as structural lodge modifications are required.

More importantly, having your own backcountry lodge to yourself could be fun. Whether your idea of a good time is a vipassana retreat or fireball on repeat, this is your once in a life time opportunity.

The group will be responsible for cooking, dishes and cleanliness and sanitation of the main lodge. Staff will live and cook in a separate building. When staff enter the lodge, physical distancing and/or mask wear will be maintained. Along with setting your crew up for culinary success, we will be providing van shuttle from staging, guided hiking on the hiking access route and daily guided hiking.

Services provided
Accommodation including linens and towels
Self catered with a stocked kitchen and honour bar. Our favourite recipes and the ingredients required will be on hand. On arrival day, apres hike will be waiting along with a ready to warm dinner. We promise the cookie jar will be full. Because fresh sourdough bread is the anchor of our life, we will be delivering warm loaves daily.
Transportation. Staging- Trailhead- Staging
Guided hiking.  Trailhead – Talus Lodge – Staging
ACMG led daily guided hikes
Best practice sanitization
Between groups
Daily of the wash house

Allergies and dietary restrictions
Let us know any dietary restrictions at the time of booking. Please bring your own bread, baking and dairy substitutes.

 

Sanitation
The transition to guided hike access allows for a minimum of six hours between guests departing and the new guests arriving. The staggering of arrival and departure allows for time for the cleaning team to complete best practice sanitization between groups.

Covid evacuation plan
Anyone at the lodge with the following symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath) will have to be evacuated from Talus. Moving staging and transitioning to guided hike access allows those with minor symptoms to be guided and shuttled back to personal vehicles at no cost. If helicopter evacuation is required, the cost to client is $1200.00.

Environmental 
There is up to three time reduction in green house gas emissions on the transportation pathway (energy audit by the Pembina Institute).

Guided hike access
Due to safety reasons including absence of marked trails, difficult terrain that requires skilled navigation and the remote location, hiking access is only possible with a Talus guide.

Awesomeness

The hike is brilliant.

Yes. Travel between Alberta and British Columbia is allowed. Non-essential travel between provinces is discouraged.  Travelling locally is encouraged. It is complicated.

The closest communities to summer staging are Radium, British Columbia (35 kilometers) and Banff, Alberta (130 kilometers). We are encouraging local travel and asking guests to be mindful of the distance from your home community to staging regardless of whether your journey originated in Alberta or British Columbia. There are no services beyond Banff  and Radium. Please depart with a full tank of gas, a pack lunch and water.
Travel guidelines: BC Provincial Health Office and Alberta Health Services.

 

PAYMENT POLICY

Deposit A $2000.00 non-refundable deposit from the group leader is required at the time of booking to confirm entire lodge group bookings.
Final payment The remaining balance is due 1 month prior to the trip departure date. Credit card(s) on file will automatically be charged.
Individual payments Some credit cards provide cancellation insurance. Should trip cancellation be covered by your credit card, we recommend individual/family unit payment. Credit card numbers from individuals must be received 1 month prior to departure otherwise the trip leader will be charged.
Taxes 6.2% tax is included
Payment Visa, Mastercard and e-transfers.

CANCELLATIONS

Effective No risk booking and full refunds on cancellations until June 30, 2020
Cancellations
  • Refund
  • Transfer deposit(s) to a later date
  • Transfer deposit(s) to a gift certificate undetermined date
  • Transfer deposit to the Paintbox Lodge
Refunds Prior to issuing refunds, we require:

  •  Confirmation that cancellation insurance was not purchased before March 4, 2020.
  • As credit cards often cover cancellations, we require confirmation from your credit card company that they will not cover  the cancellation. Please provide your credit card company the cancellation policy stated at the time of booking.

Effective July 1, 2020
Always If you can find a replacement, all deposits will be transferred to your replacement.
Group size >10 Cancellation in which the 10 person minimum is retained;

  • Refund(s) less $200 per person or $100 per child cancellation fee
  • Transfer deposit(s) to a later date
  • Transfer deposit(s) to a gift certificate undetermined date
  • Transfer deposit to the Paintbox Lodge
Group size <10 Cancellation in which the 10 person minimum is not retained;

  • All deposit(s) received for the cancellation(s) that result in a group size of less than ten people are non-refundable.
Entire lodge group booking Cancellations of the entire lodge group booking

  • All deposits (s) of the ten person minimum are non-refundable.
  • If we are able to resell the space, any funds received in excess of the non-refundable deposit, will be refunded.