Covid Safe/Environmentally friendly Hoppet
The 2021 Hoppet will hopefully be Covid safe and Environmentally friendly event.
To achieve this there will be NO Drink Stations out on the course, there will NOT be a supply of food and water for all skiers during the race. Skiers will be expected to carry their own supplies. To make this possible skiers will be given a belt when they collect their race bib. This belt will have 2 drink bottles (300ml each) and a pouch for food.
Checkpoints/Aid Stations will be in the same positions as the Drink Stations were in past Hoppet events. These Checkpoints will be for emergency situations only.
At each Checkpoint/Aid Station there will be a radio, spare poles, a first aid kit, a sleeping bag and mat, and an emergency supply of water, energy drink and food.
There will be Checkpoints at Sunvalley, Watchbed Creek, The Park and Half Way. These Checkpoints will be situated back about 2m from the race track. Most skiers will just ski straight past the Checkpoints on the race track. If a skier requires some assistance or supplies they will need to ski off the race track on a separate lane over to the Checkpoint (track will be groomed).
If a skier requires water they will need to stop, take their gloves off and remove lid on their drink container. A volunteer will then use a jug to top up the skier’s drink bottle, this may take several minutes.
If the skier requires food they will be given a wrapped chocolate bar. A volunteer will have scissors to cut and collect wrapper. Skiers will need to ask for food- it will not be on tables in view.
Finish Drink Station
We will still have a Finish Drink Station which will have supplies for skiers, but the supplies will be handed to skiers by volunteers using tongs.
There will be a container of Rock Cakes and containers of chocolates and snakes
A volunteer will have a jug to fill skier’s Drink Bottles.
There will be No Cups.
Hopefully these measures will ensure a Covid safe, environmentally friendly Hoppet. Thank you for your understanding.