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PSA: Please Wear a Mask.

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Is a beacon a guarantee of survival in the backcountry? No. But do you wear them, learn how to use them and turn them on every time you go into the backcountry? Of course. That's because it decreases your chances and your partner's chances of dying in an avalanche. Despite their flaws, they're pretty much socially mandatory for any backcountry skier and snowboarder. It's the same damn thing with properly wearing masks in public spaces in our Covid infected world. It's not a guarantee but studies show, just like beacons, that they help decrease your chances and other's chances of catching the vid. The more we collectively slow this pandemic down, the closer we'll get back to normal life. Because even though I sure do love playing in the backcountry, I really would like to see @squawalpine open this winter. So please, if you're in Tahoe this summer, slap that mask on, it really is quite easy...I mean hell, skiers and snowboarders have been wearing masks for decades. #maskupTahoe

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You know what’s more annoying than wearing a mask? A COVID-19 outbreak running rampant in your town, forcing local small businesses to close, overwhelming your healthcare system, and threatening the lives of the immunocompromised members of your community. We’d say that’s way worse than wearing a cloth mask for 10 minutes while you’re grocery shopping. The reality is that we all crave normal life, but that won’t happen anytime soon if we don't all do our part. The data shows that the COVID-19 growth rate is much slower in states that have instituted mask mandates. So please, if you're visiting a tiny mountain community like ours, Lake Tahoe or Crested Butte do the right thing by wearing a mask. Locals, that goes for you too. This isn't just a responsibility for tourists, we all have to step up.

RELATED: PSA - Mountain Towns are not safe havens during COVID-19

And don't just take it from us, but also the different members of the outdoor community.

Ugh, man I couldn’t agree more. Things down in Texas are still bad and not really getting much better. Sad!

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