April 6th, 2021

Hello Big Sky Fitness Community,

Well, the punches keep coming and we will all need to dig a little bit deeper (once again), to continue persevering!!!

The provincial government held a press conference this afternoon and, unfortunately, due to an increasing infection rate, hospitalizations, ICU admittances and the continuing growth of the multiple variants, we are being moved back to Stage 1.
This means that all we can offer is the same household, one on one training with one of Big Sky’s licensed PT trainers. The exact same procedures that we began with in early February. All sessions must be booked in advance with your respective trainer.

All GF classes and individual member club access is now not permitted again.

There was NO definitive timeline given on how long this shutdown period will be, but the government did state that new guidelines, tied to vaccine inoculation thresholds will be made public shortly. Once we know, we will let you know.

As was the case with the other two previous shutdowns, all member accounts will be frozen effective, Wednesday, April 7th. NO MEMBER WILL BE CHARGED DURING THIS ADDITIONAL CLOSURE PERIOD.
Should you require anything, have any questions, please email us at: [email protected] and we will be back to you within 24-48 hours.

Lastly, we normally have a one-time introductory PT package for new, first time Big Sky members. We are going to open these 3 pricing packages to ALL Big Sky members during this shutdown period, should you wish to train with a PT trainer.

If you are interested or have any questions – please email our Director – Personal Training, Mr. Daniel Mills at: [email protected] and he will be happy to assist you.

In closing, we will be sure to keep our BSF community updated with any changes that occur to current restrictions and any updated GF classes, as they occur. Until then, Thank-you, Thank-you, for your continued support of Big Sky Fitness! It truly means the world to all of us!

Yours in Fitness, Sport & Adventure,

Team Big Sky


March 23, 2021

Hello Big Sky Fitness Community,

The provincial government held a press conference yesterday afternoon. It was the date for a potentially Stage 3 reopening announcement. Unfortunately, due to an increasing infection rate, hospitalizations, ICU numbers going up over the past 7-10 days and the newer variants accounting for more of the new infections, the government has chosen to NOT allow any further easing of restrictions.

This means that how we have been operating for the last 3 weeks, will continue until further notice. The government did not state a date when things would be reviewed again – they said they would make announcements, as necessary.


I believe it goes without saying, there is not a single one of us that are fed up with this pandemic and how it has impacted our lives in so many ways and some more unfortunately than others.

Big Sky is GLAD to be open, albeit partially and with limiting restrictions – we are here to serve our membership community and each one of our staff truly look forward each day, to making BSF available to you.

I consider our staff a level of “front line workers”. They open-greet-teach-assist as needed-clean-monitor restrictions for EVERYONE’S wellbeing & benefit-close up-prepare for tomorrow. They did NOT ask for these restrictions to be put in place, but they are asked to enforce these restrictions, these things that allow us to stay open, for those members choosing / wanting to workout.

PLEASE continue to support our staff, the way the vast majority of our members have – it REALLY means a lot to everyone at Big Sky! That said, it does not take too many members “venting” on our staff to take its toll – So please remember, they did not create this, they are following the guidelines that myself and our Sr. Team have put forth and everything we do, is for the overall benefit of the entire Big Sky community – no one, more or less than the other. THANK YOU!


Due to the ongoing level of restrictions being kept in place, Big Sky will continue to allow our members that are not comfortable in coming back to the clubs, to extend their complimentary freeze period, until further restrictions are eased.

If you currently have your membership frozen, it will automatically be extended, until the next government reopening stage period.
Should you now wish to freeze your membership, please see the front desk and any Member Experience Associate will be able to assist you.


Big Sky has always worked with Calgary’s post-secondary institutions however we can, and one way that we do this, is the hiring of students for employment and practicum placements. One of our current staff – Member Services Advisor (Douglas Glen Club), is Sean Moroney. Sean is a student at MRU and has a current practicum project that involves a volunteer (completely private) survey: The Impact of Irregular Closures of Gyms due to the Pandemic. Obviously, the only respondents for this survey, are those that utilize a gym. We are allowing Sean (via this update), to ask any BSF member, if they would be willing to participate and assist Sean with his practicum project. If you are interested in participating with this completely private/non-disclosure of any personal information survey – please contact Sean directly at: [email protected] Thank you in advance for any member assisting Sean.

In closing, we will be sure to keep our BSF community updated with any changes that occur to current restrictions and any updated GF classes, as they occur. Until then, Thank-you for your continued support of Big Sky Fitness!

Yours in Fitness, Sport & Adventure,


March 2nd, 2021

Big Sky Fitness Community,

Beginning at 5.00 am - Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 - BSF’s Silver Springs and Douglas Glen clubs will be open for operations, based upon the new government parameters set forth yesterday.

Big Sky will be open for all regular hours, 7 days a week.

For the next 3 weeks, during Step 2 of the government’s path forward – All general training and group fitness class(s) participation must be booked in advance.

All members will be allowed to book 1 x 75-minute (low intensity) workout, or 1 group fitness class per day. GF classes begin Monday, March 8th, 2021.

Members will utilize the BSF app or call into their respective club to book their training session/group fitness class. Members will be allowed to book 4 days in advance.

Big Sky WILL be open to new members wishing to join – just visit or call each club to book your appointment.

During this Step-2, three-week period – BSF will not be accepting “drop-in” paying guests. All our workout / GF class bookings will be dedicated to our existing members.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and members is paramount. As such, all previous Covid-19 prevention measures will still be in effect and enforced – mask wearing, social distancing, health questionnaire (per workout), sanitizing hands, disinfecting your utilized equipment etc.

We are excited to be re-opening and welcoming the Big Sky community back to their clubs. Let us follow these guidelines and we will work together, to get us back to where we were, pre-Covid.

A further detailed member update is being emailed the afternoon of March 2nd, 2021.

Your Big Sky Team

February 1st, 2021

Hello Big Sky Fitness Community.

The Alberta Government announced an easing of some restrictions this past Friday, January 29th, 2021, which was stated to include indoor fitness. After further examination of what was disclosed, we discovered that this easing is ONLY for one on one Personal Training. Unfortunately, this does NOT include individual members training on their own or any type of group fitness activity.

Obviously, this was not what we were hoping for but we will take this as our 2021 beginning and we WILL be opening both the clubs to our Personal Training team and their clients, under the following parameters:
Adhering to all of the same Covid-19 protocols we had in place before the latest closure.
Our goal is also to make Personal Training accessible to all Big Sky Fitness members, so we are offering a Personal Training promotion for the month of February (see below), for those members who wish to try training with one of our professional PT’s.

Important note: All memberships WILL continue to remain frozen during this time.

Here are your options:

If you are a current Personal Training client with Big Sky Fitness and would like to begin your one on one training again, please reach out to your trainer to set up your daily / weekly schedule. They will also be reaching out to their clients to do the same.
All sessions will be by appointment only and the club doors will have to remain locked, other than allowing access to those members with a booked appointment.
If you have never done PT before but are interested in checking it out – we have created a one month special for existing BSF members and all you have to do, is reach out to our Director of Personal Training – Mr. Daniel Mills at [email protected] and he will answer any questions you may have, and to walk you through our February special, which includes:
A complimentary Movement Assessment,
A full In-Body scan,
Creating a customized/periodized training plan based upon the above assessments.

For those members that will be Personal Training, it will be great to see you and the club active again and for all our remaining members, we will keep you updated and as soon as we are able to open, we will let you know.

Yours in Fitness, Sport & Adventure,

The Big Sky Team

Hello All Big Sky Fitness Members,

January 22nd, 2021

Quick Update – the provincial government and AHS have now basically said, “at this time, there will be no changes to the current restrictions in place”. 

They have stopped giving “possible” dates for reopening.

The current restrictions facing our industry and others is based on current daily infections, hospitalization rate, number of ICU patients and of course, the daily rate of infection percentage. Until these numbers come back down to late spring numbers, expect the restrictions to stay in place.

The government has said they will give all businesses a full week’s notice in order to prepare for reopening.

Please know – as soon as we are given the OK to open, BSF and our staff will immediately be ready to welcome you all back, depending upon whether there are any conditions to reopening – most likely.

Thank you for holding strong (pun intended), we look forward to seeing the Big Sky community back and training soon!

Yours in Fitness, Sport & Adventure,

Big Sky Fitness.

Hello, All Big Sky Fitness Members,

January 11th, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

While the start of the year is a little less auspicious than most of us would like to see, I believe as we move forward through 2021, we will get better each and every month until we are back to our new normal in late summer / early fall.

I hope you were all able to enjoy some part of the holiday season and most importantly, were able to remain safe and healthy – you must be healthy to keep fighting – please keep hanging in there!

As you know, the government-mandated shutdown that began on December 13th was extended last week until January 21st. Something new – the government has said they will give businesses at least a 1-week notice, prior to when we will be allowed to reopen. That means if we will be able to open on January 21st, we should be hearing something later this week.

As soon as we know when we will be able to reopen – you will hear from us and we will let you know everything there is to know and whether there are any restriction put in place and what effect they may have.

I apologize that we were not able to get any new BSF TV episodes taped. The challenge of having all our staff laid off, the seasonal holidays, government social distance restrictions in place – all these challenges just made it exceedingly difficult to get this accomplished.

Lastly, I am still incredibly pleased to state, that the Sr. Team have been working right through this entire shutdown (every day) and their efforts will allow us to open very quickly once allowed, have the clubs in tip-top shape and if GF classes are able to go – they will be announced and operational.

Thank you as always for your support and understanding through this second challenging period. The entire Big Sky team looks forward to welcoming you all back in the near future!!!

Yours in Fitness, Sport, Adventure,


December 8th, 2020

All Big Sky Fitness Patrons,

Today at 4:30 pm, our provincial government announced another round of further restrictions, to try and get the Covid-19 pandemic under better control / reduce the spread.

Effective this Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at 8:00 pm, both Big Sky Fitness clubs will have to mandatorily close, for at least four (4) weeks, as per government restrictions. There will be further analysis by the government, early in the New Year, to see whether the four (4) weeks of closure will be enough, or whether they feel, it needs to be extended. We will keep you updated.

  • The phones at each club will NOT be answered, as of 8:00 pm, Saturday, December 12th, 2020.
  • Please send all inquiries you may have, to: [email protected] and like always, we will return all calls and depending upon volumes, please allow at least 48 hours for a reply.

Additionally, we will have some further updates regarding the new complimentary sessions of Big Sky TV and when they will be made available, for our members, their families and friends. Something about Dan and a skin-tight Santa outfit has been making the rounds!!! EEEK!!!

Yours in Fitness, Sport, Adventure,

Big Sky Fitness

PS: If you are a Big Sky Fitness member and did NOT receive the detailed members update, please email us at: [email protected], along with your name and the email address, in which you wish to receive the update and we will forward it to you.


November 25th, 2020

All Big Sky Fitness Patrons,

As per the new government restrictions that were announced yesterday, to take effect – Friday, November 27th, 2020, here is what Big Sky Fitness will be doing:

  • As per the previous government mandate, on November 12th, 2020 – Group Fitness classes are still not allowed to be offered and this will be the case, until further notice.
  • Big Sky Fitness will continue to operate with normal course hours (No changes) and all the existing policies and procedures that have kept our staff and members safe, will still be in effect.
  • We encourage ALL users (Members & Guests) of Big Sky Fitness, to check our main website page, prior to coming to workout, as the new occupancy limits, mandated by the government, could lead to possibly more “Wait Time” periods than previously experienced. The stated wait-time period for each club if in effect, is at the very top of our main website page.
  • These new measures will be reviewed by the government in three (3) weeks. We will update our site with any changes that occur.
  • There are some additional new training guidelines that we are implementing to assist in the flow of members/users through the clubs – these will be explained upon your arrival.

Thank you in advance for all your continued understanding and cooperation in allowing us to deliver the cleanest, most disinfected, and safest environment, in which to train.

Yours in Fitness, Sport, Adventure,

Big Sky Fitness

PS: If you are a Big Sky Fitness member and did NOT receive the detailed member’s update, please email us at [email protected], along with your name and the email address, in which you wish to receive the update and we will forward it to you.


November 24th, 2020

Hello, all Big Sky Fitness Members,

This afternoon at 4.30 pm, the provincial government announced further Covid-19 restrictions to address the growing impact upon our health system. These new restrictions will take effect, this Friday, November 27th, 2020.

Within the category of retail businesses & services, of which Big Sky Fitness is a part of, there are 3 determining categories of operations:

  1. Closed until further notice;
  2. Able to operate but with restrictions;
  3. Able to operate but via appointment only.

As such, parts of these new mandates will allow Big Sky Fitness and many other retail businesses, to remain open and operating, subject to the restrictions of category # 2.

As per the temporary ceasing of all group fitness classes, effective November 12th – this mandate will continue until further notice, for all applicable businesses.

By tomorrow afternoon, Big Sky will have a more detailed members update, outlining what all these restrictions are and what effect, they may have on our members. This will be emailed to each member.

Until then, everything will continue as it has, under this “new normal” that we have all been operating within, for the past five months.

Yours in Fitness, Sport, Adventure,

Big Sky Fitness


Hello Big Sky Community,

November 12th, 2020

At 3.30 pm this afternoon, the provincial government has mandated the closure and partial closures of certain businesses, effective November 13th thru to November 27th – for two weeks.
These measures are to try and stem / reduce the recent and rapid rise of Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Big Sky Fitness, will be complying with these new measures.

For all those members wishing to still weight train / use the studios for your training, you will NOT be affected – The same protocols we have had in place, will continue, with one important increased emphasis: When you enter either club, you MUST be wearing a mask, during check-in, sanitizing your hands, on your way to the changeroom, while IN the changeroom and to the entry onto the training floor, at which point, you can then take your mask off, or you can leave it on, if you so choose. When you are done your training – wear your mask to the changeroom – IN the changeroom and right through until you exit the club. THANK YOU for following these relatively minor inconvenient protocols – it gives us the best chances of staying open and most importantly, keeping us ALL safe and healthy. This is better than the alternative, so let’s keep everything in perspective – You ALL have been GREAT, during this period – let’s keep the good fight going!!!

Because the temporary closure is for 2 weeks, we will not be doing any mass freezes of the Group Fitness memberships. Should you want to freeze your membership for the two-week period, please do one of the two following things:

Email us at: [email protected] or,
Contact the front desk, of your respective club, between 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and we will be there to assist you.

Additionally – Big Sky TV, is on the website and there are 76 different and awesome workouts that are there for you and your family / friends and those should provide two weeks of classes / exercise for you.

We will be watching for the progress reports from the government and will in turn, be keeping you all updated with what is going on.

I know it has been a challenging 8 months and some vaccination relief may be coming, but I am of the mindset, this will still take time to work it’s way into the overall population, so we at Big Sky, will be staying focused and vigilant, and doing everything we can reasonably do to keep you and your families as safe as possible, while still offering you an environment to cleanse your mind and charge your batteries – Give me a fist pump!!! Back at Ya!!!

Take Care Everyone, talk soon,