Ski resorts planning for reopening

After an abrupt ending to the 2019-2020 ski season because of the COVD-19 pandemic, ski resorts have released plans ahead of reopening for the season.Vail Resorts has put out details about what visitors can expect this season. “This winter is really gonna look different. We know that, everyone knows that. We’re dealing with some really different circumstances,” Bonnie MacPherson with Okemo Mountain Resort said.For example, masks will be required on chairlifts and reservations are required. However, Sugarbush Resort said at this point, they’re not doing a reservation system.”All season pass holders, Ikon Pass, which is through Alterra or the Sugarbush local passes, you don’t have to reserve your ski day, you can ski you know as many days as you want without having to book anything, aside from the restrictions that you would normally have on your pass,” John Bleh, a Sugarbush resort representative, said. Bleh said the group will, “probably work with capacity limitations, which will only affect some of our busiest days.” Sugarbush will sell day tickets ahead of time for those who don’t have a season pass but those will depend on how busy it will be.Adam White with Ski Vermont said the state has not approved a reopening plan for the ski industry, but hopes it will soon.”What that’s going to do is that’s gonna provide a baseline for operational restrictions and guidelines for the upcoming season upon which the resorts can build their individual plans,” White said.Despite the current conditions, some believe this will be a strong season.”I think enthusiasm is as high as it’s ever been and again, people have been a little cooped up you know during this last few months and since the onset of the pandemic and so they’re, I think going to be looking to get out,” White said.

After an abrupt ending to the 2019-2020 ski season because of the COVD-19 pandemic, ski resorts have released plans ahead of reopening for the season.

Vail Resorts has put out details about what visitors can expect this season.

“This winter is really gonna look different. We know that, everyone knows that. We’re dealing with some really different circumstances,” Bonnie MacPherson with Okemo Mountain Resort said.

For example, masks will be required on chairlifts and reservations are required.

However, Sugarbush Resort said at this point, they’re not doing a reservation system.

“All season pass holders, Ikon Pass, which is through Alterra or the Sugarbush local passes, you don’t have to reserve your ski day, you can ski you know as many days as you want without having to book anything, aside from the restrictions that you would normally have on your pass,” John Bleh, a Sugarbush resort representative, said.

Bleh said the group will, “probably work with capacity limitations, which will only affect some of our busiest days.” Sugarbush will sell day tickets ahead of time for those who don’t have a season pass but those will depend on how busy it will be.

Adam White with Ski Vermont said the state has not approved a reopening plan for the ski industry, but hopes it will soon.

“What that’s going to do is that’s gonna provide a baseline for operational restrictions and guidelines for the upcoming season upon which the resorts can build their individual plans,” White said.

Despite the current conditions, some believe this will be a strong season.

“I think enthusiasm is as high as it’s ever been and again, people have been a little cooped up you know during this last few months and since the onset of the pandemic and so they’re, I think going to be looking to get out,” White said.

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