The pandemic has upended nearly all aspects of daily life. Skiing and snowboarding will be no different. This coming winter, face masks won’t just protect skiers’ cheeks and noses from the chilling cold, they will be mandatory to board the lift at nearly all ski areas across the United States. At least most skiers and snowboarders already own one.
Beyond face masks, social distancing and even reservation systems have been put in place — though specific requirements vary by resort operator and local guidelines. Working in skiers’ favor is the fact that the sport lends itself to social distancing by design: push your abilities to the high alpine bowls and there’s little chance of rubbing shoulders with a stranger. Let’s look at what to expect from the ski industry’s major resort operators for the 2020-21 season.