Ski resort operators are preparing for a difficult season.
According to the New York Times, operators are taking measures that most readers will already know. Most resorts will require face covering inside and limit capacity on trams. Many of them also adhere to the standard set by the National Association of Ski Resorts called “Ski Well. Be Well, ”which includes daily wellness checks of employees and improved cleaning protocols.
They hope that these measures will help avoid super-scattering events such as those in the Idaho Sun Valley, where hundreds of cases were reported in the spring. In response to a pandemic last March, about 93 percent of U.S. ski resorts closed, resulting in a combined loss of $ 2 billion.
For those who plan to go downhill, the season looks mixed. Many ski resorts plan to limit the day tickets for the cable car and require reservations for people with seasonal passports, which means that it will be harder to get to the slopes. Most resorts have canceled parties and group events, which are the basis of the experience for skiers and snowboarders. Places in the best destinations, such as Vail, are closed.
Some diehardi rent or buy mobile homes for individual trips. The RV Industry Association said sales had risen 4.5 percent this year, and the group estimates they could grow by 19 percent in 2021. [NYT] – Dennis Lynch