The COVID-19 pandemic brought the ski season to an early close, setting off the longest off-season in Utah skiing history. But at a panel discussion hosted by Ski Utah Monday, officials from Utah’s resorts said they’ve been working since then to make sure the 2020-21 season is a success, even though coronavirus cases across the country are spiking in record numbers.
When the coronavirus spread across the U.S. in March, spring ski vacations were cut short as resorts quickly shuttered their operations in response to the pandemic. As this year's ski season fast approaches, resorts are working hard to ensure that guests can stay safe, while closely watching forecasts to see how much snow the winter will bring.
Everyone in the international ski race community is aware that several scenarios could derail their season. But at the moment, such thoughts lie at the back of the mind for many. In spite of lockdowns and restrictions throughout Europe, ski training and race preparation is moving ahead with a feeling of relative normalcy for athletes.
Ski mountains across the Berkshires are gearing up for a season full of social distancing and capacity limits, but also “magical moments” at revamped après ski areas designed to fit the times.
Wildfires raging around the Magic Valley were a common event this summer and Camas County’s Soldier Mountain Resort felt the burn firsthand.
An unexpected $1.5 million gift to Steamboat Springs that was announced on Wednesday will be used to build a new Barrows Chairlift on Howelsen Hill.
With ski resorts and towns brainstorming for creative ways to meet their guests’ restaurant needs within COVID-19 occupancy constraints this winter, the Town of Mountain Village near Telluride has come up with a novel one: a collection of 20 dining cabins scattered in the base plaza made from refurbished gondola cars.
It’s never quite made sense that the Country Bear Jamboree debuted in Disney World, located in muggy Florida, a state not particularly known for furry brown bears. But the ensemble of musical bears wasn’t meant for Disney World at all. They were destined, once upon a time, for a stunning alpine-style resort tucked deep in California’s Sequoia National Park.
The new Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort could have a design that highlights the area’s connection with the Squamish First Nation, based on new preliminary concept artistic renderings that provide higher detail.
In what promises to be a most unusual ski season in Colorado due to COVID-19, it might also be an unusually late kickoff.
Since the global coronavirus pandemic began, sports that lend themselves to outdoor social distancing (golf, cycling, hiking, fishing, etc.) have been red hot, and skiing and snowboarding hold the same appeal as cold weather sets in. Several new hotels are debuting at major ski resorts around the country, and while it is too early to say whether travel from outside the regions will be safe or advisable this ski season, it is worth begin informed if the travel landscape takes a turn for the better.
One of the stickier points in managing the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado’s resort towns involves what to do when a guest falls ill during their stay and can’t leave.
Traditionally, the skis you want to carry you into and out of the isolated and unforgiving backcountry is not the pair with algae on it. Or in it.
The winter 2020-21 snow season is quickly approaching. Although skiing and snowboarding are naturally socially distant activities, the social experiences that come with the snow community — such as striking up a conversation while congregating in line to wait for a lift, or grabbing a well-earned apres-ski drink after a long day on the mountain — are shaping up to look different this year.
The good news is that Vermont’s ski resorts plan to be open this winter. Offering the fun of skiing and snowboarding is still the focus, but the mountain experience will look different due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.