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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

'On The Mountain, You Forget Covid Even Exists'

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Gigi Girard, an OB-GYN in Louisville, Ky., says she has been to Vail approximately 50 times over the last 20 years. So, over dinner during our overlapping visit this month to Colorado's largest ski resort, I figured she'd be a perfect person to ask about how much her Vail experience during this Covid-19 winter differed from the norm.

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Colorado Ski Industry Hoping For Strong Finish To Difficult Season

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More than halfway through a snowy February, Colorado ski industry officials hope the momentum carries into the spring, a season beloved by regulars and visitors alike who know conditions to be most promising in the final weeks of chairlifts running.

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Ski Resorts Invest In Upgrades Even While Facing A Season Of Losses In 2020-21

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After the majority of the 470 ski areas in the United States closed in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Ski Areas Association reported skier visitor numbers dropped 14% compared to the 2018-19 season. It was a blow to the resorts, the towns they call home and a multitude of businesses that serve the industry with everything from gear and accessories to hotels, shuttle companies and more.

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'A Learning Process': Ski Patrolling Vermont's Resorts During A Pandemic

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With thousands flocking to the slopes from states with high rates of infection, Vermont’s 1,300 registered ski patrollers – like everyone else – are having to figure out how to do their job safely.

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What America's Richest Ski Town's Handling of COVID-19 Says About the Country

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Tucked in the shadow of the Tetons, the town of Jackson, Wy., and surrounding Teton County is home to less than 25,000 full-time residents, but annually hosts over 2.5 million visitors.

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What It’s Really Like to Go on a Colorado Ski Trip During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Winter is here and that means ski trips are top of mind. But you may be questioning the merits of hitting the slopes this year. I certainly was before driving up to a handful of Colorado ski resorts for day trips and weeklong excursions. My biggest takeaway? The experience and potential risks vary from mountain to mountain. 

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Mammoth, Tahoe Ski Resorts Reopen Lodgings After Rollback of State’s COVID Order

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Mammoth and Lake Tahoe area ski resorts and mountain towns are reopening hotels and lodges to leisure visitors after California’s governor on Monday lifted statewide regional orders that had closed lodging to most travelers. The rollback coincides with fresh snow and good skiing and boarding conditions at Sierra resorts.

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Climbing Coronavirus Cases In Colorado’s High Country Aren’t Tracking Back To Ski Resorts

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Health officials in eight counties have not traced positive tests back to lift lines, chairlifts or ski slopes.

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Southwest Colorado Ski Resorts Navigate Tricky World of COVID-19 Protocols

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Skiers are hitting the slopes in Southwest Colorado, looking for some exercise and a short escape from the whirlwind of the COVID-19 pandemic and polarized politics, but even so, a sense of normalcy is hard to come by these days.

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Total Pitkin County, Aspen, Shutdown A Possibility At Monday Meeting

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COVID-19 is running rampant in Aspen and Pitkin County — unlike its neighbors — and members of the Pitkin County Board of Health knew Thursday that something needed to be done about it.

They just weren’t sure what.

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Snowcat Skiing, Riding Limited In Colorado This Season

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Hoppin' a ride on a snowcat to get off the piste and into the powder stashes of the backcountry is a popular pastime at Colorado resorts. But this season, there are fewer options than normal.

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Sugarbush Offering Private, Socially Distanced Base Lodges

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Some ski resorts are operating at limited capacity inside their base lodges or asking guests to gear up in their car as a response to COVID-19.

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Early Season Snow Means Strong Start To Oregon Resorts

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Right from the git-go, the Pacific Northwest has gotten the lion's share on snowfall this season, and Oregon's nine mountains and resorts have opened with plenty of depth.

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What It's Really Like To Ski During A Pandemic

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Cold feet: This was my biggest concern.

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Sales Are Up For The Ski Industry Despite COVID Lockdowns

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Millions of Americans would love to bust out of pandemic isolation and go skiing.

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Ski Resorts Work to Stay Open as COVID Cases Snowball

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The day after Thanksgiving, Dr. Jana Eller and Dr. Shiraz Naqvi were seated beside an outdoor fire pit at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, taking a short break from skiing.

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High Demand: Reservation Systems Come Into Play For The Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us and, despite the headwinds of Covid-19, thousands of skiers and snowboarders have been aiming toward the mountains for welcome relief.

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Tighter Restrictions, A Smattering Of Upgrades Highlight Opening Of California Resorts

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A few improvements have sprung up at California resorts this season but, more importantly, state officials said that ski and snowboard mountains can stay open regardless of which Covid "tier" their county falls under.

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How Do You Have A Ski Season In A Pandemic?

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From how we ride the lifts to where we sleep and what we eat, ski areas are taking steps to minimize crowding and to curb opportunities for the virus to spread.

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What Breckenridge Is Doing Differently Than Other Popular Ski Towns Amid the Pandemic

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In the spring, during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, Colorado’s Summit County — home to the sought-after mountain destination of Breckenridge — enacted one of the strictest stay-at-home lockdowns in the country.

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