Eye On Covid – Ski Resort Closures in Europe
Covid Closures in France and Germany
Our friends over at SnowBrains reported last week, that due to Covid, “Both Germany and France announced a new nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, throwing the only-just-begun ski season into disarray as ski resorts have been forced to close.”
What does that mean for Us(of A)?
The Alps might be an ocean away, but these stories hit close to home. But, here’s the thing – these closures and lock downs across the pond are not necessarily because skiers were acting irresponsibly. The resorts’ new rules for cleanliness and distancing didn’t necessarily fail or breakdown. Sadly, it appears as though they didn’t even get a chance. The issue is bigger than skiing, and that is in fact, the issue.
European countries are seeing large spikes in cases as summer comes to a close and people move indoors. The U.S. is unfortunately trending that way as well.
To combat this head-on, many of our stateside ski resorts are preparing new rules and regulations to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Reservation systems, like the ones throughout the Vail family of resorts, hope to help manage capacity and prevent overcrowding on the mountain.
Many other ski areas are expecting lower capacity limits, as well as capping the number of available daily walk-up lift tickets. Almost all resorts will have new distancing measures and procedures for lift lines and chair capacity as well. Indoor dining expects to be limited or non-existent, with more takeaway options available.
Each mountain will most likely have different rules and regulations (some of which will be mandated on a state level), so make sure to do your homework before planning your trip.
No Friends On A Powder Day (For Real This Time)
We don’t share this news to stoke fear and impending doom for this upcoming winter on the slopes. Quite the opposite, in fact.
If you really think about it, skiers and riders were built for this! Masks, gloves, and social-distancing in the outdoors – that’s what we live for.
It’s true – this ski season is going to look and feel different than others. And as cliché as it sounds, we are all in this together, and we will get through it together, hopefully with a few socially distanced powder days under our belts.
We’ve always touted “no friends on a powder day,” and there’s no time like the present to make that old adage actual words to live by, at least for the time being.