Ski Tips During The Pandemic
How to Make the Most of Your 2020-2021 Ski Season Vacation
Whether you are a novice or advanced skier, swooshing down the slopes in the great outdoors is an exhilarating experience. And while the experience may be a little bit different this year, the slopes still beckon, and there are some easy ways to navigate your ski and snowboarding activities. Knowing what to expect before you hit the slopes will greatly lend to having an awesome time on the powder.
Lift Ticket Reservations and Dates
This season, most ski resorts are only selling lift tickets online. Some resorts may require or suggest advanced purchase if they have capacity standards, and same day lift ticket purchases could be limited. Before you purchase lift tickets online, check with your chosen ski resort to learn about their refund policy if your plans should change for your designated date(s).
Ski and Board Equipment Rentals
Resorts are still offering equipment rentals but may require you to schedule a rental appointment. Renting equipment is an easy process, but it does take a little time. Depending on what equipment you’re renting, the shop experts will assess your level of experience, boot size, and height in order to give you equipment that’s perfect for you. Whether it’s ensuring your ski poles are the proper length or assisting you with Alpine and Cross Country skis and snowboard fittings, the pros will take excellent care of you and your crew.
Rental services are still offering helmet rentals. Should you choose to rent a helmet, you may want to inquire about their disinfection procedures or consider buying a helmet.
Ski and Snowboarding Clothing
Many of the resort retail ski shops specializing in jackets, ski suits, hats, gloves, socks, and accessories may have limited customer capacity. If you cannot bring your own outdoor wear with you, consider reviewing the ski shop’s hours before your arrival so you can shop at your own pace.
Dining and Après Ski
Many resorts have expanded their outdoor venues to accommodate social distancing space for dining and après-ski relaxation. Knowing the dining and bar establishments’ capacity limitations in advance will help you plan accordingly and have a better overall experience. In some cases reservations may be required. If you intend to dine out while you’re on the slopes, consider going to a restaurant before or after the lunch and dinner rush.
Be Prepared and Take Masks With You
This season, resorts are mandating masks. They will be required in all indoor establishments or stores you enter…even for a trip to a restroom. And while it is safe to assume the resorts will be selling masks, plan ahead and bring an ample supply to the slopes in case one goes astray. If you are skiing with children, you may want to consider putting their masks in individual zip lock baggies with their name on it so you can keep them separated before and after each wear.
Make the Most of Your Winter Excursion
If ever there was a winter season to hit the slopes, this is it. It will still be a fun adventure, just a little bit different. The amount you know and can prepare in advance for your trip, the smoother it will be to enjoy a great vacation and a lifetime memory.