Ski season and COVID-19: What you need to know before you head to the slopes

Ski season is here again after coming to a premature end last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. Resorts are beginning to open back up, with most back in operation by year’s end. They’ve also implemented changes to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

The first thing skiers may notice: You won’t be able to just jump in the car and head to the slopes anymore. You’ll probably need to make a reservation and purchase lift tickets in advance either online or by phone

“You have to think about it like you’re flying somewhere,” said Mike Reitzell, president of Ski California.

While varying state and local COVID-19 protocols could change what you can and can’t do indoors, the outdoor part of the experience may actually not feel that different.

“Come for the outdoor experience,” Reitzell said. “For the most part, things are similar.”

Familiar changes

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