Areas Start to Push Back Opening Day Due to Covid Concerns
November 15, 2020
We here at conSKIerge have been assuming (hoping?) that there will be a ski season despite Covid. While we are still convinced (hoping?) that is the case, we are starting to see some cracks in that assumption.
Winter Park had previously announced that they would open on Wednesday November 18. Citing that “The health and well-being of employees, guests and the community remains the highest priority for the resort” Winter Park has announced that they will open no earlier than Monday November 30. While their announcement cites impacts of fires in CO and weather conditions, their primary rational seems related to Covid issues.
In addition, Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah just announced while they had hoped to open on Nov 20 they want more help from Mother Nature (they capitalized it so we decided we would) to help them “prepare ample terrain for skiers and riders to spread out.” This one was particularly strange since they just received 30 inches of snow in one storm and are predicted to get hit again the weekend of Nov 14/15. Mmm…
On the right coast, Wildcat has announced they are postponing their opening day to allow “ample snowmaking time to be able to open with the amount of terrain needed to ensure proper physical distancing.”
So folks, IT will happen, but clearly Covid’s impact on the ski season is already being felt!
Solitude and Wildcat have just made their announcements on social media with little to no updated information on their websites but for more information on the situation at Winter Park see Winter Park Opening