The reality is, it’s going to take a lot of work to visit Vermont this winter.
The state’s success rate in batting COVID-19 won’t be lessened with the arrival of ski season, no matter the economic impact at stake. Vermont’s COVID-19 winter operations guidance, released in early November, required the state’s ski areas and resorts “to considerably alter” their business during the 2020-21 season. That not only means wearing masks and social distancing, but also demanding a 14-day quarantine before entering the state (or, seven days and a negative test), as well as contact tracing upon arrival at each traveler’s destination.
Entering its fourth season since being re-acquired by the DesLauriers family — a name synonymous with the Vermont ski scene — Bolton Valley is both prepared and concerned about what the pandemic restrictions will bring. We caught up with the resort’s president, Lindsay DesLauriers, to discuss the realities that come with the start of a ski season unlike any other.
New England Ski Journal: In early November, you shared a video that was an honest and forthcoming admission to how the season was going to look at Bolton Valley amidst the pandemic. What prompted the communication through social media?