As skiers and riders pulled their gear out of storage ahead of last ski season, no one really knew what to expect.
A new and wildly unknown pandemic had stopped the previous ski season in its tracks and upended what we had come to know as “normal.” Rumors of reservation systems, limited lift and restaurant capacity, and mask requirements floated throughout the ski community, but no one truly knew what the season would look like.
As we now know, after seeing viral images of unprecedented crowds and abnormally long lift lines, these new requirements deterred few.
While it’s no longer our first rodeo, certainty about the upcoming ski season is far from reality. The outdoor portion of skiing — the part that involves standing in lift lines and sliding down snowy slopes — largely will be back to normal (with the exception of some lingering mask and capacity restrictions).