January traditionally has been hailed as “National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” in the ski industry.
But this month, that mantra is taking on a whole new persona. There will be challenges in the traditional learning process for sure, with lodge limitations and social distancing the norms at ski areas across the country. But the opportunity to get outdoors and free of some COVID restrictions also might lend to a number of new participants who might not have normally ventured to the slopes in the first place.
In order to get the lowdown on what to expect this season in terms of the ski school experience, we caught up with Matt Erickson, director of Sunday River’s SnowSports School, who remains confident that the Maine resort will still be able to deliver the same level of teaching this winter as it would during any other.
New England Ski Journal: How do you feel the first few weeks of the season have gone, thus far, at Sunday River?