When it comes to a pandemic, and the relentless spread of a dangerous virus, there are few silver linings.
But Vermont’s Reese Brown believes he can see one for nordic sports this winter. Brown, executive director of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association, said “cross-country skiing could not be better suited for operation during this pandemic, since our skiers naturally social distance and spread out over the many miles trails. It’s also a great activity under these conditions, as it supports mental and physical well-being.”
“We in the cross-country ski industry feel our numbers will be up significantly this winter due to restrictions the pandemic has placed on people,” said Brown. “Although we will see a bump as a result of the challenges alpine skiing will face, our largest group will be those individuals and families that have been restricted in their normal activities and looking for something that’s fun.
“If you look at what has happened with cycling, hiking, running and paddling, we anticipate a similar increase in our business from those looking to get outside in a low-hassle, socially distanced activity,” he said. “We do feel it’s important for alpine skiing to happen this year, since it’s good for the entire industry, but there will be people that may not feel comfortable on a chairlift or gondola.”