The last time I had skied in Vermont prior to this season was March 14, 2020. It was a blissful goggle tan day at Okemo Mountain Resort, but it was also one more notable for the sudden precautions being put in place at Okemo and across the ski industry.
Food service was limited, signs across the base pleaded with guests to stay six feet apart (as luck would have it, the length of a pair of skis) from each other, and skiers and riders were encouraged to wear masks while waiting in the lift queue.
That was before the world turned upside down.
Not long after finishing my day with an energetic dash down Quantum Leap came word that all Vail Resorts properties, including Okemo, would follow in the footsteps of other resorts, like Jay Peak, and press pause on the lifts the following day due to the increasing concern of the COVID-19 pandemic. You know the rest of the story.