COVID-19 travel restrictions are still in place, limiting the freedom of travel across New England’s state borders without quarantine. But that has not put a halt to the summer tourism business at the region’s ski resorts.
Just don’t expect the normal menu of attractions to be offered everywhere.
On Thursday, Vail Resorts announced that five of its New England properties — Attitash, Wildcat, Stowe, Okemo, and Mount Snow — will operate this summer with a “limited summer footprint focusing on mountain access and scenic lift rides.” To that degree, the resorts will open in staggered fashion. Okemo (scenic chairlift rides, hiking, mountain coaster, golf, and disc golf) and Mount Snow (golf, scenic chairlift rides, and hiking) both in Vermont, will open on June 26. Green Mountain counterpart Stowe will join them one day later with the auto toll road and hiking on its plate. Scenic gondola rides will not operate until July 17.
In New Hampshire though, Attitash won’t open until July 18, with chairlift rides, hiking, and the alpine slide. Wildcat Mountain has delayed its opening all the way to Aug. 1, when scenic chairlift rides and hiking will be available at the Pinkham Notch ski area.