Call it wishful thinking. Or a slippery index finger.
The temptation came in the form of an e-mail, touting a 20 percent discount on stays at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. Based on my own wishful thinking, I had already reserved a pair of priority days at Stowe Mountain Resort in mid-March via my Epic Pass. So, when my wife, a Vermonter at heart, recognized the potential of staying slopeside for the weekend, she booked, fully aware of all the COVID-19 protocols in place in the Green Mountain State.
Within 24 hours, the resort sent a form to my wife, asking her to state her current quarantine status, which, she thought, seemed odd for a trip planned four months down the road. More curious, the next day, a Spruce Peak representative called and wanted to go over the process, including a detail of what services would not be available at the resort over the weekend of…Nov. 21-22.
Now, as much as I would love to trek the whole family to Stowe this weekend, I also understand the viability of such a venture isn’t feasible. For one, Stowe, along with every other ski resort in New England, has yet to run the lifts this season, partly in thanks to a brutal warming trend that finally seems to have run its course. But more importantly, we, as a family, haven’t undergone the protocol in order to cross the state line.