The good news about Vail’s new requirements for the 2020-21 skiing and riding season? The details seem like a manageable set of hurdles to jump through in order to enjoy the outdoors this winter in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bad? Those days of letting your whims take you in whatever direction they may, a tried-and-true method on a powder day, are finished.
For now, anyway.
At least, they will be at Vail’s 34 North American resorts this season, during which skiers and riders will need to make a reservation in order to secure a spot on that day’s roster. This will help manage mountain access in a world of social distancing at New England Vail properties, which include Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, and Wildcat.