This may be the first winter since all three of my kids started skiing that we are not planning on any lessons.
That is not an indication of any COVID-related fears, but instead a matter of having the inability to plan ahead. If we definitively could say which weekends we would be able to travel to Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine, each of the kids would probably participate in a refresher level of some semblance.
I could probably use my own tutorial, grabbing some tips for improvements in the bumps or trees. I thought this could finally be the year I take Bolton Valley’s backcountry instructional tour, but with the Vermont travel restrictions not going away in the foreseeable future, that may have to wait until next winter.
But if the pandemic has had any positive effect on the local skiing economy, it may be the onslaught of newcomers that have been attracted to the sport. Equipment sales have steadily been on the increase since November, an indication that newcomers are looking for winter activities that can deliver them the socially-distanced great outdoors.