Is Skiing Safe During the Pandemic? How Can it be Made Safer?

Skiing seems like it could be a safer activity to perform during a pandemic: it is obviously undertaken outdoors, there is natural spacing between skiers, faces are often covered with ski masks, etc… The dangers lie, of course, at the ski lodges and lifts. On a lift, one may ride seated adjacent to another. At the ski lodges, crowds may gather, without wearing masks. Ski masks moreover not considered to be safety masks that may prevent COVID-19 transmission because they have air holes and the material may be deficient in preventing the passing of the virus. Those skiing this Winter must find ski lodge which follows stringent safety precautions. Throughout New England, many ski locations are now required to enforce safety procedures, such as social distancing and face coverings. Some of the safety measures include:

  • Eliminating face-to-face customer service interactions.
  • Customers are being required at many slopes to purchase their tickets online.
  • Closing of bars and restaurants.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks.
  • Permitting guests to ride the lift only with people in their party.
  • Enforcing social distance rules in lift lines.