Covid Ski Season Surprising Success

Covid Ski Season Surprising Success

April 05, 2021
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Completed my10th winter season last week teaching skiing to all ages and all skill levels. However, at the beginning of this year's season, the ski school wasn't sure we'd even have a season this covid year. All instructors, lift operators and staff were required to wear masks 100% of the time. The lodge would be open primarily for rest rooms only; we would be required to put our boots on at our cars instead of in the lodge. Lunches were also going to be at our cars or on our outdoor decks. Ticket sales would be restricted and online only. Slowly, however, as each week progressed, we realized despite these covid restrictions our mountain was one of the only fun things to do locally for many, many families. Before long, we were swamped with skiing customers smiling, laughing and having a great time on the mountain. And we ski instructors were also happily swamped with lessons. We discovered a lot of folks who had always wanted to try skiing or who had wanted to return to the slopes after many years, all decided this was the year to come back to the mountain. The staff worked long hours this season and were without exception happy to provide our fellow skiers a fun outdoor experience despite covid. The ski school ended their season with their best year ever since their inception 50+ years ago. And hopefully we've helped grow the skier population in Connecticut for years to come. Give skiing a try sometime; you might find a new way to have fun in winter!