This ski season will look a little different, masks required, social distancing on chairlifts and gondolas – “arrive with your party-ride with your party”, very limited access to inside space in base lodges, and even reservations required to ski. So first up, check with your ski resort so you know before you go… 

But there will be a ski season… so co-operate, boot up in the parking lot, pack a lunch, plan a tailgate après ski party, and wear your mask. These are hardly hardships for the privilege to pursue your favorite winter pastime, get out and make some turns and enjoy the snow! Lift lines may seem longer when spaced out, but with six-feet of separation, it may look worse than the wait…

Here’s a look at ski resorts that have opened so far for the 2020-21 season…

Canada’s Norquay in Banff opened October 24. This is the Banff ski area’s earliest opening on record in their 95 year history!

Wolf Creek Colorado, known for its big snow totals and early start ups, opened October 28, beating out perennial season pushers Arapahoe Basin and Loveland.

Keystone was the first Vail Resort to open for skiing and riding Nov 6, their big emphasis on snowmaking has been “key”! Breck followed on Nov13 and Vail opened Nov 20.

In Utah, Park City opened Nov 20 at the first in the Salt Lake state, Alta opened November 23 for its 83rd season.

Killington in Vermont spun lifts Nov 20 for passholders, opening to the public Nov 23. The Big K requires parking resies this season, so book ahead to ski and tailgate at the Beast of the East.

Other New England resorts Maine siblings Sunday River and Sugarloaf both dropped ropes Monday November 23, for passholders only to kick off their ski seasons.

Morzine Avoriaz in Portes Du Soleil opened October 29, the earliest date on record for this French Swiss Resort in the Region Dents du Midi.

See you on the slopes, I’ll be the one in the face-covering mask and goggles!