Ski season is underway. How are some resorts handling COVID-19 this year?

But while excitement is high, so are COVID-19 cases in some states, including Colorado.


In Colorado, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain are set to welcome skiers and snowboarders on Friday. It comes amid a high rate of COVID-19 cases in the state.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone more excited about the start of the ski and snowboard season than Jason Waldman.

"Well I'm here for opening day, you know you want first chair you've got to get here early," Waldman, who camped outside the resort overnight to be the first person on the mountain, said. "Trying to stay warm (laughs)."

But while excitement is high, so are the COVID-19 cases in Colorado.

As resorts promise to stay open all season, with as few restrictions as possible, what will your ski trip look like this year?

"So guests can expect to have us to require face coverings when they're at any of our indoor spaces so that's food and beverage, that's our lodging and hospitality, our retail and then we are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination at our large cafeteria-style dining halls," John Plack, senior communications manager for Vail and Beaver Creek, said.

The resorts are taking those measures on their own. The Colorado county has no indoor mask mandate and didn't indicate one was coming when asked.

Vail Resorts says that ski pass sales are up 42% compared to last year.

That is good news for businesses in the area whose success relies on the influx of visitors during the winter season. Those businesses say they aren't too worried about overcrowding.

"We're looking forward to it and our reservations are already going through the roof so we're looking for a strong season," Abdoul Wylie, store manager at Rebel Sports, said.

The only indication of worry — a health advisory issued this week warning of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Summit County and statewide.

The alert stops short of new mandates, only telling people to get vaccinated, avoid large crowds indoors and to take extra precautions if you're considered high-risk.

Businesses say they will roll with the punches.

"They know we followed every protocol that they've given us and as long as we maintain that I feel we're going to be just fine."

"They know we followed every protocol that they've given us and as long as we maintain that I feel we're going to be just fine," another local store owner said.

And skiers like Waldman are ready for whatever the season brings.

"I can't wait to get up there."