What to Expect This Winter at NW Ski Areas

Posted on October 1st, 2020

A Look at the Winter Ahead for the Region’s Ski Areas

Contact:               877-533-5520, info@pnsaa.org

Release Date:    Thursday, October 1, 2020

Bend, OR  –  With a nip to the fall air and cooler temperatures predicted in the central Pacific Ocean the region’s ski areas are preparing for winter recreation, where every aspect of ski area operations will look different in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ski area staff and visitors alike will need to follow guidelines to maintain the health and safety of our mountain communities. This winter will be different than any other winter we have experienced”, says Jordan Elliott, president of the region’s ski area trade association. “All skiers and riders will need to plan ahead before heading up to the ski areas, and don’t forget your mask.”

The ski industry at large has spent the summer months closely monitoring the global pandemic and working with federal, state and local authorities in making plans for the winter.  Ski areas will be operating under the shared set of best practices known as, Ski Well, Be Well.   “Essentially, there is a social contract for skiing/riding this season”, says Elliott.  

Face covering will be required, social distancing will be in effect and employees will participate in daily wellness checks.  Visitors of any ski area will need to call or check the mountain’s website for specific planning details before they head up to the snow.  Face covering will be required following state regulations, as well as distancing protocols. When it comes to riding the lifts, those who arrive together will be able to ride together. All restaurants and indoor facilities will be following the same protocols that are already in place throughout the region. It will also be important to stay home if you are feeling sick. 

Ski areas have hundreds of acres of wide open spaces and recreation is proven to improve mental health and physical wellness.  All skiers and riders are encouraged to work together to be the reason we have a season. 

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The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of ski, snowboard and other lift served facilities located in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Northern California.  The Association’s 42 member areas – most of which operate on public land – collectively host an average of 5.6 million visits annually.  For additional information on Pacific Northwest skiing and snowboarding, contact the PNSAA office at (877) 533-5520, or visit http://www.pnsaa.org to link to the website of your favorite mountain