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Article in the New York Times about skiing restriction during the pandemic. Author says uncrowded lifts and trails should not be an issue, but everything else is. Jackson Hole will run its Tram at 25% capacity, and Taos will cap visitors at 25% lift hourly capacity. Sounds about where it needs to be to prevent lines at Sugarbush or Killington. Also ski shops say they have seen increased interest from beginners.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/travel/american-ski-trends-virus.html

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On 11/16/2020 at 3:53 PM, Cannonballer said:

 

My guess is that ski area closings aren't going to be driven by whether or not customers are getting sick, it's going to be driven by whether employees are getting sick.  

Unfortunately I was right about this...

https://nypost.com/2021/01/05/hunter-mountain-ski-resort-closes-to-guests-due-to-covid-19/amp/

 

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1 hour ago, Cannonballer said:

Hunter Mountain, the world leader in unsafe skiing. I am checking with my ex-Hunter patroller friend, to try to get more details

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23 hours ago, Cannonballer said:

Vail cut all there volunteer patrollers  when they took over, then lost a few paid patrollers and is now can't enough find certified EMT's/patrollers to work for them. I guess lowering lift capacity helped but they still need to hire more people. They also can't use Mt. Snow patrollers at Hunter. Peeks had the two patrols mix for a little but the Mt. Snow guys could not handle the steepest trails at Hunter.

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I heard someone went to Stowe a few days after going to Hunter and got there pass taken away for two weeks for violating state quarantine rules. I am pretty sure Ikon is not doing this since my sister skied Sugarbush a day or two after skiing Sunday River.

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5 hours ago, Benski said:

I heard someone went to Stowe a few days after going to Hunter and got there pass taken away for two weeks for violating state quarantine rules. I am pretty sure Ikon is not doing this since my sister skied Sugarbush a day or two after skiing Sunday River.

Are they tracking his with RFID?

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On 1/19/2021 at 3:04 PM, Benski said:

I heard someone went to Stowe a few days after going to Hunter and got there pass taken away for two weeks for violating state quarantine rules. I am pretty sure Ikon is not doing this since my sister skied Sugarbush a day or two after skiing Sunday River.

The problem with Hunter to Stowe is both resorts are fully Vail owned and operated.  Sunday River to Sugarbush is a bit different, SR being Boyne owned and an Ikon partner resort and SB being full Alterra.  While SR is direct to lift this year with the Ikon and RFID, it is very possible SR's system doesn't link in directly to Alterra for rapid response.  So unless she used the Ikon app at both to track her day, good chance that is the difference there.  

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2 hours ago, Machski said:

So unless she used the Ikon app at both to track her day, good chance that is the difference there.  

Possibly but it does know the exact day I went to Killington without any voluntary tracking turned on.

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14 hours ago, Benski said:

Possibly but it does know the exact day I went to Killington without any voluntary tracking turned on.

I haven't been able to use my Ikon Base that came with the Boyne NEP Platinum due to VT Q rules so can't tell.  But Powdr could be more linked to Alterra considering their 2 properties in CO are Unlimited on Ikon as well.  Pure speculation on my part.  Obviously the two companies could have differing opinions on how to deal with VT based restrictions/exec orders.

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6 hours ago, Machski said:

I haven't been able to use my Ikon Base that came with the Boyne NEP Platinum due to VT Q rules so can't tell.  But Powdr could be more linked to Alterra considering their 2 properties in CO are Unlimited on Ikon as well.  Pure speculation on my part.  Obviously the two companies could have differing opinions on how to deal with VT based restrictions/exec orders.

Vail does seam to be stricter with Covid with skier limits. Powder is has the car limits which may or may not be to control crowds, and Alterra does the minimum. Though I did here Breckenridge has no space between lines.

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3 hours ago, Benski said:

Vail does seam to be stricter with Covid with skier limits. Powder is has the car limits which may or may not be to control crowds, and Alterra does the minimum. Though I did here Breckenridge has no space between lines.

Well, Killington relaxed the parking reservations, they have stopped requiring those midweek non holiday now.  They said they may bring that requirement back later in the season as terrain begins to shrink limiting base areas.

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