When news of Covid-19 first reached this Mount Snow resort town, every sighting of an out-of-state license plate led to unsubstantiated talk of a wave of newcomers fleeing the virus.

Then electronic counters along municipal recreation trails showed the number of midweek hikers and bikers — people typically living locally rather than in lodging — doubled this spring.

And real estate agents watched single-family home sales rise 20% compared with last year, even with several weeks of shuttered business and continued travel restrictions.

Now the town’s elementary school, educating 86 students last spring, is anticipating enrollment to climb by a quarter to more than 100 this fall.

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