How to Choose the Best Ski Pass This Season
A flurry of new considerations makes the decision a lot more complicated this year. Here’s everything you need to know.
In the past few weeks, just as snow began to fall in the Rocky Mountains and the Alps, the two largest ski conglomerates—Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Group—released their plans for the season to come. Among the pandemic-inspired changes are reservation systems, insurance policies, unprecedented discounts, and strict crowd-control measures. Together, they aim to prevent the types of superspreading events and early season closures that struck the industry as Covid-19 swept the globe in March.
Yet the very protocols intended to give skiers peace of mind are causing many to reconsider taking annual ski vacations or getting season passes.