Inside Look: Here’s What We Know Right Now About Next Ski Season
Yeah, we get it: With the rounding down of summer and the beginning of cool nights, the first signs of changing colors of autumn—and soon even the first snowfall—here in the high country of Colorado, where I sit writing from my home at 9,000 feet, it usually heralds optimism and stoke.
Skiing is what we live for. It’s what I’ve lived for the last 30 years. But this year is different. The trailhead at the end of my road is jam-packed with Denverites out using their new mountain bike while they still can; this year, those cool nights are a reminder that the days of easy social distancing and “safe” backyard gatherings could be coming to a close, with a ski season that could promise little more than record crowding at backcountry trail heads and limited lift capacity at resorts.
So where do we really stand right now? Will there will be a 2020-21 ski season and what will it look like? Believe me, that’s all I’m thinking about. Yet, despite everything going on in our world, we know that temperatures will drop, skis will come out of the garage and the snowpack will build. Here’s a round-up of what we know so far.