How Will Skiing Will Be Different In The Berkshires This Winter?
Ski mountains across the Berkshires are gearing up for a season full of social distancing and capacity limits, but also “magical moments” at revamped après ski areas designed to fit the times.
Leaders from Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield, Catamount Mountain Resort in Hillsdale, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, and Ski Butternut in Great Barrington recently detailed how they’ll keep skiers and employees safe this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though the state has not yet released the winter guidelines for the industry, staff members at the mountains are already busy preparing.
“We’ve bought fog machines, we’ve got hand sanitizers, we’ve got plexiglass,” said Dillon Mahon, Ski Butternut’s director of marketing, at a Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit webinar. “I mean, all the PPE you can think of.”
Skiers should plan ahead due to possible capacity limits this year. For example, though Bousquet currently does not have restrictions for season pass holders, there will be capacity constraints on full-day tickets, four-hour tickets, and nighttime tickets, said Kevin McMillan, general manager at Bousquet.