Vail Resorts Offers Preview of a Socially Distanced Ski Season
Vail Resorts has offered a preview of what is anticipated to be the first-ever ski season in the era of social distancing, providing an early look at how the experience could change for skiers and snowboarders as the industry takes steps to guard against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Rob Katz, the CEO of Colorado-based Vail Resorts and a powerful figure in the ski industry, addressed the topic during a recent call with Wall Street analysts. Vail Resorts and other operators in the U.S. are readying for a ski season with operations that will be altered in some fashion by the sickness.
Katz said the Vail Resorts properties in Australia, including in Perisher, will supply the company some guidance for the resorts in North America since, in the Southern Hemisphere, the ski season begins shortly. He said Vail Resorts continues to work on the details of the operations at Perisher as he explained “at this point they’ll certainly be a limitation on the total capacity of the resort, to ensure that we protect social distancing.” He said Vail Resorts is “very confident that we can provide a terrific experience for people who come.”