Vermont Resorts To Skiers: Be Flexible, Be Patient, And Maybe Bring A Sandwich
Vermont's ski resorts employ about 13,000 people, a quarter of them year-round, and the $1.6 billion industry typically brings in $925 million in direct spending, plus the $675 million resorts spend on vendors according to Ski Vermont. The current pandemic, however, has been anything but typical, and across Vermont, ski resorts are taking different approaches for how to open for the upcoming season.
At Killington, the K-1 gondola is mostly carrying hikers and mountain bikers at this time of year. But in two months, if the weather cooperates, resort president Mike Solimano says skiers and riders will be using the lift and nearby base lodge – as long as they’re wearing masks and as long as they planned ahead and made a parking reservation.
Solimano recently unlocked the door and walked into the K-1 base lodge, not far from the gondola, and pointed at the tables and chairs still in place from last season.