Thredbo A skier glides under the Kosciuskzo Express lift at Thredbo resort, in Australia. The mountain has been open at 50% capacity with new distancing rules in lift lines and a reservation system for tickets.

The scheduled start of the Colorado ski season is only about three months away – and with snow falling on the tops of nearby peaks just this week, it’s hard not to wonder what a winter on the slopes is going to look like during a pandemic. 

But to get an idea of what it might be like to go skiing in these strange times, just ask the people who have already been on the snow in the middle of this pandemic. 

In Australia, some ski mountains have been open since June, albeit at 50% capacity. 

“The whole thing was just a really really novel experience,” said Anto Sweetapple, who went skiing at Thredbo Resort in the Australian state of New South Wales. “It was a really pleasant experience because the crowds weren’t there.”

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