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The entire travel industry has suffered mightily in the COVID pandemic, but the ski and snowboard sector was especially hard hit.

A premature end to the 2019-2020 season was one of the first travel casualties as the pandemic began, and in many places the entire 2020-2021 winter was a washout. In the U.S., major resorts instituted capacity restrictions, arcane reservation systems made it sometimes feel easier to just not bother, and some states, like Vermont, the number one ski destination east of the Mississippi, pretty much barred out of state visitors. Europe had it worse with most countries shutting lifts and resorts altogether.

All of this has led to a lot of pent-up demand, and if you are an avid skier or snowboarder, you are probably very eager for some semblance of a return to resort to normalcy on the slopes. I for one am salivating at the idea of riding lifts to fresh powder or groomed corduroy. That’s why I am heading to the Dolomites.

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