Much is different for the 2020-2021 season, and one of them is the preference for driving to a ski and snowboard mountain rather than hitting the airways. To fit with that tendency, SnoCountry will embark upon a series of Road Trips this winter. Each will be linked to a multi-area season pass or resort partnerships.
One of the consequences of New England’s restrictive COVID-related interstate travel mandates is altered, long-held habits for skiers and riders. The result is that winter sports enthusiasts are discovering (or re-discovering) new stomping grounds and creating opportunities for properly positioned ski resorts.
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.
Not all ski areas are created equally. There are the mammoth mountains such as Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, which boasts an astounding 5,280 vertical feet and Snowmass in the Colorado Rockies’ Elk Mountain Range which features 4,406 feet of downhill excitement. On the other end of the spectrum are smaller mountains such as Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area in Lisle, Illinois with 100 vertical feet and Cloudmont Ski Area, Mentone, Alabama with 150 vertical feet.
The Berkshire Mountain Club, a new resort hotel with luxury ski-in/ski-out vacation residences is set to break ground spring 2015 at the base of Catamount in the Berkshires. Opening is planned for mid-summer, 2016.
The immediate need for New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy is to return to normalcy. The process figures to be protracted. But, what are the implications for mountain travel?