Last season’s ski thread is here:
It’s hot out and our A/C broke down this Labor Day weekend, but I just bought a season pass (Epic Pass) for the upcoming ski season, so I was inspired to start this season’s ski thread.
Last season ended rather abruptly in March due to COVID-19. The pandemic is still ongoing, of course, so I’m avoiding all fly-away trips and bus trips until the situation gets more under control or we get a vaccine. All of my trips this upcoming season will therefore probably be local ones here in New England, primarily day trips. I am planning a week-long drive-away trip to Sugarloaf in Maine, and may consider a short overnight trip or two to upstate Vermont or New Hampshire.
The resorts I’ve checked out seem to have good COVID-19 plans in place. Masks and social distancing will be required at all times, and they will not put unrelated groups on the same lift chair or gondola. (Two singles will apparently be allowed on opposite ends of lift chairs.) And of course, skiing is primarily an outdoor activity. I never spend much time in the lodge anyway, and this season I will spend even less time there.
With respect to gear, I had an issue with the bindings on a new pair of skis I bought late last season. My fantastic ski shop fixed the issue by giving me a brand-new replacement pair of skis right as the season ended. So I have a unused pair of 2020 Blizzard Rustler 9 skis that I can’t wait to try out.
In short, after cancelling two planned vacations this year, I’m really looking forward to ski season. Fingers crossed!