August 27, 2020
Hello skiing, riding, and tubing friends!
It has been a long, hot summer and I can’t wait for winter to come. I know that you all have questions about the upcoming season, so I thought I’d give you an update – well, as much of an update as I can!
We have been working with the National Ski Areas Association and Ski Areas of New York to come up with guidelines for when we are ready to open for the 2020-2021 winter season. Still awaiting official guidelines from the governor’s office, we are prepping as much as we possibly can.
What does that mean, exactly? It means that we have nothing set in stone, but that we are planning as if we are going to open with social distancing, mask wearing, and the highest level of cleanliness.
We are still not selling season passes, but hope to have details on a pass sale by the middle to end of September. Without firm guidelines, there is no way we can make any decisions on sales. Trust me, as soon as we know, you’ll know.
Our multi-week and racing programs are also on hold until we have more information. Please don’t worry – we are still planning on having these programs, we just aren’t sure what they will look like yet. I know that a lot of students will be learning from home for the upcoming semester and we would love to offer a program that will get your kids outside and exercising. As soon as we have information on that, we will be sharing it via social media and email blasts.
We have also been in discussion with Ski Barn, and are sorry to report that because of the social distancing rules and the popularity of our long-standing Ski and Snowboard Sale in October, we will NOT be having the event this year. I know that a lot of people use this sale to gear up for the winter, so please make other arrangements this year. This was not an easy decision but there are just too many people involved to keep this event socially safe.
These are unprecedented times. Aren’t you tired of hearing that? I am. But in the words of Alberto Caeiro in The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro, “What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.” I can’t make the virus go away but I can tell you that I cannot wait to be outside, in the cold fresh air, surrounded by nature, the mountain, and your smiling faces. Even if I can’t see your smile under the mask, I’ll know that it’s there.
I hope that everyone is healthy and finding happiness in these strange times. I will write again as soon as we have more information to share.
Be well, and think snow!