This week, the stars aligned and we have quite a bit of ski news to share with you. For starters, Vail released their official 2020-2021 Covid-19 operating policies which will be in effect at all Epic Pass resorts this season. No matter who you are or what you’ve been considering for the season ahead, this announcement is sure to make you feel some type of way, so we encourage you to read it. Even if you don’t plan on skiing at an Epic resort this winter, the policies outlined serve as an outline of what to expect from other resorts. Plus, we’ll bring you up to speed on Squaw’s decision to change their name, an update from the ongoing dilemma presented by the suspension of international work visa programs, and share with you a creative solution being planned by restaurants in Breckenridge to keep their businesses alive throughout the Winter. Find out what you need to know in this week’s Top 5 Fridays!
This week in ski news, we find ourselves bringing you up to speed on the latest from multiple stories that we’ve been covering over the last few weeks, months, and even years. Topping that list is an update from the FIS World Cup Tour, who just released their decision regarding North American events in the upcoming season. From there we’ll share the latest in the dispute between the Aspen Skiing Co. (amongst others) and Liftopia, as well as updates from Jay Peak and Burke Mountain, where “difficult” seems like a succinct way of generally summarizing their recent histories. Finally, we’ll also share some new information from Aspen Skiing Co., where officials are working on a system to alert skiers of congestion in real time throughout the season ahead. Find out all the details you need to know from this week’s ski news in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!
This week we’re excited to bring you a very special edition of Top 5 Fridays! “Why,” might you ask? Well, because we get to start off by talking about everyone’s favorite subject: ourselves! That’s right, this week we officially launched our fourth annual, 2021 SkiEssentials.com Ski Test! We’ll share some of the highlights of this year’s edition before getting back to the rest of the ski industry, where we have updates regarding a community ski area in Silverton, CO, and a story focusing on the questions being asked regarding ski bus operations in the winter ahead. Then, to round things out we have an exceptional article from the U.S. Ski Team that shares the story and perspective of Lauren Samuels, a black ski racer navigating an overwhelmingly white sport. Find out more and check out our favorite edits from this week in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!
This week in the world of skiing, we once again find ourselves inundated with conversations surrounding Covid-19’s influence on the ski industry. To kick things off, we’ll start with a lighthearted update from the FIS World Cup, where it’s just been announced that the first stop of the tour has been moved forward by a week. From there we’ll bring you the latest from Australia’s Hotham and Falls Creek ski areas where updates have been made in regards to their lift operations. Bringing things back stateside, we’ll also discuss the latest crowd mitigation ideas being floated by Aspen Skico, and why locals are up in arms about them, before finally checking in on two economic figures impacting mountain towns in Vermont. Find out all you need to know from this week in skiing in this edition of Top 5 Fridays!