Ski resorts make changes for winter season due to pandemic

Posted at 3:11 PM, Dec 08, 2020

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. - The ski season is starting to get underway at resorts in the region.

Snowshoe Mountain located in West Virginia opened up its runs last week.

There are some changes this year, though, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the biggest differences people will notice - capacity is being reduced.

"We can't have as many skiiers on the mountain as we did once upon a time and expect folks to be able to adequately social distance," said Snowshoe spokesperson Shawn Cassell, "so we're selling significantly fewer lift tickets, and so it's really important that if you're planning on coming up to book those in advance to guarantee access."

They've also made some other adjustments to keep people from getting too close.

"We're incorporating what we're calling 'ghost lanes' in between the lanes to kind of keep the distance from side to side," said Cassell.

For now, they've also done away with the"single rider" line and are only putting people who know each other together on a lift.

If you end up having to cancel your trip due to COVID-19 or the resort is forced to close, they do have a more flexible cancellation policy this year.

You can read more about the changes they've implemented by clicking here.

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