Resources for Information on COVID-19 and Vermont Ski Areas
Updated Oct. 1, 2020
With the fall foliage turning and skiers and riders daydreaming more frequently about fun on the slopes, Vermont is looking forward to a safe and enjoyable fall and winter.
Vermonters and visitors to the state have done a great job throughout the summer of protecting themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus. Our shared responsibility in adhering to regulations and safeguards has been key, and will continue to be. Wearing facemasks in public, practicing social distancing whenever possible, washing hands and other measures have helped Vermont have the lowest infection rate in the nation.
Ski area planning for winter is well underway, and Ski Vermont is working with the state on overall guidance now and will update as this process progresses. Ski Vermont is committed to providing useful and up-to-date information about recreation activities and operations at member ski areas. This resource page provides links to online resources related to operational guidelines, safeguards and restrictions. This information is intended to help prospective guests make informed decisions in the best interests of not only their own safety and well-being, but also that of the ski area employees and members of their surrounding communities.
It remains imperative that prospective guests understand and comply with the most up-to-date regulations before planning an outing. These regulations can be found on the websites for the state of Vermont with further, activity-specific guidance available on each ski area's website.
Vermont's ski areas welcome back out-of-state guests, while urging those guests to act responsibly and do their part to help keep themselves and others safe.
The state of Vermont's website features a page on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vermont State Response and Resources with a section detailing Governor Phil Scott's Phased Re-Opening Plan, Restart Vermont. Effective Aug. 1, all Vermonters are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household. Read more about the governor's mask mandate here.
The Virtual Vermont section provides a cyber-tour of the state that can be enjoyed until it's time to visit the state in-person again.
The Travel Restrictions page provides the latest updates on regulations for travel to and within Vermont and find out what you need to know about Lodging and Accommodations in Vermont before making your plans.
The Outdoor Recreation section provides tips to recreate locally and stay safe outdoors during this public health emergency.
Recreate Responsibly is a newly formed coalition of nonprofits, outdoor businesses, and land managers developing and sharing best practices to protect each other and our natural landscapes: https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/
The National Ski Areas Association's "Ski Well, Be Well" campaign outlines best practices regarding the shared responsibility between visitors and ski areas to ensure the safest possible environment for skiing and riding and "be the reason we have a season": https://www.nsaa.org/SkiWellBeWell
Latest Ski Area Updates:
Golf and mountain biking operations are open to Vermont residents and out-of-staters in compliance with the state's health requirements.
The latest information on mountain biking operations and policies at Vermont ski areas can be found here: https://skivermont.com/mountain-biking-2020
An updated list of open golf courses at Vermont ski areas and their current policies and operating guidelines can be found here: https://skivermont.com/golf-operations-teeing-off-at-vermont-ski-areas-05-19-20
Other ski area updates and policies can be found on their individual websites:
Bolton Valley Resort: https://www.boltonvalley.com/health-safety/
Burke Mountain: https://skiburke.com/message
Okemo Mountain Resort: https://www.okemo.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/winter-experience.aspx
Smugglers' Notch Resort: https://www.smuggs.com/pages/universal/covid19-update.php
Stowe Mountain Resort: https://www.stowe.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/commitment-to-safety.aspx
Stratton Mountain Resort: https://www.stratton.com/the-mountain/safety-and-responsibility/play-safe-play-smart
Sugarbush Resort: https://www.sugarbush.com/plan/winter-operations/
Suicide Six: https://www.suicide6.com/