Knowing new rules for the ski slopes this winter

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year of change. 
Dealing with the safety of guests and staff during a pandemic is a top priority of ski areas across Michigan as they begin to open. 
Indoor restrictions, face covering rules, new take-and-go dining options, new lift queue configurations, and social distancing rules are some of the changes that guests will find at ski areas across the state.
This season, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is urging skiers and riders to “know before you go,” by checking the website of the ski area you are planning to visit to familiarize yourself with their COVID-19 protocol.
“Some ski areas are going to contactless lift ticket sales, others are bringing in food trucks for outdoor dining, changing the rental department around to aid in social distancing and limiting class sizes for ski and snowboard lessons,” said Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman.
One rule that is consistent across all Michigan ski areas is the requirement to wear CDC-recommended face coverings, indoors and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. 
“The important thing to remember is that we are doing this for the well-being of our guests and our staff,” Kershner said. “We want everyone to be able to head out and enjoy the slopes safely.”

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