What to expect on the slopes this season

The health and safety of our guests, employees and communities, is what we value most. Ski areas are entering the 2021-22 winter season with varying public health regulations and protocols. NSAA wants everyone to have a day on the slopes worth repeating, and this season we ask that you "Know Before You Go." Here, you'll find tips and ideas of what you might encounter at U.S. ski areas this season.

NSAA Member Ski Areas: Click here  for additional communications resources.

Outdoor Operations

This season, outdoor operations will look much like they did prior to the pandemic.

  • Chairlifts will most likely be loaded to capacity
  • Unrelated parties will be able to ride the lift together
  • Some enclosed carriers like gondolas and trams may have capacity restrictions
  • Masks will most likely be optional outside
  • You can expect standard organization of lift lines, with no "ghost" lanes
  • Please wear a mask if you are high-risk or if you feel uncomfortable

Indoor Operations

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This season, indoor operations will vary depending on the ski area.

  • Ski areas will follow all state and local public health regulations; in some cases, ski areas may have stricter protocols in place
  • Protocols are subject to change throughout the season
  • Please follow all signage and requirements


  • Ski areas may ask guests to wear masks indoors
  • Masks may be required for children who are too young to be vaccinated
  • If you wear a mask, make sure it is two layers of fabric and fits over your nose and mouth


While some ski areas are requiring vaccination for their employees, there are a handful requiring vaccinations for guests in specific areas of the ski area operation. Be sure to look at a ski area's website, social media or email marketing, or call ahead so you are prepared to show proof of vaccination.

skier in a virtuvian man poseSki Season Pro Tips

  • KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Staying informed and being flexible are key this season!
  • Keep a mask in your pocket - you'll always be prepared if you need one
  • Throw a mask in your kid's pocket, too!
  • Carry proof of vaccination in case a business, event or venue requires it
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    Ski Area Resources

    NSAA Member Ski Areas: You can find artwork and branding elements to communicate your operating protocols for this season. We also have signage templates, and will include any updates from federal agencies on requirements for guests and/or employees.

    Ski Area Resources