Best practices for low risk recreation


Ski Well, Be Well  can help us get back to the slopes

The National Ski Areas Association supports a thoughtful return to outdoor winter recreation. An advisory group of ski industry leaders developed the Ski Well, Be Well operational best practices based on scientific guidelines from experts. These practices can be adapted to each ski area's unique operation, and can be scaled according to the appropriate local COVID-19 response.

Your health and safety, and that of all our guests, employees and communities, is what we value most, and is the guiding influence for these best practices.

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What we're doing to promote your health and safety

Face coverings must be worn whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Ski areas have hundreds of acres of open terrain for recreation.


Physical distancing protocols will be in place for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Ski areas will conduct daily employee wellness checks and have protocols for those exhibiting symptoms.

Ski area staff commit to increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.

Ski lifts provide constant airflow and can be loaded to allow for physical distancing.

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Health and Wellness

Outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, is proven to improve mental and physical health of participants. “Research is showing that being outside in a mountain environment can boost our immune systems as well as our mental health and well-being,” says Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Can Make us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Here's what you can do to protect our community

Part of the social contract of skiing and snowboarding requires that you take precautions to protect yourself and others.

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The following associations and businesses have advised the creation of this document and endorse its contents:

National Ski Areas Association NSAA Board of Directors Alterra Mountain Company Boyne Resorts POWDR Vail Resorts, Inc. 
Colorado Ski Country USA Connecticut Ski Areas Association Idaho Ski Areas Association  Intermountain Ski Areas Association  Massachusetts Ski Areas Association  Michigan Snowsports Industries Association 
Midwest Ski Areas Association  Minnesota Ski Areas Association  Montana Ski Areas Association  North Carolina Ski Areas Association  Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association 
Ski Areas of New York  Ski California  Ski Maine  Ski New Hampshire  Ski New Mexico  Ski Utah 
Southeastern Ski Areas Association  Vermont Ski Areas Association  West Virginia Ski Areas Association  Wisconsin Ski Areas Association  Professional Ski Instructors of America  American Association of Snowboard Instructors 
National Ski Patrol  Snowsports Industries America  U.S. Ski and Snowboard