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This summer, we can stay safe together

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. The National Ski Areas Association wants to see a strong summer season, with guests able to enjoy the outdoors while also protecting themselves against COVID-19. You may encounter different protocols at ski areas this year; some protocols may even vary within the same state. These best practices may vary at each ski area due to their unique operation and/or local regulations.

For Ski Areas 

You may see the following protocols in effect at ski areas this summer

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


Employee training, vaccinations and wellness checks are a top priority

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

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


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.

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 keep summer safe

Tips for a successful outdoor recreation experience

  • Know before you go. Do your research so you know what to expect when you arrive. Ski areas will keep their websites and other communications channels updated with info about parking, reservations, available amenities and mask requirements.
  • Stay home if you are or could be sick. Assess your health before you go to the mountain so you don't expose others - even if you are vaccinated.
  • Recreate mid-week and non-holidays. Going to the mountains during non-peak times can help you stay distanced from others. 
  • Be flexible. Local and state public health regulations can change rapidly, and ski areas will comply with those regulations.
  • Wear a mask and adhere to all physical distancing requirements. We all have a responsibility to protect each other this summer, and businesses have to follow rules to stay open.