Ski resorts soon may open to half-capacity

Jon Campbell
New York State Team

ALBANY — Ski slopes in New York will be allowed to open with significant COVID-19 restrictions in place beginning Nov. 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Oct. 18.

Monica Ramirez-Spear, of Sodus-Williamson during the Section V girl's alpine championship at Bristol Mountain.

The Democratic governor said he will permit ski resorts to welcome 50% of their usual capacity when they reopen their doors, while skiers will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Ski lift chairs and gondola carts will be limited to members of the same party, while individual ski lessons will be capped at no more than 10 people, Cuomo said.

"You have to socially distance when you ski," Cuomo said during a coronavirus briefing.

Ski resorts will also be required to reduce their allowable capacity on the mountains by 25% on days with peak attendance, or on days where multiple trails are closed due to conditions, according to the state.

Cuomo encouraged New York skiers to remain in the state this year. If they travel to Colorado, Wyoming or some other states known for their ski slopes, they will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return under the state's COVID-19 travel advisory.

"If you ski in New York, not only do you have the best skiing in the United States, but you don't have to quarantine when you come back," Cuomo said. "Go ski in these other states, then you have to quarantine for 14 days."