Mt Baldy, first American Ski Resort to open after COVID19, a social experiment?
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I do hope that it works! Mt Baldy has just reopened operations, only for experienced skiers and boarders that have their own equipment. This is not the time to learn how to ski or board, not use the tubing park!
Maximum of four people will be able to check in every 10 minutes and they have to pre-arrange their time to arrival. Only season passes and one day lift tickets will be able to come. Cars need to be parked with three parking slots between them in the parking lot, if not they will be towed. There will not be so many customer relations personnel on ground, but some will be directing the parking. If people arrive prior to their time slot, they’ll need to stay put in their car until their time is due.
The cafeteria will not be open on the top of the mountain, but some refreshments will be available at the bottom of Lift 3, Thunder Mountain.
The lifts in Mt Baldy are doubles, so they are asking people to ride the chairlifts on their own, and only ride with someone else if is living with you. Toilets will only be available at the base area and on the top of the mountain and being cleaned more than regularly. The resort is asking people to try to do their necessities prior to coming to the mountain. For me not having a toilet would be a problem, but if there are forests around, that would suffice! (at least for number 1!)
The resort is also asking for those feeling a bit bad, not to come. The only problem I see with this are those asymptomatic, and I feel for those lefties working out there. The pistes are not groomed, and the resort is asking people to ski or ride within their ability, as if they get hurt, they will be putting those patrol rescuing them at risk.
I do hope this works out and people stand on lift lines with the 10 feet apart they are asked (about 3 meters), so the operation can go smoothly, and people are safe. We’ll have to watch and see. Other resorts in California are not opening yet, and some said they are already shut for the season. It is to see what happens with those resorts with long seasons, such as Mammoth. I am keen to see how this pans out; it might be the model for this next season? At least there will be less people skiing, so that will make it safer on itself!
More information on Mt Baldy here.
Now is not the time to travel as travel is restricted due to Covid19, but eventually we’ll get out of this and come back to a normality, or a ‘new normal’.
But you can start dreaming now, why not? That is one of the greatest parts of planning a trip! Where to stay if visiting Mt Baldy?
You can search for your own accommodation in the snow for your next ski holiday through our Accommodation Search tab. Or if looking to stay in the heart of the Mont Blanc Valley in the Aosta Valley, check Il Coure della Valdigne review here. This is our own family home in the mountains, that I am renting out when not using, you can always write me a private message if interested to firstname.lastname@example.org
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You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab. Or how to pack for your family ski trip. If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains. If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America. You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.
Featured Image: A skier enjoying the fresh powder at Mt Baldy. Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan. Unsplash. Mt Baldy, first American Ski Resort to open after COVID19, a social experiment?