The annual ski pass is a great way for regular skiers and boarders to lower the cost of the lift tickets. Whether you decide to go for Epic, Ikon, Mountain Collective, or another local ski pass, even those on an outdoor vacation, snow can often ski a lot less with a pass than rely on Personal elevator tickets. At least that’s true in a world where it can’t translate with open skies.
Last year, many of the ski resorts in North America remained open until Memorial Day, with certain activities open until July 4th. Even resorts with a traditional close date are usually open. until around mid-April.
But this year, the ski resorts have been quick to switch from running normally to implementing some social out-of-focus strategy to close (potentially for the season) much earlier than expected.
A sudden end to the kid’s ski season
By March 13, Mammoth had planned to adjust operations by only letting teams know each other on the elevators, reducing the capacity of gondola boats, 6-foot hotel and restaurant table spreads, and increased hygiene standards. , among other changes.
Some ski towns in Colorado weren’t ready for coronavirus hotspots at the time. With the situation rapidly increasing in the United States, no question about mass ski resort closures is the right call. But the sudden shutdown means many people with slopes lose a significant amount of skiing each year in the spring.
Refunds, discounts, and future deals
Now, in May, the ski-clear blue skies complete the massive pass programs are impossible for those who see their ski days cut short this season – even for those with a Ski pass insurance plan number. According to some skiers on social media, at least some ski card insurance claims have been denied because the pandemic was not a widely insured reason for claims against that policy.
After shutting down lifts in 2020, most major resorts quickly announced reimbursement plans for people who bought equipment rentals, ski classes, and individual lift tickets for dates. in the future – but not for seasonal products.