It seems almost obvious: Geared up with thick goggles and a face mask to protect your face, plus the natural distance skiers and snowboarders take up on the slopes, the winter sport of skiing is seeing a surge in searches and interest as we all look for safer ways to live our lives throughout the ongoing pandemic. “Now more than ever, we are all craving time outside, to forge a stronger connection with nature, and to create memories that will last a lifetime,” says James Schubauer, CEO of Bomber Ski, maker of fine, handcrafted skis. “Skiing always delivers the joy, the challenge, the feeling that you are doing the only thing that matters in that moment,” he adds.
Those willing to hit the slopes at this time will undoubtedly find that thrill, but they’ll also find a ski season landscape that looks a little different from years past. In the age of COVID-19, gone are the days of crowded dining halls and rager après parties where spraying Champagne is the norm. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re considering a ski trip this season, including where to go and what each destination is doing to keep you safe, plus some of the gear you should consider buying, too.