Reservations, face masks, and vaccines may be required at some ski areas this winter.
Sunday, October 24, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Concerns about a fifth wave, variants, vaccine efficacy, therapeutics, booster shots, and vaccine mandates are swirling throughout New England as ski areas attempt to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape in preparation for the 2021-22 ski season.
Many ski areas have been able to relax policies in place during the 2020-21 season and are hopeful to have a return to normal with respect to capacities and mandates. However, in an extremely challenging labor market, prospective Federal vaccine mandates on companies with 100 employees or more may put New England ski areas in dire straits.
Though some New England ski areas have specifically eschewed vaccine mandates, Vail Resorts has announced vaccine mandates for all employees. In addition, Epic customers will have to provide proof-of-vaccination in order to eat at its indoor walk-up food establishments; sit-down restaurants remain vaccine-optional. No other ski areas have announced customer proof-of-vaccination requirements.
The charts below were compiled last week. Grey boxes represent that the ski area declined to comment or has not yet decided.