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There’s a reason why Park City, UT was chosen to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. With its excellent location and top-notch slopes, it counts among the best ski destinations in the world.

Now that the winter season is fast approaching, tourists are once again expected to flock to the area. Given the current pandemic, however, how are ski resorts adapting their operations in line with the new realities we face?

General health precautions

As with any business, ski resorts have implemented standard health guidelines stipulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Primary among these is the wearing of masks in all public spaces, including at tram lifts, restaurants, and amenities. Likewise, people are required to maintain proper social distancing and floor markings have been installed to reinforce this. To encourage proper hand hygiene, guests can expect to encounter sanitation stations throughout the resort premises.

Safety starts with employees

The staff plays a key role in ensuring the safety of guests. As such, many ski resorts are observing the following protocols

  • Employee health checks
    Resort staff undergo temperature checks before starting their shifts to rule out a fever, one of the main symptoms of COVID-19. Workers who exhibit COVID-like symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell are not allowed to report to work, but are instead directed to rest at home and observe their condition.
  • Work from home
    Where possible, employees with administrative functions in HR, accounting, and IT are advised to work from home to minimize the number of employees physically present at the resort. As such, only critical on-ground staff such as the service crew, housekeeping, and maintenance is at the premises.

Sanitation is key

The novel coronavirus is primarily transmitted through infectious droplets. However, the virus is also known to survive on hard surfaces for up to several days.

In light of this, frequent sanitation has become standard operating procedure in ski resorts. High-touch surfaces, along with frequently used amenities, are regularly cleaned throughout the day

For instance, tram lifts are cleaned immediately after use, while oft-touched surfaces such as doorknobs and faucet taps are frequently sanitized.

Minimizing risk through operational tweaks

While many ski resorts will open for winter, their operations will be slightly different from what regulars have become accustomed to. Guests can expect the following changes:

  • Limited operating hours and guests
    Tram lifts, restaurants, and amenities will all have shorter operating hours. Similarly, the number of people served will also be reduced as gatherings beyond prescribed numbers are discouraged. To compensate, resorts will allow guests to book amenities and services ahead of time.
  • Minimizing physical contact
    When you walk up to the concierge, you may encounter an acrylic barrier between you and the resort staff. Similarly, a few dining establishments may encourage the use of contactless payment via mobile wallets such as Apple Pay or Google Pay.

As long as guests follow these safety measures, they can have a splendid time at ski resorts during the winter season.

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