Opening and closing day were always special dates to mark on the calendar for the ski industry, but now with COVID-19, we’ve got a new one to celebrate: reopening day. A lucky few ski resorts in the United States have been able to resume resort operations due to flattening transmission curves and loosening health restrictions. Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in Bend, Oregon was one of them, and they were eager to reopen this past weekend after Deschutes county was given the go-ahead by Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a completely normal “opening.” Resort access was limited to only 500 season pass holders. Face masks and gloves were required for riding the lifts. No services were offered at the lodge except bathrooms, and guests were asked to eat lunch in their car. Only two lifts were running, and of course, six-feet social distancing guidelines were the norm on the slopes, the parking lot, and at the lift line. Mount Bachelor is only open for six more days, with the season coming to a close this Sunday. Despite the short window to ski again, many locals residents were just happy to be back on snow like the good ol' days.