Welcome to our new reality where many experiences won't be the same as before C19. Skiing has always been fairly social out of the very nature of getting on a hill and personal safety. Skiing is safer if someone is with you. Now everyone will be wearing balaclavas and getting reservations for lift access.I was blown away by hearing and reading about what restaurants are doing to accommodate diners in the first winter of Covid. I am a Mammoth person,but I also like Tahoe,Utah and Colorado..I dream to ski Idaho this year or British Columbia if one of my lotto tickets pays out..
I just can't wrap my head around how ski lodge dining will work. For the most part the places I go to have huge halls w picnic tables and speed lines for sandwiches,pizza, burger,fast food..outside massive racks to ditch your skis and poles and down some food and drink..w a complete random availability of seating,when somebody stands up after finishing,someone else sits down to start eating..who you are sitting with is insignificant in my experience..
The stuff I am hearing about is personal igloos ,yurts and rooms within restaurants w doors to isolate you from other guests..all this sounds beyond depressing to me because people watching is an absolute favorite of mine during ski outings..not looking forward to looking at myself in a tent or yurt..
Canada and Utah were on my agenda last year and the shutdown was very disappointing. Fortunately for most of us, cycling is an outlet but racing is a no-go in the US and likely will be shut down for part of 2021. We will be whining a-plenty and hope all here that miss the outdoors/indoors can hold on until a solution emerges. At least we can get some therapy discussing this together, yes?