North American resorts limit numbers on lifts and slopes

6th November 2020, by Dave Watts

Jackson Hole is limiting numbers riding its iconic cable car to a quarter of its normal capacity

Jackson Hole is limiting numbers riding its iconic cable car to a quarter of its normal capacity

Jackson Hole is one of my favourite ski resorts. The queues for its iconic ‘Tram’ (US-speak for cable car) are normally long because it whisks you quickly from resort level to the mountain summit (1260m vertical).

This year you can expect the queues (‘lines’ in US-speak) to be ginormous. As part of its Covid-19 precautions it is limiting the number of people on each ride up to 25, compared with the usual 100.

That typifies a huge difference in the attitudes of North American and European resorts to the numbers they are allowing on lifts.

Most North American resorts are cutting their lift capacities hugely (on chairlifts as well as enclosed lifts). Whereas most European resorts seem prepared to operate at full capacity – meaning you could be packed into a full gondola or cable car with strangers carrying The Virus.

Most North American resorts (including Jackson Hole) are also limiting the number of lift tickets sold for each day, so cutting down the number of skiers on the mountain.

I would certainly plump to ski in North America this season for Covid safety reasons. Except UK residents are not allowed in to either US or Canada at the moment. And getting there would mean spending 8 hours on a plane. Catch 22.

Of course, we are not allowed to leave the UK at the moment either. But we hope that will change from 2 December.

Fun times!



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