Skiing and COVID-19

We want to make sure all guests coming to Lake Rescue Chalet in winter know that there will be operational changes at local ski resorts to keep patrons safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will include socially distancing on the mountain, wearing a mask at all times (except while eating), making a reservation because crowds are being reduced, and more. It could impact your ski experience. We are not responsible for this.

Read the state of Vermont’s guidelines for ski areas operating during the pandemic.

Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo Mountain Resort, which is owned by Vail Resorts, has put protocols in place surrounding COVID-19 that could affect your skiing experience. Learn more.

Bruce Schmidt, Vice President and General Manager of Okemo Resort, during an interview on the TV program, Spotlight, aired on Okemo Valley TV recently, said safety is his prime concern. The mountain plans to open for the ski season just prior to Thanksgiving.

Changes that Okemo has introduced to deal with the impact of Covid-19 include:

All skiers and boarders will need to reserve dates they wish to ski.

Season passholders will be given preference over day skiers if the number of requests for a specific day exceeds the guidelines for people on the mountain.

Masks will also be required by all skiers and boarders while on the mountain or in its various facilities.

Use of the lift, depending on the width of the lift seat, will be reduced to comply with social distancing. However, family or friend groups will be permitted to use a single lift chair where feasible.

Okemo will still offer instruction and training classes. Class sizes will be reduced to comply with state requirements and social distancing. Additionally, certain types of classes may not be offered.

Mountain facilities, such as restaurants, lodges, and the Ice House, will be restricted to the number permitted by state regulations. The same will apply to the swimming pools and exercise facilities at the resort. The latter will also require advanced reservations.

The courtesy buses that Okemo uses to pickup skiers and boarders will continue to operate in the Ludlow area. They will, however, be restricted as to the number of people they carry by state regulations.

The ski patrol will continue to function as usual.

Early morning skiing prior to the mountain’s scheduled opening time will not be supported.

Currently, all Okemo employees are being tested daily before starting work following the resort’s Covid-19 protocol. If there is a surge of Covid-19 cases, the mountain will evaluate the situation to determine appropriate action.

More information on Okemo’s response to Covid-19 is available at its website.

Killington Mountain Resort

Killington Resort is also making a lot of changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including a later opening than usual, limited mountain capacity, mask requirements, required reservations, and no group lessons or childcare. This article in the Mountain Times explains it all.

Here is Killington’s website info about how COVID-19 is affecting its 20-21 winter operations.

Safety is our Priority!

We love our neighbors in the Okemo Valley, and although we want to encourage our guests to come here and enjoy all that our region has to offer, we don’t want to spread the virus or put anyone in harm’s way. If you don’t believe you can, or if you do not want to, adhere to the quarantine requirements or to the mountain resorts’ safety expectations, please postpone your visit to Lake Rescue Chalet until next year. Thank you for caring about our community.