Hints Of The Coming Winter, Questions For You, Covid Fitness, Ski Canada And Covid.

Wow, turn around, and it’s the end of July, and August is upon us. Has Covid-19 accelerated the clock? It seems like we are rushing into fall.  And all the uncertainty that will bring.

One thing for certain, we know most people don’t like uncertainty, ambiguity, vagueness; we like the opposite much more: predictability, certainty, clarity.  Well, that ain’t happening these days, so we might as well get used to it, because it is definitely going to affect winter sports next winter.

Take Australia, for instance. It’s winter down there, and ski resorts began operating in late June, but a record high of 191 new coronavirus cases hit the state of Victoria on July 7, prompting Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews to revert to stage three restrictions, similar to stay-at-home orders issued in the United States this spring, for six weeks. In response, Vail Resorts, operator of Hotham and Falls Creek in Victoria, announced that it would suspend operations at the two resorts, according to a report in Powder Magazine.

Boom. Closed. At least for a while.

Mt. Hotham trails open report from the resort’s website. Owner Vail Resorts closed down the area after a spike in virus infections.

On the other hand, resorts in New Zealand are operating without the usual Covid restrictions, because the country locked down tight in late March, flattened the curve, and beat the virus. However, it’s a domestic crowd hitting The Remarkables and Mount Hutt, resulting in 50-80 percent of normal visitations. International visitors won’t be making the En-Zed scene this year due to travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, The Remarkables in Queenstown, NZ, are open to domestic visitors only. NZ locked down in late March and beat the virus. At least so far.

So, while US and Canadian resorts will be limiting visitor capacity, accepting only online reservations, practicing distancing on lifts and lift lines, frequently sanitizing facilities,  restricting food service and even terrain accessibility, if the virus peaks again regionally, some local resort owners could do what the Victoria areas did and shut down for some length of time.

That will leave winter sports lovers with some choices.  At SeniorsSkiing.com, we feel—based on our survey responses—that readers will either find somewhere else to go or start or re-introduce themselves to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat-biking, outdoor winter sports that may satisfy the need for cold weather activity. Should that future scenario unfold, SeniorsSkiing.com plans to help our readers make a transition to alternative winter sports with information resources and recommendations specifically for our senior readership.

Look for “Make More Tracks” coming up this fall.

This Week

Downtown Banff. Bike rental on Banff Ave. which was closed to traffic this summer for social distancing. Credit: SkiBig3

SeniorsSkiing.com correspondent Yvette Cardozo reports on preparations underway in some leading Canadian resorts, anticipating the US-Canada will be open by the beginning of ski season.  One thing is for sure, uncertainty is out there, but planning the details helps boost confidence in visitors.

Have you been keeping up with your Covid-era exercise and fitness program?  We ask that question in one of our Questions For You.  Also, SeniorsSkiing.com correspondent tells about what Covid has done for him, physical-fitness-wise.

We also have a question for you about our upcoming SeniorsSkiing.com Classified Ad section. We’d like your input on what categories you’d like to see and your impressions about carrying classified ads in our online magazine.

And finally, speaking of “Make More Tracks”, here’s  a GoPro promo video of a guy named Chuck Patterson skiing down some waves in Hawaii.  Perhaps we should all be learning to ski on water? Global warming? Eh?

Thanks for reading SeniorsSkiing.com.  Be safe out there. Wear a mask, wash your hands, distance.  And remember there are more of us every day and we aren’t going away.

 

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