Face masks will be required inside these popular ski resorts


STOWE, Vermont – Some of the country’s best-known ski resorts will require guests to hide inside this season.

Vail Hotels requires face coverings inside for all clients and employees of its properties, which include Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek in Colorado, Heavenly and Kirkwood in California, Park City in Utah and Vermont Stowe Mountain, among others.

In an email this week to season pass holders, Vail Resorts announced that those aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination when eating at indoor cafeteria-style restaurants on the mountain, but not at full-service restaurants. All Vail Resorts employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Unlike last year, skiers and riders will not have to book in advance, and the ski lifts and gondolas will operate at normal capacity.

“We are fortunate that the heart of our experience is taking place outdoors in vast mountain landscapes,” said Rob Katz, President and CEO of Vail, in a press release. “However, as we welcome guests from around the world to the indoor experience of our resorts, we believe it is important to do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

In addition to Stowe, VT, Vail owns the Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow and Mount Snow in West Dover.

Contribution: Eve Chen, USA TODAY

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