Skiing in the COVID-19 era is going to require extra planning

By , KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much, even a trip to the local ski resort will require planning.

Don't leave the mask at home, as you'll need to wear one in line or heading into the restroom. Local mountains are trying to limit the number of people on site at any time, so don't expect to just throw your gear in the car and head off to the slopes. That's according to Gary Kline, director of marketing and guest services at Bear Creek in Macungie, Lehigh County.

"To buy a day ticket, you have to purchase it on our website in advance on a specific date," he explained.

"We will limit the amount of tickets that we make available, so we don't have overcrowding at the resort. We will also do that with our rentals as well, so we don't have overcrowding in the rental buildings."

Indoor dining won't be available until at least January 4, so you won't be able to eat your lunch indoors or warm up in the lodge.

"They have to come in for a grab-and-go, and then take it back outside," said Kline. "And we also have a food truck serving outdoors, as well as grilling on our deck."

Kline also asked that if customers want to ride the ski lift, they do so only with people they know, if possible.

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