Glade Optics recently surveyed their customers to get an idea of what their expectations are for the upcoming 20/21 ski season given the current COVID-19 climate.
A handful of resorts reopened in May and June, and Timberline Lodge, OR are currently open, proving that it will be possible for resorts to turn their lifts in some manner. However, spring and summer skiing and crowds pale into insignificance when compared to a winter powder day over Christmas or President’s weekend. And Vail Resorts just closed two of their resorts in Australia amidst surging COVID-19 cases, so even if a season begins, it could just as easily end abruptly, again.
The results of their survey of 1,124 skiers are below.
- 69% of skiers/snowboarders believe that COVID-19 restrictions will negatively impact their ski season
- 36% of skiers/snowboarders are buying less gear
- 33% of skiers/snowboarders expect to travel less than usual
- 30% of skiers/snowboarders are less likely to buy a season pass
- 24% of skiers/snowboarders expect to ski/ride less than usual
A couple of these results stand out. Firstly, only 69% of people think that the season will be negatively impacted by COVID-19. That means that 31% of people think the season will be just like normal… really?
Secondly, with both the Ikon and Epic Pass and many independent resorts offering no questions asked refund policies for unused season passes, I’m not sure why almost a third of those surveyed are less likely to buy a season pass.
Finally, 36% of those surveyed are buying less gear, which contradicts retailers claiming a 40% sales increase over last year.
What are your thoughts about next winter? Are you one of the positive 31% that believe the ski season will operate like nothing happened?
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