Be the reason we have a season! 

Ski Well, Be Well Let's work together to ski and ride safely

Ski Well, Be Well  can keep us healthy on the slopes

Your health and safety, and that of all our guests, employees and communities, is what we value most, and is the guiding influence for these best practices. The National Ski Areas Association supports a thoughtful return to outdoor winter recreation. An advisory group of ski industry leaders developed the Ski Well, Be Well operational best practices based on scientific guidelines from experts. These practices can be adapted to each ski area's unique operation, and can be scaled according to the appropriate local COVID-19 response.

Read the Document      For Ski Areas      For Skiers and Riders

Ski areas value your health and safety

Face coverings must be worn whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Ski areas have hundreds of acres of open terrain for recreation.


Physical distancing protocols will be in place for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Ski areas will conduct daily employee wellness checks and have protocols for those exhibiting symptoms.

Ski area staff commit to increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.

Ski lifts provide constant airflow and can be loaded to allow for physical distancing.

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Health and Wellness

Outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, is proven to improve mental and physical health of participants. “Research is showing that being outside in a mountain environment can boost our immune systems as well as our mental health and well-being,” says Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Can Make us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Here's what you can do to save our season

The social contract of skiing and snowboarding requires that you take precautions to protect yourself and others, both on and off the slopes.

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Tips for a successful ski experience

  • Know before you go. Make sure to do your research so you know what to expect when you arrive. Ski areas will keep their websites and other communications channels updated with info about parking, reservations, lessons, available amenities and mask requirements.
  • Stay home if you are or could be sick... even if it is a powder day. It stinks to miss a day of skiing, but it's worse to miss an entire season. Assess your health before you go to the mountain. Ski area employees take daily wellness checks and have to stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. We all need to stay healthy to stay skiing and riding!
  • Ski or ride mid-week. Weekends and holidays are generally the busiest times on the slopes. Try skiing mid-week for a more distanced experience with fewer people. 
  • Be flexible. Local and state public health regulations can change rapidly, and ski areas will comply with those regulations.
  • Wear a mask and adhere to all physical distancing requirements. We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and each other this season and every season. Plus, ski areas have to follow certain rules to stay open. So, bring a mask, keep it up over your nose, and let's work together to be the reason we have a season!
 Want to know what's required of you at your local ski area? You can find COVID information for your ski area by state, ownership group or pass type.

Ski Area COVID Info

The following associations and businesses have advised the creation of this document and endorse its contents:

National Ski Areas Association NSAA Board of Directors Alterra Mountain Company Boyne Resorts POWDR Vail Resorts, Inc. 
Colorado Ski Country USA Connecticut Ski Areas Association Idaho Ski Areas Association  Intermountain Ski Areas Association  Massachusetts Ski Areas Association  Michigan Snowsports Industries Association 
Midwest Ski Areas Association  Minnesota Ski Areas Association  Montana Ski Areas Association  North Carolina Ski Areas Association  Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association 
Ski Areas of New York  Ski California  Ski Maine  Ski New Hampshire  Ski New Mexico  Ski Utah 
Southeastern Ski Areas Association  Vermont Ski Areas Association  West Virginia Ski Areas Association  Wisconsin Ski Areas Association  Professional Ski Instructors of America  American Association of Snowboard Instructors 
National Ski Patrol  Snowsports Industries America  U.S. Ski and Snowboard