Last week FIS cancelled the World Cup Finals scheduled for Cortina Italy
Yesterday Italy announced that all ski areas would be closed for the foreseeable future possibly thru the end of the season. The concern was that the people of Milan that was on quarantine with schools and businesses closed would drive up and go skiing instead of staying in the city.
I noticed yesterday that the crowds at WF were extremely small for a weekend. I walked onto the gondi with no line at all at one point. I dont know if the virus had any impact on that - is anyone avoiding skiing for that reason? I did want to attend a concert last week in a very small venue in Saranac Lake and decided to not go. I think they are calling this social distancing.
I would think that the odds of catching the virus outside in the cold and wind is extremely remote so skiing and riding chairs is probably as safe as an activity as we can get. I'm thinking of maybe skipping the Gondi though and spending as little time as possible in the lodges which really fits how i ski and use the mt anyway particularly without Midstation Lodge this year. I typically like to ski thru lunch, eat some energy snacks and carry a bottle of water and go home at 2 or 2:30. Right now i have no issue with only 6 in a Gondi and maybe they should even go to 4 in a car.
I do have planned a week at Alta / Snowbird with my son for mid April so i hope we can still make that trip. There are only so many times while i ski well enough to sort of keep up with him i will get to do that with him so i really dont want to cancel that trip. We may decide to avoid the Tram though since you are packed into that thing.
I hope that our area can avoid an outbreak but the reality and odds are that it will reach the Daks eventually. We are a month away from the end of the season and mud season when the tourists stop coming up here so maybe we have a chance to avoid it. The key is if people are sick to stay home and wash your hands alot. i put a small bottle of purell in my jacket this weekend as well.
As for WF this weekend....on Sunday at 11:00 the gondola had a typical 7-10 minute wait and was walk on at 1:30. Saturday the gondola lines were a little “longer”, but not much. That’s pretty normal for a March/non-holiday weekend, in my experience. The crowd seemed typical. Trying to suggest/imply a connection between this weekend’s crowd at WF and COVID-19 is just feeding the fear IMHO, (not that people shouldn’t have a healthy fear).
not trying to stoke fear just wondering what people are thinking - I think it way safer to be outside than inside
The gondi was having mechanical issues mid day - i was stuck on it without moving for around 15 mins around noonish which built the line though i gave up on it at that point. around 10 am i literally walked onto it with as if it was a Tuesday which i cant ever remember happening on a weekend and this was a Canadian Holiday weekend to boot.
I also hit the LPBP around 2:30 or 3pm and there were only me and 2 others sitting at the bar which on a Sunday afternoon never happens this time of year.
thanks for the data point on main street traffic - that is a good one as sometimes with LP there is some big event in town that takes up all the beds and limits ski traffic. I was not aware of anything going on but if town is busy particularly on Main Street we have tourists here. Smoke Signals, Emma's and LP Ski and Board are the only place that make me venture onto Main and i never do it on a weekend if i can avoid it. Main Street typically is avoided by locals.
as far as travel goes I'm finding it difficult to schedule customer visits currently. I am going to travel to FL in April for a meeting and plan to do my Utah trip mid April. Domestic travel is fine but there is no way i would get on a cruise ship - we made my in laws cancel their cruise they had booked.
Where and when are you going to Utah? Should be outstanding spring skiing with the snow pack that they have.
From what I've read flu viruses are able to stay aloft in the air longer in cold and dry environments, hence why flu season is in the winter. Ski mountains are perfect places to spread it around.
That being said, unless your elderly or already have some underlying medical issues the chances of you becoming severely ill from it are highly unlikely. Most people probably won't even know they had it. I'm no expert at any of this, but there's no way a sizable portion of NYC's population hasn't already been exposed to it given the massively over burdened state of our mass transit systems.
I myself had a sore throat last week. Corona Virus? Definitely possible.
If I had money right now I'd be going massively long on the stock market.
There's someone in our local hospital who's quarantined to make sure they don't have the corona virus. My wife (who's a nurse at said hospital) and I were out to dinner Saturday, you can't even imagine how this "news" has been twisted around into mostly false information. Certainly MSM is the biggest culprit, but common America, wash your friggn hands!