^Mad River Glen Single Chair. Photo: Matt Lorelli
The Vermont Ski Areas Association is claiming that Vermont ski areas lost close to $100 million this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That loss equates to $700 million total lost to the state’s economy when you include the impact on restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.
Vermont Ski Areas Association president Molly Mahar claims that day pass lift ticket sales were down 40%, lodging was down 60%, and food and beverage sales were down 70%.
You can read the full article from Boston.com here.
The decrease in overall business can undoubtedly be attributed to Vermont’s quarantine rules. These “strict” rules deterred Bostonians, New Yorkers, and others from traveling to Vermont this season.
^Mad River Glen. Photo: Matt Lorelli
That’s also why we saw ungodly lift lines at resorts in New Hampshire, New York, and other resorts across the Northeast.
The lasting impact on Vermont’s economy can’t be calculated just yet, but I imagine that the state is going to be feeling the pinch from the ’20-’21 season for years to come.
Here’s to hoping we never have another pandemic season again…
Featured Image: Smugglers’ Notch. Photo: Matt Lorelli