Timberline has given 0 information on both their spring pass this year as well as if there will be a summer season. Instead they have postponed events as far out as Labor Day.
I really don’t get how Timberline could miss out on an entire summer season. I feel like a ton of money they get comes from summer ski/snowboard camps as Timberline has the longest ski season in the US that I know of.
I’ve read articles that say Timberline has laid off as many as 430 employees. What the status is with whether or not those people will be reemployed I don’t know.
But if the States are starting to relax lockdowns (MN opening golf courses, boating, Florida opening beaches, NY and NJ opening up more essential activities, Idaho and Wyoming possibly opening nonessential businesses next week) why wouldn’t Timberline be open for skiing/snowboarding starting at the end of May/beginning of June?
Plus, i haven’t read them myself, but i have heard people say that studies have came out that the virus dies a lot faster in a sunny, warm environment.
I mean they could keep certain social distancing aspects as well. Possibly only allow 2 people on the chairs up Palmer (if Palmer isn’t fucking broken :/) and Magic Mile , makin sure they sit on opposite end stage of each other. You could have mandatory masks still, besides a lot of people are wearing something over their faces anyway to prevent major sunburn. And you could keep social distancing in the lodge itself, similar precautions grocery stores are taking back (plastic guards over ticket attendants, cashiers, tape on the ground marking out 6 ft of distance between people, etc,.).
I feel like it could totally be possible to have a summer season still. Timberline and it’s customers just need to follow precautions and be smart. That’s going to be how it is with every business and public place for quite a while I’m assuming.