Skiing is innately socially distanced. After all, it's done in the open air—and this year, ski resorts around the United States are creating new protocols, such as limits on the numbers of passengers on each lift, designed to keep people even safer.
We're expecting better deals on lift tickets this season than we've seen in years, and foremost among the discounts so far is an offer from the 11 Gems resorts of Colorado. This consortium includes several lesser-known, affordable, but still challenging resorts such as Arapahoe Basin (pictured above), Granby Ranch, and Copper Mountain.
This year, the group's Gems Card, which costs $35, will give two-for-one skiing to couples as well as 30% off lift passes to solo schussers.
Since these resorts are already less expensive than big names like Vail and Aspen, this means a ski vacation this year could be quite affordable.
The holiday period (December 19–January 2, 2021) is blacked out, but for the rest of the season, these steep savings will be in play.
For more of the going deals and rules on the slopes this winter, see Alaska Airlines' promotion for free lift tickets and the special rules that have been set up this season for the Ikon Pass and Vail Resorts' Epic Pass.