On April 22, Mt Baldy ski resort in Southern California became the first ski area in North America to re-open after ski resorts began closing mid-March to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. After San Bernardino County leaders softened restrictions for several outdoor activities, the resort was able to re-open following a model “similar to how a golf course operates,” with groups of four people maximum allowed to "check-in" at ten-minute intervals.

All skiers are required to have a pre-booked 1 Day Alpine Lift Ticket (currently priced at $99) or a Mt. Baldy Season Pass to ensure that the resort will be operating at less than 10% of occupancy. Other precautions include requiring visitors to be experienced or advanced skiers and riders in order to avoid accidents, and wearing a mask or face covering at all times

A week later, Mt. Baldy tweeted the following update:


Mt. Baldy Tweet


You can read more about Mt. Baldy's COVID-19 social distancing guidelines here, and go deeper into their approach to reopening in this podcast here.