COVID-19 TACTICS IN WINTERSPORTS: SOCIAL DISTANCING MADE EASY


              Just like avalanches the Corona virus is an invisible threat. As freeriders we are used to such an invisible danger and with the right actions you can significantly reduce the risks. Just like checking your local avalanche bulletin you can check the local Corona data. Below you'll find some handy tips and tricks to get the most out of your winter and not bringing yourself or other unessecary in risk.
                To get the most out of your trip

      • Splitboarding is the answer: no busy lift lines, no gondolas, overcrowded restaurants and large groups waiting for buses etc. Splitboarding and or snowshoeing is the answer in most cases. Earn those turns and stay healthy.
      • Travel by campervan: create your own social bubble and safe spot by traveling by campervan. 
      • Know Before You Go: Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities and take a test when possible just before leaving. Better safe than sorry. 
      • Stay home when feeling sick: Do you have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19? Please stay home and away from other people, get yourself tested and go in quarantine. Winter ain't over yet.
      • Keep a safe distance: On our way up and down in the backcountry we are used to keep some safe distance. So nothing new for us. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 1.5 meters away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. 
      • Six is a crowd: avoid crowded places and gatherings (for example lift lines, après ski bars, busy restaurants)  where it may be difficult to stay at least 1.5 meters away from others who are not from your household. 
      • Avoid gondolas: when you are in need of a ski lift going up, make sure to avoid gondolas.
      • Avoid peak season and weekends: Christmas and February are the peak periods during winter.  Just as the weekends in March. Avoid these to find some solitude.
      • Book last minute: book as late as possible to chase the best powder and avoid closed areas. 
      • Support local: Covid will affect local communities. Book your bed directly through the owner. Just give him a call. It makes your trip more personal and they don't have to pay a huge affiliate fee to an internetbroker.
      • Go for the smaller resorts: 80% of the wintersporters go to 15% of the resorts which means there will be a lot of people. Smaller resorts without gondolas aren't built for large groups. And at the end it's all about statistics: less people, means less contact.
      • Less sharing is caring ;) We know it. The algorithms of the social platforms have been so refined that they will encourage you to share your precious moments. Sharing is caring they say. But in cover times that means that hordes may find their way to your secret spot. 
      • No good snow? Better don't go! Why spend your precious time and money on trips that will not fulfill your dreams? Better wait for new storms. Better for you and for the climate.