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Bristol Mountain outlines COVID-19 safety guidelines for winter

Bristol Mountain is getting closer to opening.

However, things are going to look a little different this year, than in those past.

“Our top priority is the safety and health of our guests and staff.  Our Operating Plan follows New York State Guidance for Ski Facilities and is designed to minimize risk and enhance safety for guests and staff,” officials with Bristol noted ahead of the season’s start.

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Here’s the full-guidance published by Bristol Mountain

Daily Health Screening

Please review the following questions before coming to the Mountain:

  • Do you currently have signs or symptoms of a viral respiratory illness such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, irritated eyes, nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • Do you currently have a fever over 100.3 degrees F or have had one within the last 72 hours?
  • Have you had unexplained symptoms such as a loss of taste or smell, headache, body aches, fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 72 hours?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you knowingly been in close contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you traveled out of New York State to or from a noncontiguous state or CDC level 2 or level 3 country in the past 14 days and not tested-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine?
  • Are you currently required to quarantine or self-isolate by a health professional, government agency, or due to travel to a location requiring quarantine?

If you answer yes to any of these questions you may not come to the Mountain.

Reservations and Ticketing

We will be required to monitor and limit capacity on busy days or when we have limited terrain (i.e. early season).   Reservations will be required for our card products and lift ticket sales.  In order to avoid disappointment reservations are made in advance on our website. This will ensure upon your arrival the exchange of your voucher for the day’s ticket will be efficient and outdoors at our ticket windows.  Reservations, once they are made, cannot be changed within 7 days of your desired visit date. Reservations currently will not be required for our season pass products that allow direct- to-lift access (picture passes).

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required at all times when you are at the resort, unless you are:

  1. Actively skiing or snowboarding down the mountain and socially distant.
  2. Seated indoors eating or drinking.

Arrive prepared

This season please consider the use of your vehicle as your base lodge.  Boot up and leave your personal belongings in your vehicle.  While at your vehicle no tailgating or congregating.  No alcohol is permitted on the premises.

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Lift Operations

If you are in the same party/household/family you may ride on the same chair together.  Other parties will ride one person on the Sunset Double Chair and Rocket Triple Chair, or two people on the quads (Comet Express, Morning Star, and Galaxy Express) on opposite sides of the chair.  There will be a line set up in the maize for those who agree to ride in the quad chair together.  If you wish to ride alone, we ask you to ride the Rocket Triple or when it’s not operating access the Comet Express through the general line.

Physical Distancing at our Mountain

Please maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times whether on the slopes, in the lodges, or around the base area.


Our Lodges will be limited to 50% capacity this winter.  Therefore, we must limit your time in the lodges to 15-30 minutes to warm up, use the restrooms, etc.  In order to limit the time in the lodges no personal gear, bags, coolers or slow cookers, etc. will be allowed.  The lodges will not be available for putting on your boots.  Bag lunches will be permitted on the first floor of the Rocket Lodge, the Event Center, or the Sunset Deck.