Ski centres, patrons will have to adjust to the new reality of pandemic restrictions

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“Our sales have been good because people aren’t going to be travelling to the United States and we’ve had a bit of a real estate boom here,” Dufour said.

Charles Desourdy, the president of Ski Bromont, also reports strong season pass sales.

“We’ll be limiting the number of season passes we sell and we’re encouraging the baby boomers and other skiers who have time to ski during the week,” Desourdy said. “We’ve raised on prices on weekends and Christmas, high season.”

Desourdy said the green light for the winter season and government subsidies will allow him to keep his full-time employees on the payroll until the snow flies.

Social distancing will be enforced. Lift and gondola capacity will be reduced and there will be limits of the number of people allowed in chalets.

There will be further restrictions on visitors from red zones, which now includes an increasing portion of the province.

“They can only do the things they can do in the red zone,” Desourdy said. “They can’t go into the chalet, but they could go into the ski shop if stores are open in the red zone.”