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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    If you want to revisit those days, feel free to visit Wyoming. I blinked a few times before answering when asked "Smoking or non?" going in to a restaurant there a couple years ago.
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    Hopefully true in general, but it doesn't help the particular case I'm thinking of...the restaurant has a deck next to the sidewalk but several feet up, so the diners are actually above head level on the sidewalk.
  3. K

    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    Maybe I'm the only one, but I take a deep breath before walking by the outdoor dining next to the sidewalk on our normal dog-walking route so I can exhale until I'm at least a bit (hopefully more than six feet) past it.
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    We try, and try again, but they keep inventing better idiots. I worry more about spending time in the house with cousin Kathy who works at a nursing home; it's one thing for the stupidity to prune your own family tree, it's another when it starts spreading. I'd bet that a significant portion of...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    Montana vs Wyoming would only be a good comparison if people were complying with the Montana mandate. From what I've seen on Facebook, many aren't. Likewise, the Dakotas would probably make a good case study now that one of the two has a mask mandate, but that only works if people are complying...
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    ...plus the mask mandates thus far have all come when the solid waste was already headed towards the fan. With the significant window for pre-symptomatic transmission and the relatively high infection rate of Covid-19, it's very hard to tell at that point if regulations are having an immediate...
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    Powder Magazine gone ..for now

    One of many advertising-supported industries where if you're not paying for the product, you are the product. If you want kick-ass ski photography and ski writing, check out The Ski Journal. The subscription isn't cheap, but that's because you are the customer, not the product (and it's a...
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    Maine reimposes quarantine, COVID-19 test requirements on visitors from Massachusetts

    That's the second time, months apart, that i've seen such a citation reported in an online forum, yet I've seen zero media reports. I just find that curious because if the goal is to get people to obey the regulations, wouldn't putting out a press release about the number of citations (and total...
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    Even with emergency powers, closing interstate travel would have to pass a pretty damn high bar for constitutional muster. Now, regulating what people do in your state after coming in from another state (e.g. requiring a 14-day quarantine without contact with any other humans) is much more...
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    Health inspectors. If you want to read about the enforcement mechanisms as applied to businesses, read up on the Sunday River Brewing Co saga. I haven't heard of any enforcement against individuals on masking / social distancing, just third-hand reports of travel-restriction enforcement that I...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    Does that mean that they can't ski the Sunshine Village terrain in BC?
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    The Vermont rules do not have an exemption for essential shopping or medical visits during the quarantine period. Going outside is "okay as long as you are completely alone." See also...
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    Driving while wearing your ski boots

    A friend and I were enjoying slack-season turns on Mt. Washington and had a few moments of panic that her Subaru wouldn't start, until we realized that the duckbill on my boot was preventing me from getting the clutch all the way in. Driving it was easy enough once we figured that out.
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    Driving while wearing your ski boots

    An automatic transmission helps, but it's entirely possible to operate a clutch with at least some boots. I don't think I'd want to try in a true race boot, but driving a five-speed XTerra in AT or tele boots was no trouble so long as I made sure the toe and instep buckles were at least lightly...
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    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Kindly don't Pennsylvania Vermont. Vermont has (state) constitutional protection for the right to hunt, and the history to go with that. Hunters are required to vacate a property if asked to do so by the owner, and—as has been said—it sure seems like more are respectful than not. For those of...
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    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Wasn't there a trail pod proposed up there many years ago, and some stuff cut? I seem to recall seeing it on old orthoimagery and then trying to follow it. In hindsight, it would have been a better idea to avoid the old cut, because it had grown in thicker than the surrounding (and more mature)...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    The right to travel, like most rights, is not absolute. Try riding a motorcycle from New Hampshire through to Jersey without a helmet or riding a horse on I-91 from Vermont into New Hampshire and see how that goes. Plus, the Vermont guidelines do not prohibit anyone from going to (or from)...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    Circumstances play a role, but I think it's hard to think that the different anti-Covid regulatory environments in Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas versus New England aren't a significant part of the different results now. I'm worried that a lot of the "I won't fear the virus" mentality that is...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    I think we're going to see a lot of pent-up demand early in the season, dropping off as people who come for the whole "resort experience" realize that while the skiing hasn't changed much, the rest of the experience has. I wouldn't be surprised to see higher traffic levels on nicer weekends in...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    Given the results when I tried riding a unicycle in normal footwear, I definitely wouldn't want to try in ski boots. Motorcycle? Yes, for short distances (2-3 miles). Much longer than that and it's worth the time to change in and out of proper motorcycle boots. One of the guys I worked with at...
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