Resort Travel & Leisure Initiative: COVID-19 Risk Management Considerations for Ski Resorts and Surrounding Communities

Posted on Behalf of  Daniel Lauer, Becca Brewster

“Safety on the Slopes” has taken on a whole new meaning this season. As domestic and international resort operators have learned, meeting visitor expectations for a memorable experience while also ensuring robust health and safety protection protocols has become a considerable challenge. In the absence of industry-wide standards, resorts and associated municipalities have adopted varying approaches to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, creating inconsistencies and potential risk management vulnerabilities. As the industry seeks to build and maintain customer confidence regarding health and safety, developing a comprehensive, yet flexible, health and safety plan is paramount. A plan that includes infection control principles can help reduce risk for the business and visitors alike, and offer advance preparation for the next public health challenge.  

Effective planning and preparedness can reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and help prevent future disease outbreaks in the workplace and surrounding communities. Ski resorts and destination communities present several unique challenges in terms of developing and implementing robust infection control plans. Using real-time scientific review and multi-layered risk management approaches, however, can help these sectors successfully meet these challenges. Strong health protection planning and response is critical for maintaining visitor confidence, protecting health, and ensuring business operation continuity now, as well as in the future. 

For more information on how our scientific team can help, please see our COVID-19 Risk Management Considerations for Ski Resorts and Surrounding Communities White Paper, available here

 Our team has been actively responding to client needs across the globe and supporting a variety of businesses and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our capabilities include providing expert disease control advice, risk assessments, COVID-19 protocols, communication guidelines, education and training, and travel guidance.  


Cardno ChemRisk is experienced in developing and assisting with COVID-19 risk management and response plans for a variety of industries (e.g., media and television, food and beverage manufacturers, construction, and retailers). To learn more about how Cardno ChemRisk can support your business, please contact Tony Cappello or Justine Parker, or visit our website.