Montage Mountain preparing to open for the season

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Snowflakes are a sign of winter and that means ski resorts will be opening soon. But with that, comes preparations to get businesses ready under COVID-19 guidelines.

“We’re hoping for the best, we’re going to prep as if everything’s a go,” said Jeff Slivinski, Director of Marketing at Montage Mountain.

Before you know it, the ski slopes at Montage Mountain will be open for business for the winter season. Although with the coronavirus pandemic, Slivinski says they’ve been busy prepping more outdoor space for visitors.

“We’ve added a different area called Midland at Montage Mountain. That’s going to feature 25 fire pits, some outdoor seating areas, private tent rental and food and bar service.”

Montage Mountain tells Eyewitness News, with the additional outdoor seating, they’re hoping to limit the amount of people inside the lodge here for the season.

“We are going to limit capacity. We spread out the tables throughout the building and we’re going to limit table times, try to keep people moving in and out, give everybody a chance to warm up throughout the winter and throughout their day here at the resort,” Slivinski said.

Slivinski says food and beverage services, like the restaurant and cafeteria, will be open this season, but that comes with limited capacity too. And the resort says they will focus more on ‘to-go’ options.

“We aren’t taking reservations for skiing at this point. You can go online; it’s going to help the process getting out in the snow a little quicker. If you pre-purchase online, but we’re not going to limit anybody coming to the ticket window,” said Slivinski.

The resort says they will sanitize ski equipment and snow tubes every night. Montage Mountain officials say they do not have a specific opening date yet, as the weather plays a big role in the decision. However, they are hoping to be open by early December.

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