Snow enthusiasts in Western New York -- Buffalo and Rochester -- have the luxury of being short drives away from great downhill skiing and snowboarding in our area. The Southtowns offers resorts such as Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley, Holimont, and Peek n' Peak.  Good news yesterday that Ski resorts in New York State will be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity starting Nov. 6, as announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on WIVB-TV during his Sunday afternoon press conference.

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There will of course be restrictions and limitations, for instance, masks will be required at all times except when eating and drinking or skiing.

Social distancing is a must between parties.

Gondolas and ski lifts will be limited to members of the same party, and we're told that ski lessons will be limited to a maximum of ten people at a time.

Resorts must reduce capacity by 25 percent during “peak” days, or if multiple trails are closed due to conditions.

Rented or shared equipment will have t;o be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Shuttles, food and beverage, and retail services must also conform to COVID-19 guidelines.

The Governor also used his press conference to publicize the idea of Skiing in New York State, saying we have some of the best skiing in the country and if you ski here you don't have to worry about quarantining, as you might if you ventured to other states.