Safe Skiing

Safe Skiing

Key takeaways from the latest press release issued by Vail Resorts (Northstar is our local resort): 

· Face coverings are required in all parts of the resort – lift lines, riding in lifts and gondolas

· Physical distancing protocols will be evident on chairlifts and gondolas 

· The Ski & Ride School + on-mountain dining will be open

· Reservations are required 

· Opening date: Nov. 20, 2020

Official Statement from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team is hard at work prepping for the 20/21 winter season. Our scheduled opening date is Wednesday, November 25th, pending weather and conditions. At this time, we are planning for the winter ski and snowboard season with some potential modifications that promote social distancing, enhanced disinfection efforts in key areas, and modified employee and guest guidelines to address things like face coverings, distance, and other necessary COVID-19 mitigations. We are optimistic that outdoor mountain recreation will continue to be an accepted outlet for fun, fitness and mental health. All operations will meet applicable guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of California and Placer County Health.

“Our team is doing everything we need to do to be ready to offer skiing and riding for the upcoming winter season,” says Ron Cohen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. We are planning for a dynamic environment, building a full set of tools to be able to best respond to whatever comes our way, so that we can continue to offer outdoor recreation to all of our dedicated skiers and riders.”

In light of any potential uncertainty, Ikon Pass and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows have taken steps to alleviate concerns related to pass, vacation and other product purchases by instituting policies that remove risk. Every 20/21 Ikon Pass purchase includes “Adventure Assurance” that allows you to defer the use of your pass for any reason. For lift tickets, stays at The Village at Squaw Valley, ski teams, lessons and more, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offers a “Worry-Free Guarantee” allowing you to plan your season with confidence with full refund options.

Statement from Sugar Bowl & Royal Gorge:

We are eagerly awaiting winters’ arrival and anxious to reopen, getting our community back onto the snow. Our top priority is our guests’ and employees’ safety, so we have spent the past several months deeply focused on developing a responsible operating plan for the upcoming winter season. There are some guiding principles we’re following to ensure the health and safety of our winter visitors while also providing for fun, outdoor recreation opportunities in this unique COVID-19 era.

First, our plan assumes that current California Stage 2 regulations will continue through, at least, the start of the 2020/2021 winter season. But as we’ve all experienced, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.. Fortunately, Sugar Bowl is an independent resort and, as such, we are nimble and well-positioned to adapt. As rules and regulations change, we can quickly pivot to incorporate new guidelines and adjust our strategy.

Our plan also includes significant investments to improve the experience for our guests – including the installation of radio-frequency (RFID) access gates at all of our primary chairlifts. These scanning gates, in combination with new self-service pick-up stations and contactless payment options, will allow for a touchless ski and snowboard experience. 

Other significant measures will be implemented this season, including capping the number of season passes we will sell this season – in addition to limiting the number of daily ticket sales.  All lift tickets, lessons and rentals will require advance purchase reservations.  By requiring advanced reservations, we will be better prepared to manage the flow of guests from arrival to departure plus conduct contract tracing if needed by obtaining the contact information for each guest.

Finally, we must all understand that this winter season will be different than in years past. Many of our standard operating practices will change.  Some changes will include offering outdoor-dining only and limiting indoor access for warming, along with facemask and social distancing requirements. Despite the many unpredictable impacts of COVID-19, Sugar Bowl remains committed to offering memorable winter experiences while keeping health and safety the top priority for our guests and staff. 

Information from Diamond Peak 

Diamond Peak hopes to operate as close to normal as possible, with several new protocols and safety measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our guests, our employees, and our community.

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