2020/2021 Ski Season Guide

Dates, details and COVID-19 operational impacts

The countdown to ski season has begun and we can’t wait to welcome you to our homes this winter! Many of the ski resorts have created their winter operating plans for the upcoming season, which emphasize safety and social distancing. For your convenience, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to the 2020/2021 ski season, including safety protocols, opening dates, pass deadlines, and more.

Park City

Updated: October 02nd, 2020

Park City

Pass Purchase Deadline

November 20th, 2020

Opening Date: Epic Passholders – November 20th
Single Ticket holders – December 8th
Closing Date: April 19, 2021

Reservation Process

https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx
For increased guest safety, Vail will be implementing a new mountain access reservation system for the 2020/21 season, which will require you to reserve your ski dates in advance.
You will be able to view real-time availability and make reservations all in one place, on EpicPass.com. The reservation window opens November 6.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks required in designated areas
  • Physical Distancing on Chairlifts and Gondolas
  • Physical Distancing in On-Mountain Restaurants
  • Physical Distancing in Ski & Snowboard Rental Locations
  • Health Screenings within Ski and Ride School

Ski Resort Operating Plan

In a letter to pass holders, Rob Katz, Vail CEO, shared the new winter operating plan with a focus on safety, opening dates and answers on COVID-19 procedures.

https://www.epicpass.com/info/letter-to-our-pass-holders

Park City

Pass Purchase Deadline

October 14th, 2020 for best pricing.

Opening Date: December 5, 2020
Closing Date: April 11, 2021

Reservation Process

https://www.deervalley.com/plan-your-trip/tickets-and-passes/lift-tickets
Alterra plans to control resort visitation levels to avoid overcrowding. Access will be prioritized for season pass holders and the number of daily lift tickets will be tightly regulated and will be available by advance purchase only. Walk-up window sales will be eliminated, and the sale of some undated lift ticket products will be discontinued until further notice.

COVID Safety Measures

Details regarding Deer Valley's safety protocols will be available in mid-October.

Ski Resort Operating Plan

Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory shared details about the winter season on the website:

https://www.alterramtnco.com/news/2020/09/14/statement-from-alterra-mountain-company-ceo-rusty-gregory-on-20-21-winter.html

Big Sky

Updated: September 23rd, 2020

Big Sky

Pass Purchase Deadline

Tickets are currently on sale. Big Sky Resort has not announced a deadline yet.

Opening Date: November 26th, 2020
Closing Date: April 18, 2021

Reservation Process

In general, there is no intent to limit access to the mountain. Following are details by pass type:

Big Sky Season Passholders are welcome to access the resort any day of the season their pass is valid, at any time during operating hours, and walk up to the lifts as usual.

Lift Ticket holders can purchase their desired days of skiing at this time, with no anticipated restrictions. Purchasing your lift tickets online, and before the start of the season will assure access to the mountain for your desired days of skiing.

Ikon Passholders can ski when their passes permit access and must use Ikon's reservation system to reserve ski days. Details are forthcoming.

Mountain Collective Passholders will also have access to Big Sky Resort when their passes permit access. Mountain Collective passholders may be required to make a reservation before their visit.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks required in designated areas
  • Physical Distancing on Chairlifts and Gondolas
  • Sneeze guards at point-of-sale locations
  • Cashless transactions highly encouraged.

Sun Valley

Updated: September 24th, 2020

Sun Valley

Pass Purchase Deadline

October 2020 – Exact date not published

Opening Date: Bald Mountain – November 26th
Dollar Mountain – December 12th
Closing Date: April 17th, 2021

Reservation Process

Currently, Sun Valley Resort does not plan to implement a reservation system or limit visitation for Sun Valley Season Pass holders on Bald Mountain or Dollar Mountain. If necessary, Sun Valley Resort will manage peak day access through day-ticket restrictions. With that in mind, we highly recommend that you purchase day tickets (if needed) online in advance of your trip. Lift tickets will go on sale in early October and can be purchased online.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks are required in the City of Sun Valley by city ordinance
  • On-mountain lodges and restaurants - indoor seating has been reduced in all lodges and we will add to our outdoor dining options.
  • Equipment rentals will be available through online reservations. Children’s and adult SnowSports offerings will continue on Dollar and Bald Mountain with an emphasis on pre-arranged private and limited group instruction.

North Lake Tahoe

Updated: September 23rd, 2020

North Lake Tahoe

Pass Purchase Deadline

September 17th

Opening Date: Epic Passholders – November 20th
Single Ticket holders – December 8th
Closing Date: April 19, 2021

Reservation Process

https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx
For increased guest safety, Vail will be implementing a new mountain access reservation system for the 2020/21 season, which will require you to reserve your ski dates in advance.

  • You will be able to view real-time availability and make reservations all in one place, on EpicPass.com. The reservation window opens November 6.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks required in designated areas
  • Physical Distancing on Chairlifts and Gondolas
  • Physical Distancing in On-Mountain Restaurants
  • Physical Distancing in Ski & Snowboard Rental Locations
  • Health Screenings within Ski and Ride School

Ski Resort Operating Plan

In a letter to pass holders, Rob Katz, Vail CEO, shared the new winter operating plan with a focus on safety, opening dates and answers on COVID-19 procedures.

https://www.epicpass.com/info/letter-to-our-pass-holders

Pass Purchase Deadline

Not currently available

Opening Date: November 25th
Closing Date: June 9th, 2021

Reservation Process

  • At this time, reservations will not be required. However, Squaw will manage general visitation by temporarily eliminating the sale of “walk-up” tickets at the window and dynamically controlling the sale of advance purchase tickets.
  • If day lift tickets are still available for purchase on the website on the day you want to ski, then you will be permitted to purchase them through that online channel. However, day-of ticket availability online is not a guarantee, and walk-up tickets will not be available to purchase on-site.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks are required in indoor common areas and encouraged outdoors when unable to ensure physical distance
  • Physical distancing should be maintained, including when in our parking lots, restrooms, retail and food outlets
  • Credit cards or debit cards are the only methods of payment at this time

Ski Resort Operating Plan

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows President & COO Ron Cohen shared the new winter operating plan:

https://squawalpine.com/2020-21-winter-experience

Mammoth

Updated: September 23rd, 2020

Mammoth

Pass Purchase Deadline

Not currently available

Opening Date: November 14, 2020
Closing Date: June 30, 2021

Reservation Process

  • Access will be prioritized for season pass holders. The number of daily lift tickets sold each day will be tightly regulated and will be available by advance purchase only.
  • Walk-up lift tickets will not be available.
  • Tickets will be sold via advance purchase only through MammothMountain.com, the Mammoth Mobile App, and through 800.MAMMOTH. Availability may be limited to manage on-mountain capacity.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Mammoth Mountain has invested over $1 million in COVID-19 related resort enhancements, including increased “grab and go” food and beverage offerings, additional outdoor seating and quick transaction technology.
  • Masks are required indoors, in lift lines and on lifts, in gondolas, shuttles, and when social distancing with others outside your travel group is not possible.

Ski Resort Operating Plan

https://www.mammothmountain.com/covid

Taos

Updated: October 14th, 2020

Taos

Pass Purchase Deadline

10/25/2020

Ski Pass Details

https://www.skitaos.com/2020-21-season/season-pass

  • Season passes are on sale now, and only a limited number of passes are available at the prices offered during the Early Fall Pass Sale (which runs through October 25). If demand is high, passes may go off sale prior to October 25. Passholders may ski any day their pass allows.

  • Capacity - The mountain will be limited to 50% of peak capacity of skiers and riders


Travel Guidelines:
Important COVID-19 Travel Requirements: At this time, if you are traveling from out of state into New Mexico, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. As you get closer to your vacation, please be sure to check the New Mexico Department of Health Travel Restrictions page to understand the travel restrictions in place that may impact your stay.

Stay informed about local COVID-19 impacts through the VisitTaos.org travel website for information on the State of New Mexico Public Health Order prior to your trip. Learn about the mandatory quarantine/testing requirements, air travel details, restaurant operations, retail updates, and details on salons, spas and gyms.

Opening Date: November 26th, 2020
Closing Date: TBD

Reservation Process

Lift tickets must be purchased online, in advance of any visit. Tickets may sell out during peak times, including holidays and weekends, so you are encouraged to book tickets as far in advance as possible. Tickets will go on sale October 15 for the four weeks of early season and October 22 for the prime season.

COVID Safety Measures

  • The mountain will be limited to 50% of peak capacity of skiers and riders, allowing for social distancing.
  • All guests must wear a face covering in all public places.
  • Guests must social distance six feet, avoid gathering in groups, and follow the resort procedures, which are clearly marked throughout the resort.
  • Cashless transactions - Payment for all dining, rentals, ticketing, and retail will be via smartphone, credit, debit, or prepaid card only.
  • Only private lessons will be offered this season. These can include up to five guests visiting together.
  • There will not be a parking lot shuttle this season, but there is a new, skier drop-off area where guests and gear can be dropped for convenient access to the base area.
  • Public, indoor gathering places throughout the resort will be significantly limited, so skiers and riders will need to put on boots and gear in designated outdoor areas, in their cars, or in their lodging. Although there will be no locker access, a no-touch basket check will be available to guests for a fee.

Ski Resort Operating Plan

https://www.skitaos.com/winter-operations

Aspen

Updated: October 02nd, 2020

Aspen

Pass Purchase Deadline

November 13th for early pricing

Opening Date: Aspen Mountain & Snowmass – November 26, 2020
Aspen Highlands – December 12, 2020
Buttermilk – December 18, 2020
Closing Date: April 18th, 2021

Reservation Process

  • Reservations may be required based on prevailing state and local Covid-19 metrics as determined by health and government agencies.
  • If the COVID-19 metrics show an increased rate of community spread that initiates additional restrictions and regulations, the resort may implement a reservations system across all products.
  • If this happens, Aspen/Snowmass cannot guarantee that every passholder will be able to obtain a reservation on the days they want.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Reduced lift and restaurant capacity.
  • Advance purchase of all tickets and services is highly recommended.
  • Additional information to be announced at a later date by Aspen/Snowmass

Breckenridge

Updated: September 28th, 2020

Breckenridge

Pass Purchase Deadline

November 13th, 2020

Opening Date: Breckenridge – November 13
Keystone – November 6
Vail – November 20
Beaver Creek – November 25
Closing Date: April 19, 2021

Reservation Process

https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx

For increased guest safety, Vail will be implementing a new mountain access reservation system for the 2020/21 season, which will require you to reserve your ski dates in advance. You will be able to view real-time availability and make reservations all in one place, on EpicPass.com. The reservation window opens November 6.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks required in designated areas
  • Physical Distancing on Chairlifts and Gondolas
  • Physical Distancing in On-Mountain Restaurants
  • Physical Distancing in Ski & Snowboard Rental Locations
  • Health Screenings within Ski and Ride School

Ski Resort Operating Plan

In a letter to pass holders, Rob Katz, Vail CEO, shared the new winter operating plan with a focus on safety, opening dates and answers on COVID-19 procedures.

https://www.epicpass.com/info/letter-to-our-pass-holders.aspx

Vail

Updated: September 28th, 2020

Vail

Pass Purchase Deadline

November 20th, 2020

Opening Date: Breckenridge – November 13
Keystone – November 6
Vail – November 20
Beaver Creek – November 25
Closing Date: April 19, 2021

Reservation Process

https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx

For increased guest safety, Vail will be implementing a new mountain access reservation system for the 2020/21 season, which will require you to reserve your ski dates in advance. You will be able to view real-time availability and make reservations all in one place, on EpicPass.com. The reservation window opens November 6.

COVID Safety Measures

  • Masks required in designated areas
  • Physical Distancing on Chairlifts and Gondolas
  • Physical Distancing in On-Mountain Restaurants
  • Physical Distancing in Ski & Snowboard Rental Locations
  • Health Screenings within Ski and Ride School

Ski Resort Operating Plan

In a letter to pass holders, Rob Katz, Vail CEO, shared the new winter operating plan with a focus on safety, opening dates and answers on COVID-19 procedures.

https://www.epicpass.com/info/letter-to-our-pass-holders.aspx