The Thanksgiving Holiday traditionally kicks off Utah’s Ski Season. Like everything else, skiing in Utah will be slightly different to keep in line with public health guidelines.
According to SkiUtah.Com All 15 of Utah’s ski areas will be following these safety standards:
- Face Coverings Required: Utah ski areas will require face coverings that align with CDC recommendations whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved. This includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, except when eating or drinking.
- Physical Distancing: Utah ski areas will create operational plans that allow for appropriate spacing between parties. This includes but is not limited to the following parts of the operation: lift queues, ticket queues, ski and snowboard lessons, employee spaces and food and beverage outlets.
- Cleaning & Disinfection: Utah ski areas have adopted cleaning and disinfection strategies for all areas of their operation, including high-touch areas such as restrooms, restaurants, dining facilities, ticket offices and rental shops. All cleaning products used will follow CDC and EPA guidance on agents which are effective against COVID-19.
- Operating Plans: Utah ski areas will review and amend both their overall and individual departmental operating plans to: comply with local regulations; maintain physical distancing requirements; and adhere to cleaning and disinfection best practices.
Ski resort openings are varied, and depend on conditions. According to the Deer Valley website, the Season, Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Passes, or advance purchase lift tickets are the only way to access the mountain this winter season. Reservations are not currently required for these pass types. For those using daily lift tickets, please purchase online well in advance of your visit to guarantee the best rate and avoid disappointment. Deer Valley is planning for a December 5th opening.
Park City Mountain resort has already begun their pre season skiing, with full season beginning December 8th. Their Epic pass prices will increase Thanksgiving week. Park City Mountain is requiring reservations for the 2020/21 season. Their website states “With our Pass Holder reservation system, you can rest assured knowing you will have the space you need when you visit our resorts this winter. The reservation system is exclusive to Pass Holders through Dec. 7 and is now live.”
For up to date information about all guildenes, season openings, and conditions for skiing the Greatest Snow on Earth we direct you to www.skiutah.com.