Ski Well, Be Well.
Skiing has inherent advantages during these uncertain times. The sport is, of course, outside, in an open space with constant airflow. And, importantly, it contributes to our mental health. Skiing will look different this year, but if you plan ahead and know before you go, the experience will bring you all the joy that you remember.
All ski resorts across the country will be compliant with the Nationa Ski Area Association's policies as a unified front. Face masks will be required at every resort with a no tolerance policy. Social distancing will be in effect. There will be daily employee wellness checks and increased sanitization measures for cleaning and disinfecting.
Here are the important updates from our local ski resorts:
Opening Day: November 25
Alterra, the parent company to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows (undergoing a name change), has announced that visitation will be controlled to provide sufficient space for guests. Walk-up ticket sales have been temporarily suspended. Advance purchase tickets will be tightly controlled, so please plan ahead or buy your season pass. Shops and restaurants will be open with modified operations. They are prepared to be agile as regulations get updated and will be compliant with all guidelines to increase safety for everyone. There will not be a reservation system to ski.
Opening Day: November 20
Northstar California has announced they will have a reservation system for the season, giving pass holders priority ensuring they limit their capacity. Early season, Nov 20 - Dec 8, will be open to passholders only. All day tickets will be sold online or via call centers. Dining will adhere to state and county regulations. Northstar has returned to free parking.
Homewood Mountain Resort
Homewood Mountain Resort is emphasizing fewer skiers per acre. They have reduced the number of season passes for sale by 25%. Passes are currently still available. Daily capacity will also be limited. They have implemented technology for touchless ticket purchases, food purchases, and parking spot reservations. There will not be a reservation system to ski.
Opening Day: November 27
Sugar Bowl will operate on a reservation system for lift tickets, lessons and rentals. There will be no indoor dining. Indoor spaces will be warming zones, based on the capacities determined by state and county regulations. A care team will be dedicated to communicating and enforcing policies. Season pass sales are now sold out. If guidance from the state and counties change, more passes may become available. Season pass holders will not be required to make reservations at this time, although subject to change.
Opening Day: Third Week of November
Boreal will operate with reduced capacities and use a model that phases arrival times. Season pass sales will have reduced inventory, however season pass holders will be prioritized with no reservation system. Private lessons will be available. Group lessons are TBD.
Opening Day: December 10
Diamond Peak will limit resort volume. Indoor dining will be available by reservation with limited capacity. There will not be a reservation system for skiing, but pass sales will be capped. Expect transactions to happen through the online ecommerce store in an effort to go cashless. Modified group lessons will be offered with new protocols in place.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Opening Day: When they can open top-to-bottom with a number of ways down
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will cap season pass sales and online reservations for daily tickets. They will open initially to passholders only. There will be no Two-for-Tuesdays or Ladies' Day specials this year. There will not be a reservation system to ski.
Tahoe Donner is working hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable customer experience this winter with a focus on private ski/ride lessons and online ticket sales, limited when necessary. Season passes are currently on sale now. (no limits at this time.) Various new on-mountain “picnic” locations, will allow for a fun and safe outdoor eating experience when conditions permit.
Granlibakken will limit sled hill operations through time blocks. There will be no indoor dining available.
All opening dates are subject to change. All operations may subject to any changes in regulations.