Welcome to the 2021/2022 Lake Tahoe ski season! We know things were a little different last winter during the pandemic, so we have summarized what you can expect this year.
1. No Reservations
No Lake Tahoe area resorts are requiring reservations this year. In an effort to maintain limited capacity for improved guest experience, Sugar Bowl Resort will offer lift ticket advanced sales only, with no purchases available at a ticket window.
2. Employees are Vaccinated
Vail Resorts (Northstar California, Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood), Palisades Tahoe and Sugar Bowl Resort all have vaccination requirements for employement.
3. Outdoor Operations without Restrictions
Lifts will load at regular capacities, with mixed lines, and no outdoor mask requirements. Gondolas will load in pre-pandemic format, at full capacity. Northstar will resume 7 day/week operations of the ice skating rink as well as the free s'mores & tost. At all resorts, ski & snowboard lessons resume to pre-pandemic protocols.
3. Indoor Variations
Palisades Tahoe will follow Placer County protocol, recommending social distancing and masks for unvaccinated guests. Northstar California will require masks indoors and also require proof of vaccination when opting for the quick service dining (with communal tables).
4. The Mountaineer Returns to Palisades Tahoe
The free on-demand shuttle service at Palisades Tahoe returns to Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows with expanded hours.
New at Palisades Tahoe
A new beginner magic carpet up at High Camp expands beginner access. Sun Bowl dining will offer healthy options like poke bowls and acai bowls. Darren Rahlves joins the Palisades Tahoe team. All events resume this year, and new this season, Palisades Tahoe will host the US Freestyle Event, March 23-27. The base-to-base gondola will resume construction in the spring with the goal of opening for the following season.
New at Sugar Bowl Resort
A continued effort on limited pass and ticket sales is aimed at preserving the mountain experience. Advance purchase is required. Guests who plan in advance arrive happy, rested, and knowledgable.
New at Northstar California
Northstar wants to reimagine the future of skiing. Rather than 'going back' to pre-pandemic times, the focus is on being creative, using technology and coming out of our learnings from the past year as an improved experience. With Vail's $300M commitment to upgrade lifts, guests can look forward to a new Comstock high speed 6-pack coming in the 2022/23 season.