COLORADO — Vail Resorts announced its plan Thursday morning for the return of ski and snowboard season, focusing on safety protocols with COVID-19.
The plan highlights key changes that will allow for social distancing and provide guests with a safer environment, including a new mountain access reservation system.
“We are fortunate that our core experience of skiing and riding takes place outdoors, across huge mountains, offering fresh air and wide-open spaces for our guests. However, to help protect our guests, our employees and our communities amid this pandemic, some changes will be required this season,” said Rob Katz, Vail Resorts CEO, in a release.
Pass holders will have early season access until Dec. 7 before ski lift tickets are sold on the following day.
The start of the season will kick off with Keystone opening Nov. 6 if the weather allows. Those visiting the resorts will have to wear a face-covering to get on the mountain and in "all parts of resort operations," which includes standing in line for lifts as well as riding lifts or gondolas.
The resorts will also push for social distancing on chairlifts and gondolas by seating only related parties, those skiing together, or seating two singles on opposite sides.
Along with the mountain access reservation system, the resort announced limits on lift tickets to "prioritize its pass holders." Pass holders will receive exclusive early access and Priority Reservation Days. For more information on the reservation system, click here.