Ski Utah Lift Ticket Reservation Guide

By Local Lexi Nov 26, 2020
Use this guide to learn which Ski Utah resorts will require skiers or snowboarders to reserve lift tickets in advance in the 2020–21 season.
Ski Utah Lift Ticket Reservation Guide

Updated November 2020 

It'll be an excellent thing to bust outside and enjoy some Vitamin N (and D) on the slopes this winter. Skiers and snowboarders are lucky in that our sport lends itself well to the concept of social distancing and making healthy choices during the Covid-19 pandemic. As of early November, all Ski Utah resorts are slated to open and operate this winter. While visiting the mountain will look a bit different this year—visit our guide here—with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can still enjoy some snow time. 

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Listed below are the ticketing and reservations policies for each Ski Utah resort for the 2020–21 winter season. Note that this information is subject to change and it's best to check each resort's website for policies before booking any travel or making plans to ski or snowboard. Please respect the policies and protocols at each resort—they have been designed to keep you, the employees, and our mountain communities safe and healthy. If everyone respects the rules, we will have a much better shot at enjoying a full season.

Don't forget to check out the National Ski Area Association's Ski Well, Be Well resource page before you ski or shred this winter — Click Here!

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Resort Information

Alta Ski Area plans to manage risks this winter by establishing a daily mountain capacity based upon weather, snowpack, available terrain, and capacity of indoor facilities. The notorious storms that deliver amazing powder totals to Little Cottonwood mean that the mountain capacity will fluctuate daily. Daily capacity will be managed through available parking on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Always check for road and parking status updates before driving up to ski Alta: click here.

Alta plans to reduce off-site ticket sales to better manage capacity. Day tickets will be available online or in-person at Alta. 

Ikon passholders may proceed directly to the lift for skiing and need not visit the ticketing window. Ikon passes may be picked up with a photo ID at Skier Services at the Wildcat or Albion base areas. Ikon passholders must visit Skier Services to obtain buddy passes. 

Mountain Collective passholders may proceed directly to the lift for skiing and need not visit the ticketing window. If you need to pick up your Mountain Collective Pass, bring a photo ID and visit Skier Services at the Wildcat or Albion base areas. To redeem 50% off tickets, Mountain Collective passholders must visit Skier Services. 

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Resort Information

The beauty of a small, family-owned operation like Beaver Mountain, is that they can quickly adjust their policies and pivot if needed. At this time, thanks to its location and reputation for a crowd-free experience, Beaver does not anticipate limiting guest capacity. 

Beaver Mountain offers online purchasing for season passes and ticket sales and is also participating in the Indy Pass program.

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Resort Information

Beginning in the fall, Brian Head Ski Resort will make lift ticket purchase, rental reservations, and Winter Sports School reservations available for booking online. It is strongly encouraged for guests to pre-purchase these services to guarantee availability. Cards can be mailed to guests which can be preloaded with tickets, lessons, or rentals and will also serve as your lift ticket, allowing guests to bypass ticket lines.

Season passholders will not need to make reservations to ski or ride at Brian Head.

Outdoor ticket sales will now be available at the Navajo Lodge. Discounted lift ticket rates will be offered during weekdays and off-peak periods.

Brian Head will closely monitor busy times and limit gust capacity during peak weekend and holiday periods. If guest capacity is reached, access will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. If implemented, this strategy will be announced on Brian Head's website and social media channels.

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Resort Information

Brighton Season Pass and Go Card holders will not need to make a reservation to ski or shred at Brighton this winter. Season passes will be mailed this year and guests may proceed directly to the lifts. 

IKON passholders are required to make a reservation through IKON’s reservation system. 

Day tickets must be purchased in advance online or through select retail partners in the area. Guests can retrieve their tickets at touchlesss kiosks at the Brighton base area. These cards can be reloaded with cash throughout the season and will function as your lift ticket. 

Note that Brighton anticipates a high volume of cars in their parking lot during peak periods, weekends, and holidays. Brighton advises all guests to check on the parking lot status with their Twitter account @BrightonResort or the new live parking lot webcams. 

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Resort Information

Cherry Peak intends to operate this season. Covid-19 protocols and ticketing policies have not yet been announced. We will update this page when the information becomes available. 

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Resort Information

Deer Valley Resort will continue to limit daily guest capacity in order to provide the exquisite experience the resort is renowned for. The ski resort will closely monitor daily and advance ticket sales to ensure guest capacity complies with local health regulations in Summit County and the state of Utah. 

Deer Valley and Ikon season passholders are not required to make reservations.

The only way to visit Deer Valley this winter is to purchase day tickets online in advance or have a Deer ValleyIkon, or Ikon Base season pass. Deer Valley recommends purchasing day tickets online well in advance to avoid disappointment. At this time, Deer Valley does not anticipate making walk-up day tickets available, therefore, tickets will not be for sale in the ticket office.

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Resort Information

Renowned for its lack of crowds and lines, Eagle Point in Central Utah is perfectly suited to give guests an amazing experience this winter. If you want to experience the feeling of skiing at a private country club, venture to Eagle Point, where daily ticket sales will be capped at 750, meaning that the busiest days won't exceed around 1,000 guests, including passholders! 

Pre-purchasing lift tickets will be required (even day-of) prior to arriving at the resort. Tickets are available online through Eagle Point's website. At this time, Eagle Point does not anticipate selling out, though ticket sales may be capped during peak holiday days. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Skyline or Canyonside lodges.

Season passholders may proceed directly to the lifts and will not be subject to any restrictions or black-out days.

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Resort Information

At this time it is not anticipated that guests visiting Nordic Valley will need to make a reservation. Season passes and day tickets are available for purchase online. It will be a great time to get out and experience Utah's newest high-speed lift at Nordic Valley! This season, Nordic Valley will move the majority of its ticket sales online. The resort will be offering deep discounts for guests who purchase tickets in advance online, so be sure to check out these discounted rates on the resort's website. 

To streamline the dining service, Nordic Valley is introducing new grab-and-go menu items and a new online ordering system to better accomodate guests and reduce wait times for food and beverages. 

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Resort Information

Park City Mountain will move to cashless transactions for all resort entities in the 2020–21 season. Priority access will be awarded to Epic passholders, who earn exclusive early season access to Park City's reservation system within the Epic pass program November 6 through December 7. This period allows passholders to set aside Priority Reservation Days and take advantage of early season days. The month-long booking period allows passholders to claim up to seven days throughout the season before general ticketing goes on sale December 8. 

Day tickets will be available for purchase online beginning on December 8. 
Epic Day Passes are available now. 

Reservations or advance lift ticket purchase will be required for every day of the season at Park City Mountain.

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Resort Information

Powder Mountain has traditionally limited daily ticket sales in an effort to keep the powder pristine and provide an incredible guest experience. This tradition lends itself well to Powder Mountain's risk mitigation strategy for the upcoming winter. Powder Mountain has thoughtfully designed an operating plan that mimics local and national health policies and dictates three operating scenarios, Green, Yellow, and Red. By doing so, Pow Mow will create the safest possible conditions for guests to enjoy their expansive terrain. 

All season passholders will need to complete an online liability waiver and upload or update their pass photo. Passes will be available for pickup at Powder Mountain. Passholders will not be required to make reservations.

The policy for day ticket sales will fluctuate with Powder Mountain's operating status. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

  • On Green days, the ticket windows will be open for pick up of online products and day-of sales
  • On Yellow days, ticketing will only be available for pre-purchase online. Ticket windows will be open for contactless transfer of pre-purchased tickets
  • On Red days, ticketing will only be available for pre-purchase online. Ticket windows will be open for contactless transfer of pre-purchased tickets

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Resort Information

Passholders will not need to place a reservation to ski or snowboard at Snowbasin Resort this winter. The resort plans to implement measures to prevent crowds from gathering in bottleneck areas such as lift lines, lodges, and base areas. 

Snowbasin will carefully monitor guest numbers during peak periods, weekends, and holidays. It is possible that volume restrictions will be used to mitigate overcrowding on the season's busiest days. The first step would be to reduce lift ticket availability, followed by capping the number of guests permitted on the property. Passholders and guests will be alerted to this condition on Snowbasin's website and via social channels in a rapid manner. 

Lift tickets must be purchased in advance online. Online ticketing was made available in October. The number of available lift tickets will be reduced during busier weekends and holidays to avoid congestion. For this reason, it is highly recommended for guests to purchase tickets online in advance. Passholders will soon be awarded buddy vouchers which can be redeemed online. 

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Resort Information

Snowbird will kick off the season with a modified snowmaking and terrain plan to help guests better spread out and stay safe. The number of visitors to the resort will be limited and Snowbird will accommodate this change by pausing external sales channels for lift tickets and adjusting daily lift ticket sales. Passholders may proceed directly to the chairlifts (after securing a parking reservation — see the last paragraph below). Mountain Collective Passholders who wish to add additional days will be subject to availability on that date. Contact the ticket office to purchase at 801.933.2215.

Advance purchase is highly encouraged for day tickets. Tickets may not be available day of, depending on current conditions and attendance. Guests will pick up tickets at newly installed ticket pick-up boxes rather than the ticket windows to reduce contact during the ticketing process. These boxes will be located at the Snowbird Center, Creekside Lodge, and the Cliff Lodge.

IMPORTANT: All guests, whether they are pass holders (including Mountain Collective and Ikon) or day ticket users must make an online parking reservation. Parking will be free (excluding preferred or valet parking) and Snowbird will be managing its guest capacity by requiring parking reservations. YOU CANNOT RIDE OR SKI AT SNOWBIRD WITHOUT A PARKING RESERVATION! Guests may claim up to a total of  14 parking reservations in advance. 7 of these may be Advance Days and 7 of these may be Week-of Days. Each Monday at 12:00 PM MST, Snowbird will release weekly parking inventory. Snowbird will monitor guest capacity and if feasible, release additional afternoon parking inventory based on attendance and open terrain. Highway parking will be made available on an as-needed basis by UDOT, dependent upon weather conditions, road conditions, and resort capacity.

If you do not plan on using your parking reservation, it must be cancelled before 7:00 AM MST day-of to avoid a penalty. Guests will receive an email reminder 48 hours prior to their reservation. 

For complete info and to make a parking reservation, click here:

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Resort Information

Solitude Season pass holders, Ikon pass holders, and those who purchase a Solitude Ticket Pak may proceed directly to the lift lines. Those purchasing day tickets must do so in advance online. Same-day lift tickets will not be for sale. The only exception to this policy is the Ikon Pass Friends and Family tickets, which may be fulfilled day-of via the ticket office. Children under the age of four ski free at Solitude!

Parking: Guests may use touchless technology to pay for parking with a mobile phone. This will also permit guests to apply the carpooling discount.

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Resort Information

Sundance Mountain Resort will be open this winter with reduced capacity. Guests may enjoy lodging, dining, the spa, the Art Studio, and mountain activities with social distancing measures in effect. Sundance is encouraging guests to make dining reservations in advance and to pre-book experiences for the Art StudioSpa, or Zip Tours. If capacity numbers are reached, guests will be turned away, so it's best to make reservations to avoid stress and disappointment. 

In terms of lift operations, Sundance will be limiting the number of guests to promote health and safety, however, they only anticipate this will affect approximately 25 of the traditionally busiest days during the course of the season. The following measures will apply to guests: 

Season Pass Holders: Those with season passes will not be restricted and you do not need to make a reservation to ski or shred.
Lodging Guests:  Guests of Sundance Lodging will not be restricted. Ski Free vouchers will be honored without any restrictions for all lodging guests.
Offsite Ticketing: Ticketing offsite is largely scaled down for the upcoming season. Local ski shops won't be selling Sundance lift tickets. Ticketing at Costco is still TBD as of early November.
Day Tickets: Day tickets will be issued through Liftopia or via the Sundance website. Guest capacity is managed through these platforms. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
For rentals, guests will be required to complete an online reservation and sign up for a time slot to pick up their rental gear.

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Resort Information

Though it will not be required to purchase a ticket in advance to ride the lift or magic carpets for park laps at Woodward Park City, it is highly recommended as capacity numbers have been reduced to help guests maintain social distancing throughout the entire Woodward Park City complex. Woodward also features 12 of the longest snow tubing lanes in Utah, which can be booked for 2-hour slots. The best prices can be secured by reserving a tubing session online. Ninety-minute sessions can be booked online for the Action Sports Hub, a 66,000-square foot facility featuring a concrete park, a pump track, ramps, a parkour zone, Olympic trampolines, foam pits, and more.

Bottom line, if you want to shred, tube, or get rad in the action hub at Woodward, it's wise to make a reservation and purchase tickets online.


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