2020–21 Winter Operations

Utah has already received its first dusting of snow, and many are getting ready to plan their family ski trips, powder weekends and mountain getaways. Utah's resort operations may look a little different this year, one thing will remain the same: The Greatest Snow on Earth®. We live in, travel to, and explore the state of Utah in the winter because of our beautiful mountains and unmatched snowfall, and Utah's mountain resorts are gearing up to open this winter (starting November 20) and are creating streamlined operations, safety guidelines and unparalleled pass options and assurances to help you plan ahead and navigate skiing in Utah during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Safety Protocols & Resort Operations

While every ski area in the state will be adopting the NSAA guidelines and following state and CDC recommendations, each will be evolving its own operation and ticketing procedures to make sure we can all get on the snow this season and get back to doing what we love — sharing the mountains and playing on the snow with our family and friends.

All 15 of Utah's ski areas will be following these principle safety standards:

  • Face Coverings are 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.

Check each resort's links below to read the most recent updates on their specific operating plans. Please note that not every resort has released specific details as of yet, and may only have summer information or pass information posted at this time. Rest easy knowing that every one of Utah's resorts is working nonstop to keep you in the loop on their winter 2020–21 plans, and you can find a link that information here as soon as it is available.

Last updated Friday, October 16, 2020

Resort Status Ski Reservations
Required for Passes?*
Advanced Lift
Ticket Purchase?*
Parking
Restrictions*
More Details
Alta
Scheduled to Open No Not Required Limited details >
Beaver
Mountain
Scheduled to Open TBD TBD TBD details >
Brian Head Scheduled to Open No Suggested N/A details >
Brighton Scheduled to Open TBD TBD TBD details >
Cherry Peak Scheduled to Open TBD TBD TBD details >
Deer Valley Scheduled to Open Not at this time Required N/A details >
Eagle Point Scheduled to Open No Suggested N/A details >
Nordic Valley Scheduled to Open No Not Required N/A details >
Park City
Mountain
Scheduled to Open Yes Required N/A details >
Powder
Mountain
Scheduled to Open No Required No details >
Snowbasin Scheduled to Open No Required N/A details >
Snowbird Scheduled to Open No Required Reservations Required details >
Solitude Scheduled to Open Not at this time TBD Paid Parking Only details >
Sundance Scheduled to Open TBD TBD TBD details >
Woodward
Park City
Scheduled to Open No Suggested N/A details >
Alta
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Not Required
Parking Restrictions* Limited
More Details details >
Beaver Mountain
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* TBD
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* TBD
Parking Restrictions* TBD
More Details details >
Brian Head
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Suggested
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Brighton
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* TBD
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* TBD
Parking Restrictions* TBD
More Details details >
Cherry Peak
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* TBD
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* TBD
Parking Restrictions* TBD
More Details details >
Deer Valley
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* Not at this time
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Required
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Eagle Point
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Suggested
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Nordic Valley
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Not Required
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Park City Mountain
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* Yes
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Required
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Powder Mountain
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Required
Parking Restrictions* No
More Details details >
Snowbasin
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Required
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >
Snowbird
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Required
Parking Restrictions* Reservation Required
More Details details >
Solitude
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* Not at this time
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* TBD
Parking Restrictions* Paid Parking Only
More Details details >
Sundance
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* TBD
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* TBD
Parking Restrictions* TBD
More Details details >
Woodward
Status Scheduled to Open
Ski Reservations Required for Passes?* No
Advanced Lift Ticket Purchase?* Suggested
Parking Restrictions* N/A
More Details details >

*Pass Reservations: This information pertains to the resort’s policy on reservations to use your season pass on any given day. Reservation details for the use of season passes vary based on the resort and pass product. Please click the resort's corresponding details link above for the most accurate information, as restrictions are subject to change.

*Lift Tickets: Advanced lift ticket purchases are always advised when possible. Some resorts may require this in order to ski during the 20–21 winter. Please click the resort's corresponding details link above for the most accurate information, as lift ticket requirements are subject to change.

*Parking: Parking availability and restrictions will vary among Utah ski resorts. Plan in advance, carpool with your household, and check the resort’s policy ahead of time by clicking the corresponding details link above.

 

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2020–21 Ski Resort Opening Dates

 

The Benefits & Advantages of Skiing

Ski areas provide low-risk outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of Americans. The National Ski Areas Association has identified just a few of the advantages that make ski areas uniquely positioned to offer low-risk recreation below:

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Space: U.S. ski areas provide hundreds of acres of land for outdoor recreation. Ski area operators are experts at monitoring and managing the flow and volume of traffic in their outdoor spaces.

NSAA Natural Outdoor Environment Icon

Natural Outdoor Environment: The majority of time spent at a ski area is spent outside in the fresh air, cruising down runs.

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Standard Gear: Face coverings, including neck gaiters, goggles, gloves or mittens, and helmets are standard pieces of skiing or snowboarding gear.

NSAA Slope Safety Etiquette Icon

Slope Safety Etiquette: Long-standing skiing and snowboarding etiquette requires guests to respect one another and give space between themselves and other skiers and riders. Safe skiers leave space between other skiers.

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Health Benefits: Snowsports provide numerous proven health and wellness benefits to participants. According to the WHO, physical activity increases strength and fitness, reduces the risk of cardiovascular and other physical ailments and improves mental health, specifically reducing the risk of depression.

NSAA Shared Responsiblity For Safety Icon

Shared Responsibility for Safety: It is up to every individual, both ski area employee and guest, to do their part to help protect the health and safety of our skiing and snowboarding community. Following requirements to mitigate the risk of infection is part of the social contract between a ski area operator and its guest.

NSAA Touchless Transactions Icon

Touchless Transactions: Many ski areas have adopted technologies to reduce personal contact between employees and guests. These include touchless payment and access technologies, such as advance online purchase and RF (radio frequency) scanning of tickets and passes.

 

Pass Options & Assurance

Utah's ski resorts are offering unprecedented season pass flexibility and assurance. Check out the helpful links below to find out more information on the dozens of passes that will get you on the snow in Utah in no time:

Pass & Assurance Details

Utah Season Passes Options

 

Utah Ski Resort Opening Dates

Ready to set your countdown clock? Utah's ski resorts will start opening on November 20, 2020. Keep up to date with each ski resort's planned opening dates at the link below:

2020–21 Ski Resort Opening Dates

 

Weather & Snow

As you begin to gear up for your 2020–21 winter, you'll want to make sure to sign up for the ever-important powder alert. Locals and annual travelers alike know that the Ski Utah powder alert is the best alarm clock around. Check out the resources below to stay up to date on The Greatest Snow on Earth®.

Snow Report

Sign up for Powder Alerts

Download the App

Stay Safe in the Backcountry

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduled resort opening dates are listed here.

For the health and safety of guests and employees, everyone will be required to wear a mask where social distancing is not possible and/or wherever the state or the resort requires. For each resorts' specific requirements, please visit the corresponding details link listed in the table under "Safety Protocols & Resort Operations" on this page.

Utah is functioning on a color-coded system where each color represents the overall restriction level based on the effect COVID-19 is having on specific communities throughout our state. Utah's leadership, state agencies, and the state's public and private partners look at the data every day and work together to make sure Utah has the best recommendations for its communities and businesses. Find the current restriction levels for each county in the state and more information at coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-health-guidance-system.

No. There are currently no COVID-19 travel restrictions in the state of Utah. Visitors to Utah or those returning home to Utah after traveling are not required to quarantine upon arrival. Read more details and get the most up to date information at coronavirus.utah.gov.

Some resorts (such as Park City Mountain) will be requiring passholders and ticket holders to make reservations for the days they plan to ski and some resorts are requiring their guests to purchase lift tickets in advance. Some may not require any reservations, depending on their operations. Please check each resorts' reservation notes in the table under "Safety Protocols & Resort Operations" on this page, and click the resort's corresponding details link to learn more.

Each resort will have their own procedure on reservations and cancellations, so we encourage you to read all of the details specific to that resort when purchasing a day ticket or pass. Beyond lift tickets, many resorts are offering unprecedented pass assurance that will allow pass holders to defer their pass if needed. If you want to read more about pass options, click here.

You may remove your mask while skiing down if you can maintain physical distancing from other guests. Ski areas will require you wear your mask in many areas, including in lift lines at the bottom, so we advise that you keep it easily accessible.

Buffs or neck gaiters can be used as a facemask, but please note that some resorts, restaurants or other businesses may ask you double it up (by folding it in half). For example, Woodward Park City requires this in their indoor action sports facility and in their base area.

Yes; resorts will allow guests of the same party to ride with other guests in their party.

Ski areas will accommodate single skiers and riders to either ride alone or ride with one other single skier (if the chairlift allows adequate spacing in between). If you feel uncomfortable with a ski lift placement or situation, kindly ask one of the employees at the ski lift if they can seat you as a single rider.

Snowbird's Aerial Tram will run with capacity limitations to best accommodate the health and safety of our employees and guests. Foot traffic will not be permitted on Snowbird's Tram this year. Snowbasin, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain will be loading familiar groups and families on gondolas. Snowbasin's Allen Peak Tram will be loaded to a capacity not to exceed six guests per tram car.

Please check each resorts' website for more information on their night skiing operations.

Several resorts offer apps for checking resort status and more, and some resorts (such as Snowbird) are launching completely new apps this winter to provide real-time status information. Stay tuned for additional information or visit each resort's website for more app details.

Snowbird will be requiring parking reservations (read more here), and Solitude has paid parking only. Not all resorts have released specific parking details yet — please visit the corresponding details link listed in the table under "Safety Protocols & Resort Operations" on this page to read more. Be sure to check each resort's website for parking information before head to the resort.

Check the resort's conditions page or parking specific page before heading to the resort for the most up to date information. Snowbird will have real-time parking information available on its new app set to launch this at the beginning of this winter.

Some resorts will require reservations for some restaurants, and others may just limit capacity within the restaurant to allow for social distancing. Many resorts have expanded their carry out options as well.

Many lodges will have altered operations and capacity limits, and many may not allow sack lunches. Please check with each resort and be prepared to eat at your car or outside if the resort does not allow guest food in the lodges.

Reservations for rental gear will be required at many resorts and shops will be limiting store capacities and requiring masks. If you do not want to rent gear in a shop, we recommend reserving your rentals with Ski Butlers instead.

Most resorts will still be offering lessons, but many have altered their typical ski school programs and/or eliminated their daycares for this winter. Please check each individual resorts' website for the most up to date information on ski school and daycare.

UTA has not yet released their ski bus details as of this last update. Please check Ski Utah's UTA page for the most updated information when it is available.

The Park City bus is still running. You can find more information on the Park City website here.

Please check with each lodge or hotel for their specific protocols and operations at swimming pools and hot tubs.

Many spas are still open with adjusted operations. Please call ahead or visit the spa's website to find out more about their specific protocols and operations.

Bars will be open at some locations, but many will have adjusted operations or may be closed entirely. Be sure to call ahead or visit the bar's website to find out more about their specific protocols and operations. Masks will be required at all bars and restaurants unless you are actively eating or drinking.

Most restaurants throughout Utah are open for business. Each restaurant has its own operational updates, and some may be carry out only or have limited seating. We advise calling ahead to check on menus, reservations, and carry out options. Masks will be required at all restaurants unless you are actively eating or drinking.

Some resorts may not allow drinking fountains to be used this winter. We recommend checking with each resort or planning ahead to bring your own water just in case.

If you feel symptoms of COVID-19 (these are usually flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills, or decreased sense of smell or taste), you should self-isolate immediately to protect others and find a testing center near you as soon as possible. Follow all recommendations made by the state of Utah and the testing center. For more information on coronavirus protocol and testing in Utah, go to coronavirus.utah.gov.

Testing capabilities for COVID-19 have increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. The state of Utah advises that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms (which now includes fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills, or decreased sense of smell or taste) should be tested for COVID-19. There are many options for testing in Utah, including drive-thru locations operated by Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah Health, Steward Health Care, and TestUtah. For more information on how to access testing at these sites and to make your experience at these sites go as smooth as possible, go to coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations.

Each airline has established their own adjusted operations and safety protocols that include required face masks, plexiglass shields at check-in, and updated boarding procedures. We advise checking with each airline to find the most up to date information. Salt Lake City Airport opened the first phase a brand new airport in September, and Delta Air Lines continues to offer hundreds of nonstop flights into SLC.

Many airlines have adjusted their change fees to accommodate for flexible changes. Delta Air Lines has permanently eliminated change fees for tickets purchased for travel within the U.S., making it easier than ever to remain flexible on your travel plans.

 

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