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Ski & Snowboard News / How Alta & Snowboard deal with virus issues

Mar 13, 2020 07:38PM ● By Harriet Wallis

The slopes are open with lots of fresh air / photo: Harriet Wallis

Alta and Snowbird each sent an email explaining how they're handling the virus issues. Rather than giving a synopsis, here are the full emails.


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the world we live in and is affecting people locally and globally. While skiing is our love and passion, the health, safety and well being of our skiers, employees and community are very important to us.

Alta Ski Area is open and it is our intent to continue to provide skiing and services unless circumstances warrant differently. We recognize that this situation may change quickly and may not be under our control. We ask for your patience and understanding if we need to make adjustments.


We are supplementing our normal sanitation and safety practices with the following:

We are sanitizing door handles, railings, counter, chairs, tables, restrooms, and food and beverage areas constantly throughout the day

Front-line staff members are provided with gloves and/or hand sanitizer

We are following the CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations in our food and beverage procedures and offerings

We are educating and encouraging guests and employees to follow hygiene practices, including cough and sneeze etiquette, hand sanitizing procedure and staying home if you have COVID-19 symptoms

We are allowing groups of skiers loading the chairlift to determine if they are comfortable having available, unrelated parties ride the chair with them


We ask that our guests and employees respect the personal space of others, as much as possible particularly when indoors. Local health officials advise people who are at high risk of severe illness to stay home and avoid large groups of people.

Please postpone your visit to Alta Ski Area if:

You are feeling ill, are experiencing respiratory problems or have a fever

You have recently traveled to an area with a large number of reported cases of the virus

Thanks for your patience during this time of uncertainty. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, beauty and magic of Alta during the remainder of the season.


We are open for skiing and plan to maintain operations through the spring.

It is a foundational belief for Snowbird that it is important to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family. We are committed to doing what we can to maintain our operations in ways that responsibly take into consideration the needs of our employees and guests. 

There are many ways skiing and riding can be enjoyed while we simultaneously implement a number of actions to protect the health and wellbeing of the internal and external Snowbird family.

The actions we've taken so far include:

  • The Aerial Tram is temporarily closed as per social-distancing recommendations.

  • Additional sanitation stations have been installed throughout the resort. 

  • March events have been cancelled that would bring large numbers of people together, including IFSA Junior Nationals, IFSA Freeride World Qualifiers 2, Bird Banked Slalom, Live Music at the Plaza Deck and more.

  • The SeventyOne breakfast buffets is now served instead of a self-serve format.

  • Self-serve salad bars are temporarily closed but pre-made salads are available.

We take this situation seriously and are doing everything we can to maintain our operations so that you may enjoy more great days out on the mountain, doing what you love with those you love.