Ski & Snowboard News / Ski resorts open with massive changes and more to comeNov 17, 2020 08:21AM ● By Harriet Wallis
Snowbasin's GM Davy Ratchford (inset) shows photos of health and safety actions the resort is taking. Signs at the lifts remind skiers to keep spaced apart. / photo: Harriet Wallis
This year's ski season has three main goals, said President of Ski Utah Nathan Rafferty in the annual fall meeting that was virtual this year. The goals are:
1) The health and safety of resorts' employees and guests,
2) To get resorts open and be able to stay open,
3) and, Skiers should plan ahead and bring plenty of “patience and gratitude.”
Each resort is handling virus-modifications differently, but here are some of the changes to look for at some resorts:
No benches in locker rooms to keep skiers from congregating there
Ghost lanes at the lifts
Advance purchase of tickets instead of at the ticket window
Changes in the uphill travel policies for those who like to skin up.
All resorts require masks.
“Masks are not going to be a debate when you come to the resort,” said JP Goulet, marketing manager at Powder Mountain.
“No mask, and you're not getting on
the lift,” said Mike Maughan, Alta's general manager.