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Vail Resorts is saving the ski season with their new operational plan!

Vail Resorts is saving the ski season with their new operational plan!

My family has been Vail Resorts season pass holders for the past few years and the 2020-21 season has caused us to press pause on committing with all of the uncertainty with COVID-19.

However, Vail Resorts just announced their winter operation plans and opening dates at all of their resorts (including their Colorado resorts Crested Butte, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge).

They’re focused on three things: the safety of their guests, employees and communities; having a successful season start to finish; and prioritizing their pass holders.

A few highlights:

  • Guests will be required to wear face coverings to get on the mountain and in all parts of resort operations, including in lift lines and riding in lifts and gondolas. 
  • To maintain physical distancing on their chairlifts and gondolas, they will only be seating related parties (guests skiing or riding together) or: two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift; or two singles on opposite sides of their larger gondola cabins.  
  • Mountain access will be managed through a reservation system and limiting lift ticket sales in order to prioritize their pass holders. For the vast majority of days, they will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to visit – but this helps them ensure they can keep everyone safe no matter when they come.  
  • Their Epic Day Pass is a great alternative for guests who plan to ski or ride just a few days. It receives priority access like our other passes and it offers a discount of up to a 50% discount off of  lift tickets. 

Full details on the pass holder reservation system can be found here. Pass holders receive:

  • Exclusive early season access (lift tickets will not go on sale until Dec. 8)
  • Access all season with week-of reservations
  • Priority Reservation Days to lock in days for the core season before lift tickets go on sale
  • Easy-to-use reservation system

To give guests more time to consider the changes, their Labor Day deadline has been extended to Sept. 17, including the deadline to use pass holder credits from last season. Vail Resorts plans to kick off its North American ski and snowboard season with Keystone opening on Nov. 6, weather permitting. Scheduled opening dates for each of its resorts can be found here.

Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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