Winter Operations Summary

Winter Operations Summary

As ski season approaches, most of us are aware that this year will be vastly different than any one we have all ever experienced.   Since the onset of the pandemic, all of us have dreamed of getting back on snow and enjoying our favorite pastime.   To this point, over the past few weeks, most major ski resorts have started releasing their winter operations plans which include new procedures and guidelines to keep all of their guests and employees safe this coming season.

While the operating policies are all very similar; social distancing, mandatory face-coverings, no walk-up day-tickets, reservations or not, there is of course nuanced differences for each resort, based on their own individual geography, layout, and facilities.  In addition, please keep in mind the differences in policy based on the pass you purchase.  Some resorts are offering reservations for certain passholder but not for others.   The team at has compiled a list below of all the individual policies for the resorts that have released them:


Multi-Resort Passes


Ikon Pass – Ikon Pass Announces Plan That Reservations Will Not Be Necessary at Most Destinations for Winter 20/21

  • Applies to all 40 resorts including Squaw Valley, Mammoth, Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass, Winter Park, Copper, Arapahoe Basin, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Revelstoke, etc. (Full list available on


Epic Pass – Vail Resorts Outlines its 2020/21 Winter Operating Plan

  • Applies to all 34 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stevens Pass, Whistler/Blackcomb, etc (Full list available on


California and Nevada


Mammoth Mountain, CA – Mammoth Mountain, CA Investing $1-Million in COVID Enhancements | No Reservations Required

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA Will Not Introduce a Reservation System this Winter

Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA – Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA 2020/21 Winter Operations Update

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, NV – Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, NV | Looking Ahead to 2021 – What to Expect During the Upcoming Winter




Aspen/Snowmass – Season Pass Update

Steamboat – Steamboat Resort, CO Shares Plans for Next Season | No Reservations Required for Passholders

Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek Ski Area, CO Submit Plan to Authorities to Run at 74% Capacity

Arapahoe Basin – Arapahoe Basin, CO Reveal Winter 20/21 Plan | Mid-October Opening and No Reservations Required for Season Pass Holders

Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain, CO Reveals Their Operational Plans for Winter 20/21

Monarch Mountain – Monarch Mountain, CO 2020-2021 Season Operating Plan


PNW (Pacific Northwest)


Alyeska Resort, AK – Alyeska Resort, AK Outlines Operational Changes for Next Season | No Reservations and Strict ‘No Mask No Service’ Policy

Summit at Snoqualmie, WA – Summit at Snoqualmie, WA Issues Winter 20/21 Update | No Reservation System for Passholders

Mount Baker, WA – Mount Baker, WA Operating Plan Winter 2020/21: No Limited Capacity and No Reservations to Begin With

Mount Bachelor, OR – Mount Bachelor, OR | Back to Basics: A Look at 2020/21 Winter Operations

Timberline Lodge, OR – Timberline Lodge, OR | What to Expect in Winter 20/21


Wyoming / Montana / Idaho


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY Unveils Winter 20/21 Operating Plan | Aerial Tram Will Run, No Reservation System for Pass Holders

Big Sky Resort, MT – Big Sky Resort, MT Will Be Implementing a Reservations System This Winter

Red Lodge Mountain, MT – Red Lodge Mountain, MT Announces Opening Day and Operating Plans | No Daily Skier Capacity and No Reservations Required

Schweitzer Mountain Resort, ID – Schweitzer Mountain Resort, ID: Looking Forward – Covid and Winter 2020/21




Park City – Park City Mountain Resort, UT Announces Winter 20/21 COVID-19 Guidelines

Snowbird – Snowbird, UT Releases Winter 20/21 COVID Plan: Tram Capacity Reduced to 25%, Mandatory Parking Reservations, Face Masks

AltaWinter Operations Update Coming Soon

Powder Mountain – Powder Mountain Resort, UT 2020/21 Winter Outlook | Pow Mow Introducing ‘Traffic Light’ System for Different Scenarios


East Coast


Killington, VT – Killington Resort, VT Unveils Winter 20/21 Operating Plan | Late Opening and Parking Reservations Required for All

Jay Peak Resort, VT – 2020+21 Jay Peak Resort, VT Anticipated Operating Plan | No Reservations and Walk-Up Day Tickets Available

Sunday River, ME – Sunday River Resort, ME Offers Insight into What Winter 20/21 Will Look Like




RED Mountain Resort, BC – RED Mountain Resort, BC Winter Safety Protocol | Social Distancing Benefits to Having ‘Most Acres Per Skier in North America’


For any questions on any of the above operations plans or for questions or guidance on the various season pass restrictions and access policies, please feel free to contact us.

Let’s all pray for a safe, snowy, and fun, albeit, different, ski and snowboard season!  (full post available for download/print below)


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