words :: Ben Osborne.
Amid plenty of speculation, ski resort behemoth Vail Resorts has announced their winter operating plans.
With plenty of uncertainty swirling around the 2020-2021 ski and snowboard season, the announcement from Vail Resorts is exciting for skiers and riders, but it also comes with an added level of responsibility for everyone.
In the letter, Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, stressed the importance of a sustainable approach.
“It has been our goal to design an approach that can remain in place for all of the 2020/21 season,” said Katz. “We do not want to be caught off guard or find ourselves needing to make reactionary changes. Striving for consistency will provide our guests, employees, and communities with as much predictability as possible this season, which we believe is worth the extra effort.”
Of the changes, most notable is that at all Epic Pass resorts, only season pass holders will be allowed on the hill until December 8.
After that, daily lift tickets will not be sold at lift ticket windows, and only available online and through call centres.
To maintain physical distancing, the resort is enforcing limited capacity on both chairs and gondola, with gondola restrictions being tighter for obvious reasons.
For Vail to announce their intentions to open resorts across North America is undoubtedly a big feat—now, it’s up to skiers and riders to keep the season alive by wearing a mask, following the guidelines in place, and staying at home if they feel unwell. For the full press release, head over to the Vail Resorts website. —ML