As we transition from our Misplaced Summer time into Fall, the continued uncertainly round COVID-19 and the impacts it has on our day-to-day continues greater than six months after the pandemic made landfall in the USA.
What stays the identical is the optimism all of my fellow powder hounds have of their absolute religion that we WILL have a ski season, even when it seems quite totally different than seasons previous. When our banner snow yr got here to a screeching halt in March, it was laborious to imagine that this “new regular” would lengthen into fall and – now we all know – winter.
However the ski areas have been working double-time to bounce again and intend to open, as deliberate, this winter, albeit with COVID-19 protocols in place. Which implies it’s time to assessment the Season Go merchandise being supplied, together with prolonged buy deadlines and enhanced cross safety choices as a result of pandemic.
Photograph Credit score: Deer Valley Resort
I all the time start my season cross overview with Deer Valley Resort, because it’s my “house” resort for myself and my household. Although there are runs and bowls to accommodate each degree of skier (and by no means, ever snowboarders …), many people get pleasure from merely cruising the resort’s well-known corduroy blues on their technique to world-famous turkey chili and chocolate chip cookies the dimensions of a dinner plate. However it’s the customer support that helps DVR to face other than different Utah resorts, and this yr ought to be no totally different, with the resort clearly articulating on their website as to how they’re adhering to COVID-19 protocols to maintain their friends and workers protected.
Nonetheless, some actions proceed to have dates which can be “to be decided,” together with the highly-anticipated FIS World Cup, however the ski season will open on Dec. 6, with a deadline of April 11, 2021. They’ve additionally posted their winter operational plans might be shared in mid-October.
As a gesture to people who missed out on the ultimate weeks of final yr’s season, DVR is providing season cross holders a 20% low cost on the renewal of a 2020-21 cross now by Oct. 14, which might be bought at ikonpass.com. Deer Valley’s “Native’s Solely” Passholders can use any remaining days from final season throughout the upcoming season, however these days might be forfeited on the finish of the season. They’re additionally providing “Journey Assurance,” which implies friends will be capable to defer using their unused 2020-21 cross and trade it for a credit score towards the acquisition value of a 2021-22 cross product. Additionally, if – god forbid – DVR should stop operations because of COVID-19, the passholder can apply a proportional credit score towards the acquisition of a 2021-22 season cross product.
Full season passes are outlined within the desk under, with restrictions relating to the Ikon cross as famous:
POST OCTOBER DEADLINE*
Grownup (23-64 years)
Senior (65+ years)
Younger Grownup (13-22 years)
Baby (5-12 years)
Army Season Go***
Tot Season Go (4 and beneath)
*Go charges don’t embrace gross sales tax.
**School Scholar Season Go: Out there to full-time college students as outlined by faculty. Additionally obtainable to Grade 4 Commerce Colleges. Verification by SheerID might be required earlier than cross is issued. Apply low cost in cart upon check-out.
***Army Season Go: Passes are legitimate for energetic, reserve, honorably discharged and retired U.S. Army personnel, their partner and dependents and are non-transferrable. A present, legitimate navy photograph ID for every cross holder should be offered on the time the cross is issued. Those that have been honorably discharged ought to contact the Deer Valley Ticket Workplace at 435-645-6626 to buy a Army Season Go. Verification by SheerID might be required earlier than cross is issued. Apply low cost in cart upon check-out.
DVR additionally presents the Mid-Week Season Go, which will get you on the mountain Monday by Friday (excluding 12/26/2020 – 1/2/2021) for simply $1,395 earlier than the October deadline, with the value rising to $1,510 afterward.
To buy passes or study extra, click on here.
Photograph Credit score: Park Metropolis Mountain
Whereas Deer Valley Resort’s been well-known for limiting its skiers every day, leading to sure high-volume days being “offered out,” Park Metropolis Mountain historically positioned no restrictions on the variety of skiers and boarders on its mountain, leading to some days being extra crowded than locals are accustomed to experiencing.
That shouldn’t be an issue this season, with the arrival of Park Metropolis’s father or mother firm – Vail Resorts – implementing a skier reservation system to assist adhere to COVID-19 protocols. With a reservation window opening on Nov. 6, Epic Passholders will be capable to view availability in real-time, and their passes will mechanically be activated for whichever days they select.
To ease into the brand new restrictions, Park Metropolis is providing unique early season entry for passholders by Dec. 7, which implies no particular person raise tickets might be offered till Dec. 8, although Epic Day Go holders might be admitted. Week-of reservations can even be obtainable.
To accommodate for COVID-19 considerations, the resort is now together with Epic Protection at no-cost for all season cross holders, which offers safety throughout a variety of qualifying private occasions and qualifying resort closures. Click on here for an outline of Epic Protection.
Park Metropolis’s cornerstone cross product, the restricted Epic Local cross, contains some blackout dates, however prices simply $749 for adults, $599 for teenagers (ages 13-18) and $389 for kids (ages 5-23). Unrestricted full Epic Passes are $999 for ages 13 and older, or $509 for ages 5-12, and provide limitless using at Vail’s multitude of resorts. Launched final season, the Epic 1-7 Day Pass offers a deep low cost for friends who buy their day passes early, and little ones by age 4 can obtain a free season cross. Probably the greatest offers is the Epic Military Pass, obtainable to energetic obligation and retired navy who served at the very least 20 years, at a value of simply $189.
Photograph Credit score: Snowbird
For skiers and snowboarders, alike, Snowbird is hallowed floor, the place “Go Massive or Go Residence” ought to be the greeting on the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Nonetheless, snowboarding purists (however – like Deer Valley Resort – by no means snowboarders) would possibly favor the Alta-Hen Go, which presents an excellent worth by permitting limitless entry to each Snowbird and legendary Alta, whereas the Ikon and Mountain Collective passes each present entry to further ski areas past Little Cottonwood Canyon. For these seeking to expertise simply Snowbird (and with out blackout dates), try the Summit Pass pricing under (information on Alta-only passes might be discovered here):
Summit Go Sort
2020-21 Go Worth
Summit Senior (65+)
Summit Younger Grownup (19-25)
Summit School/Medical Resident/Army
Summit Teen (13-18)
Summit Youth (7-12)
Summit 6 & Beneath
Costs and advantages are legitimate by February 28, 2021.
New for the 2020-21 season is the Superior Pass, which presents limitless entry to Snowbird along with ski days at 35+ ski locations with the included Ikon Base Pass .¹ Particular advantages of the Superior Go embrace a one-day Guided Mountain Expertise at Snowbird, one free day at Woodward Park Metropolis, plus further alternatives, relying on buy date.
Superior Go Sort
20-21 Go Worth
Superior Senior (65+)
Superior Younger Grownup (19-25)
Superior School/Medical Resident/Army
Superior Teen (13-18)
Superior Youth (7-12)
Superior 6 & Beneath
Costs and advantages are legitimate by February 28, 2021.
Like different resorts, Snowbird is providing cross safety for skiers for the upcoming season within the type of a Passholder Promise, which incorporates In-Season COVID-19 Protection, an improved fee plan, prolonged pricing, cross refunds up till December 1 and a renewal credit score for all 2019-20 season passholders.
To entry Snowbird
One of many sweetest advantages of dwelling (or simply visiting) Utah is the Ski Utah 5th & 6th Grade Passport. At an all-in price of simply $45, 5th Graders can ski or trip thrice at EACH of Utah’s resorts – which implies a whopping 45 days on the mountain for simply $45. The 6th Grade Passport is a bit more modest with only one ticket at every mountain, however that’s nonetheless 15 days of snowboarding for simply $45. (This yr’s passes will not be but on sale, however for those who go to the hyperlink above, you may share your information to be notified after they develop into obtainable). Make it a ski season adventure-to-remember, and buy the Ski Utah Yeti Go for $649, and obtain one ticket at every of Utah’s 15 resorts to accompany your little shredder to expertise the Biggest Snow on Earth from each resort throughout the state!
Further areas to think about in Northern Utah embrace the budget-friendly Brighton, easy-to-navigate Solitude, charming Sundance and the wide-open expanses of Snowbasin. An important rundown of all cross merchandise, courtesy of Ski Utah, might be discovered here.
No matter this yr’s ski season holds, it will likely be memorable due to the unrivaled mountain entry, which is why so many individuals Choose Park City. Join with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her web site by clicking here to study extra concerning the distinctions between every resort, and the numerous mountain properties offering quick access to every.