Alta, Utah — Utah’s most popular ski resorts preparing to open next week.
“We’re excited about a much more normal season, outside at least. Restrictions are still rolling out, so we’ll see some more announcements in the next few weeks. Lifts will be loaded to capacity for the most part,” said Alison Palmintere, Director of Communications for Ski Utah.
As colder weather continues, recent numbers show Utah heating up as a hot spot for COVID-19 activity, something resorts have a plan in place for.
All ski areas in Utah have adopted the National Ski Areas Association guidelines and are following state and CDC recommendations.
Each resort has its own protocols with most places will still require masks indoors.
At Snowbird, they’re celebrating 50 years this season.
“Last year we required parking reservations, we required masks indoors, we had a lot of different regulations. This year we’re kind of reassessing everything as COVID has developed. Parking reservations are not required, face masks are recommended but not required.” said Sarah Sherman, Snowbird Communications Manager. “People are eager to experience the mountain and are willing to do what’s asked of them to get that experience.”
According to Sherman, last year, staff and guests worked together to keep the mountain open. Still, some things will be subject to change.
“Just expect fluidity with it all,” said Sherman. “What starts out at the beginning of the season might not be the same in the middle or two weeks later.”