Winter Experience 2020-21

❄️️ Winter operations start November 30.
A letter from
our GM

The Bird is back.

We are ready and confident in a safe return to skiing and riding. We prioritize the well-being of our staff, guests and community. You are a part of making this season a success and we appreciate your cooperation.

It's a whole new season and your experience on the mountain is going to be different but what remains the same is the deep snow and legendary terrain you have come to expect from Snowbird. We're so excited to welcome winter and continue doing what we love in the outdoors.

What To Expect

Snowbird will open for the 2020-21 winter season on November 30, weather and conditions permitting. By giving our Mountain Operations team a few additional days, we hope to be able to increase the number of lifts, ensure more terrain and have a great experience from day 1 of the season.

In order manage volume and facilitate appropriate physical distancing:

  • Our early-season snowmaking and terrain plan is different than recent years. We will focus on getting multiple lifts open and spreading out guests across the resort.
  • We will limit the number of guests at the resort by adjusting our daily lift ticket sales and pausing other sales channels for lift tickets.
  • We are also implementing an online parking reservation system for all guests. This means that whether you’re a season passholder or day ticket guest, you will need to let us know you’re coming. We will share more details on how this will be implemented in the coming weeks. 

In line with Salt Lake County's mask mandate (currently in effect through December 31, 2020), facial coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be a requirement for staff and guests. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces, except when seated to eat or drink, and outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Whether you are riding a bus, waiting in a lift line, loading and riding a chairlift or the Aerial Tram, or entering our facilities, you will be required to wear a face covering. We believe this is an essential first step that we can all take to ensure a safe experience at Snowbird. 

We've been working behind the scenes to develop a new Snowbird app, which will be available for Apple and Android phones at the beginning of the winter season. The app will help provide guests the information they need to do their part to physically distance across the mountain with features like:

  • Real-time lift and trail status, plus lift wait times.
  • Ski-day tracking; see where you’re at on the map and where friends and family are on the mountain.
  • Push notifications with real-time updates and information as needed allowing us to improve communication to guests who are at the resort.
  • Real-time parking lot status.

We are implementing an online parking reservation system for all guests. This means that whether you’re a season passholder or day ticket guest, you will need to let us know you’re coming. Implementing this system proactively will help us track and manage volume and ensure an experience which enables appropriate physical distancing. 

  • Snowbird, Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders will need to make an advance parking reservation.
  • Snowbird shuttle buses will be circulating throughout the resort to provide transport to the base areas and hotels. 
  • We plan to share more details on how this will be implemented in the coming weeks. 

Physical distancing in lift queues occurs organically due to the length of skis and snowboards and guests will notice additional spacing measures, including extended maze designs, more lateral spacing and increased signage, to further ensure a consistent flow of appropriately spaced traffic. 

  • Guests will be required to wear masks at all times, including queuing, loading, riding and unloading.
  • Guests will self-group and load chairlifts with their traveling party.
  • Lift attendants will not require guests to ride a chairlift with people they do not know. High-capacity chairlifts may be the exception, and may be loaded in a way that allows for physical distancing.

We will run the Aerial Tram with capacity limitations to best accommodate the health and safety of our employees and guests. As in seasons past, the Tram will operate as weather and snow conditions permit. 

  • Tram cabins are limited to 25 people, which is 25% of typical winter capacity, and high-touch points are disinfected before each ride.
  • Guests will be required to wear masks at all times, including queuing, loading, riding and unloading.
  • Foot passengers (scenic rides) will not be allowed on the Tram this year.

Advanced purchase will be required for lift tickets. Day visitors will now be able to pick up lift tickets without coming to the ticket window. There will be pick-up kiosks around the resort base areas for on-site ticket pick-up. In the event that you need further assistance, the ticket offices are available for you. Lift tickets will be on sale in October. 

If you are a renewing Snowbird or Ikon passholder, you can go direct to lift once you've reloaded your pass and signed a waiver. New passholders will be mailed their pass.

Winter lodging reservations are open. To learn more about how we are keeping accommodations safe, visit our Health & Safety webpage. 

 

Dining spaces and cafeteria flow have been reconfigured to allow for more space for physical distancing and faster service. Grab-and-go and takeout options will be available around the resort. Conference spaces at Creekside Lodge and Snowbird Center will be open for additional seating capacity. Guests are encouraged to avoid prime time in our restaurants (12:30 - 1:30 pm) as our overall seating capacity has dropped.

To start off the season, Mountain School will offer private lessons only. Reservations are required and will be on sale in October. Please stay tuned for information on multi-week kids' programs. 

Snowbird will operate ski and snowboard rentals with reservations required. Boots and helmets will continue to be sanitized after each use. More information coming soon.

The Cliff Spa will continue operations with reduced volume and reservations required in advance. 

Be Flexible

Please keep in mind that we’re operating in a very dynamic environment and so while we have laid out our current plans and will continue to do so this fall, we’re ready to adapt and adjust as needed and thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know everyone’s adapting in their own way and we want to make sure you know how we plan to adjust. Submit your questions through this form as we continue to expand our winter operations FAQ. 

Snowbird will not be charging for parking. We will be requiring a parking reservation.

Please stay tuned for details regarding Preferred Parking. We are working through the details and will share them soon.

We are working through the details and will be sharing them soon.

Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders do not need to make a reservation to ski and can proceed directly to the lift. You do need to reserve a parking spot.

You do not have to reserve a spot on the mountain to ski or ride. You do need to reserve a parking spot. If you plan to purchase a daily lift ticket to ski or ride please purchase in advance. Daily lift ticket sales will be limited.

Yes! If you are staying at any of our lodging properties, you are guaranteed a spot on the mountain.

The UTA Ski Bus will be running this winter. Please visit https://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Info/UTA-Ski-Service to learn more.

No. If you are riding the UTA Ski Bus, you do not need to make a reservation. If you plan to purchase a daily lift ticket, please purchase in advance.

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