After a warmer than normal summer, we are embracing the splendor that is autumn in the mountains, with shorter days, cooler mornings, and the first snowfall of the season on the books (September 8!). Moderate temperatures elongate the opportunities to enjoy all things outdoors, and for many, it’s a favorite season. 

All of us are accepting of a new kind of ski season, with expected COVID shifts in business operations. This also tends to be the time we start consulting all the weather experts to try to gauge snowfall for the upcoming season. So far we are embracing the Farmer’s Almanac prediction for “above normal snow” for our region. 


Winter Ski Operations


PASS HOLDER RESERVATIONS: For guests’ safety, Vail Resorts are managing on-mountain access this season. Reservations will be required, and pass holders will get priority access. 

LIFT TICKETS: Lift tickets will go on sale Dec. 8 after our pass holders reserve their priority days. Lift tickets will not be sold for the early season, but Epic Day Passes are available now.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, including in lift lines and while loading, unloading, and riding on chairlifts and gondolas.

CHAIRS & GONDOLAS: To maintain physical distancing on chairlifts and gondolas, resort staff will only be seating related parties together (guests skiing and riding together), or:

  • Two singles seated on opposite sides of a four-person lift
  • Two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift
  • Two singles on opposite ends of our larger gondola cabins

DINING:  Restaurants will be open, including full-service, sit down restaurants. Vail Resorts will be managing capacity and spacing out seating indoors and outdoors. Full-service bars will be closed, and all transactions will be cashless.

The operating plan in more detail is available for study here.


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Deer Valley® Resort will be prioritizing access for season pass holders and will tightly regulate the number of daily lift tickets that will be available by advance purchase only. To this end, walk-up window sales will be eliminated, and the sale of some undated lift ticket products will be discontinued until further notice.

Deer Valley is currently working to develop full operating plans and protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Pre-purchase your lift tickets in advance to guarantee your spot on the mountain, especially if you have booked lessons, rentals, or other products.
Day-of lift ticket sales will not be available this ski season. Lift ticket sales will launch to the public for online sales in mid-October. To sign-up for lift ticket updates, please click here.

The Skier Services Contact Center is open and accepting reservations for winter 2020-21 Ski School lessons and rentals. To help keep guests and staff stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Deer Valley has made the difficult decision to not offer some of our traditional products this coming ski season.

Products not offered this season include:

  • The Children’s Center
  • Reindeer Club
  • Bambi Club
  • Fawn Special
  • Steeps and Stashes

Lessons currently available for reservations include:

  • Private Lessons for adults and children including Adaptive and Telemark instruction
  • Afternoon Adventure Club
  • Afternoon Teen Escape
  • Mahre Training Center Camps
  • Women’s Ski Clinics.

Lessons are only available by calling the Contact Center at 888-754-8477 or 435-645-6648.


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Over seven miles of conveyor belts have been built or upgraded to whisk checked luggage from multiple areas like the parking garage, curbside drop-off, and the ticketing counters.

This simply means less lugging for those with oversize bags, which is always the first concern upon airport arrival. These improvements streamline travel for those with skis, bikes, boards, or other sporting equipment. 

Travelers can bid farewell to the traditional setup, where they need to visit the oversized baggage claim to fetch their items. The new baggage system can handle ski and board bags in addition to bike boxes or bags. It employs state-of-the art technology, which can present approximately 100 ski bags vertically, offering better visibility to travelers.  

Those arriving in Salt Lake City won’t have to wrestle their ski and snowboard bags down sets of stairs, escalators, or elevators, as the baggage claim area occupies the same level as ground transportation and the parking structure.