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Inland Northwest Resorts Set Out Polices For Season

Schweitzer-Scene Resorts like Schweitzer are juggling ticket options for both season and day skiers and riders, as a challenging season approaches. (Schweitzer Mountain/Facebook)

The half-dozen ski and snowboard resorts that sit east of the Cascade divide and on the western edge of the Rockies have begun to announce ticket policies for the upcoming season to comply with local and state Covid-related capacity caps in place.

At Schweitzer Mountain, CEO Tom Chasse said they expect to sell a limited number of day tickets only online -- and not before early November -- so season pass holders get first dibs on the hill. They don't foresee any limit on season pass holders participation. Also, the northern Idaho mountain will likely not sell open-ended flexible tickets, like Ski3 Packs this season.

For Mt. Spokane,  season tickets are on sale but all will be refunded without question if the season is suspended because of virus concerns. Otherwise, an extra $30 gets standard, pro-rated refund insurance. Expect a daily limit on the number of skiers and riders who can carve up the home hill to the second-largest city in Washington. As a state park, it must closely adhere to state crowd-size limits.

At 49 Degrees North, all 2020-2021 season passes can be deferred to the following year, no questions asked, by Dec. 1. So far, any specific capacity or operation limits have not been determined.

Silver Mountain's Jeff Colburn told SnoCountry he expects the ticket window to be open Monday through Friday, as usual, but day tickets will be limited and must be purchased online Friday-Sunday or during holiday times to control crowding. Season pass holders won't be restricted, no reservation necessary, and they will get a pro-rated refund if the season closes for seven days in a row or a total of 25 days -- depending upon the value of the pass.

Lookout Pass has its passes up for sale, including new ski-and-bike combo and transferable season tickets. They don't expect to have to limit day ticket sales at this time. Rollover for to 2020-2021 for season passes can be done, if the current pass hasn't been used in the spring.

Like all resorts, these Northwest Rockies resorts have had to grapple with what changes to make to reduce the chance of virus spread during the season. Standards for cleaning, masking, distancing/spacing, gearing up at home or in the parking lot, and dining will be in place throughout. Head to their websites for particulars.



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