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Oregon Resorts Lay Out Covid-19 Mixed Bag For 2020-2021 Season

Mt-Hood-Meadows-Parking Restrictions and spacing in parking lots will be a big deal this winter, as Oregon resorts grapple with Covid limitations. (Mt. Hood Meadows/Facebook)

Oregon's ski and snowboard resorts have unveiled how they plan to deal with COVID-related concerns this winter, and the options are all over the lot -- depending upon seasonal variables and local habits.

On the shoulder of Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge's capacity will be managed by an online reservation system for all -- details TBD. A checkpoint on the access road will update all guests. Only private lessons, no Kids Club, and no resort shuttle to start the season. Previous pass holders have until Oct. 18 to renew; after that, a restricted number of new customers can purchase passes.

Around the corner at Mt. Hood Meadows,  officials have a "dynamic daily ticket" system that would slot customers into time slots during peak days. Season passes don't apply, but new passes will be limited, and some pass options won't be for sale.. The Oregon resort will also meter access into lodges -- including the new 23,000-square-foot base lodge -- during busy times.

Mt. Hood SkiBowl will likely require online ticket purchases and reservations for everyone, with limits dictated for season passes and day tickets. Parking permits still required, and expect shuffling among lots.

At Mt. Baker, daily operations will base out of the Heather Meadows area. To start, no plans for capacity restrictions, but they may be put in later in the season. If so, 51% of spots reserved for season pass holders who will have to make a reservation for a day ticket. Ski school limits will evolve, as will special clinics.

Mt. Bachelor all skiers and riders -- regardless of ticket status -- will have to call ahead to reserve a parking spot. Single-day tickets will be capped, and more blackouts on multi-day and Ikon Pass visitors. Only half-day and private lessons at ski school.

At Anthony Lakes, pass holders and lodging discount visitors face no restrictions, but day tickets will be monitored to control capacities. Day tickets, which go on sale before the season, and ski school purchases online only. Snowcat service canceled for season.

Town hill Mt. Ashland plans no limits on tickets at this time. If necessary, day ticket sales will be the focus to maintain legal capacities on the hill.

Hoodoo Ski Area https://skihoodoo.com/rates/season-passes/ has set a one-day pass sale on Oct. 24 with preseason prices, and a one-time, take-home season rental. Plus, the Oregon mountain will open on Wednesdays with night skiing, as well as honor leftover tickets and gift certificates from last season.

Others, like Summit Ski Area and Willamette Pass, have yet to announced winter plans.


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