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Reservations, Parking Limits, Grab 'n' Go New Normal at Utah Resorts

Powder-Chair Chairlift rides may be lonely this winter, as social distancing spreads out crowds at Utah resorts. (Powder Mountain/Facebook)

A ski and snowboard season like no other is coming to us all, including locals and visitors to the major Utah resorts.

COVID-related practices of social distancing, masks, regular disinfecting, gearing up beforehand, grab 'n' go food, and spacing will be in place. Here's a look at other changes at major Utah resorts along the Wasatch Front:

At Powder Mountain, a season pass limit of 3,000 and a daily visitor cap of 1,500 remain, facilitating distancing outside. Online only for ticket and food purchases. Day tickets can be picked up at the resort. Private and semi-private lessons only. A three-tier color-coded warning system will trigger protocols for lodges and on-mountain shuttle capacities. Expect longer waiting times. New snowcats' open-air seating will help distancing.

Snowbasin doesn't plan to restrict season pass holders or online daily ticket sales -- except during busy times. Then, the resort might cut off daily ticket sales, then put on an overall capacity cap. On the hill, Allen Peak tram will load only six per car, and gondolas will fill with traveling parties or singles. New will be ski-up food outlets and remote warming yurts.

Up Little Cottonwood Canyon, all motorists -- regardless of ticket type -- at Snowbird will have to make a parking reservation beforehand. Capacity will be controlled via sales of day tickets by the resort -- picked up kiosks -- and other channels. For early season, mountain managers aim to get more terrain and lifts open to spread guests more around the hill. Tram lines will be longer, as loads will be cut to 25, about a quarter of normal. Pre-ordered private lessons only at ski school, and all rentals purchased online.

At Alta, officials will determine capacities on daily basis and regulate it via available parking on first-come-first-served basis. Off-site ticket sales will be reduced. Only private lessons at ski school and the rental shop at Wildcat ticket center won't be open. On-mountain Collin's Grill will be closed.

In Big Cottonwood, pay-parking will continue at Solitude via phones. Rentals and lessons must be reserved online. Rental shop flow will be regulated.



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