Tahoe Resorts Let Skiers And Riders What To Expect This Season
Like all U.S. resorts, the list of COVID-related changes at Tahoe-area mountains reads familiar: Cashless transactions, masking up, self-grouping for lifts, state regulating size of gatherings, more weekday season pass options, rental shop spacing, group lesson capping, gearing up in the parking lot, and grab 'n' go food.
The first round of season pass sales is wrapping up. Here's what else resorts around Lake Tahoe have in store this season:
No reservations required at Sierra-at-Tahoe, which is one of few resorts with walk-up ticket windows open. However, there may be a limit on day tickets.
Set to open Nov. 25, Squaw Valley- Alpine Meadows will sell day tickets online-only, and won't sell them at walk-up windows on weekends -- for now -- to control crowds. Funitel and Tram will have reduced capacities, and officials warn that longer-the-norm delays in opening terrain and lifts may occur.
Homewood plans to open on Dec. 11. Capped daily, day lift tickets must be bought online and include a parking reservation; season pass holders need not reserve a space -- for now. Only ride chairs with those in your party. Private lessons only.
At Boreal, opening date is set for Nov. 23. The resort will use a "phased arrival model" to limit arrivals per hour to spread out crowds on slopes and in lodges. Day tickets available solely online. Time in warming areas restricted to 20-minute blocks.
Sugar Bowl has decided to halt season pass sales, and cap daily tickets bought online only. At this time, reservations aren't required but may be implemented during the season. Lessons and rentals not up for sale at this time.
Weekend season passes are sold out at Mt. Rose Tahoe, which hasn't set an opening date yet. Some Monday-Thursday passes still available. Day ticket sales will be capped, and no more than three in group lessons.
An Epic Pass destination, Kirkwood will require reservations for all as of Nov. 6. With opening day Dec. 4, Epic Pass holders get sole access until Dec. 8, when online day ticket sales begin. Group lessons max out at six.
Also in the Epic Pass fold, both Heavenly and Northstar will require reservations every day and give pass holders free rein from opening day on Nov. 20 to Dec. 8, when day sales begin. Group lessons capped at six, and rentals -- for now -- are not on the reservation system.
No reservations yet at Diamond Peak but they may be implemented after Dec. 10 opening. Day tickets capped and bought online-only, and lesson capacities in place.