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Tahoe Resorts Ready To Open with Ticketing Restrictions

Sugar-Bowl-Covid Reno-Tahoe resorts are ready for winter, with a variety of ticket restrictions to cope with Cove-19 guidelines. (Sugar Bowl/Facebook)

The baker's dozen of ski and snowboard resorts in the Lake Tahoe region will start opening for the season in late November, and all will have policies in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Aside from the expected social distancing, masking, touchless transactions, and indoor capacity limits, here are what these resorts will do about ticketing:

  • The trio of Vail-owned resorts -- Heavenly Valley, Northstar, and Kirkwood -- will have the Epic Pass reservation system in place. All visitors must book a spot on the mountain prior to arriving, and only pass holders can do so before Dec. 8.

  • Ikon Pass holders will not have to make reservations through the Ikon system for Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadow that accept the pass.

  • All others don't have reservations systems at this time but several, including Diamond Peak and Sugar Bowl, are keeping that option open right now.

  • The only Tahoe-area resorts that will have walk-up windows open for day ticket sales will be Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw-Alpine for midweek tickets only.

  • At the others, day ticket sales must be made online and will be capped daily, including Homewood that includes a parking reservation with each ticket, and put a 25% cap on season pass sales.

  • Season pass sales have been cut off at Sugar Bowl, and Mt. Rose Tahoe has only midweek season passes available.

  • Boreal is the only resort at this time that will have a "phased arrival model" so that skiers and riders come to the resort at different hours of the day.

Scheduled opening days are Heavenly (California side only) and Northstar on Nov. 20; Boreal, Nov. 23; Squaw-Alpine Meadows, Nov. 25; Sierra-at-Tahoe, Nov. 26 Sugar Bowl Nov. 27; Kirkwood, Dec. 4; Diamond Peak, Dec. 10; and Homewood, Dec. 11. Mt. Rose Tahoe, originally to open Nov. 4, says it'll open when it can make enough snow.




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