“In a normal season, we see a lot of general guest traffic coming through who have never been to the mountains, never seen snow and just want to get a sense of what the winter environment is like up here,” Kanton said. “We had to restrict that to only paid guests like at a theme park. You can’t just walk around Disneyland. You have to buy a ticket to enter.”
At Vail Resorts, which includes Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood near Lake Tahoe and Utah’s Park City, spokeswoman Sara Roston said dining options last year at its California resorts were limited to grab-and-go. “We had masking and other rules, too, but the big thing this season is that everything should be fully operational and we’ll be running at full capacity again.”
This season, guests will need to book reservations to eat at many of Vail’s on-mountain restaurants using the “Time to Dine” reservation service. Also, guests can book reservations the day before on resort dining webpages, the EpicMix app or through QR codes at resorts.
“And while vaccinations won’t be required to ski or snowboard, anyone 12 years of age or older will need to show they have been vaccinated to dine at indoor, cafeteria-style restaurants,” Roston said.
Like last season at most resorts, face coverings will be required in indoor settings, including resort restaurants, lodging properties, restrooms, retail, rental locations, as well as on buses. However, they won’t be mandated outdoors in lift lines or on chairlifts unless required by local public health authorities.