It’s almost that time! Even though it doesn’t feel like it in the Valley, where temperatures are still consistently over 100 degrees, ski and snowboard season is right around the corner. Arizona Snowbowl recently revealed its 2020 opening date and the safety changes that are coming to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and precautions. Here’s what you need to know as you plan your ski or snowboard trips this winter.
Winter season at Snowbowl is currently scheduled to open on November 20, 2020.
Snowbowl might look a bit different this year than you’ve experienced in the past. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, new protocols have been put in place that all employees and visitors will need to follow.
It’s still early, and things might still change. Snowbowl has announced their current plans so skiiers and snowboarders can get ready for the upcoming season. Here are the current plans for safety on the slopes this winter:
- Comply with all local, state, and federal guidelines in operating Snowbowl.
- Stay home if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Masks and face coverings are required to be worn.
- Keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.
- Access to indoor spaces – like restaurants, restrooms, etc. – will be limited.
- On busy days, the limit will probably be reached and you may be asked to remain outside or go to your vehicle to warm up or eat.
- Lifts (including the new gondola) and lift lines will support physical distancing. Guests may ride lifts with family or traveling companions only.
- All purchases (including lift tickets, rentals, ski school, and most food and beverages) will be available online. Check the website later this fall to see products and plan ahead when purchasing for your selected date.
- Busy times will be closely monitored and there may be limited access to Snowbowl during peak weekends and holidays. If this occurs, the mountain will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Follow Snowbowl on social media for updates regarding this.
- There will be discounted rates during weekdays and off-peak times. The My Weekday season pass starts at just $199 through October 9.
- Be on the lookout for more discounted weekday lift tickets.
This may seem like a lot of change, but in order to keep everyone safe and healthy – and to keep the lifts open – all visitors will be asked to comply with the new procedures.
Snowbowl isn’t the only ski resort that has new rules in place; the entire collective of Power Pass resorts will be following the same procedures to ensure COVID-19 guideline compliance.
Planning ahead for the upcoming ski season? The season pass sale is happening now through October 9.