As the first frosts nip at high elevations across the country, resorts are beginning to gear up to welcome skiers back for the season. Now guests at Vail Resorts’ North American ski areas have a better vision of what things will look like when it comes to coronavirus prevention and mitigation, and one thing is certain: VR will be taking it very seriously.
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The company released its health guidelines in a letter to pass holders yesterday, covering topics such as reservations, face coverings, lift capacity, and vaccinations at its 34 North American resorts.
Here’s the quick takeaway:
There will be no reservation system, and all lifts will be loaded to capacity.
Face coverings will not be required outdoors or on lifts or gondolas, unless stated by local public health officials.
Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces, including restaurants, retail, and restrooms.
Guests 12 and over will have to show proof of vaccination to dine at quick-serve and cafeteria-style restaurants; proof of vaccination is not required at sit-down restaurants.
The above requirement includes kids 12 and over in ski school programs that include lunch.
Reservations will be required at many on-mountain restaurants, and reservations will be available to book one day prior rather than day-of, as it was last season.
Vaccinations will be required for all employees.
It’s worth noting that all of these guidelines are subject to change based on health conditions, and that Vail Resorts reserves the right to add or remove requirements as it deems necessary. Read the full guidelines and FAQs here.
“We are fortunate that the core of our experience takes place outdoors in vast mountain settings,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts in an email to pass holders. “However, as we welcome guests from around the world to the indoor experience at our resorts, we feel it’s important to do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19.”