The Latest on Ski Resort Responses to COVID-19

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

Covid-19 cut the 2019/20 ski season short. With continued uncertainty surrounding next season, many resorts have announced changes to accommodate guests and provide protection for pass purchases this spring and into the 2020-21 season. Here’s a breakdown of the latest updates from each resort in the Avant Ski network.


Mountains are grouped by state/region, and then listed alphabetically. We’ll be adding mountains and updating information as it becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Shoot us a message at hello@theavantski.com and we’ll update the blog with your requested resort!


For the latest on multi-resort season passes check out our Season Pass Update blog here.


Last Updated: June 4


Quick Hits on Resorts Reopening for Late Season Skiing and Uphill Access:

  • Arapahoe Basin reopened for skiing and riding with limited access on May 27. The resort was open for 12 days and closed for the season on June 7 due to lack of snow. See below for full details.

  • Vail Resorts has announced that it will not be reopening any of its resorts for spring skiing. Vail had previously alluded to the possible reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia.

  • Crystal Mountain reopened for skiing and riding with limited access on June 1st but closed on June 8 due to warmer temperatures and low snow coverage. The week was a success. Reservations were required and gondola loading proceeded during scheduled hourly time slots. Full details here.

  • Oregon ski areas have been given the green light to reopen, with stringent guidelines in place. Timberline is open and accepting reservations 24 hours in advance. Mt Bachelor reopened for skiing from May 16th – May 24th, and plans to reopen for summer activities soon.

  • Montana's Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area opened on June 1 to residents of Montana and Wyoming only. They are limiting access to 80 riders/day plus scheduled teams. They plan to remain open June 1 - July 5, snow and weather permitting. Updates on access and conditions can be found on their facebook page.

  • Mt Baldy, in California, became the first resort in the nation to reopen on April 22nd, but transitioned to summer operations on May 12th.

  • Uphill Access: A few resorts are still open for uphill access only, conditions permitting. Selected resorts include Aspen Snowmass, Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, and Telluride


California


Mammoth Mountain

Opening Status: Mammoth Mountain suspended all operations on March 14th. At this time, there is no estimated reopening date for any activities at Mammoth.


Refund Policy: Full refunds are being offered for reservations made after the March 14th closing date. Those seeking reimbursement for reservations made directly with the resort during the current closure can send a reimbursement request to 800Mammoth@MammothResorts.com. Pass Program: Mammoth has announced that any unused days on the Quad Pack+ plus pass can be rolled over to the 20/21 season.


Mammoth is also a member of the Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective. For the latest updates on these passes, click here.


Canada


Whistler Blackcomb


Opening Status: On May 21st, Vail Resorts confirmed that Whistler Blackcomb would not reopen for skiing this season.


Vail originally suspended operations at all of its North American resorts on March 15th. Vail then announced it would be closing all of its resorts for the remainder of the season on March 17th. Vail's full closing statement can be found here.


Refund Policy: Refunds and credits for 2019/20 pre-purchased lift tickets, lodging, ski and ride school, equipment rentals and more that were unable to be used due to the unexpected winter season closure are available, subject to applicable terms and conditions. Guests may submit a refund / credit request for mountain products that were for dates following the closure of Vail’s North American resorts using this online form.


Pass Program: On April 27th, Vail announced sweeping changes to their Epic Pass policies, including a variable credit (between 20-80%, depending on number of days skied) and “Epic Coverage” – a built-in insurance policy for the 20/21 season. For a full breakdown of the updated Epic Pass policies, click here.


Colorado


Arapahoe Basin


Opening Status: On June 7 Arapahoe Basin closed for the season after reopening for 12 days due to lack of snow. This was a bit disappointing as last year they made it until July 4. The reopening was a success and all 600 spots were filled daily, though there were only 20 runs open at the start due to the snow base.


On May 27th, Arapahoe Basin reopened for skiing with limited access. The daily total number of skiers and riders allowed into the resort will be 600, and customers must reserve a spot in advance. 30 spots will be open for regular lift ticket purchase, while the remaining 570 will be reserved for pass holders (this includes A-Basin Passes, the Ikon Pass, and other passes with reciprocal days at A-Basin).


Due to overwhelming demand, those who wish to make a reservation must enter a lottery. Entry to the lottery opens at 7:00 pm (MDT) two days prior to the desired day of skiing, and can be accessed on the A-Basin website. The drawing is random, and will occur the day before the desired reservation day. For full details and to enter the daily drawing, click here.


Refund Policy: Arapahoe Basin is offering refunds for all unused single or two-day lift tickets and any unused days on season passes will be rolled over to next season. For full details on refunds and credits, click here.


Pass Program: Arapahoe Basin is also a member of the Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective. For the latest updates on these passes, click here.


Aspen Snowmass


Opening Status: On May 11th, Aspen Snowmass announced that they are closing for the winter season. ApsenSnowmass remains open for uphill access, though with the warmer weather is recommending limiting uphilling to the morning hours.


Refund Policy: The resort is offering full refunds on all unused lift tickets, ski/snowboard lessons, equipment rentals, and other activity bookings. Any unused days on season passes can be transferred to next season. For a full breakdown of available refunds, click here.


Pass Program: The resort has extended their deadline for early bird pricing on next year’s season pass to July 15th. Passes can be locked in with a $99 deposit, with the balance due September 1st. All deposits/unused season passes are fully refundable through November 20th. The Premier Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding at all 4 mountains of Aspen Snowmass, and the Adult, Senior, and Chamber passes include a complimentary Ikon Base Pass. For full details on season pass options, click here.