How COVID-19 Will Change Skiing This Season

As reported here by KSL.COM, change will be a common theme of the 2020-2021 ski season due to the coronavirus. That’s why Ski Utah leaders advise those planning to hit the slopes to plan ahead. Call UtahState.com in Layton Utah at 800-754-4136 for the latest news on Utah skiing

As an example of this, the day after many of the resorts shuttered for the season, the state’s ski industry leaders formed a group to figure out each other’s plans and needs.

Knowledge of COVID-19 has changed over the months as researchers raced to learn as much as possible about it how spreads and affects humans. Resorts have used this information to form this season’s plans. The National Ski Areas Association also published recommendations for resorts all over the country on how to handle this winter, which helped local resorts piece together new protocols.

Davy Ratchford, general manager at Snowbasin Resort, said the Huntsville resort submitted a plan to the Weber-Morgan Health Department months before the season’s start and got approval.

“We’ve taken those (national) playbooks and we’ve customized them to our individual areas based on the health departments and the guidance we’ve had throughout the state,” he said.

Since the various resorts were in contact with each other, they communicated their different ideas on how to handle business during a pandemic. They created a goal to implement as many of the same practices as possible so that skiers and snowboarders who may rotate to different resorts in the state can expect similar guidelines.

For example, face coverings will be required at all 15 resorts. That was anticipated before Herbert’s state of emergency order was put in place that included a statewide mask mandate. Face coverings will be required in all indoor and outdoor spaces except when someone is eating or drinking. The best place for ski deals UtahState.com in Layton Utah is #1 for ski vacation packages and discounts on ski lift tickets.

“The ski industry was way ahead of the curve, I guess you could say, in regards to mask wearing,” said Mike Maughan, manager for Alta Ski Area. “The industry, as a whole, developed a ‘Ski Well, Be Well’ pandemic plan and one of the pillars of that plan was that all of the guests that come to ski areas would be required to wear masks when they can’t be appropriately distanced.

“So in our lift lines, all of our lifts and indoor spaces, masks have been required. It’s been in the ski area’s plans from day one,” he added, noting that anyone seen without a mask won’t be allowed on a ski lift.

Snowbird’s ‘Early Bird Stay & Ski’ Deal is Back!

For those eager to get back on the slopes and ski their hearts out, Snowbird’s ‘Early bird Stay & Ski’ deal is for you! With discounts on all things from lodging to lift tickets this deal is a must-get for all the eager skiers out there. Book 2 nights minimum lodging and get daily Adult Lift Tickets starting at $145 per adult while kids 12 and under ski free each night of their stay!

  • Offer Valid November 30 – December 22, 2020.
  • Rates are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and exclusive of taxes and fees and will vary depending on accommodations, lodge and dates selected.
  • Valid for new bookings only and not available for groups. Offer is limited and may be discontinued at any time. Minimum stay may be required over certain dates.
  • Restrictions may apply. Not all dates are available.
  • Opening date dependent on snow conditions.
  • Alta upgrades can be purchased through the Ticket Office for an additional charge.
  • Winter reservations are fully refundable 15 days in-advance, cancellations within 14 days are non-refundable, but can be rescheduled for a later date in the current season.
  • No cancellation penalty shall be applied due to a Force Majeure event.

The Wasatch Mountains: Home to 4 Major Utah Ski Resorts

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See that? those are the the Wasatch Mountains where you will find four major Utah ski Resorts, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird. See that snow? that was the day after our first significant measurable snowfall on October 25, 2020. Skiers and snowboarders are getting excited about coming to Utah to experience ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth”. And who are they going to call? The skier / reservation agents at UtahState.com of course. The ski division of Snelgrove Travel in Layton Utah.

As far as COVID is concerned, ski resorts aren’t somewhere where you go to be close to other people. As far as the lodges are concerned, let’s just say it’s be to keep your distance whenever possible. We’re ready to strap on the boots and hit the slopes.

Everything is indicating it’s going to be an above average season, way above average is even better. Snowbasin turned on its snow-making system Sunday October 25, 2020 for the first time.

With the temperatures being what it is, humidity being what it is, Utah ski resorts are able to turn on the snow making monster full bore right now until opening day. More than half a dozen ski resorts plan to open right around the Thanksgiving holiday. For discounts on Utah ski lift tickets that beat Costco ski lift ticket prices call the team at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800. Also complete ski Utah vacation packages also available.

SolBright: The Trail Shared by Two Resorts

We’re getting ready for the 2020 / 2021 Utah ski season! We want to tell you about a little known ski deal called SolBright. We recently hiked there to check out the trail improvements in preparation for the upcoming ski season. Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort offer a unique lift ticket to ski both areas. Brighton and Solitude Ski resorts in Utah are connected by a scenic intermediate trail called SolBright. This trail is a favorite of the skier/reservation agents at UtahState.com and allows visitors to ski between these two awesome resorts. The SolBright pass as it’s called is a fantastic bargain. This run connects these two resorts by first passing from the Summit Chair at Solitude down to the Evergreen Chair area at Brighton, where you can then access the entire mountain. You’ll find plenty of intermediate skiing at both resorts while you enjoy Utah’s famous “greatest snow on earth”. As you pass between these two resorts, you pass above Silver Lake, which is where Solitude’s Nordic Center is located, and eventually end-up back at Solitude Mountain Resort on the Timber Line/North Star run under Sunrise lift. The skiing is awesome and the views are drop dead gorgeous. Call the team at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800 for discounts on Utah ski lift tickets and well as bargains on complete Utah Ski package deals. Partner with Snelgrove Travel in Layton Utah. Known as Utah’s “favorite travel agency”.

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Utah Ski Resorts Take Precautionary Measures, Plan November Reopening

The Utah ski season is just around the corner. The team at Snelgrove Travel and UtahState.com in Layton Utah is excited once again to welcome to Utah to enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth”. In this COVID-19 environment, lodging facilities in Park City as well as in Salt Lake City and at Snowbird ski resort  are undertaking enhanced cleaning protocols in our hotel rooms and condos.  At Solitude Mountain Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah  they are reporting that “all rental equipment will be completely sanitized after each use and we’ll be rearranging different points of sale, adding the ability to order food and services ahead of time and adding restroom facilities to keep lines from forming.”

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Restaurants at major Utah ski resorts will have more “grab-and-go” options and expanded outdoor seating to help guests maintain physical distancing and comply with local Salt Lake County health regulations. There is no questions that last season, Utah ski resorts were thrown a big surprise with having to close the ski season early due to the pandemic.

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For all the latest details on the upcoming 2020 / 2021 Utah ski season and deals on ski packages as well as discount lift tickets contact the ski desk at UtahState.com in Layton Utah 800-754-4136 or by email [email protected]

Most major Utah ski resorts are planning a Nov. 20 opening, weather permitting.

What “Park City Quick Start” Was

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The Park City Quick Start used to let you ski free on the day of arrival by showing your airline boarding pass. It is our understanding that this ski free on day of arrival program will not be offered for the 2020 / 2021 ski season. However for the latest updates check back here or call the ski desk at UtahState.com 801-544-1800. Park City ski resort is a wonderful ski resort operated by wonderful people even if the Park City Quick Start isn’t offered this ski season. Here’s some trivia for you. The START in Park City Quick Start stands for “ski today ride today”. Clever huh.
When offered, the Park City Quick Start was a unique program. It was meant to show that unlike Colorado, if you ski Utah you could fly into the Salt Lake City airport in the morning and be skiing at Park City by mid day. For real! To promote this the Park City Chamber of Commerce and the three Park City Resorts, Deer Valley, Canyons and Park City teamed up to create the Park City Quick Start program. This was introduced originally in 2006 and by promoting ski free on day of arrival, it showed how convenient the Park City ski resorts were to the Salt Lake International airport. Once you grab your skis or snowboard at the Salt Lake Airport, you exit the airport and hop on interstate 80 and turn east. A quick 30 minutes later while still on interstate 80 as you pass through the Salt Lake Valley, take the Park City exit off and you have arrived. Then just pick your resort, show your out of state drivers licence (bummer for locals) and your boarding pass and then ski free for the rest of the day. The Park City Quick start was a great marketing idea and we hope the marketing folks bring it back. Especially as the ski industry recovers from the effects of COVID-19.
For discount ski lift tickets to many Utah resorts or complete ski packages, call the ski desk at UtahState.com at 801-544-1800. Our office is located near Park City in Layton Utah. We can also be reached by email at [email protected] We follow all the latest Park City and ski Utah news. If the Park City Quick start program returns for the 2020 /2021 ski season. We will be the first to know. Ski Utah …home of the “greatest snow on earth”.

Bloods Lake

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Don’t let the name Bloods Lake fool you. This beautiful lake near Park City Ski Resort isn’t what the name suggests. Tucked just below beautiful Guardsman Pass at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, this little body of water boasts an island, a rock cliff, and an alpine forest. The moderate hike to Bloods Lake is short and easy, so it’s great for the whole family. Dogs as well. The lake is beautiful and, while there are usually folks with their dogs, even on a weekend you can always find a quiet little corner to enjoy. The hike down is beautiful, wandering between big, old conifer trees and revealing wide views of the Heber valley. The hike is pretty flat until you reach the lake, where there’s a short descent. You’ll climb to about 9,800 feet and emerge onto a steep overlook and parking lot with great views of the Park City backwoods and mountain valleys. In addition we have all the details on the Park City Quick Start ski free on the day of arrival.

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The gorgeous high alpine terrain looks like a scene from The Sound of Music. This parking area serves several different trails, including one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Park City and Salt Lake area (the Wasatch Crest Trail), so parking can be a challenge on weekends during the warmer months. If you park facing the valley, the Bloods Lake trail starts to your left and continues downhill. The total distance to the lake is .6 miles, and you descend about 300 feet as you wind down to the lake. You will see the ski lifts of Park City off to the north. Guardsman Pass is closed in the winter, so this hike is best for late spring, summer, and fall when the snow has melted. Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and take the left-hand road as your reach Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon—there’s a big directional sign indicating Guardsman Pass and Park City. For Utah ski trips call the team at UtahState.com in Layton Utah at 801-544-1800.

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About Solitude Ski Resort

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snowsportssolbrightSolitude Ski Resort is located in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains about thirty miles southeast of the airport at Salt Lake City, Utah. Solitude boasts 66 trails, 1,200 acres and 2,047 vertical feet. Solitude is one of the smaller Utah ski resorts near and is a neighbor to Brighton Ski Resort. It is a wonderful family-oriented mountain ski resort, with a wide variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes than other nearby ski resorts; 50% of the slopes at Solitude are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest variety of slopes in the Salt Lake City area. It’s a favorite for the local Utah skiers. What about snowboarders? yes it’s a wonderful place for snowboarders. Solitude was one of the first major US ski resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system that allows lift lines to move much more efficiently while at the same time reduce “lift poaching”. Following Solitude’s lead on RFID was Alta Ski Area in 2007. Solitude is adjacent to Brighton Ski Resort (where Utah learned to ski) and is near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude and Brighton have joined together and offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a slight up charge. Ski Utah and call UtahState.com in Layton Utah for deals 801-544-1800.

Solitude’s Nordic Center

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Hey ski Utah fans! Solitude’s Nordic Center is one of Utah’s best-kept ski secrets. A snowshoeing & nordic cross country skiing mecca! Explore twenty kilometers of pristine trails through some of Utah’s most stunning, and secret, terrain. Easily accessible from the Solitude Village. If you need to brush up on technique, private and group lessons, clinics and workshops, and snowshoe tours are offered. Nordic tickets and snowshoe rentals available at the Powderhorn Adventure Center and Nordic Center, while Nordic ski rentals are only available at the Nordic Center. Happy trails.Three free shuttles run from Solitude Village to the Nordic Center (entry 3) departing at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Contact the ski desk at UtahState.com in Layton Utah for all your Utah ski vacation needs. Call 800-754-4136 or email [email protected] For discounts on lift tickets or complete ski Utah vacations contact us today!

Brighton Ski Resort preview for the 2020 /2021 ski season

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Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah was the first ski resort in Utah, and one of the first in the United States. Brighton started way back in 1936 when members of the Alpine Ski Club built a tow rope from wire and an old truck motor. This is where most of the staff at UtahState.com learned to ski. Most Brighton skiers and riders are Utah locals and believe it is one of ski Utah’s “best kept secrets”. But the word is getting out since Brighton is getting known for its cliffs, chutes, bowls and natural features. The publicity is increasing as Brighton was voted to have the 2nd best snow in North America, losing the top spot to its neighbor Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. Brighton Ski Resort reaches 10,750 feet with 1,130 skiable acres. We have complete ski packages as well as lift ticket discounts available.
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Brighton is next door to Solitude Mountain Resort and the two ski areas offer a common “Solbright Pass” which provides access to both resorts for a small fee. Transit between the two mountains is provided from Solitude to Brighton via the Solbright run off the Summit Express on Solitude, or via the Evergreen trail off the Milly Express on Brighton. This treasure is not to be missed and is why Brighton is one of the favorite ski resorts of the ski reservation agents at UtahState.com. For discounts on lift tickets or complete Utah ski vacations, call UtahState.com at 801-544-1800. The ski vacation division of Snelgrove Travel in Layton, Utah.
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