Park City Mountain Prepares to Open for the 2020-21 Winter Season: What to Expect

11 November 2020
  • Park City Mountain is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 20
  • Opening Day through Dec. 7 is open exclusively to pass holders
  • Mountain access reservations, face coverings and physical distancing are required this winter at all Vail Resorts destinations
PARK CITY, Utah – November 12, 2020 — Park City Mountain is looking forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders back to the slopes on Friday, Nov. 20. Cold temperatures at the end of October provided a solid start to snowmaking and November storms continue to enhance the early-season conditions with over a foot of new snow. Learn more about the 2020-21 season at Park City Mountain below including details about the resort’s new safety procedures, early-season terrain openings, on-mountain dining, Ski and Snowboard School and Vail Resorts’ new reservation system.
 
Opening Day
Dependent on weather and conditions, Park City Mountain is planning to open both base areas on Friday, Nov. 20 with runs off of Payday and First Time lifts at the Park City Mountain Village and runs off of Saddleback and High Meadow lifts out of Canyons Village. The Cabriolet and Red Pine Gondola will also be operating for mountain access. Early-season access (from Nov. 20- Dec. 7) will be exclusive to pass holders and guests will need an on-mountain reservation to ski or snowboard. Please visit ParkCityMountain.com for more information on current conditions and trail openings.
 
Commitment to Safety
One of Park City Mountain’s most important values is Be Safe. The resort is committed to safety, including industry-leading practices, training, guest and employee communications and, especially, accountability. This takes on additional meaning this season amid the pandemic. In addition to following all local regulations, Park City Mountain will be requiring face coverings, allowing for physical distancing (including on lifts and gondolas), and managing access to the mountain to give guests the space they need, no matter what day they decide to visit. Additionally, the resort will operate with enhanced cleaning measures, employee health screenings and safety training, cashless transactions, and revisions to regularly offered programs and services. Learn more about these safety procedures here.
 
On-Mountain Reservations
To allow for physical distancing, Vail Resorts has implemented a new, easy-to-use reservation system for winter at Park City Mountain and each of its 34 North American resorts. This system will help manage capacity and give pass holders peace of mind knowing they’ll have the space needed to stay safe this season. Pre-season priority reservations for Epic Pass holders began on Friday, November 6 and the resort will not sell day lift tickets until Tuesday, Dec. 8. All guests will need an on-mountain reservation in advance of arriving at the resort. Tickets will not be sold on-site. Learn more at EpicPass.com.
 
Epic Mountain Rewards
New this season, Vail Resorts introduced ‘Epic Mountain Rewards,’ which gives pass holders a discount of 20 percent off food and beverage, lodging, group ski and ride school lessons, equipment rentals and more at Park City Mountain and the Company’s North American owned and operated resorts. Epic Mountain Rewards is available for everyone who purchases an Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Day Pass, Military Epic Pass and most of the Company’s other pass products – regardless of whether guests plan to ski one day or every day of the season.
 
Terrain
Park City Mountain is the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States with 7,300 acres, over 330 trails, 43 lifts, 6 terrain parks, 2 dedicated learning areas for beginners and ski-in-ski out access to Main Street. Last winter, the addition of the new Over and Out lift at Canyons Village lift provided even more access and accessibility to skiers and snowboarders exploring the mountain. Regardless of how many people are skiing and riding this season, Park City Mountain will follow its historical practice of opening as many lifts and as much terrain as soon as possible to allow for the amazing mountain experience guests have come to expect.

Ski and Snowboard School Updates
No matter your skill level, a lesson with Park City Mountain’s world class Ski and Snowboard School is the perfect way to experience the largest ski resort in the United States. This winter, Park City Mountain we will offer group and private lessons with adjustments to emphasize safety for guests and employees. All ski and ride school classes will have a maximum class size of six and classes for 5- and 6-year-old children will have a maximum class size of four. The resort will also offer one-on-one, one-hour private lessons to 3- and 4-year-olds. All lessons must be purchased in advance and will include a mountain access reservation. Additionally, face coverings will be required and all ski and snowboard school participants will be required to complete a pre-arrival self-health screening on the day of their lesson. Private lessons are now available to book online.

On-Mountain Dining Updates
Park City Mountain is known for its innovation and variety in dining. As guests make their way across the resort, they have the opportunity to enjoy dining at nine different on-mountain restaurants including the recently transformed Tombstone BBQ. Menus will be a bit more limited this season, but guests will still find plenty of mouth-watering options as they explore the mountain including Tombstone BBQ’s home-smoked pulled-pork and brisket sandwiches. For added peace of mind, this year the resort will be managing the number of people and spacing in restaurants to allow for physical distancing. With that, the resort is launching Time to Dine – a convenient way to help guests plan their meals and warm up times, so they can enjoy skiing and riding without worrying about the lunch rush. To see availability and book a meal or warmup time at an on-mountain restaurant, simply access Time to Dine through the EpicMix app. Time slots open daily at 7 a.m. Learn more here
 
2020-21 Winter Events
Park City Mountain has been actively working with its local partners and health officials to ensure that the health and wellbeing of guests, employees and local communities remain the top priority. With this, and after careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel all winter resort events for the 2020-21 season including the annual Snowfest and Spring Gruv celebrations.
 
Uphill Travel Policy
Park City Mountain will continue to allow uphill travel for non-motorized use on Homerun from the bottom of First Time Lift up to the Angle Station. Uphill travel will be permitted beginning on December 15 until the final day of the season between the hours of 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. Dogs are not permitted and guests must follow all safety protocols. Learn more here.
 
Get Priority Access with Your Epic Pass   
Don’t forget to lock in a 2020-21 Epic Pass for priority access this winter season. Pass holders have exclusive access to early season skiing and riding and can lock in reservations for the core season in advance. The entire lineup of Epic Pass options is on sale now for a limited time at epicpass.com.    
  
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 world-class mountain resorts and urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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