Steamboat Resort COVID-19 Snapshot
For the 2020-21 season, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has enacted several COVID-19 safety measures meant to keep people safe and the resort open. “We need everyone’s help so we can stay open and people can enjoy skiing and riding at Steamboat Resort,” resort Chief Operating Officer Rob Perlman said.
In addition to enhanced cleaning, face mask, social distancing and hand-washing protocols, expect the following on the mountain this season.
Mountain access, tickets and passes
Reservations are not required for pass holders (season, Ikon and others); advanced purchase packages and season pass products are the only way to access the mountain. Single- and multi-day lift tickets not associated with a package won’t be available, and tickets will not be sold in person at the ticket office.
Gondola, chairlifts and lift lines
To enhance social distancing, the resort is expanding line mazes, running reduced capacity on the gondola and chairlifts, and having guests self-group and load lifts with their parties up to maximum capacity. Singles may load on the same chair/cabin with at least a space between them. Guests are required to wear face coverings while riding in the gondola. Additional line management (i.e. specific queue times) may be necessary during holiday and peak periods.
Parking and shuttles
The Meadows and Upper Knoll lots will remain open with free parking, with additional locations (paid and free) possibly added to spread out cars and provide distancing on shuttles, which will have limited capacity. The resort will also add new skier drop-off locations to minimize crowds at the transportation center during peak periods.
Reservations are required and day-of lesson space may be limited or unavailable. Students will be expected to pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival. Group lessons will be offered in half-day options for flexibility. Children ages 2.5 to 4 years old can take private lessons with a maximum of two students. The Kids’ Vacation Center facility will not operate. Private lessons will be limited to five students (ages 8 and up) and two students (under 8). Group lessons will be limited to five students.
Classes not offered include childcare, women’s clinics, certain specialty programs and camps, snowboard outreach society, signature 5 lessons and mountain masters.
Shopping and rentals
Reservations will be required for ski and snowboard rental equipment with specific fitting times. Walk-in rentals will not be available. Reservations for equipment can be made as part of a package (call 800-922-2722). The resort’s retail outlets and partner stores are expected to open (face covering required).
On-mountain dining and bars
Lodges will be monitored by hosts to maintain appropriate indoor capacity. The resort is expanding its dining rooms, including a heated tent at Rendezvous, and using a contactless system for ordering. All grab-and-go, food courts and quick serve venues will be open. Hazie’s, Ragnar’s, Stoker and Timber & Torch will require reservations via Open Table for daytime dining, with night dining at Hazie’s and Haymaker requiring reservations.
The Taco Beast will continue to roam the mountain and the Pizza Ranger will offering pizza delivery to the Bashor area. Table service lunches will be available at Hazie’s and Stoker (reservations required via Open Table).
Full-service bars will not be open based on health official guidelines, but pre-packaged alcoholic drinks can be purchased with the food order. Drinks will be available for table service and grab-and-go options.
The resort will not offer NASTAR this season, and is finalizing plans for uphill access. Night skiing and riding will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with expanded nights during holiday periods. The resort’s First Tracks program will still be available, starting at 7:45 a.m. to spread out guests. There are no changes to First Tracks passes, but single tickets need to be purchased in advance, online.
For information throughput the season, visit steamboat.com/the-trail-forward.
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