Skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain during opening day at Stevens Pass on Dec. 18, 2019. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain during opening day at Stevens Pass on Dec. 18, 2019. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stevens Pass announces plans to reopen slopes in December

The ski resort will require reservations, face coverings and physical distancing on the mountain.

STEVENS PASS — The slopes at Stevens Pass are on track to open this fall — with restrictions, according to a letter published Thursday by Vail Resorts.

Skiers and snowboarders will be required to wear face coverings, abide physical distancing rules and consent to health screenings when distancing isn’t possible, as in ski school.

Riders will need to wear face coverings on chairlifts, inside buildings and during lessons. Those without coverings won’t be allowed on the mountain, according to the letter from Ron Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts.

On chairlifts, only guests skiing or riding together can sit next to each other. Otherwise, two people will be on opposite sides of lift chairs and gondola cabins.

You’ll need to make reservations the week you plan to hit the slopes, and there will be a limited number of spots available each day.

Season pass holders will get priority.

Only pass holders will be allowed access to the mountain in early season. After Dec. 8, the general public can reserve lift tickets.

Pass holders can also make seven reservations farther than a week in advance from Dec. 8 to April 4.

The resort won’t sell lift tickets at the window this year. You’ll need to purchase a ticket online, then pick it up at the ticket window.

On-mountain restaurants will limit the number of people allowed inside.

The resort’s ski and snowboard rental shop will be open with a limited number of people allowed inside and physical distancing enforced.

Lesson sizes will be reduced, and all participants are asked to complete an online health screening before arriving at the mountain.

Vail Resorts closed all its ski slopes throughout North America in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the snow cooperates, Stevens Pass is to reopen Dec. 4. Season passes are on sale now.

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