Ski slopes are opening up for the season, but the mountains have had to make a few changes due to COVID-19.
“We’ve never skied during a pandemic, so we’re as new to this as all of our skiers are too,” said Andria Huskinson, communications manager for Alta Ski Area.
Huskinson says this will be a ski season unlike any other. They’re having to balance people craving the powder, and keeping things safe during a pandemic.
“Precautions with the COVID-19. How are we going to control skier capacity on the mountain? What does it look like in our day lodges?” Huskinson asked.
One noticeable change, parking will be how they limit people. It’s what a number of resorts are doing this season.
At Alta, they’re encouraging skiers to “know before you go” log on to their website first, and see if the lot is full.
“It’ll let you know if we’re full, if we’re half full, we think our parking lot is going to fill up at 10:30. So we’re really trying to get people to check the website before they get in their car and drive up the canyon or the mouth of the canyon and have to get turned around,” she said.
Capacity will depend on conditions and how many slopes are open. But just because the lot is full, doesn’t mean you can ski.
“If you ride the bus, or you’re staying at one of our lodges, someone drops you off, you take an Uber up here and get dropped off, you’ll be able to ski,” Huskinson said.
Alta Ski Area is set to open on Monday, Nov. 23, conditions permitting.