Mammoth Mountain, CA yesterday unveiled their plans for the upcoming winter 20/21 season. While expecting guests to play their part by wearing face coverings and abiding by social distancing measures, the resort revealed that they have spent $1-million on COVID-19 related resort enhancements, making the health and safety of their employees and guests their top priority.
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Opening on November 14th, the resort has no plans to implement a reservation system for pass holders. Skier visits will be dynamically managed through an online day ticket purchasing system. Walk-up days tickets will not be available.
A message from President and COO Mark Brownlie was posted on their Facebook page yesterday:
With Mother Nature’s blessing, Mammoth Mountain will open for skiing and riding on November 14. There are endless questions regarding what winter at Mammoth will look like, and while we don’t have all of the answers yet, we’re just excited as you at the prospect of getting back on snow. We do know that social distancing and mask usage are vital to staying safe and staying open. As has been the case all summer, masks will be required in lift lines, gondolas, lodges, shuttle busses and anywhere within six feet of others.
Thanks to the vision of our founder Dave McCoy, Mammoth Mountain has an exceptional lift network with over 3,500 skiable acres and plenty of room to enjoy skiing and riding. With the right conditions, Mammoth is as good as it gets for being social distanced. At present, we plan to prioritize access for season pass holders. We will control resort visitation levels to avoid overcrowding by tightly regulating the number of daily lift tickets which will be available by advance purchase only. Walk-up sales of lift tickets will no longer be available, allowing us to further manage capacity and reduce contact points in our lodges.
We are investing over $1 million in COVID-19 related resort enhancements. These include increased “grab and go” food and beverage offerings, additional outdoor seating and quick transaction technology. As always, we will be nimble in making adjustments mandated by local health officials and state government as the COVID-19 mitigation environment continues to change.
On behalf of myself and our entire Mammoth Team, thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these vague and challenging times. We know there will be more challenges in our future, but with skiing and riding at the heart of what we do, we are committed to safely sharing our mountain home with you and can’t wait to see you on the hill this season.
President and Chief Operating Officer