Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA 2020/21 Winter Operations Update

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Sierra-at-Tahoe resort in California just let everybody know how they plan to operate next season. In an email to passholders, also posted on their site, the resort outlines what skiers and riders should expect when they turn up for their first ski day of the season.

Face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor spaces and in public outdoor places where social distancing cannot be achieved. The resort has spent many, many hours of the summer months preparing their areas for the upcoming season by redesigning their restaurants and operational logistics.

Great news for passholder too! You will not be required to make a reservation to ski the mountain.

Full list of procedures below:

The notion of play runs deep at Sierra-at-Tahoe, and as we eagerly await the start of the 2020/21 Winter Season, keeping the essence of play alive via skiing and riding is more important to us than ever. Over the summer months, our team has been working tirelessly to prepare both the mountain and operational procedures regarding COVID-19 so we can welcome back the Sierra Family to the place Where Play Reigns Free with open (yet socially distanced) arms.

Below you will find some of the operational procedures that are being updated in order to help keep our guests, employees, and community safe. These decisions have been made in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as Sierra’s commitment to the National Ski Area Association’s “Ski Well, Be Well” initiative. Sierra has always lived by the notion that “Respect Gets Respect,” and we request all of our guests’ respect and follow the new measures put in place. In doing so, you’re playing your part in keeping Sierra open for everyone to enjoy, all season long. Please note that the following list is dynamic, subject to change, and is not an exhaustive list—additional procedures and operational updates will follow as the beginning of the season grow closer.

    • Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces, the base area, when loading / unloading a lift, as well as whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved
    • Physical distancing protocols will be in place for both indoor and outdoor spaces
    • Daily staff wellness checks will be in place for guest and employee safety
    • Lodge capacity will be limited in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
    • Sierra restaurants have been redesigned to emphasize grab and go options with limited seating available
    • At this time, Sierra-at-Tahoe does not plan on operating under a reservation system for Season Passholders
    • Guests will not be required to ride a chairlift with people they do not know and will be asked to self-group with members of their party
    • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas will take place

We know that change does not always come easy, but it is through embracing it together that we will find success. With months to go before the start of the season and in a dynamically shifting world, there may be modifications to this list. We will do our best to clearly communicate these updates to you as they come so you can plan your turns this winter. And no, it’s not too early to start your snow dance.  

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