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What to Expect for the 2021-2022 Ski Season

Sunday November 21, 2021

It's that time of year again - time to pull the skis or board and and make sure they're tuned and waxed, figure out where those goggles went during the summer months, and make your game plan for where to ski - Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude are all close to Salt Lake and have incredible slopes. Hopefully it will be a big snow year, and we'll all see some great skiing.

So when are the resorts opening, how's the parking situation, and what will COVID guidelines look like? Last ski season was, like everything else in the world, weird. Excellent skiing, but carving turns AND navigating a pandemic was tricky. This year promises to be better, as restrictions have loosened a bit, but COVID is continuing to keep us on our toes, and all resorts note their policies are subject to change depending on CDC recommendations. If we continue to respect our neighbors by giving them a little space in the lift lines, follow the general guidelines we’re all familiar with, and keep our eye on the powder we’ll all have another fantastic season.

Alta Ski Resort:

Come for the Skiing. Stay for the Skiing.

Open since 1938, Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the country, attracting skiers of all abilities to experience its incredible snow — averaging over 540 inches per season. Devoted skiers return year after year, generation upon generation. While known for its steep and challenging terrain, one of the area’s best kept secrets is the easily accessible beginner area in the Albion Basin. One of the only ski areas in the country that doesn't allow snowboarding, Alta is a skiers-only mountain you need to ski to believe. Off the slopes, the lodging community creates a warm, family-friendly welcome with over a 70% return guest rate and large, communal spaces. Full skier breakfasts and dinners are included in the lodging packages. There are also private homes, chalets, and condos to choose from.

Anticipated Opening Date:

November 24

Parking: 

  • Parking Reservations will be required for all skiers on weekends and holidays from 8 am – 1 pm
  • Mid-week parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis (excluding holiday periods).

COVID Guidelines: 

  • Mountain Capacity will be based upon weather, snowpack, available terrain, and capacity of indoor facilities.
  • Physical distancing is still encouraged.
  • Face coverings are required when indoors.
  • Lifts will be returning to full capacity and face coverings are encouraged in lines and on the lifts.
  • Restaurants will have limited seating capacity available to paying guests only.

Check out lift tickets and lodging at Alta >>

Brighton Resort:

Chilled Out Snowboarding and Skiing

Brighton is arguably Salt Lake’s most laid-back ski resort. Unpretentious and friendly, its sprawling runs attract a young crowd, many of which are snowboarders. Brighton has the well-deserved distinction of being the resort where most Salt Lakers learn to ride and ski. Why? A combination of lower lift ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 10 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide forgiving runs, and a mellow attitude. A couple more bonuses: Brighton hosts night skiing with more than 200 acres of lighted runs and shares a boundary with Solitude, so you can ski two resorts in one day.

Anticipated Opening Date:

November 23

Parking: 

  • Parking will be limited so arrive early.  Reservations are not required and parking is still free.

COVID Guidelines

  • Brighton is streamlining your experience with free high-speed wireless, electronic ticket kiosks, and online ordering services.
  • Face coverings are required indoors and out except when eating.
  • Social Distancing is recommended.
  • DO NOT come to the mountain if you’re feeling ill or have potentially been exposed to COVID.
  • Purchase your lift ticket online and pick it up at the contact-free electronic kiosk.
  • All rentals MUST be reserved online 24 hours in advance.

Learn more about Brighton >>

Snowbird:

Adventure. Architecture. Après.

Snowbird is a sprawling resort served by an impressive array of high-speed chairs and Utah’s only Aerial Tram. The terrain is a playground for those who like it fast, steep, and deep. The 125-capacity Tram drops you off atop Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet above sea level. Below a jaw-dropping panorama of high alpine wonder spreads out. To the left is Mineral Basin, a wide-open mix of blue runs and ultra-accessible black terrain. To the right, Gad Valley is topped with the iconic cirque that rolls out beneath the jagged peaks of the American Fork Twins. And finally, Peruvian Gulch descends, accessed by Peruvian Express and Mineral Basin via North America’s only ski tunnel, which doubles as a history museum of local mining artifacts along the 600-foot journey. After a day cutting through powder, you’ll have your choice of restaurants, lodging, and can even indulge at a spa at this modern, luxe resort.

Anticipated Opening Date:

December 1

Parking: 

COVID Guidelines

Some of the measures Snowbird is asking of our guests:

  • Stay home if you are displaying signs of respiratory illness or have a fever. 
  • Book all activities in advance online or by phone to prevent unnecessary in-person transactions.
  • Wash hands or use sanitizer frequently.
  • Pay with a credit card or mobile payment rather than cash. 
  • Don’t congregate/spectate in common areas.

For more information about Snowbird, go here >>

Solitude Mountain Resort:

Ski Day. Family Day. Every Day.

Solitude Mountain Resort is where serenity awaits. At 10,500 feet, fresh powder can linger untouched for days. Located in one of the snowiest canyons in the country and about 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Solitude features pure, authentic, untarnished Utah snow. With over 1,200 acres, Solitude offers smooth groomers, deep powder glades, and steep lines. The blend of green, blue, and black trails is tantalizing to both beginners and experts alike. Looser and less crowded than other resorts, guests can recharge at charming lodges and refuel with delectable dining — all with the kids in tow.

Anticipated Opening Date:

November 23

Parking: 

  • Solitude has paid parking, and encourages carpooling to reduce congestion in Big Cottonwood Canyon. 
  • Parking daily cost per vehicle: 4+ occupants - $5, 3 occupants - $10, 2 occupants - $15, 1 occupant - $25, season pass - $275, weekday season pass - $150.

COVID Guidelines

  • Masks are required in all indoor areas unless eating or drinking in designated areas.
  • Please stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Learn more about Solitude >>

Salt Lake Ski Super Pass

Check out all of these amazing resorts with a discounted ski lift ticket package. The Salt Lake Ski Super Pass offers multi-day, customizable lift tickets for easy access to all four Utah resorts listed above. And you can pair it with participating Salt Lake hotels for an even better deal. Every Salt Lake Ski Super Pass comes with free transportation to the resorts and discounts on equipment rental at participating rental partners.

If you are looking to save even more, check out packages and deals. Currently, with our Head West of Conventional deal, if you book a stay at a partner hotel for 3 nights or more you will get 1-Day Salt Lake Ski Midweek Super Pass free.