It was no surprise when the 2020/21 ski season came in with a full bag of rules and regulations to go along with it. Truthfully, after a rough year, everyone was just thrilled that ski resorts could even open up. As we head into the 2021/22 ski year, we’re excited to see fewer regulations and hopefully plenty of Utah’s legendary snow to ring in the start of the season.
While there feels like a whole lot more certainty in what things will look like when skiing Park City this winter, things still aren’t quite back to normal yet. If you’re a family thinking about planning a ski trip to Park City this winter, here are all the unique details that you’ll want to know to make your trip as smooth as possible.
NOTE: These are all preseason requirements and conditions and it is possible that some of these regulations may change if the local health situation changes or there are updates to the local public health requirements.
Park City Mountain - Weather permitting, Park City is set to open for winter on Friday, November 19th, 2021
Deer Valley Resort - December 4th, 2021
What we know about Skiing in Park City this Winter.
Face mask regulations in Park City Resorts
None of the Park City area ski resorts will be requiring masks to be worn outdoors, or on the chair lifts this ski season. Deer Valley is requiring masks on the Jordanelle Gondola, but not on any other lifts.
Plan on wearing a face mask while indoors at all ski resorts. This includes everything from rental shops and restrooms to indoor dining, so make sure to keep a mask stashed in the pocket of your ski jacket.
Face masks are also required on all buses and resort shuttles.
Single layer face masks, or masks that are see through are prohibited, so if you’re planning on wearing a buff or a neck gaiter, you must double it up in order to be compliant with local health regulations. If you’re worried that your face mask may not be compliant with the resorts, it’s always a good idea to keep an extra one in your pocket (especially if you’re skiing with kids who are prone to losing things).
Social Distancing Still Encouraged
6 feet of social distance has become the norm for most of the world since spring of 2020, and as a safety precaution, you’ll want to exercise that on the ski hill. While only Deer Valley is asking guests to distance themselves from people not in their household group, we know that spreading out is a great way to prevent disease transmission so it’s a good practice.
For this season, take note that Park City Mountain will be filling chairs up to capacity, so plan on that during your visit this year.
Reservations are NOT required (mostly)
The lift ticket reservation system of 2020 was one of the most difficult aspects of last year's ski season. We are thrilled that none of our local Park City ski areas are requiring a reservation to ski or ride this winter.
At Park City Mountain Resort, you’ll need a reservation for all indoor dining, so make sure to plan ahead if you plan on eating on the mountain this winter. Make your dining reservations on the Park City Mountain app (don’t forget your face masks and vaccination cards).
Wondering if you need a vaccine to ski in Park City this winter? Here’s what you need to know:
Deer Valley: While Deer Valley encourages their guests to get vaccinated, they will not require any proof of vaccination during your visit. This includes lodging and dining facilities throughout Deer Valley. All Deer Valley employees who have close contact with guests are required to be vaccinated.
Park City: Proof of vaccination is required for guests 12 and older who wish to enter any of the dining areas. This also includes kids 12 and older who are in a full day lesson program that serves lunch. No proof of vaccination is required for regular skiing and snowboarding. All employees at Park City are required to be vaccinated for guest safety. Vaccine cards can be presented or a photo of your vaccine card on your mobile phone will also be accepted.
Childcare Available at Deer Valley
On mountain childcare will be available this season at Deer Valley, which is amazing if you’re traveling with kids who won’t be skiing this season. Deer Valley child care accepts babies as young as 2 months old, up to age 12. If you're looking for in-room childcare options, Park City Sitters has a great reputation in town, as does Guardian Angel Childcare (they also rent baby gear and will even do your grocery shopping).
Ski School is OPEN
After very limited ski school offerings last season, this is the perfect year to sign your kids up for ski school and improve their skills. Both Deer Valley and Park City will be offering ski lessons to kids as young as 3 and there are a variety of options for both private and group ski school days.
With ski school being so limited last year, expect that lessons will fill very quickly. We recommend reserving your ski lessons as soon as possible to make sure that your family gets the instruction they need!
Also, remember that while it can be tempting to put your kids into ski school every day of your vacation, that’s often too much for most kids. Consider putting kids into lessons for a couple of days at the beginning and then working on the skills they learned by skiing as a family.
Cashless Payment Prefered
To limit disease transmission, credit card payments are the preferred method of payment this season. Park City Resort has even said that all payments must be made by card unless prohibited by law. Plan on bringing your credit card with you or linking your season pass to a credit card to simplify your on mountain purchase (this is a fantastic option for kids or teens who don’t have their own credit or debit card).
We are so thrilled that Park City has such a promising ski season ahead. Although the future of this winter may be a bit uncertain, what we do know is that nature is always open, and there are so many fantastic ways to enjoy the mountains in Park City this winter. So whether you’re looking for an adrenaline filled escape, or for a family getaway, there’s no shortage of things to do in Park City this winter.