Village Talk

What to Know Before You Hit the Slopes

An insider's guide to skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek amid the pandemic.

By Ted Katauskas Illustrations by Hayley Doshay January 5, 2021

You wouldn’t show up at your favorite Village restaurant on a Friday evening and expect to be seated without a reservation. Same goes with skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek, where the number of guests allowed on the mountain each day will be limited to maintain social distancing guidelines. The upside? No Chair 5 lift lines you can see from outer space!


Season Passes

> Epic Pass holders can reserve (a week or more in advance at a running total of seven Priority ski days of their choice throughout the core season; they also can make as many week-of reservations as they wish, based on availability.

> Lift Tickets Day passes must be purchased online (at or by phone (970-754-0005) for a specific resort on a specific day (based upon availability) and redeemed at the resort lift ticket office window (no sales will be made at lift ticket offices).

Chairlifts & Gondolas

> Only related parties (guests skiing or riding together) will be seated together on chairlifts and gondolas.

> Singles: Two per gondola, on opposite sides of the cabin; two per chairlift, on opposite sides of the chair

Face coverings (such as buffs/neck gaiters or ski masks) must be worn while loading and riding lifts, and physical distancing must be maintained in lift mazes.

Ski School

> Lessons (reserved and purchased in advance) will be limited to six or fewer participants, ages 6 and above.

> Online self-health screening required prior to lesson.

> Face coverings required.

> Childcare will not be offered.

Ski & Snowboard Rental

> All Vail Sports rental locations will be open, with capacity restrictions to promote physical distancing.

> Equipment will be sanitized, using enhanced safety protocols.

> Guests and employees are required to wear facial coverings.

> Door-to-door equipment delivery will be expanded and is encouraged (reserve at



Around town

The local public health order requires everyone to wear face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor spaces (including public transit) in all resort villages. 


Safety protocols at resort-owned hotels and lodges include cashless transactions, limited touch points at check-in, shared space guidelines, and property-wide enhanced cleaning procedures.



> Full-service restaurants on Vail Mountain (including The 10th) will be open daily for lunch with reduced seating, reservations (and face coverings) required.

> Quick-serve restaurants at both resorts (including Two Elk Lodge on Vail Mountain and Spruce Saddle at Beaver Creek) will be open daily for lunch with reduced seating, capacity limitations, and limited menus.

> Face coverings required.

> Packaged beer and wine available.

> Childcare will not be offered.


All full-service restaurants on Beaver Creek Mountain (for slopeside full-service dining at Beaver Creek, try Buffalos at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch;


Cookie Time (Beaver Creek’s traditional 3 p.m. ritual of doling out hot chocolate chips in the Centennial ski yard)

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