Season pass sales announced
Aiming to avoid a reservation system
Yesterday, Big Sky Resort season passes and lift tickets went on sale after a hiatus over the summer. The resort hopes to avoid a reservation system by using the different passes to create a tier of potential access limitations, noting in a press release that the intention is to promote the health and safety of guests, not limiting mountain access.
Decisions were made using ski industry best practices and state and local public health recommendations. “It is our goal to provide a safe experience to our guests, even if some activities have to be scaled back or put on hold,” the press release said.
Big Sky Season Passholders may access the resort as their pass is valid and operations are open. These passes went on sale yesterday, but the sale may end in order to monitor the number of skiers/boarders the resort can accommodate—one of the ways to avoid a reservation system.
A Worry-Free Winter Assurance program provides credit options towards the 2021-2022 season based on the number of days lost if the resort closed this season, and the value of an unused pass can be rolled over to the next season at no charge through Dec. 10.
Ikon passholders may access the mountain as their pass is valid and must use the Ikon reservation system to designate days of use. There may be a limit on Ikon pass usage during certain days of the season.
Mountain Collective Passholders have access to the resort as their pass allows. These passholders may be required to make a reservation, and if volume becomes an issue, a limit may be placed on how many Mountain Collective Passholders can access on the mountain on specific days.
Lift ticket holders may purchase days of mountain use with no anticipated restrictions. If volume becomes an issue, the availability of lift ticket dates and same day sales may be restricted online, and same day sales may be restricted at any time. Skiers and boarders are encouraged to purchase lift tickets or passes ahead of visit time.
Face coverings will be mandatory while waiting in line for a lift, on a lift and while unloading lifts. Mazes and lift queues will be set up to facilitate physical distancing and single lines will no longer be offered. Maximum capacity will not be enforced on lifts, encouraging users that traveled together to ride together. Some exceptions will be made for higher capacity lifts, like Ramcharger 8 and the Lone Peak Tram. In these situations, constant airflow, face coverings and limited contact during each ride are emphasized. Tram numbers may be limited to balance uphill capacity.
An Early Access option allows mountain users to get a head start on the day, loading Ramcharger 8 at 8 a.m. This unguided first tracks program lets lift ticket and season passholders get an hour of mountain time in before public access and helps reduce base congestion in the mornings. A limited amount of Early Access reservations will be permitted each day and can be booked online in advance from December-March.
Each restaurant will provide grab-and-go meal options and many offer online ordering. The Yellowstone Conference Center will be open for additional seating. Lodging, retail, rentals and the Lone Peak Playhouse are anticipated to remain open as conditions allow.
The Mountain Sports School will continue to offer classes with updated availability, streamlined check-in and instructor meeting locations. Private lessons and guides may be booked online and groups that book together will learn together. Local youth program and group lesson information will be shared at a later date.