Deer Valley further limits skier cap, but numbers won’t be publicized
Deer Valley Resort on Monday said it will put limits on the number of skiers allowed on the slopes at any one time during the upcoming winter, but it also indicated the resort will not publicize the projected capacity limit.
Deer Valley included the information as part of a broader message covering topics related to operations for the 2020-2021 ski season, which will be the first full season amid the spread of the novel coronavirus and the adoption of social distancing measures designed to curb the sickness. The message followed less than a month after Deer Valley owner Alterra Mountain Company publicized some of the steps it was taking throughout the resorts under its umbrella.
The Deer Valley message on Monday said the resort “will further limit our daily winter guest capacity to provide a quality ski experience and to provide space for guests to physically distance at both indoor and outdoor gathering points.” The resort has long capped skier numbers on a daily basis anyway, and the cap has been seen over the years as one of Deer Valley’s selling points as it reduces crowds on the slopes, in the lift lines and in the restaurants.
“On-mountain guest capacity will be based on local health regulations and conditions at the time. Our projected capacity limit will not be announced to the public, as we need to be flexible and continuously monitor our spaces and experiences,” the message, signed by Deer Valley President and Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallan, said.
It also said the resort will monitor the number of lift tickets purchased in advance of someone’s intended day of skiing and products that are not dated “in our efforts to limit on-mountain capacity, especially during holiday and peak periods.”
The Shallan message reaffirmed that, at this point, people holding Deer Valley season passes or an Ikon Pass are not required to make a reservation to ski on any given day.
The message, meanwhile, outlined restrictions on chairlifts. People who are together may ride on the same chair or in the same gondola cabin. Those who are not together and are willing will be seated two to a chair on the opposite sides of a four-person chair. Those who are not together and are unwilling to ride with others will be put on their own chair. One person on their own will be seated on a three-person lift, a two-person lift or in a gondola cabin.
Shallan also said Deer Valley has relaxed cancellation policies for lodging. The message said, as an example, lodging deposits that are prepaid are refundable should the person cancel at least 46 days before the scheduled arrival. The resort also will work with people should health regulations or travel restrictions interfere with plans to ski at Deer Valley.
Dining at the day lodges will operate as full-service restaurants for lunch, including table service and required advance reservations. There will also be so-called grab-and-go food service on the decks. Evening dining will require advance reservations.
“These changes to our operations are intended to allow us to open as safely as possible and to remain open through our last scheduled day of operation,” scheduled April 11, the message said.
The Deer Valley ski season is scheduled to open on Dec. 5.
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