Vail Resorts announced this week that it will not require reservations this season, part of the resort conglomerate’s winter operating plan.
In an effort to limit crowds at the height of the pandemic last season, resort visitors and Epic Pass holders were required to reserve their spots online. Along with the elimination of that system, Vail promised to load lifts and gondolas at normal capacity at its 34 North American resorts, aiming to optimize guest movement around its resorts during the 2021-22 season.
Face coverings will still be required at indoor settings. They are no longer required in the lift line.
“We are fortunate that the core of our experience takes place outdoors in vast mountain settings,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “However, as we welcome guests from around the world to the indoor experience at our resorts, we feel it’s important to do our part to combat the spread of Covid-19. We all need the opportunity to enjoy and experience the great outdoors, and we could not be more excited to welcome guests back to our resorts for the 2021-22 ski and ride season.”