Covid-19 has changed the way we all experience things and how we go about our day-to-day lives. Jackson Hole skiing will be no exception for the 2021-22 season, although precautions won't be as strict as last winter (2020-21). Expect mask-wearing on some lifts or inside buildings and sanitizing protocols. But also expect lots of powder on the slopes and epic ski days. After all, that's what makes Jackson Hole skiing so terrific!
Here's what each of our three area ski resorts will be doing to make sure you stay safe and healthy during this time of Covid-19.
Jackson Hole Skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
This world-class ski resort located in Teton Village plans to open on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, with a couple of safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure that guests can safely recreate on the infamous mountain. The procedures Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has developed are provided with guidance and knowledge from the CDC, State of Wyoming, Teton County Public Health and Jackson's St. John's Health.
Skiers will be required to wear face coverings in a few areas. This includes inside the Aerial Tram and in all indoor resort facilities including retail, restaurants, guest services, ticketing and administrative offices.
The Teewinot, Sweetwater and Après Vous lifts will start running a bit earlier — at 8:30 a.m. — so that skiers can move out of the base area earlier and enjoy more time on the slopes.
And speaking of reduced capacity, the resort will again limit the number of tickets available for purchase each day to enable sufficient physical distancing in the base area, buildings and facilities. The afternoon ticket start time has been adjusted earlier to noon, with same-day afternoon tickets on sale at 11 a.m. Guests are incentivized to purchase online before their visit with a 10% discount on purchases made outside 14 days or more and a 5% discount for purchases made within 7-14 days. If capacity limits are met for a specific day, tickets will no longer be available for purchase.
For more specifics, visit jacksonhole.com.
Snow King Mountain
Following a successful summer season managing the spread of Covid-19, Snow King is ready for winter, with opening day set for December 18th, weather (i.e. snowfall) permitting. The lack of lines, few people on the chairlifts, in the brand new gondola and on the mountain in general, make this in-town, family-friendly ski resort a great alternative to JHMR and a place for outdoor social distancing for this upcoming Jackson Hole skiing season.
To prevent the spread of Covid, the ski resort will be requiring the standard best practices for use of masks while indoors per a Teton County mask mandate through December 2021. Snow King management asks that guests please respect this policy.
Like Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, all visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online via the “Buy Tickets” link on Snow King’s website and sign their liability waiver before arrival. A 24-hour free cancellation policy has been instituted as well.
For more information, visit snowkingmountain.com.
Grand Targhee Ski Resort
Located over the Teton Pass from Jackson Hole in Alta, Wyoming — and on the snowier side of the Tetons — Grand Targhee Resort will open November 18th, weather permitting.
Skiers are asked to minimize their time in the buildings and maximize the time outdoors. Mandatory face coverings will continue through December 2021 and are required inside all buildings.
Lift tickets will be limited.
Visit grandtarghee.com for more specifics.