Editor’s Note: This post was updated on 11/20/20 at 5:30PM (EST) to reflect Snowbird’s release of new parking inventory. At the time the article was originally posted, guests could not reserve a parking spot on any weekend date until Mid-February. It was also originally stated that Snowbird planned to release inventory throughout the season. It appears that has happened today.
Snowbird, one of Utah’s iconic ski destinations, was in the spotlight due to concerns with their COVID-19 parking reservation system. It now appears that Snowbird has released more parking inventory for weekends throughout the season.
Ski areas across the country are implementing parking reservation systems in order to control the number of skiers and riders on the slopes, and in their facilities.
It should also be noted that the large majority of weekdays still have reservations available.
This has sparked conversations on social media from season passholders, locals, and vacationers who originally believed they missed out on reserving spots.
Here’s an official statement from Snowbird:
“Snowbird is eager to open for skiing and riding on Monday, Nov. 30. We are focused on protecting the wellbeing of those who live, work, stay and play at Snowbird, and are doing everything we can to ensure a fun, full season. That includes our active management of the number of people at the resort at any given time through a parking management system, which means guests can plan ahead with confidence, knowing they can come to Snowbird and have a safe and enjoyable experience. The number of available parking reservations will be managed throughout the winter, and, based on visitation and user patterns, combined with weather, conditions and the continued dynamics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, additional inventory will be released every Monday at noon as available. We encourage guests to check parking availability often so they may reserve their spot. We appreciate the community’s support of our efforts to operate safely, which include providing the ability for everyone at Snowbird to stay safe through appropriate physical distancing.”
Here’s my take.
Snowbird is doing their best to operate safely during the most challenging ski season in recent memory. Because of these measures, some passholders will not be able to ski or ride as much as they would in a normal season.
But this isn’t a normal season.
I applaud Snowbird for doing something, rather than nothing, to create the safest environment possible. This is going to be a weird season.
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