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Have an Epic Pass? You'll need a reservation to ride the resorts this season.

As part of COVID-19 policies, Epic Pass holders will be required to make reservations at all resorts this season.

By: Kyle Frost + Save to a List

Today, Epic shared a letter to all pass-holders that details their plans for the coming season. With COVID-19 still a major concern, how resorts will adapt has been a hot topic of discussion for months. Here's a quick breakdown.

Face coverings will be required

This is expected, and also pretty easy to do at a ski resort. No one will be permitted on the mountain without a face covering.  

You will need a reservation to ski/ride

In an effort to control physical distancing, all pass holders will be required to make a reservation before arriving at the mountain for every day of the season. Capacity maximums are being determined on a resort-by-resort basis, and this applies to all 34 Epic resorts. Early season (pre Dec 8) will be available to pass holders only and no lift-tickets will be sold. Reservations will be made online through a new system.

  • You can make as many week-of (within the next week) reservations as availability allows.
  • Pass holders will have 7 "Priority Reservation Days" that they can make for the entire core season (Dec 8 - Apr 4th). You can add additional priority days as you use them -- but can only ever have 7 at one time.

Other physical distancing

Chairlifts and gondolas will only be full with related parties. Otherwise, the seating will be "two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift; or two singles on opposite sides of our larger gondola cabins." While restaurants will be open, changes are being made to layout and capacity.

No full-service bars, on or off the mountain will be in operation.

For ski school, all employees will undergo daily health screenings, and "all participants will be required to undergo and confirm an online self-health screening prior to arriving at the mountain for their lesson."

You can still cancel your pass

If you bought a pass before the reservation system was announced, you can request a refund for the net price paid for your pass and, if you have a 2019/20 pass holder credit, it will no longer be valid. Refunds must be requested by September 17, 2020.

Did you have a specific vacation planned for this season? There's a chance those days may not be available for your priority reservations. If you buy a pass you will have the option to receive a full refund for your pass and rollover any potential 2019/20 pass holder credit to the 2021/22 season. You can ONLY receive this type of refund if "you have not used your pass, reservations must be unavailable on the dates and at the resort you planned to use your pass, and you must submit your refund request by December 7th, 2020."

You can find more info about the reservations system here.

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