Mt. Bachelor LLC announced their much-anticipated plan for operations this Winter and the measures they are taking to promote the safety and health of their guests.
In a letter addressed to the Visit Bend Board, Mt. Bachelor President & General Manager John McLeod outlined how the modifications and delays will impact the upcoming ski season as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
First, there will be a delayed Opening Date for the mountain. Mt. Bachelor will not be open for the Thanksgiving holiday and is instead set to open on December 7, 2020. Leadership on the mountain explained this was a tough decision, but that opening the season with the largest possible footprint of recreation area (meaning delaying until they have more snow) is the best way that they can welcome skiers, snowboarders, and winter recreation-goers safely. A larger footprint means more room for people to enjoy the mountain and keep a safe social distance. They want to be able to open Sunrise, Skyliner and West Village all at once, as well as associated lifts and terrain. They also indicated that even if snow conditions provide the opportunity for an earlier opening day, they are likely to still delay to December 7, 2020.
In terms of services on the mountain, Mt. Bachelor described it as “back to basics” for the upcoming season. The first step of that plan is that guests should plan on treating their vehicle as a “lodge” of sorts this season – a place where they can meet, gather, and consume to-go food and drink. Service details include:
- Food and beverage services will be limited and focused on grab and go items. There will also be extremely limited table service options available due to restricted indoor and restaurant capacity/regulations. Mt. Bachelor will also offer some food cart options for additional outdoor dining opportunities.
- Lessons will need to be pre-reserved and private this year. Guests will also have the option to make their own lesson groups of up to 5 people. Mixed group lessons, group beginner lessons, all-day lessons for kids and childcare services will not be offered this season.
- Rental equipment will need to be pre-reserved prior to guest’s arrival on the mountain. Mt. Bachelor plans to limit the total amount of rental equipment available. They suggest that guests ensure they have an equipment reservation with the mountain or another local equipment provider before finalizing travel plans.
- Retail services will be available with the number of guests allowed indoors at any one time monitored and limited.
Ticket availability will also be affected by COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure safe conditions for all guests.
Mt. Bachelor announced they will not be selling promotional “any day” products this year such as “Kids Ski Free,” or “96-hour sale” tickets in advance. They will sell passes and a to-be-determined quantity of specifically dated, single day tickets which can be purchased in advance through their website and picked-up on the day of arrival. Tickets will be inventory-controlled with the amount available based on predicted pass-holder visitation and ski conditions (the more lifts and terrain available, the more guests can be accommodated). They also indicated they do not expect to sell day tickets at the window for morning arrivals however may be able to sell afternoon tickets on a walk-up basis. For those holding the Ikon multi-resort pass, they will be treated the same as seasonal pass holders, subject to the benefits/restrictions of their particular pass.
Parking will also be different this year – primarily in that everyone planning to drive to the mountain will need to make a parking reservation in advance. The reservations are free and can be made online before visiting the mountain. Mt. Bachelor promised to announce more information about parking as Opening Date approaches and emphasized that planning ahead will be critical this year. Guests should plan to have a ski ticket reservation, a parking reservation, and any required rental equipment reserved BEFORE they head up to the mountain. Ikon pass holders will be required to obtain a parking reservation for every day they intend to be on the mountain and every vehicle they intend to drive there.
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