All You Need To Know About the 2020/2021 Ski Season

Ski Resort Protocols in Response to COVID-19

This winter, Vail Resorts (Epic Pass: Vail Mountain & Beaver Creek) and Aspen (Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Snowmass & Buttermilk) and are focusing heavily on guest safety while providing world-class skiing and riding experiences. Cuvée is here to thoughtfully and carefully help our guests navigate the 2020/2021 season as efficiently as possible.

Below, we highlight the upcoming plans and changes at our Colorado resorts, as well as our top tips to make this the best ski season yet.


PASSES AND RESERVATIONS

Epic Pass: Vail Resorts (Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek)

Vail will indeed implement a reservation system this season that will prioritize pass holders (over individual single-day lift tickets) and it will operate as follows:
• Epic Pass holders can start making reservations online—beginning November 6, 2020—for the Core Season, December 8, 2020 to April 4, 2021.
• From November 6 through December 7, 2020, pass holders will have exclusive access to make reservations for the Core Season and will be able to reserve up to seven Priority Reservation Days, or the number of days available on their pass—up to seven days.
• Pass holders can make and maintain up to seven reservation days at a time. This means that once you use the first day, you can reserve another one, and so on, so that you always have seven days reserved on the calendar.
• For the Early Season—all days prior to December 8, 2020—Vail will release reservation inventory for the upcoming week based on conditions and terrain availability.
• Reservations can be made online at epicpass.com by logging in to “My Account,” on any of Vail Resort’s websites, or over the phone.
• Individual, single-day lift tickets will go on sale December 8, 2020. When you purchase a lift ticket through Vail Resorts this season, it will come with a reservation for the specific resort and date that you choose.

Reserve Your Epic Passes now.

The deadline to secure an Epic season pass before prices increase is September 17th. A full season, all-access pass is $979 so if you plan to ski seven days or more, the Epic Pass is the best option, both economically and logistically.


IKON Pass: (Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Snowmass & Buttermilk)

Alterra Mountain Company, the operator of the Ikon Pass, won’t be requiring reservations for season pass holders.

Denver-based Alterra plans to control mountain crowds by eliminating walk-up window sales, discontinuing most undated lift tickets and regulating the number of daily tickets available for purchase, according to the statement.

Alterra’s announcement applies only to the resorts it owns and operates – not to independently-owned partners on its Ikon Pass. In Colorado, the company owns Steamboat and runs Winter Park. Other mountains included on the Ikon Pass, such as Copper Mountain and Aspen Snowmass, are making their own plans for the upcoming season.

Reserve your IKON Passes now.

To honor the community and express gratitude for pass holders, IKON has outlined several benefits to help ease the burden on those seeking adventure. Additional information on COVID-19 policies should there be any resort closures can be found at the following link.

We will continue to update this section as soon as we are provided information.

INSIDER TIP:

Book your ski season accommodations early and reserve your ski pass to maximize your time on the mountain with your desired dates.


LIFT PROCEDURES

Nobody will be allowed on the mountain without a face covering. Employees will require that you wear a mask in the lift line, on lifts, in restaurants and during ski school lessons. Vail Resort executives also “strongly recommend that guests wear face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout… resort towns.”

People skiing in the same party will be allowed to load the lift together and can fill the chair or gondola they are riding. However, in the event that your party doesn’t fill the chair or gondola cabin, new protocols will be implemented:

  • Two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift
  • Two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift
  • Two singles on opposite sides of larger gondola cabins

DINING

On-Mountain Dining

There will be open on-mountain options operating in the same manner that many restaurants have adopted since reopening in recent months; this primarily means limited seating for sit-down diners, to enable physical distancing. “Cafeteria-style” restaurants, in which guests had been able to choose between different stations or grab-and-go items, will be reconfigured, primarily offering grab-and-go options. This season, there will be a single line that moves through these communal dining areas, ending at the cashier.

 

Vail Valley & Aspen Restaurants

Reservations at Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen restaurants are highly recommended in advance. Local restaurants are limiting their capacities in order to adhere to local policies, which means space is limited and reservations are a must! Our local Experience Curators are here to help you plan your dining logistics, so you don’t have to worry about it. Take a look at our expertly curated dining guides for foodie inspiration in the Vail Valley and Aspen.

 

Private Chefs

Alternatively, host a Cuvée chalet dinner party with one of Vail and Aspen’s top chefs, all in the safety of your villa. Our talented culinary teams specialize in farm-to-table Colorado menus with classic European techniques. Work hand-in-hand with the chef to create a wine pairing menu, casual Colorado fixings, a swanky celebration, or any culinary masterpiece your taste buds desire.


SKI & SNOWBOARD RENTALS

You can’t hit the slopes without the right gear and with many ski equipment rental stores requiring reservations, Cuvée is here to make life easier for a gold medal day on the slopes. Expert ski fitters join you at your Cuvée chalet with top gear (helmets included!) and tips. We’ll also bring your ski passes so you can step outside your door and hop on the lift! After your day on the mountain, ease your muscles with an in-villa massage and après bites.


Our Favorite Slopeside Chalets

With high demand for ski after early closures last year, reserving your Cuvée chalet early is just as important as reserving your ski pass by September 17!