With ski season on the horizon, a lot of folks-both locals and vistors-are wondering how ski resorts will operate under the new restrictions due to the local health pandemic. If you were pausing on booking a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe until you knew what the ski resorts were doing, you are in luck. They are still planning on opening, though we assume that things will change as the season carries on. Here is what we know so far about the resorts that are closest to the South Shore.
Sierra-At-Tahoe: If you love this ski resort, you are not alone. We get a lot of interest in homes that are located closer to this and for good reason: There are tons of on mountain events, it’s a fun mountain to ski and ride and there is a certain small town feel that comes with this one. If you were hoping to stay at a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe close to Sierra, here is what you need to know straight from the source:
“In order to get back to your mountain playground this winter, there are some mandatory rules and procedures that we ask you to follow in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines. Sierra has always lived by the notion that “Respect Gets Respect,” and we request all of our guests respect and follow the new measures put in place. In doing so, you’re playing your part in keeping Sierra open for everyone to enjoy, all season long. Please note that the following list is dynamic, subject to change, and is not an exhaustive list—additional procedures and operational updates will follow as the beginning of the season grows closer.
- Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces, the base area, when loading / unloading a lift, as well as whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved
- Physical distancing protocols will be in place for both indoor and outdoor spaces
- Daily staff wellness checks will be in place for guest and employee safety
- Lodge capacity will be limited in compliance with local, state and federal regulations
- Sierra restaurants have been redesigned to emphasize grab and go options with limited seating available
- At this time, Sierra-at-Tahoe does not plan on operating under a reservation system for Season Passholders
- Guests will not be required to ride a chairlift with people they do not know, and will be asked to self-group with members of their party
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas will take place”
Heavenly Ski Resort: If you look staying at a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe that is close to this popular in town mountain as well as all the nightlife and happenings that South Shore has to offer, the folks at Vail Corporate have been working hard to get everyone on the mountain this upcoming ski season.
“Face coverings will be required to access our mountain and we have re-imagined our resort experience to allow for physical distancing. For your safety, we are managing on-mountain access this season. Reservations will be required, and our pass holders will get priority access. Lift tickets will go on sale Dec. 8 after our pass holders reserve their priority days. Lift tickets will not be sold for the early season, but Epic Day Passes are available now. For your safety, all transactions across our resorts this season will be cashless (unless required by local regulations). This includes at our hotels, restaurants, Ski
& Ride School, activities and all other points of sale. Please bring your American
Express, the Official Payment Partner of Vail Resorts, or other credit or debit cards for any in-resort transactions. For the best experience, book online in advance via the resort website.
Chairs & Gondolas
- Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, including in lift lines and while loading, unloading and riding on chairlifts and gondolas.
- To maintain physical distancing on our chairlifts and gondolas, we will only be seating related parties (guests skiing and riding together), or:
- Two singles seated 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 ends of our larger gondola cabins.”
Love to be at a Lake Tahoe vacation rental in the winter so you can enjoy Kirkwood? We know this is a fan favorite which is why we are so happy to hear that they also plan on being open, within the current guidelines of course. Because they are owned by the same company that owns Heavenly, their opening plans are the exact same but you can read them here.
Looking to ski and ride on some of our other mountains? You can still book a Lake Tahoe vacation rental on the South Shore and do day trips over to the other side of the lake! Each mountain offers something special and one of the unique things about Lake Tahoe is that we have so many resorts in and around the basin. While this year is running a little differently, we are just thrilled that the resorts are going to be open. For more information on booking a Lake Tahoe vacation rental this winter, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to help!