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COVID-19
What to expect during your visit.
Skier Services Update: 2/4/22
Due to staffing levels, we will have reduced skier services midweek. There will be no food, beverage or snacks available for purchase, Monday - Thursday. Rentals are lessons are now available daily. We apologize for the inconvenience and will offer these again if/when staffing levels allow. Right now we want to focus on offering the best on-snow experience possible.


Your Guide to the 2021/22 Season
We could not be more excited to welcome you back to Royal Gorge this winter. Our team has worked tirelessly to assemble an operating plan that provides for a safe and comfortable experience while maintaining the enjoyable, family atmosphere you have come to expect at Royal Gorge.

While we are expecting some COVID-related challenges, we do not foresee any government restrictions that would affect the core skiing and snowshoeing experience outdoors this winter.
Changes and Requirements for the 2021/22 Season

Please read all of the information below, which details the Royal Gorge experience this winter. Thanks for your cooperation and we look forward to hosting you.

Our Expectations of You

  • Stay home if feeling sick or if you might have been exposed to others with COVID-19.
  • Face Covering ncouraged Indoors.
  • Give each other: Maintain six feet of separation between parties, both indoors and outdoors.

Our Commitment

We are committed to not overcrowding the resort to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests. This is done through limiting season pass and daily trail pass sales. Many COVID safety protocols remain in place such as cleaning & sanitation standards, reduction of building capacities and more. However, we hope that the resort looks and feels more more like the operation you have come have an affinity for over the past 50 seasons.


The Outdoor Experience


  • While we are expecting some COVID-related challenges, we do not foresee any government restrictions that would affect the core skiing and snowshoeing experience outdoors this winter. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, including in the base area.

 


Indoor Access

  • Indoors, we plan to offer more access than was available last season, including the reopening of our Summit Station.
  • Face coverings are required indoors.
  • Guests will be able to utilize the Lodge for warming, restrooms, dining and more.
  • Guests may not store bags, gear or other personal items in the Lodges. Also, personal items, such as bags do not save tables for guests.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings will be encouraged in all indoor spaces.

Daily Operating Info


We have all recently experienced the effects of the labor shortage in our daily lives. The impact has been quite severe in the North Lake Tahoe area, where lingering COVID fears, scarce childcare options and a lack of workforce housing have reduced the available employee base. COVID dramatically altered the housing landscape in our area, with many families escaping the city to enjoy a mountain lifestyle while occupying second homes and traditional seasonal rentals. We have more than 150 beds available for staff housing – a beneficial asset – but with a seasonal staff of over 500 between Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge, we rely heavily on full and part time employees finding housing nearby.

Even with fewer applicants, we intend to preserve skiing and snowshoeing opportunities seven days a week, from opening day to closing day. Ensuring that we have the necessary staff to safely manage the on-snow experience is paramount. If we are short on staff, our ancillary services will be affected first.

  • All services will be available Friday - Sunday at Summit Station. Royal Gorge is open & groomed daily for daily & season pass access.
  • The Hotel at Sugar Bowl is accepting reservations.

Trail Passes & Season Passes

Lift Tickets
  • Trail passes are only available for purchase online and must be purchased at least one day prior to your arrival. There will be a limited quantity of trail passes available for purchase on any given day, so we recommend you purchase early. There will be no opportunity to purchase a trail pass at Royal Gorge on the day of your visit.
  • Royal Gorge will have trail passes available for the general public every day of the season, however they may sell-out quickly so purchase early.
  • If no trail passes are available for a particular day, please check back. We will be adjusting inventory levels often based on the demand and rolling forecast of season passholder visits.
Season Passes
  • At this time, we are not planning to require Royal Gorge season passholders to make reservations for the days they want to ski/ride. We do reserve the right to institute a reservation system if necessary but have taken many active measures to avoid it.
  • Friends & Family trail passes must be purchased online at least one day prior to arrival. A limited number of Friends & Family lift tickets will be available each day. These tickets will sell-out each day and will be challenging to secure for any given day.

Skier Services

Due to staffing levels, we will have reduced skier services midweek. Beginning on Tuesday, January 18th we will not offer the following services Monday - Thursday.

  • Dining: There will be no food, beverage or snacks available for purchase, Monday - Thursday.
  • No lessons will be offered (Group or Private), Monday - Thursday
  • No rentals will be available (Skate, Classic or Snowshoe), Monday - Thursday
We apologize for the inconvenience and will offer these again if/when staffing levels allow. Right now we want to focus on offering the best on-snow experience possible.

Lessons

  • At this time we are only offering Private Ski Lessons
  • All lesson participants (Adult & Child) will check-in at Summit Station .

Rentals

  • All ski and snowshoe rentals must be purchased online at least two days prior to your visit date.


Stay Home if you are sick
Stay Home if Sick
Stay home if you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Wash Hands Frequently
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. When you cannot wash hands, utilize sanitizing stations located around the lodge.
Face Covering Required
Face coverings are required indoors and outdoors. Guests will not be required to wear a face covering while participating in their respective sport unless in the base area where physical distancing is not possible
Physical Distancing Required
Maintain at least 6 feet of separation from unrelated parties. This includes indoors and outdoors.