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Idaho Resorts Unfurl Plans For Covid-19 Winter

Schweitzer-Covid Idaho resorts getting ready to go for a most unusual upcoming ski and snowboard season. (Schweitzer/Facebook)

The standard Covid-19 precautions are in place for this ski and snowboard season in the Gem State. Regional and local conditions may change, prompting changes in restrictions, but here's a look at some of the resorts' plans.

 

Tamarack has discounted unlimited season passes and multi-day cards until Nov. 9. Indy Pass and resort exchange holders also unrestricted. Sales may be restricted for day tickets at certain times. Rental and lessons online only. Canoe Grill and both 7 Devils Pub and Dome are gone, and Canoe Grill converted into rental and retail.

At Sun Valley, unlimited season passes on sale for adults, 20-somethings, and kids -- plus early/late season passes and multi-day tickets. Epic Pass 7-day partners don't have to reserve. Private and limited group lessons only, and all rentals and lessons must be purchased online. A new pay bag check has been put in.

Schweitzer plans to halt season pass sales Oct. 31, and launched specific-day sales on Nov. 9 if capacities allow. No open-ended tickets this season. Thermal scanning will be required for resort lodgers. No guarantee of tickets for non-resort lodging.

At Brundage, season and multi-day passes on sale to Nov. 30 with on-mountain pickup. Shuttles will run from the parking lot and the town of McCall. New are 150 outdoor day lockers. No personal food inside lodges and private lessons will be all that's offered.

Boise's town hill, Bogus Basin, will lengthen night skiing hours to 3-10 p.m. to thin out day crowds. On-site day ticket limits will be in place, so online is best. No group or multi-day lessons, preferred parking for vehicles with three or more, and no public transportation. Mountain coaster won't run this winter.

Season passes on sale now at Grand Targhee, and no capacity limits announced yet. Three new shuttles will run from the town of Driggs to free for all and $2 for a day ticket. Group lessons will be capped at 5 and only for half days. Advance purchased rental get priority over walk-ups, and the daycare center will be open.

Other Idaho resorts are expected to lay out Covid-related plans later, including Magic Mountain and Silver Mountain that had wildfire damage to repair from this summer.

 

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