Utah Resorts Gear Up For Summer Season With New Rules To Deal With COVID-19
For 40 years, Stephen and Gayle Halversen of Paragoonah have spent a week with their kids, and later their grandchildren, at their timeshare in Snowbird’s Iron Blosam Lodge. This year, they expected to have to scuttle their plans after receiving a letter telling them the coronavirus would keep the resort closed for the foreseeable future.
Then, just last week, they got what their daughter called “a miracle”: a message from the resort alerting them that it would be opening its summer operations in mid-June, just in time for their annual family getaway.
It’s been a quiet three months in the mountains since COVID-19 caused Utah’s ski resorts to shut down their lifts and cordon off their restaurants in mid-March. Now those wilderness areas are beginning to show signs of life. Sundance re-opened May 15, about two weeks later than usual. Snowbird and Woodward Park then joined in last week to become some of the first resorts in the state to open their summer operations. Most of the rest — but not all — plan to welcome guests within the next two weeks.