Sun Valley outlines new changes it will make during COVID


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Sun Valley Resort sent out an update on its 2020-21 ski season., with changes it will make during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening day

As of now, the resort wants to keep the opening day the same as a normal year. Opening River Run on Thanksgiving, Warm Springs, and Dollar Mountain on December 12. 

But, as the opening days get closer, if there is not enough snowfall and not enough room to keep an appropriate distance for safety, the resort may make changes. In a note to guests, President Tim Silva says as opening days approaches, the resort will continue to keep people informed about those dates. 

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Lift tickets

Sun Valley is still asking that guests purchase lift tickets ahead of time to secure a spot. Those tickets will be available beginning on November 23. Starting on opening day, November 26 through the 29, there will not be lift tickets available. Day ticket skiers will have access around November 30. 

Silva says that keeping distance on chairlifts and the gondola will be of “keen focus.” Guests will ride with people in their parties. Individual guests will go on single and double lifts and couples will go on triple and quad chairlifts. If guests are not comfortable with this, Sun Valley will allow these people to ride alone. 


Lodges will have limited capacity that follows state COVID-19 guidelines. But guests planning to dine will have priority seating. On-mountain lodge’s Roundhouse and Averell’s will be reservation only the other lodge’s will be first come first serve. 

If guests want to bring their belongings to the mountains, there will be a bag check at the base of River Run, Warm Springs and Dollar. 

Emphasized once again in Silva’s note was the safety of everyone. To keep the mountain as safe as possible, the resort is asking guests to stay up to date on changes through their new app, social media, email and its website.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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