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Vail Mountain: What You Need To Know

Vail welcomes guests from all over the world to ski and snowboard Vail Mountain.  And, while we are lucky that this experience takes part outside in the fresh open mountain air, we are still committed to doing our part to keep our guests and employees safe and combat the spread of COVID-19.

Please note that all of our policies are subject to change based on the ever-changing public health conditions and we will follow public health guidelines.  For information on local guidelines, visit For state guidelines, visit

Mountain Access

We will NOT have a mountain reservation system this season and will load lifts and gondolas at normal capacity, we are limiting tickets being sold during our busiest Holiday Seasons: Dec. 25 – Jan. 2, Jan. 14-17, and Feb. 18-27.  Secure your lift access during these dates by pre-purchasing your lift tickets online with Epic Day Pass.  Also, know that Ski & Ride School may be available on dates when lift tickets are unavailable. Book a lesson and add a discounted lift ticket at checkout!

learn more about lift tickets

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not currently required in indoor settings, including Vail Resorts restaurants, restrooms, Vail Resorts lodging properties, retail and rental locations.  Face coverings are not currently required on Vail’s Gondolas – Gondola 1 not the Eagle Bahn Gondola.  Face coverings are not required on chairlifts at this time.

On Mountain Dining Reservations

Guests will be required to book a reservation using our Time to Dine reservation service for all on-mountain restaurants.  However, based on current regulations, we are expecting significantly more seating and dining capacity than last season. Reservations can be made  on the Dining Reservation Page, the Epic Mix app and through onsite QR signage. Reservations will be available at 7:00 am local time the day before and will be required for our largest quick-service restaurants.

Guests ages 12 and over will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to dine at our indoor, on-mountain quick-service (cafeteria-style) restaurants. This requirement includes those guests 12 and over in our ski and ride school programs that include lunch. More information on the verification process and the list of quick-service restaurants requiring proof of vaccination can be found on the Resort Dining Page during the season.

Consider eating lunch in Vail Village or Lionshead as an option to on-mountain dining. We recommend making reservations to ensure you have a spot for the time desired.


Ski & Snowboard School Protocols

Guests 12 and older enrolled in a full-day lesson will need to provide proof of vaccination in order to dine with the group. Adult lesson participants (15+) may choose to not provide proof of vaccination and dine without the group. Lunch for full-day child group lessons is included. Face coverings will only be required indoors and are not required to be worn during lessons while outside. All participants will be required to

prepare for your lesson

Cashless Transactions

For guest and employee safety, all transactions will be cashless unless otherwise required by local law. This includes at our hotels, restaurants, ski and ride school, and all other points of sale.

Trail Maps &  Grooming Reports

Trail maps and grooming reports are available on the Epic Mix App and our website. Paper trail maps will be available in-resort upon request.

trail map

Terrain status

Cleaning Enhancements

Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the resort. We are frequently using EPA-approved products that kill the COVID-19 virus on all of our high-touch surfaces and restrooms, and we are applying enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices across our resort, including in our gondola cabins.

Employee Vaccinations & Screenings

Vail Resorts employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccinations for their safety and protection as well as the safety and protection of our guests and communities.  In addition, all employees are required to undergo daily health screenings, wear face coverings indoors, regularly wash their hands, and stay home if sick or feeling sick.

Do Your Part Please

Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Thank you!