What To Expect This Winter Season At The Resorts

Things will look a little different this winter season. By planning ahead, your experience will be an amazing one. Know before you go! The local resorts have provided information to help you prepare before going to the mountain. We have provided links so you can easily check for updates before you come to Tahoe. The information provided below is subject to change. Please visit the resort's websites for the most up-to-date information.


You can also check out the 20th Annual Tahoe Downhill Ski Guide 2020-21

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


This season things will look a little different at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as we make the health & safety of our guests and employees a top priority.  Covid-19 has changed many things about our daily lives and there will be impacts on the mountain this winter as well, but the skiing & riding that exhilarates us each year will stay the same. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we work to determine where adjustments need to be made moving forward.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open on Wednesday, Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), conditions and weather permitting.  We cannot wait to welcome you back to our mountains once again.


Click here for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Updates 



Will you require reservations to access the resort this season? 

No, we are not requiring reservations at this time. We plan to manage general visitation by temporarily eliminating the sale of “walk-up” tickets at the window and dynamically controlling the sale of advance purchase tickets.


Will I be able to purchase a ticket on the day I want to ski?

If day lift tickets are still available for purchase on the website on the day you want to ski, then you will be permitted to purchase them through that online channel. However, day-of ticket availability online is not a guarantee, and walk-up tickets will not be available to purchase on-site. 


How far in advance will day tickets need to be purchased?

At this time we are not planning on placing any limits on how far in advance tickets will need to be purchased, however, only a limited number of day tickets will be available each day. So purchasing early is the best way to secure the ski and ride days you want.


Can I get my ticket, pack, or pass mailed to me prior to my arrival? 

If you have purchased your season pass, pack, or ticket at least 10 days prior to your arrival, you can fill out our Season Pass/Ticket Request webform to arrange to have your ticket, pack, or pass mailed to you. 


What will access look like in early season, if there is not a lot of terrain open?

We expect to make very few advance purchase tickets available for use during the early season until we determine we have sufficient lift and terrain openings to service pass holder demand. 


What if I had unused days on my 2019-20 Tahoe Super 4 or Spring Ticket Trio?

Due to the unexpected closure of the resort last spring due to COVID-19, guests with unredeemed days on their 2019-20 Tahoe Super 4 packs and Spring Ticket Trio can go direct to lift. 


Guests with unused lift tickets from the 2019-20 season, can exchange the ticket for a 2020-21 lift ticket.  Those tickets can be used without additional restrictions. Please email [email protected] or call 800-403-0206 to learn how to exchange out 2019-20 lift tickets. All 2019-20 Tahoe Super 4 pack, Spring Ticket Trio holders can go direct to lift.


When is Opening Day?

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will open on Wednesday, Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), conditions and weather permitting.


Are masks required at Squaw Alpine this winter? 

Face coverings are required indoors. Face coverings are required outdoors where physical distance cannot be ensured.





OPENING DAY IS DECEMBER 11. The health and safety of our guests and employees remains our priority. As our operations resume, they will include new policies and guidelines that align with recommendations from local, regional and national health officials. We will continue to monitor agency recommendations for best practices and adjust our operating procedures accordingly.


We ask that our guests respect the seriousness of this situation and strictly adhere to these guidelines so that we may all continue to enjoy spending time at our properties and at Lake Tahoe. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we adapt to these new circumstances together.


Click here for Homewood Mountain Resort Updates 


Safety measures being implementing resort-wide:


  • Contactless payment options will be implemented when possible including paying online or over the phone.
  • When contactless pay is not possible, employees will sanitize payment options (card readers, Square tablets, pens) between every customer.
  • Employees will wear gloves when handling cash. Gloves are to be disposed of between customers.
  • Employees will wash or sanitize hands between customers.
  • The number of people allowed on our properties will be limited at any given time to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained. Guests should plan to visit in groups of 10 people or fewer.
  • When parking on our properties, guests should provide extra space between parked cars by parking in marked parking spaces or as directed by a parking attendant
  • Cleaning and sanitizing procedures have been increased in frequency in all high-contact places including bathrooms, entrances and exits, door handles, tables and seating areas
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all payment and check-in locations
  • Only one group at a time will be permitted inside resort offices and/or 6’ or more between groups in line at outdoor kiosks
  • Where possible plastic barriers have been installed between guests and employees


NorthStar California


OPENING DAY IS NOVEMBER 20.  We are excited to welcome back winter and are committed to doing everything we can to help keep you safe this season - so you can focus on having a great time on the mountain, weather permitting.


Click here for NorthStar California Updates 




This season, our unrivaled commitment to safety takes on more importance than ever. We are implementing some changes with your safety in mind:



Face coverings will be required to access our mountain and we have re-imagined our resort experience to allow for physical distancing. More Below. 



For your safety, we are managing on-mountain access this season. Reservations will be required, and our pass holders will get priority access.  



Lift tickets will go on sale Dec. 8 after our pass holders reserve their priority days. Lift tickets will not be sold for the early season, but Epic Day Passes are available now. 



For your safety, all transactions across our resorts this season will be cashless (unless required by local regulations). This includes at our hotels, restaurants, Ski & Ride School, activities and all other points of sale. Please bring your American Express, the Official Payment Partner of Vail Resorts, or other credit or debit cards for any in-resort transactions.

For the best experience, book online in advance via the resort website.


Mt. Rose


The safety of our guests and staff continues to be our top priority as we prepare to open for the 2020/21 season. As circumstances change, so will our policies and procedures to ensure that we follow the recommended local and national safety guidelines. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests.


Remember, please stay home if you are not feeling well.


Click here for Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Updates 




Mt. Rose will require face coverings that align with CDC recommendations whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved. This includes but is not limited to: all indoor areas, lift queues while riding lift chairs, and in ski and snowboard lessons.



All guests will be expected to maintain the recommended six-foot distancing from Mt. Rose Staff and guests who are not in your party.



Mt. Rose will continue to practice a heightened level of cleaning and disinfecting procedures, as well as an increased frequency high-touch areas.



Contactless payments (Mt. Rose Pass Pay, Credit & Debits Card) are preferred. Add Pass Pay to your season pass by logging into your account and connecting a debit/credit card to your pass.



Lodge facilities will have overall capacity limitations and seating restrictions to meet the current state indoor operating guidelines.



We ask that guests do not congregate in large groups while at the mountain, including but not limited to areas around the lodge or in the parking lots (please, no tailgating).





Diamond Peak


What to expect this season


We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a lot of uncertainty, but we want to assure all of our loyal guests that we are making plans to open the ski resort this winter. We hope to operate as close to normal as possible, with several new protocols and safety measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our guests and community. Continue reading for vital pre-arrival information and what to expect at the resort this winter. Please check back often as the information on this page may change daily as conditions and restrictions are updated.


Diamond Peak's 2020-21 Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, conditions permitting. Please stay tuned for updates as we get closer to winter.


Click here for Diamond Peak Updates 


Enhanced Safety Protocols


Diamond Peak will follow all state and local health and safety regulations this winter and will implement the following protocols to ensure the safety of our guests:

  • Face coverings are required for all staff and guests throughout our operations.
  • Modified operations are in place to allow for physical distancing throughout the resort.
  • Employees will undergo a pre-work health screening and will be required to stay at home should they present any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.
  • Guests will be asked to stay home should they present any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness.
  • Diamond Peak is implementing cashless transactions throughout our resort operations including parking, ticketing and food & beverage outlets.


Lift Tickets & Will Call

Diamond Peak's operational plan includes capping our daily skier visits to ensure we are able to offer our guests a safe and enjoyable experience on the mountains. We anticipate this limit will only come into effect on our busiest peak and weekend dates throughout the winter.

  • All daily and multi-day lift tickets must be purchased online for all dates.
  • Given the chance of capacity restrictions, all customers are highly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets in advance. We cannot guarantee day-of availability of lift tickets.
  • Pick up for lift tickets and other products ordered online will be at the Will Call windows located in the Plaza area. No walk-up ticket sales will be allowed at the Will Call windows.


Equipment Rentals

Diamond Peak's Rental Shop will be open this winter.


  • We will have procedures in place to limit the number of guests inside the Rental Shops at any one time to allow for physical distancing.
  • Face coverings will be required while inside the Rental Shops.
  • All rental equipment orders must be placed online.
  • Please stop by the Will Call windows in the Plaza area to pick up rental vouchers before heading to the Rental Shop.
  • All rental equipment will be disinfected between each guest use.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place daily in the Rental Shops.
  • There will be no day-use lockers available in the Rental Shop to store items. Please leave all personal items in your vehicle. Rental Shop staff will store customers' shoes while they are on the mountain using ski/snowboard boots.