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What to Expect at Ski Resorts During the 2020-2021 Season

Winter is fast approaching in the White Mountains and we are excited for visitors and locals to hit the slopes this season! Snowmakers are hard at work and resorts are starting to release their opening dates as well as their safety protocols and procedures for the upcoming season. Before visiting, be sure to check out individual resort websites for the most up-to-date information. Please be patient and kind – resort staff are working hard to ensure everyone has a great, safe experience this ski season!


Universal Guidelines to Expect At All Ski Resorts This Winter Season


Practice social distancing: Our mountains have wide and varied terrain, which is perfect for social distancing. Expect lift line waits to be longer to accommodate space between guests and plan on riding the lifts with the party with whom you came. The number of tables and furniture inside lodges has been decreased to allow for extra distance between people.

Buy tickets online before you go: Tickets must be purchased online in advance as the resorts are required to limit the number of daily visitors. This policy also helps to make ticket transactions as contactless as possible. Rental equipment and lessons must also be reserved online in advance. Check individual ski resort websites for information on ticket purchases, pricing, and cancellation policies.

Limited access to ski lodges: Access to base lodges is limited; capacity restrictions in buildings limits the number of people inside at a time and the length of time one can stay in the building. Plan on booting up in your vehicle and leaving equipment bags and lunches in your car for the day. Some resorts may offer satellite food and restroom facilities, but please check resort websites before heading out for the day.

Wear a face covering: A mask or cloth face covering over your nose and mouth is required whenever 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. Masks or face coverings must be worn in base lodges, restrooms, lift lines, on the lift, and when loading and unloading from lifts.

Sanitization: High traffic, high touch areas will undergo enhanced and increased sanitization. You will notice plexiglass sneeze guards in point of sale areas and locations where maintaining 6 feet of distance is difficult. Hand-sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the resorts.

Stay home if you’re not well: If you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or answer “yes” to any of the questions below, please be responsible and stay home to protect fellow skiers and staff. We will welcome you back to the White Mountains when you are feeling better.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

i. Fever (a documented temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or are feeling feverish;

ii. Respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;

iii. General body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;

iv. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or

v. Changes in your sense of taste or smell?

  1. Have you been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days? (Note: healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment are not considered to have a close contact exposure and should answer “No” to this question).
  2. Have you traveled on non-essential travel in the past 14 days outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island (this includes any international travel or travel by cruise ship and any domestic travel, within the US, outside of NH, VT, RI, CT, MA or ME, regardless of the mode of transportation)?

How Resorts Are Adapting This Season To Covid-19:

Attitash Mountain Resort

Reservations are required for passholders and non-passholders and must be made in advance. Tickets go on sale on December 8. Information on the reservation system can be found here.

All point of sale transactions on the mountain will be cashless to reduce contact. Ticket sales, rentals, food & beverage, and Ski School lessons can all be booked online in advance.

While lodges and restaurants will be open at a reduced capacity, face coverings are required when physical distancing is not possible. Changing rooms, lockers, and childcare will not be available this season.

Guests will be seated on the chairlift with members of their own party and lift lines will be marked and monitored to ensure proper social distancing measures are followed.

Visit their website for more detailed information on resort policies and procedures.

Cannon Mountain

Lift tickets, rentals, and lessons must be purchased or reserved online in advance to limit the number of daily visitors on the mountain.

ONLY passholders and ticket holders will have access to the lodges and guests will need to show their pass to gain entrance. Building capacity will be monitored and limited. No personal belongings will be allowed to stay in or around the outside of the buildings, so guests need to plan on gearing up in their cars. The time in lodges will be limited to 30 minutes.

Food & Beverage locations will still be available. The cafeterias will operate in a grab & go style and there will be no food cooked to order. The Cannonball Pub will be open for restaurant style service with limited capacity. Face coverings may be removed only while seated and socially distanced to eat food. No coolers will be allowed so guests are encouraged to bring Brown Bag style lunches only.

The Aerial Tramway is not expected to operate at least for the first half of the season.

Information and updates can be found on their website.

Cranmore Mountain Resort

This winter, Season Passholders will have priority status at the resort and will be able to access the resort when their season pass is valid.

All lift tickets must be purchased online in advance as there will be no ticket sales on-site at the ticket office. A limit on the number of daily tickets sold will help allow for appropriate social distancing. Only full-day tickets will be offered which will be valid from lift opening until 4pm and Twilight tickets will be valid from 4pm – 8pm on Saturdays and holiday periods. Guests looking to visit on consecutive days must purchase a lift ticket for each day. One person per party will be allowed into the ticket office to retrieve tickets.

The lodges will be open but capacity for all buildings will be limited. Modified indoor traffic patterns in all base lodges and food service areas will help manage guest flow in more populated areas. Time spent indoors will be limited and guests are encouraged to get ready in their vehicles. Public restrooms will be available on the first floor of the Main Base Lodge, in the Red Sled area on the back side of the Main Base Lodge, and at the Artist Falls Lodge. Restrooms located in Zip’s Pub and the Meister Hut will be available for indoor restaurant patrons only. Portable outdoor facilities will be added throughout the resort’s base area.

Modifications to the resorts dining options can be found here.

The Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park will be available in 2-hour time blocks. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance, and park capacity will be limited to allow for proper physical distancing. Face coverings will be required while in the tubing park and on all Mountain Adventure Park attractions.

For more information about what to expect, click here.

Loon Mountain Resort

Tickets must be purchased online in advance and can be picked up in a contactless PUB (Pick Up Box). Tickets are RFID-equipped and can be reloaded online for direct- to- lift access on future visits. IKON Passholders must also make reservations in advance.

Currently, there are no plans to offer shuttle service to and from Escape Route lots. Available parking lots include Main Lot, Adventure Center Lot, Children’s Center Lot, River Lot, Beach Lot, and South Peak Lot (when the Lincoln Express Quad is running).

Wait times may increase in lift lines to allow for proper social distancing. Face coverings will be required in lift lines and you will only be allowed to ride the lift with the group with which you came. Single skiers will ride up alone. Barriers or Ghost Lanes will be in place in lift queues to assist with social distancing.

The Octagon Lodge, Governor Adams Lodge, Pemigewasset Base Camp, Summit Café, Camp III and Boyle's Break House will function as restaurants. The Paul Bunyan Room and Babe's Blue Ox Lounge will operate similarly. Guests will be greeted at a designated lodge entrance and escorted to a table. Guests can order food or drinks via their mobile phone or from the lodge menu. Only dining guests will be allowed in these venues, and proper face coverings will be required unless seated. Each venue will have designated entrance and exit(s).

Restrooms inside the Octagon Lodge and Governor Adams Lodge will be available for dining guests only. Additional restroom facilities are being added near these locations for non-dining guests. Restrooms accessible from the outdoors at the Octagon Lodge, Summit Café, Camp III and Pemigewasset Base Camp will be open to all guests.

Additional information and requirements can be found on Loon’s website. And this video.

Wildcat Mountain

Reservations are required for Passholders and non-passholders and must be made in advance. Tickets go on sale on December 8. Information on the reservation system can be found here.

All point of sale transactions on the mountain will be cashless to reduce contact. Ticket sales, rentals, food & beverage, and ski and snowboard lessons can all be booked online in advance.

While lodges and restaurants will be open at a reduced capacity, face coverings are required when physical distancing is not possible. Changing rooms, lockers, and childcare will not be available this season.

Guests will be seated on the chairlift with members of their own party and lift lines will be marked and monitored to ensure proper social distancing measures are followed.

Detailed information and FAQ’s on resort policies and procedures can be found on their website.

Bretton Woods

It is strongly recommended that guests purchase their lift tickets online in advance to ensure availability for their preferred day as daily tickets will be limited to ensure proper social distancing. A ticket purchased online is considered a "reservation" for that day. Season Passholders are not required to book a reservation and are not limited in the use of their pass.

Online ticket sales are available for purchase up to 14 days in advance.

The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, Slopeside Climbing Wall, and the Kid’s Snowmobile Park will remain closed for the winter. Fat biking will be allowed on designated trails and the rental fleet of fat bikes are being expanded. Please note that the Nursery and Childcare Center will remain closed this season.

Rental equipment will be available and must be reserved 72 hours in advance through their online store.

For complete COVID-19-operations guidelines, visit their website.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

This season, Gunstock has expanded their Tubing Park, improved their rental facilities, and created a touchless payment system and online reservation system for food services.

All tickets must be purchased online in advance to manage daily capacity and to minimize in-person transactions. All ticket sales are final; however, adjustments may be made up to 48 hours prior to your original ticket date. Weekend hours have been expanded and they will be open on Christmas Day.

Shuttle service will be available to a limited capacity. Families will be able to sit together and social distancing measures will be in place.

Gunstock will be limiting capacity within the lodges to allow for physical distancing and new traffic patterns. Reservations will be required to enter the Stockade Lodge, the Main Lodge, the Cobble Mountain Food Court, the Powder Keg Pub, and the Pistol Pub. Personal items such as bags and coolers will not be allowed in the lodges. Dining is encouraged in your vehicle or at one of the outdoor dining facilities.

The Tubing Park and Mountain Coaster will be open for the winter season. Face coverings will be required, and physical distance must be maintained. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

More information can be found on their website.

Be aware that ski resorts may modify their health and safety policies at any time. Keep up-to-date on winter operations by visiting www.skinh.com/nh-ski-area-winter-20-21-policies.

Learn the latest information on travel restrictions and requirements when visiting New Hampshire by heading to www.VisitNH.Gov.

For help on planning your next visit to the White Mountains check out www.VisitWhiteMountains.com.