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Opening Day at Park City Mountain and Brian Head ski resorts

Posted at 7:50 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 14:30:06-05

PARK CITY, Utah — Friday is Opening Day for two Utah ski resorts. Park City Mountain Resort and Brian Head Resort are ready for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes.

“ I love winter, I love to come up here to Park City and I love to spend some time in the mountains,” said Tom Foster of Midway. "It’s a total feeling of freedom. You can stand on top of the hill, feel the wind in your face and look down the hill, see your line and just go."

There will be changes this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and both resorts have spent months planning for this day trying to make sure everything is safe and ready for visitors.

Masks will be required and there are new rules for ski lifts. Instead of lining up and riding up with the next person in line, only groups that are skiing together will be able to ride the lifts together.

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At Brian Head, two lifts will be open, Chair 3 Blackfoot and Chair 6 Pioneer.

The resort located about 32 miles from Cedar City also has a new online system where lift tickets, lessons and gear rentals can be made.

Skiers who go online will be issued a Brian Head Resort passport which can be scanned at the lifts.

“Let’s just enjoy the rest of this 2020 and go on into 2021 with a positive attitude,” said Ron Burgess, marketing director for Brian Head. “We’re looking forward to opening the doors, getting you out in the snow and we’re not looking back.”

The tubing hill will also be open and every Friday and Saturday, Brian Head will have night skiing.

Park City reservations are required for pass holders in order to ski each day, and those reservations can be made online.

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Here is a list of opening dates for all Utah ski resorts according to Ski Utah:

  • Alta: November 23
  • Beaver Mountain: TBA
  • Brian Head: November 20
  • Brighton: November 23
  • Cherry Peak: TBA
  • Deer Valley: December 5
  • Eagle Point: December 18
  • Nordic Valley: December 4
  • Park City: November 20
  • Powder Mountain: TBA
  • Snowbasin: November 25
  • Snowbird: November 30
  • Solitude: TBA
  • Sundance: December 4
  • Woodward Park City: TBA