Health and Safety – Covid-19 Response

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We are now passed the 6-month mark of the unanticipated early closure of Alta Ski Area and Alta Lodge in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Between then and now, we have worked continuously to update our operations based on federal, state, and local guidelines. We have also committed to upholding the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s “Safe Stay” standards.

Alta Lodge

After an extended interim closure in the spring, we were able to open for a successful summer season on August 1, 2020. Our summer season proved to be an invaluable opportunity to implement and practice new Covid-19 safety measures and updated sanitation protocols, and prepare for the return of our winter guests. As we look forward to welcoming you back, we want to share with you the steps we are taking to ensure care and cleanliness throughout your stay.

Here is a summary of the modifications we have implemented to make your stay more safe and enjoyable. We encourage you to check the new Health and Safety page on our website and the most up-to-date information.

  • Staff wear masks at all times, and guests wear masks unless in a private lodging room or while seated at dining or bar tables
  • Expanded and increased sanitation protocols in both public and private spaces throughout the Lodge with EPA- approved anti-viral products
  • Physical distancing markers and/or plexiglass barriers in use in public spaces
  • Dining Room reservations and extended dining hours
  • Complimentary room service at your request
  • Contactless check-in and check-out
  • Updated deposit and cancellation policy to allow for more flexibility with your travel plans
  • Daily monitoring of staff for Covid-19 symptoms.

Alta Ski Area

Alta Ski Area is set to open for the 2020-2021 winter season on Saturday, November 21 (conditions permitting).  Just like us, they are making changes to their operations to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by Covid-19. As we have learned this summer, fresh air and open spaces are some of the best ways to reduce the spread of the virus (in addition to wearing masks). Outdoor recreation activities have proven to be low-risk as long as you are able to maintain a safe distance between others. This is good news for the ski industry!

While skiing is inherently a safe activity (at least as far as coronavirus is concerned – don’t worry, ski patrol will still be there to help if you fall!), the ski area still has to make changes to other aspects of the skiing experience: lift lines, lift rides, dining facilities, ski lessons, and more.

Please visit Alta’s Covid-19 Response Page to learn about what this upcoming season will look like. Here are a few major takeaways:

  • Daily mountain capacity will be limited through available parking (no reservation system)⁣
  • Physical barrier and signage will be used to allow for appropriate physical distancing in lift lines and restaurants
  • You will not be asked to ride a lift with anyone that you do no know
  • Alf Engen Ski School will start the season off with private lessons only
  • Expanded grab-and-go food and beverage options across on-mountain dining locations

Alta Shuttle

Alta Shuttle is still our #1 recommended means of getting to Alta Lodge in the winter months, whether it be by shared or private transportation. Rest assured that the Alta Shuttle team is committed to continuing to serve our guests this season with enhanced protocols for the health and well-being of everyone in mind. You can read up on all of their new protocols here.


We encourage you to continue to check our website as well as all of the links shared in this article as you plan your visit to Alta for the 2020-2021 winter season. Should you have any questions as you get ready for your Alta vacation, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to welcoming you back to Alta Lodge!


Quick Access to Links shared in this article: 

Alta Lodge Health and Safety

Alta Ski Area Covid-19 Response

Alta Shuttle Covid-19 Protocols

American Hotel & Lodging Association “Safe Stay”

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