Opening day is a celebrated occasion every November and the anticipation this year was higher than ever before. However, the excitement was also mixed with reservation-system wariness and most everyone was wondering if purchasing a season pass would be worthwhile. With the season officially underway, we’re here to give you a first hand on-the-snow and reservation systems report.
Although everyone was thrilled with the announcement of a ski season back in September, the thought of having to make a reservation instilled a sense of dread in many. With only a handful of runs ready to go during the scheduled openings of Keystone and Breckenridge, pessimism was running as high as the Imperial Lift.
Spots for opening weekend at Keystone felt like lottery wins and were gone within minutes when reservations opened up unannounced on November 5th. Many Epic Pass holders were understandably left disappointed. However, by mid November with both Breckenridge and Keystone open for the season, most pass holders had logged into the reservation system enough times to realize that maybe this whole reservation thing won’t be so bad. There were no system crashes and despite limited terrain, the vast majority of skiers and riders were able to secure golden tickets for their preferred dates.
If you’ve logged in to your Epic Pass account and have found dates you want to go are unavailable, here’s what you need to know: Log in first thing in the morning or just before bedtime regularly. As cancelations come in, spots open up and you can snag a date that may have been previously full by checking back. Vail Resorts opens additional spots every night at midnight for the upcoming week.
There are some upsides to the reservation process. The runs are not crowded. The “white ribbons of death” are eliminated leaving white ribbons of happy and hopeful skiers and riders. Gratitude is in abundance. We’re no longer taking our time on the mountain for granted. Every run is recognized for the blessing that it is.
For locals, having a reservation is akin to having an appointment that you cannot miss. In years past, we might have let work or other obligations get in the way of making a few laps. The reservation “forces” us to carve out our carving time. Sunshine, fresh air and physical exercise are more important than ever.
While fears of closures loom on everyone’s mind, it’s important to remember that the state and county governments are doing their best to come up with additional measures of safety in lieu of a shutdown. Although indoor dining is at a halt, the Town of Breckenridge has approved temporary outdoor fire pits/warming options along with dining yurts and huts for outdoor dining and takeout is still available.
Now that you’ve got a 2020-2021 ski season update, we have a few helpful tips for your next visit to Summit County:
Arrive and depart safely! Know the Colorado Traction Law.
Help our local restaurants by ordering takeout as often as you are able.
If you haven’t received your Epic Pass in the mail, no need for worries. Your old pass will automatically be updated or you can stop by the ticket office at the Gondola and they will print you a new one in just a matter of seconds.
Focus on things that improve your health (good diet, exercise, plenty of sleep).
If you think you might spend more time cooking at home, take a look at our High Altitude Baking and Cooking article.
Give your Breckenridge Associates agent a call or email for the secret stash- all the info you need to enjoy the mountain like a local or, better yet, to find your dream home and live like a local.