Ski resorts around Idaho announce changes due to COVID-19

Sun Valley scheduled to open on Thanksgiving
Posted at 3:13 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 11:57:01-04

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — UPDATE: Bogus Basin announced changes to operations Sunday afternoon.

Bogus Basin will close all lodge facilities, end night skiing and make other operational adjustments in an effort to keep its slopes open while providing precautions against COVID-19.

Adjustments will be effective March 16, and will include:

  • JR Simplot and Pioneer Lodges will be accessible for lockers and restrooms only. No indoor seating will be available. Guests are encouraged to minimize the amount of time spent inside the facilities
  • Night skiing will be closed for the remainder of the season. Night-only season pass holders will be allowed to use their passes during the day
  • Nordic operations will be closed for the remainder of the season
  • Weekday operating hours will be 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • The current lift operating schedule will continue
  • The Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse will be open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm for grab-and-go, prepackaged food and beverage items only
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own meals to eat on the outdoor plaza or in their vehicles
  • The Rental Shop will be closed for the remainder of the season
  • The Ski & Snowboard School will be closed for the remainder of the season
  • The Glade Runner Mountain Coaster will be closed for the remainder of the season
  • The Tubing Hill will be closed for the remainder of the season
  • The Downtown Sales Office will remain open
  • The Simplot Lodge Mountain Ticket Office will remain open

For updates from Bogus Basin, click here.

Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort are deciding to close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter season. This decision has been made in tandem due to COVID-19 in Idaho.

"After careful monitoring of the ever evolving environment around COVID-19, and following guidance from local and national organizations, Sun Valley and Snowbasin Resorts have decided to close for the remainder of the 2019-20 winter season," Sun Valley said in a press release. "This decision has been made proactively for the safety and interest of our employees, guests, and communities."

All mountain operations at both resorts will close effective March 16. This includes lift operations, ski school, dining outlets, retail services and rental services. Village operations including restaurants and lodging will continue to operate with limited services until further notice.

All winter lift tickets, lessons or rentals that were purchased online and dated March 16, 2020 or later will be refunded automatically within 14 business days.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact:

  • Sun Valley Resort at (888) 490-5950,
  • Snowbasin Resort at (801) 620-1000,

For more information on Sun Valley and Snowbasin, click here.

Additionally, Tamarack is taking some precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

Measures include:

  • Increased resort-wide cleaning using recommended antiviral and antibacterial chemicals
  • Food service adjustments to remove self-serve items and replace shared public use items with single-use options
  • Hourly sanitizing of high-use dining area services
  • Asking guests to ride on chairlifts with their parties only

Tamarack plans to continue winter operations through their projected closing date of April 5, 2020. However, some events are being canceled that would bring large crowds together.

These events include:

  • Brewski, March 21
  • Fireworks Show, March 28
  • State of Idaho Pond Skim Championship, April 4

Ongoing updates for Tamarack are available here.

Additionally, Brundage is planning on keeping their lifts operating through April 12. Some adjustments are being made to limit potential exposure and risks with a heightened focus on safety and hygiene for employees and guests.

Steps Brundage is taking include:

  • Daily briefings with staff on best practices for personal hygiene and guest interactions including cough and sneeze etiquette, hand sanitizing procedure and the importance of staying home when sick
  • Lift operators being given guidance that guests who would prefer to ride the chairlifts by themselves or with only members of their own group should be allowed to do so
  • Installation of additional hand sanitizing stations for staff to access around the mountain, including at the top and bottom of each chairlift
  • Increased frequency of disinfection and cleaning of public restrooms and high-touch indoor areas, such as bathrooms, food courts, kitchen surfaces, door handles, tables, restaurants, bars, ski lesson and rental check-in counters and communal computer workstations
  • Installation of new hand sanitizing stations for guests to use in public areas around the resort
  • Additional steps and information about hygiene and social distancing are underway in food and beverage facilities
  • Adjustment of cancellation policies to provide full refunds for anyone who cancels their scheduled Ski + Ride School lessons, tours, dinner or snowmobile adventures

Brundage has also canceled some events. Events that have been canceled include:

  • Hidden Valley Hoedown (Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 22)
  • Brewlympic Games (Gelande Quaff & Beer Relay, Saturday, April 11)

Ongoing updates for Brundage are available here.