On December 2, 2020

Vail Resorts’ Vermont and New York Ski areas opened Nov. 25 for winter season

Okemo, Mount Snow, Stowe and Hunter open for the season with a focus on safety

A combination of superlative snowmaking technology and a dedicated operations staff allowed for Vail Resorts’ Vermont and New York ski areas to open for the 2020/2021 ski and snowboard season. Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont, as well as Hunter Mountain in New York, opened Nov. 25 with exclusive early season access for Epic Pass holders through Dec. 7, 2020.

Vail Resorts’ 34 properties in North America are committed to keeping guests safe. In addition to following all local regulations and complying with state guidance, additional  ways the resorts are working to keep guests safe this winter include:

  • Face coverings: All guests and staff are required to wear a face covering in all aspects of the operation, including while in lift lines, while riding lifts and gondolas and in all lodges and facilities.
  • Reservations: Required for all guests, passholders included. This will allow resorts to manage access and allow for physical distancing.
  • Cashless transactions: All transactions will be cashless. Book and pay online in advance is encouraged.
  • Follow state guidelines: Know before you go: all guests are expected to follow state guidelines.


Okemo opened for the season with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on nine trails serviced by two lifts. All operations are based in Okemo’s Clock Tower base area. Beginner terrain is accessible from the South Ridge Quad A lift. Okemo’s Sunburst Six bubble chair provided access to Countdown, Upper World Cup, Lower World Cup, Sapphire, Upper Arrow, Lower Arrow, Route 103, Lower Mountain Road and Fairway. Food service options include Base 68, The Sitting Bull and the Summit Lodge.

Mount Snow

Mount Snow opened for the season with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on seven trails across two mountain faces, serviced by The Bluebird and Discovery lifts from the Main Base Area and Challenger on The North Face. Mount Snow offered  beginner and advanced terrain.


Stowe offers top-to-bottom skiing and riding from the Four Runner Quad on Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, with advanced and intermediate terrain. The Sensation lift on Spruce Peak offers beginner terrain on the Inspiration trail.

Hunter Mountain 

Hunter Mountain became the first ski resort in New York to open for the 2020/2021 season, Nov. 25. Opening day saw top-to-bottom skiing and riding with six trails to choose from, accessed by the Kaatskill Flyer lift out of the main base area.

For more info visit Vailresorts.com.

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