Winter Park pass holders no longer need reservations to ski and ride

Three days after Vail Resorts chief executive Rob Katz announced in a letter to pass holders that there are no plans to require reservations for skiing and snowboarding next season, Winter Park did it one better. Reservations will no longer be required for pass holders this season.

Winter Park began the season without requiring reservations but elected to impose them two weeks later because of crowding caused by sparse early season terrain.

“After evaluating visitation patterns for this season and historical skier visit data, Winter Park determined that a reservation system was no longer needed to manage visitation numbers,” the resort announced in a news release Monday. “The resort will continue to limit other mountain access products to help manage the volume of visitors through the end of the 2020-21 winter season.”

Winter Park is currently scheduled to close April 25.

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Eldora also had an announcement Monday: Parking reservations, which was the method Eldora used to manage numbers this season in light of COVID-19, will no longer be required on weekdays. Eldora has received more than six feet of snow over the past six weeks. Parking reservations will still be required on weekends.

Copper Mountain announced last week that parking reservations are no longer required for its free parking lots for the remainder of this season but are still required in paid parking lots. Copper officials said they do not anticipate requiring parking reservations for any lots next season.

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