From Mammoth CEO Mark Brownlie: Mountain is ‘as good as it gets’ for social distancing
You just received information from Alterra Mountain Company CEO Rusty Gregory regarding the upcoming 2020/21 winter season. Most importantly, I would like to reiterate Rusty’s sentiment that the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, guests and community continues to be our utmost priority.
With Mother Nature’s blessing, Mammoth Mountain will open for skiing and riding on Nov. 14. There are endless questions regarding what winter at Mammoth will look like, and while we don’t have all of the answers yet, we’re just as excited as you at the prospect of getting back on snow. We do know that social distancing and mask usage are vital to staying safe and staying open. As has been the case all summer, masks will be required in lift lines, gondolas, lodges, shuttle buses and anywhere within six feet of others.
Thanks to the vision of our founder Dave McCoy, Mammoth Mountain has an exceptional lift network with over 3,500 skiable acres and plenty of room to enjoy skiing and riding. With the right conditions, Mammoth is as good as it gets for being socially distanced.
At present, we plan to control resort visitation levels to avoid overcrowding by prioritizing access for season pass holders. We will tightly regulate the number of daily lift tickets which will be available by advance purchase only. Walk-up sales of lift tickets will no longer be available, allowing us to further manage capacity and reduce contact points in our lodges.
We are investing over $1 million in COVID-19 related resort enhancements. These include increased “grab and go” food and beverage offerings, additional outdoor seating and quick transaction technology.
As always, we will be nimble in making adjustments mandated by local health officials and state government as the COVID-19 mitigation environment continues to change.
I’d like to thank all of our guests who visited this summer, we truly appreciate your commitment and respect for the safety of our community and our employees. Your efforts allowed us to open and remain open for the summer season, and we’re confident that our learnings this summer will assist us in safely operating throughout winter 2020/21.
On behalf of myself and our entire Mammoth Team, thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these vague and challenging times. We know there will be more challenges in our future, but with skiing and riding at the heart of what we do, we are committed to safely sharing our mountain home with you and can’t wait to see you on the hill this season.
Mark Brownlie, President and chief operating officer Mammoth Resorts