MCCALL, Idaho — If you are already thinking ahead to winter and ski season, Brundage Mountain just released what is new this year because of COVID-19.
Parking – Parking attendants will be on staff on busy days and as recently as last year implemented many new parking lot rules and regulations that will continue to be more diligently enforced.
Shuttles – The in-resort parking lot shuttle connecting the Main Lot to the Centennial Lot will continue to operate on weekends and holidays. Face coverings will be required. The local Brundage Express Shuttle from McCall has been upgraded in partnership with the City of McCall and Mountain Community Transit to a brand NEW 33 passenger 2020 Ford Aerolite shuttle. This service will continue to be offered for free and face coverings will be required.
Season passes, Select Cards and Tickets – All season pass products and Select Cards will be printed and available at the On-Mountain Guest Service location.
New this year: All Select cards will provide direct-to-lift access. Select Cardholders no longer need to stand in a ticket line to redeem a ticket, so these will work very similar to a season pass (but without any of the benefits).
Brundage lift operators will be scanning all guests this year on Bluebird, Centennial and Bear lifts, so guests should have passes, cards and tickets accessible each time they load the lift.
Lift operations – Guests will see several big changes on the lift operations front:
- Brundage will open the main lifts at 9:00 am and close at 4:00 pm daily.
- The Centennial Triple will operate seven days a week beginning Mid-December and running until end of March to better disperse crowds every day.
- Lift attendants will be instructed to load different groups of people together but will accommodate those who would prefer to ride as individuals or couples without sharing a chair with someone they don’t know. Please be patient as we learn the best ways to streamline this process.
- Face coverings will be required in lift lines and lift loading areas as well as where people can’t physically distance.
Lodge Facilities – Face coverings will be required to enter all lodge facilities. Guests will not be allowed to leave personal belongings in the lodge. However, Brundage has added 150 brand new day lockers which are accessed through a credit card pay station and will be available on the west side breezeway on the first floor of the lodge. Several unit sizes will be available and overnight storage is an option.
Food & Beverage Operations – All Food & Beverage outlets will be open. However, each location will offer Grab and Go or a quick dine-in option with very limited seating. Face coverings will be required to enter all facilities and should be worn until guests are seated and ready to eat.
Specific changes to Food and Beverage operations include:
- There will be NO outside food and beverage allowed with in any facilities at any time.
- Guests will not be allowed to hang out inside for extended periods of time or bring any personal belongings into the lodge. No exceptions.
- Additional seating will be added to outdoor locations around the lodge and at the Bear’s Den to provide more options for outdoor seating.
- Guest WiFi will not be available inside the lodge. WiFi will be redirected to outdoor areas on the Plaza Level outside of Guest Services and the Easy Street ticket booth.
Ski & Ride School – This season, the Ski & Ride School will offer private lessons only. Individuals (or family members in a combined private lesson) will meet their instructors on the snow. Kids Club and Day Care will not be offered this season. Additional information coming soon.
Retail & Rental – Face coverings will be required to enter the facilities. Those planning to rent gear are highly encouraged to make advance reservations, especially during traditionally busy time periods. Additional information coming soon.
Snowcat Adventures, Snowmobile Tours & Rentals, and Activity Barn Snow Tubing – Brundage does plan to offer these amenities with detailed plans forthcoming.
Overnight RV Camping – Overnight camping will be allowed in designated areas with registration via Guest Services. Overnight camping will NOT be allowed during holiday periods. The Holiday blackout days include: Dec 26 – Dec 31, 2020, Jan 16 – 18, 2021 & Feb 13 – 15, 2021.
Events – At this time Brundage Mountain is not planning on hosting any major events that tend to draw large crowds, such as Pray for Snow, Light up the Night or Beer & Gear.
“Our indoor operations will be significantly different,” said Rider. “Please remember that we are doing this to ensure that we can all enjoy a full season of skiing, riding and enjoying the beautiful mountain environment that we all love so much.”
Brundage Mountain management asks that guests check back closer to their arrival date for the latest plans and updates.