Closed for the 20/21 Season

Please email mtbrightoninfo@vailresorts.com for any guest service inquiries.

What You Need To Know

Spring on your mask! While things are trending positively across the country with COVID-19, now is not the time to let our masks down. Before you visit it’s important to know that we take COVID-19 safety very seriously and masks are required in all aspects of our operations, regardless of mandates in your home state or your vaccination status. Visit responsibly and help us finish the winter strong by following all safety protocols and regulations.

With rapidly changing public health orders, we ask that you follow current state and local COVID-19 guidelines during your visit.  For information and visitor resources, visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/

To learn more about our mountain safety protocols, please read on.

In response to COVID-19, the State of Michigan has new guidelines. Please visit the official https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ for the latest information.

Indoor dining will return to Mt. Brighton starting February 1st, with order-at-the-counter service offered at Ski Hill Grill and Ore Creek Mountain Grill. Here’s what you need to know:

  • 25% maximum capacity in all buildings with max of 6 people per table from not more than 2 households, per state guidelines.
  • Indoor seating is limited to patrons of Ski Hill Grill or Ore Creek Mountain Grill only. No spectating, loitering or group gathering will be permitted.
  • With limited capacity and to ensure all guests have an opportunity to dine with us, we ask each table to limit seating to 35 minutes.
  • Tables and chairs are placed and spaced out intentionally. Please do not move or combine tables.
  • Masks are required except while actively eating or drinking while seated at a table. 
  • Until further notice, the indoor picnic area will remain closed.
  • Bar areas will remain closed for the remainder of the season. Prepackaged beer and wine will be available for those 21+ with valid ID.
  • All onsite transactions are cashless.
  • Due to state mandated building capacities, guests may be asked to wait outside to use the restroom if max capacity is met. We recommend that guests utilize the restrooms located in the rental area while on the snow level as entry into lodges may be delayed.
  • We will always follow all state and local guidelines, along with implementing our own policies and guidelines put in place for the safety of our guests and staff.
  • All dining parties will be asked to provide their contact information for contact tracing, per state guidelines.

Guests will not be permitted to leave their property and personal items in lodges this season. As a result, we are asking parents who would typically drop their kids off to stay close this season to support their children’s needs. Locker rentals are available and can be used for storage of personal items. 

For parents that would like to stay onsite and watch their kids, we have a designated standing room only outdoor space available. Please go down the stairs and to the right, or have a ticket scanner point you in the right direction. All other snow terrain is for skiers and snowboarders only. Masks and physical distancing required. 

Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

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Face Coverings Required

Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, in all indoor spaces, in any line,
in chairlifts and gondolas, and whenever you are unable to maintain physical distance. Face coverings should follow CDC guidelines, with two or more layers of fabric that completely cover your nose and mouth and they should not have vents, valves or holes. If you do not wear a face covering you will not be allowed to access the mountain and are subject to your season pass or lift ticket being pulled. 

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Pass Holder Reservations

For your safety, we are managing on-mountain access this season. Reservations
will be required, and our pass holders will get priority access.  

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Lift Tickets

This season, we have limited on-mountain access to ensure your safety. Book your lift tickets early to lock in your preferred dates.

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Cashless Transactions 

For your safety, all transactions will be cashless. This includes at our hotels, restaurants,
Ski and Ride School, and all other points of sale. For the best experience, book and pay online in advance.

 

 

RE-IMAGINING OUR ON-MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE

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Chairlifts

Getting on lifts will fundamentally be the same, but who you ride with will be different. We know that meeting new people and making new friends on the chairlift help make memories for a lifetime. However, this year we’re prioritizing your safety, so we’ll be designing our mazes, and loading chairlifts with physical distancing guidelines in mind.

Ski & Ride School

Whether you are clicking your heels into bindings for the first time, or mastering turns through deep powder – our world-class instructors have gone through COVID-19 protocol training and are committed to providing you with a safe and enjoyable experience. ​

Mountain Dining

Keeping you properly fueled is key to a great day on the mountain, and we’re passionate about bringing you a variety of dining options to make that happen. Due to local restrictions on capacity limits, we highly recommend that guests bring their own snacks and water. Our quick service restaurants will be open and we’ve made necessary changes with your safety in mind.

Category Restaurants
Quick Service
  • Ski Hill Grill
  • Ore Creek
  • Hot Laps
Closed for Public Dining
  • All bar areas

Equipment Rentals

What to expect when renting equipment: Due to high demand and our rigorous safety protocol, the rental process is taking longer than previous years. We are working hard to move guests through the process as quickly as possible.

Enhanced Safety Protocols

Our unrivaled commitment to safety takes on more importance than ever, so we’ve implemented an extensive set of enhanced safety protocols with your safety in mind. There are many activities guests have come to know and love that make our mountain an Experience of a Lifetime. We love these activities, too. While we know our events and activities hold a special place in our hearts as they bring us all together as a community, it is by their very nature of bringing us all together that makes them impossible to adequately allow for physical distancing. Therefore, this season we will see drastically reduced events, races, and activities.​

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How are you managing access to the mountain this year?

Lift tickets are limited this season. Additional information and FAQs can be found here.

For details and FAQs on our passes, reservation system, and Epic Coverage, can be found here

Will uphill access still be allowed at the resort?

Uphill access is not available at this resort.

Do I have to wear a face covering while I’m skiing and snowboarding? 

While face coverings are not required during the physical acts of skiing and snowboarding if the guest is maintaining proper physical distance and is not in the vicinity of others, it is recommended guests do so. Otherwise, face coverings are required in every part of our operation, including while loading and riding on chairlifts, inside all buildings, and during all ski and snowboard lessons.
Face covering should follow CDC guidelines, with two or more layers of fabric that completely cover your nose and mouth and they should not have vents, valves or holes. 

Are you allowing neck gaiters/buffs?

Face covering should follow CDC guidelines, with two or more layers of fabric that completely cover your nose and mouth and they should not have vents, valves or holes.  

Are there any exemptions allowed? What if I can’t/won’t wear a face covering, such as if I’m ADA exempt?

Face coverings are required in every part of our operation without exception. If a guest is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, the guest will not be allowed access in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure to other guests and employees.

What about my child age 2 and under – do they need a mask?

In line with local and CDC guidelines, we are asking that children aged 3 and older wear face coverings. 

What are you doing to ensure physical distancing is possible?

We will work to allow for physical distancing throughout our operations to help ensure a safe experience. First and foremost we will manage the number of people on our mountains through a reservation system. Additionally, we have adapted our approach to loading lifts and are managing the number of people coming in and out of our facilities. 

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 confirmed at your resort?

We will continue to work with local health officials to minimize the impact and spread of COVID-19 in our resort communities, prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and guests. If there is a case at our resort, or among an employee, we will follow all guidance provided by local health officials. If a guest or employee feels sick, we ask that they remain home.

How are you safely loading lifts this winter?

To allow for physical distancing on our chairlifts, we will only be seating related parties (guests skiing or riding together) or: two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift. All guests will be required to wear face coverings while in lift mazes, riding chairlifts.

Why can’t we load chairlifts with other parties, since it’s outside and we’ll be wearing face coverings?

In the current environment, we do not believe it is appropriate to seat unrelated guests from different parties directly next to each other, given the dynamics during loading and unloading, during chair stoppages and due the proximity between guests as they ride the lift, speak to each other, speak on the phone and adjust their clothing. We believe a conservative approach is the best way to protect our guests.

How are you promoting physical distancing in lift lines?

In addition to the use of markers to help space guests out in lift lines, ski and snowboard equipment will help naturally distance guests while waiting to load the lifts. In addition, guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in lift mazes and riding chairlifts.

How do you plan to manage lift lines given your new protocols?

First and foremost, we will manage the number of people on our mountains through a reservation system to allow for physical distancing. While our lift loading protocols may initially create longer lines at key access points, we believe these protocols are key components to providing a safe experience for our guests and we believe any initial lines will level out as guests spread out across the resort.

Given you will have fewer guests on the mountain this year, will you reduce the number of lifts operating?

Our goal is to fully open with lifts and terrain, as weather and conditions permit, regardless of how many people are skiing and riding this season.

What will singles lines look like this season?

We will continue to offer singles lines. Singles may be seated together on opposite sides of four- and six-person chairlifts. All guests will be required to wear face coverings while in lift lines and riding chairlifts.

What Ski School programs will be available this winter?

Group and private lessons will be offered this season. All Ski & Ride School classes will have a maximum class size of six. Group lessons will only be available to kids over the age of 7 this winter. For kids age 4-6, we will offer this age group one-on-one, one-hour private lessons.

What are your enhanced safety protocols? How will you maintain physical distancing?

Class size will be limited to six or fewer people for all of group and private lessons. All participants will be required to complete a pre-arrival self-health screening on the day of their lesson. Child classes will be considered cohorts. They will ride lifts together during the day with their instructor. For all lessons, participants will meet on snow, not indoors. Face coverings will be required.

Will health screenings be in effect, for both the guest and the instructor, prior to a lesson?

All our employees will be required to undergo health screenings before they arrive at work, as well as complete an official health screening at the resort. Ski & Ride School participants will be required to complete a pre-arrival self-health screening within 24 hours of each lesson, prior to arrival on the mountain.

Are face coverings required?

Yes. Face coverings will be required in every part of the experience; specifically while loading and riding on chairlifts and in gondolas, inside all buildings, and during all ski and snowboard lessons. No one will be permitted on the mountain without a face covering.

  • Do I have to wear a face covering while I’m skiing and snowboarding? While face coverings are not required during the physical acts of skiing and snowboarding if the guest is maintaining proper physical distance and is not in the vicinity of others, it is recommended guests do so. Otherwise, face coverings are required in every part of the experience, including while loading and riding on chairlifts and in gondolas, inside all buildings, and during all ski and snowboard lessons.
  • Are you allowing neck gaiters/buffs? The type of face covering a guest may wear includes a cloth neck gaiter or other type of material that completely covers a person’s mouth and nose.
  • Are there any exemptions allowed? What if I can’t/won’t wear a face covering, such as if I’m ADA exempt? Face coverings are required in every part of our operation without exception. If a guest is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, the guest will not be allowed access in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure to other guests and employees.
  • What about my child age 2 and under – do they need a mask? In line with local and CDC guidelines, we are asking that children aged 3 and older wear face coverings.

Do participants in Ski School need to separately make a reservation to access the mountain?

All guests must have a lift ticket or pass to ski & ride. If you are not a pass holder, you must add a lift ticket to your lesson at checkout. If you are a pass holder, your mountain access reservation is confirmed when you book your lesson. 

Will you still be able to sign up for lessons day-of, on-site?

Lessons will need to be purchased in advance – no walk-up, day-of lessons will be available.

Will kids Ski School still include lunch?

We are offering half-day group lessons currently. These lessons do not include lunch. We may offer full day kids’ ski school with lunch later this season, dependent on local guidelines and operational feasibility.
Private full day lessons will have a break for lunch. Please note, lunch is not included in the purchase of a private lesson.

Will childcare be available?

We will not be offering childcare for guests at our resorts this winter season.

What will happen to season-long and specialty programs this season?

Most season-long youth programs will be offered this year for children age 7 and up.

Why are you not allowing children age 6 and under in your season-long programs?

To help protect our guests, our employees and our communities amid this pandemic, we knew some changes would be required this season. This decision was made for the safety of children and employees as we have evaluated what products we can effectively offer within the lesson structure which includes managing lift safety, lunch processes and general needs of children of different ages throughout a lesson product.

What if my child has a credit from last year’s season-long program but is under the age of 7?

Your credit may be applied to another lesson type for your child or another member of your household.  More information to come if you are not able to use your credit.

What will the on-mountain dining experience be like this winter?
To allow for physical distancing, we will be managing the number of people in our restaurants in accordance with all local public health requirements and will monitor guests coming in and out of restaurants at the entrances. Our approach to each restaurant will be a little different, depending on the layout and flow of each facility.  At each restaurant we intend to reconfigure our ordering process to have a counter-style approach, where guest come in and order at a counter, then stand in a waiting area for their food.   

Both indoor and outdoor seating areas, if open, are limited to 45 minute seating times and single household parties only. We ask that guests do not move tables or chairs as they are spaced out in an intentional floorplan. 

This season, we are offering limited menu selections and modifications will not be allowed. Guests with allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own food. 

Will you be restricting capacity at your restaurants?
We are managing capacity at all of our dining facilities in accordance to local and state regulations. In many cases, this capacity could be significantly reduced – please plan ahead! We will be spacing tables in seating areas as well to allow for physical distancing while eating. We will also be maintaining as much outdoor seating as we can.

Given these limitations, we will recommend that guests adjust their schedules and try to dine earlier or later than normal (before noon or after 2 p.m.). We will also encourage guests to bring water, snacks and other food with them on the mountain to ensure they stay hydrated and have the energy needed for their ski day.

What restaurants will be open?
Please visit our Mountain Dining page here, or utilize the EpicMix app to learn more about which restaurants will be open this year! 

Will I have to wear a face covering inside while dining?
We will be requiring guests to wear face coverings at all times within our facilities, except when actively eating at their table at one of our restaurants.

Will restaurants accept cash?
All transactions in our restaurants, and elsewhere at our resorts, will be cashless (unless required by local regulations).

Do you have to make reservations for dining?
No, we do not accept reservations.

Will full-service dining still be available?
No, we will not offer full service dining this season.

Will full-service bars still be open?
Full-service bars will not be open at our resorts this winter. We will still sell packaged beer and wine at most of our locations, but we will not operate any full-service bars, on or off the mountain, as we do not believe convening in a traditional bar setting, anywhere in the resort, is safe during this pandemic.

Can you bring your own food into the lodges and use a table?
Since stopping by one of our restaurants will not be as easy as in years’ past, we will encourage guests to bring water, snacks and other food with them on the mountain to ensure they stay hydrated and have the energy needed for their ski day. Guests will be able to bring their own food into the brown bag area only this season, if capacity and local restrictions allow, but we will ask that everyone be considerate of time and only use the table when actively dining. Masks are required at all times unless eating or drinking while seated at a table. 

How are you planning to manage dining capacity on days with bad weather and guests can’t dine outdoors?
To allow for physical distancing, we will be managing the number of people coming in and out of our restaurants at the entrances. If a restaurant is at capacity, guests will be asked to visit another restaurant, or wait until another party leaves the lodge to enter. This includes weather days when outdoor dining may not be available. Given these limitations we recommend that guests adjust their schedules and try to dine earlier or later than normal, especially when outdoor dining is not available.

Will guests be able to enter on-mountain lodges during an emergency?
While we do our best to anticipate weather events to minimize impacts to our guests, it is very important to have face coverings for each member of your party. If response to severe weather, or an environmental threat, forces a rapid response from mountain operations, we will prioritize guests’ immediate safety over standard health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do your part to help us operate safely and keep your face covering on at all times.

Will guests have access to lockers?
Lockers are available in the ski rental area for day rental. Personal items are not permitted to be left in lodge or restaurant areas. This season, we ask that you boot up at your car and leave personal items in your car whenever possible. 

What about non-skiing guests and family members? Can my non-skiing family come and meet me in the lodge for lunch?
To allow for physical distancing, capacity in our lodges will be reduced and we ask that non-skiing and non-riding guests plan to limit their time in our lodges to ensure that all guests are able to utilize these facilities. If and when indoor seating is available, we ask all parities to limit their time to 45 minutes per table. Spectating, gathering, and lingering inside our restaurants and lodges will not be permitted this season. 

Will your rental shops be open this season?

The vast majority of our owned and operated in-resort ski and snowboard rental locations are open this season. We will be managing the number of people inside, in accordance with local regulations, and setting them up to allow for physical distancing. As the season approaches, each of our resorts will be sharing specific details on the operations of their rental and retail shops.

There are some close interactions during the rental process, how are you keeping guests and employees safe?

We are striving to provide a safe experience throughout each part of our resort experience, and that includes at our ski and snowboard rental locations – which we plan to have open this winter. We will be managing the number of people inside, in accordance with local regulations, and setting them up to allow for physical distancing. Guests and employees will be required to wear face coverings, and for the portions of the process that require close interactions, our employees will be required to wear appropriate eye protection and gloves.

Equipment will be fully sanitized between each guest use and we intend to expand our rental delivery service to provide enhanced options for guests to rent equipment outside of the store locations.

What are you doing to ensure proper sanitation of boots and other gear?

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place daily in our rental shops. All rental equipment will be fully disinfected between each guest use.

Will I need a reservation in order to purchase rentals?

Guests will not be required to have a reservation to purchase rentals, but we may implement an optional reservation process to make it easier for guests to schedule.

Book with peace of mind this season. See our refund policies below.

Lift Tickets

We know there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, so if your plans change, your lift ticket is refundable (see terms for full details).

Ski School

Ski & Ride School lessons may be cancelled for a full refund up to 48 hours before the start time of each lesson. Lessons cancelled within 48 hours are subject to a cancellation fee. Changes or cancellations can be made in advance of your lesson date by calling or emailing Ski & Ride School. Please click here for full details.

Rentals

Rentals are available onsite only and are not refundable. No advance reservations available at Mt. Brighton. 

Covid-19

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.  The resort has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit.  The risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.  Every skier and rider shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy skiing experience.  It is your responsibility to read and comply with all instructions and signage posted at the resort and on the resort’s website.  Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Wear a face covering in designated areas and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from other guests, including in lift lines.  Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.