COVID-19 Operating Plans

Updated 11/15/2021

Fortunately, life looks much more normal than it did a year ago. Our operating policies for the 2021-22 ski season reflect that, while still doing our best to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests.

Arctic Valley will be following the NSAA’s best practices, as well as all Municipality of Anchorage and State of Alaska mandates and restrictions.

Here’s an outline of how things will work this season:

  • Per Municipality of Anchorage ordinance, masks are required inside the lodge. Don’t want to wear a mask? Order your food at the ticket window, and eat outside. We will have masks available at lodge entrances.
  • No masks or face coverings are required outside.
  • There are no requirements to ride single on the chairlifts.
  • We will continue to sell a limited number of day tickets. Season pass holders are always welcome without a reservation.
  • Downstairs in the lodge is open seating. Please be respectful not to monopolize space, but gear can be stored in the lodge this season. Masks are required inside the lodge unless actively eating and drinking while seated. A limited number of small lockers are available next to the restrooms.
  • Upstairs will continue to operate as a sit-down restaurant and bar. No gear storage is allowed upstairs: please eat/drink, and then make room for others. Masks must be worn upstairs unless actively eating and drinking while seated.

Tickets and season passes

  • We highly encourage those who ride with us regularly to purchase a season pass! Passholders will not be subject to reservations, do not need to stop at the lodge, and will not be capacity restricted.
  • Date-specific tickets are available on our website for purchase. We highly encourage everyone to purchase their tickets in advance, as the pickup process at our ticket windows will be much quicker than for those purchasing in person with cash or card.
  • Day tickets will be capped, to maintain an approximate capacity of 400 total riders on any given day. This will help to preserve the experience of riding at Arctic Valley, keep lift lines to a minimum, and ensure plenty of snow for everyone! We anticipate hitting this cap on powder days, and the first few days of the ski season, but historically have had plenty of room on the vast majority of days.


  • There is no requirement to wear masks or face coverings outside.
  • Refunds will be available for parties who are ill.