Colorado Ski Country And Aspen Resorts Lay Out Guidelines For Skiers & Snowboarders
Published Nov. 2, 2020
The Colorado ski resorts are open this winter but as is the case with everywhere you go these days, there are important things to know before you go regarding COVID-19 protocol.
Here are the pandemic plans for Colorado ski resorts this 2020-21 ski and snowboard season as published by Colorado Ski Country, a trade association which represents 22 ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado.
• Anyone over the age of 11 is required to wear a mask or other face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space or waiting to use public or non-personal transportation services like a bus, train, taxi or a rideshare vehicle.
• Skiers and snowboarders will need to wear masks and face coverings at ski areas in all indoor and public outdoor spaces, except while skiing and snowboarding and dining, including in lift and gondola lines and on lifts and gondolas.
• Ski areas will be following state and local guidance for indoor spaces, lodging, transportation and other activities where appropriate.
At Aspen Resorts, these are the guidelines published by the company. Unlike some resorts, singles can share a lift, as long as they are separated:
- Guests will be required to wear face coverings to get on the mountain and in all parts of resort operations, including in lift lines and riding in lifts and gondolas.
- To maintain physical distancing on chairlifts and gondolas, the resorts 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; or two singles on opposite sides of our larger gondola cabins.
- Ski and ride school will be offered and on-mountain dining is open, but with COVID protocols in place.
- The company has announced a mountain access reservation system and limits on lift tickets to prioritize its pass holders.
Pass holders get priority and these benefits. Here is a link to the pass holder reservation system:
- Exclusive early season access (lift tickets will not go on sale until Dec. 8)
- Access all season with week-of reservations
- Priority Reservation Days to lock in days for the core season before lift tickets go on sale
“We are fortunate that our core experience of skiing and riding takes place outdoors, across huge mountains, offering fresh air and wide-open spaces for our guests. However, to help protect our guests, our employees and our communities amid this pandemic, some changes will be required this season,” Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz stated in a letter on the Vail Resorts website.
“It has been our goal to design an approach that can remain in place for all of the 2020/21 season. We do not want to be caught off guard or find ourselves needing to make reactionary changes. Striving for consistency will provide our guests, employees and communities with as much predictability as possible this season, which we believe is worth the extra effort.”
That’s it – enjoy your time on the slopes if you go this ski and snowboard season.