We know: You’re itching to get out of town. And Colorado seems to be on the top of the list for many North Texans.
Regardless of where in Colorado you’re planning to go, if skiing or snowboarding is on the agenda for your trip, Colorado’s Ski Country Association has some info they’d like for you to be aware of before you travel.
Know Before You Go
COVID-19 safety protocols are in place at all Colorado ski areas. That means access policies will vary from ski area to ski area. The association strongly recommends that you visit ski area websites, social media and other channels to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on any COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, and understand what is expected during your visit. Colorado Ski Country’s COVID-19 webpage will be updated consistently with tips, information and the latest resort protocols.
Masks and face coverings
You will be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose in all indoor and outdoor public places (except when eating or drinking). “This includes in lift and gondola lines, while riding a lift or gondola and when in a warming area,” the association adds. Once you’re able to be socially distant from others and are skiing or snowboarding, you can remove your mask. But remember: After each run, face coverings must be in place when approaching a lift line with mouths and noses covered.
Lifts and Lift Lines
Signage and other markers will help maintain social distancing in lift lines. Ski parties will be allowed to load lifts together at full capacity, but parties that are not together will have at least one seat between them on lifts. “Parties that are uncomfortable riding with other parties will be allowed to ride as a single party,” the association notes.
Gondolas and Gondola Lines
While signage and other markers will help maintain social distancing, the association says you should be extra vigilant to maintain space around you, particularly if you’re not wearing skis or your snowboard. And of course, masks and face coverings are required when you’re in line.
Food and Beverage
Ski areas will be following all local and state requirements for food and beverage. This means there may be restricted indoor dining or no indoor seating. But you can expect to find outdoor seating, grab-and-go and order-ahead options. “Where indoor dining is available, it will be limited so be sure to plan ahead and determine if reservations are needed,” the association adds.
There will be limited capacities on ski area shuttles. But ski areas have expanded drop off locations for those who wish to drop off the majority of their party and then use public transit or resort shuttle services.
Reservations and Advance Purchase Requirements
Most ski areas are requiring the pre-purchase of single day lift tickets, rentals and ski school spots. The association suggests you check with the ski area before visiting to understand all advance purchase policies. On top of that, some ski areas are requiring reservations for ski area access, parking or specific pass products.
The following ski areas require reservations:
- Winter Park: Click here for more information
- Copper Mountain parking: Click here for more information
- Eldora parking: Click here for more information
- Aspen Snowmass with Ikon Pass: Click here for more information
- Arapahoe Basin with Ikon Pass: Click here for more information
For information on all Colorado state guidance for the ski industry and any updates, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website.
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