As coronavirus restrictions ease in Colorado, ski country remains in limbo as some resorts question whether or not they will be allowed to reopen for the spring season.
While a majority of the ski areas have made the call to close for the 2019-20 ski season, one resort is jumping at the chance of reopening and firing up the snowcats.
Often open till June or even July, Arapahoe Basin remains hopeful of reopening for the spring season. According to a report from The Summit Daily, Arapahoe Basin called on the Summit County Board of Health for the consideration of reopening. Among the requests submitted, Copper Mountain Resort also expressed interest in temporarily reopening for some ski team training.
— Arapahoe Basin (@Arapahoe_Basin) May 12, 2020
Keep in mind that snow is also pushed around to help with water distribution during melting. It is unclear, if approved, whether or not the resort will actually make it all the way to turning the lifts back on. What restrictions and regulations might be in place have not been determined statewide.
In Summit County, Breckenridge Ski Resort will not be reopening for spring skiing. Vail Resorts made the announcement Thursday in a letter issued by CEO Rob Katz stating, “Our hope is to have our lifts turning, at all of our resorts, by late June or early July and be welcoming people in all our lodging and retail stores by that time as well.”
Ski areas keeping their lifts closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 ski season include Keystone, Monarch, Eldora Mountain, Telluride, and Vail.
Under the direction of our local health authorities, we have made difficult decision to close indefinitely for the 19-20 ski season.
We are deeply sorry, this is a difficult time for all of us and we hope you will continue to support independent ski areas across the country. pic.twitter.com/OTYhpwnolp
— Monarch Mountain (@MonarchMountain) March 15, 2020
Katz’ letter goes on to say, “We are all going to have to learn some new ways of working. All of us are going to have to reset our expectations, give up a little of what was and be open to what will be. It is a time where our value of Be Safe will take on new meaning and new importance.”
Editor’s Note: Planning to get outdoors during the pandemic? As always, please continue to recreate responsibly. Travel to other towns and the mountains is strongly discouraged during the state’s ‘safer-at-home‘ order. Entry into the backcountry is also ill-advised. Follow public health orders enforced around the state and local counties, as well as any mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.
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