Arapahoe Basin ski area COO, Alan Henceroth, yesterday revealed the resort’s plans for the upcoming season in a post on his popular blog.
The resort, who have been the first North American resort to open the last couple of seasons, are targetting their usual mid-October opening, as conditions allow. Unfortunately, the big storm that dumped on Colorado this week is expected to melt, with the exception of some higher, more sheltered aspects.
A-Basin plans to open for the 20-21 winter season as soon as Mother Nature allows. We are targeting mid-October, as usual, but that is dependent on multiple factors (including weather).
Their plans are in line with what other resorts have been announcing. Mask wearing and social distancing will be enforced, so restaurants, lift-lines, and retail processes will all change to accommodate this.
The resort, who jumped from the Epic Pass to the Ikon Pass for last season, will not be asking season pass holders to make reservations, although the number of passes they sell has been capped and daily skier numbers will be managed. Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective Pass holders are welcome, but access details have yet to be confirmed.
It has been a wild and crazy six months since the March 14 ski area closure. Frankly, I never imagined our economy would get shut down the way it did. Throughout that time, we never lost sight of taking care of our employees and guests and re-opening and delivering the skiing and riding that all of us love. While there are still details to be worked out, I am excited to announce the core of our operating plan for the 2020-21 Season.
Working closely with County, State, and Federal officials, we have designed a plan to protect our guests and employees, provide excellent skiing and riding and reduce peak visitation days to allow for physical distancing. Of course, all plans are subject to change pending future developments. Highlights of our plan include:
- Reservations will not be required for Arapahoe Basin Season Pass and Any Day Pass holders. The number of passes sold will be limited.
- Ikon and Mountain Collective Pass holders are welcome and are encouraged to ski and ride A-Basin. Access details are still to be determined.
- Lift tickets will be available every day. Arapahoe Basin will require all lift tickets to be purchased in advance, online through our website. The number of tickets sold each day will be variable to reduce peak visitation periods.
- A complete listing of other plan elements (face coverings, physical distancing, parking, lifts, etc.) can be found on our website. 2020-21 Season Details
The responsibility for skiing and riding safely through COVID times falls on all of us. We all need to wear our masks and maintain physical distances at the appropriate times and places. We may be making voluntary requests to have skiers and riders avoid peak visitation periods. If you can ski weekdays instead of weekends, please do so. If you can ski in the afternoon instead of the morning, please do so. We are all in this together.
Some of our services may look a little different, but skiing and riding will be the core of our winter experience. I look forward to seeing all of you with skis or snowboards on your feet!