Arapahoe Basin, CO Chief Asks Pass Holders to ‘Ski a Little Less’ to Prevent Overcrowding This Weekend

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Arapahoe Basin yesterday, 11/12/20. Credit: Alan Henceroth / A-Basin

In a post on his popular blog, Arapahoe Basin COO Alan Henceroth has appealed for pass holders to ‘ski a little less’ to prevent over-crowding, as covid-19 cases continue to rise in Summit County, CO.

Proud of the fact that the resort is not requiring visitors to make reservations, Henceroth did say back in September that ‘there may be voluntary requests to avoid busy periods.’ It looks like now is one of those times.

With decent snow on the ground, more on the way, but limited terrain open, Henceroth would like skiers and riders to reel in that pent up excitement to ski opening week. Try and share the love, and maybe not ski every single day of this weekend, or maybe just come along in the afternoon, and let others make some turns.

We are looking good. We are open. We reported 4″ new this morning (you know it skied more than that). We have another storm heading this way for the weekend. There are some unique things going on and I am expecting the next three days to be fairly busy. There are not many other ski areas open and there is a lot of pent-up demand from last Spring’s early closing and this Fall’s delayed opening. We only have one chairlift open. Opening day excitement still abounds. And it is the weekend.

I am so happy that reservations are not required for A-Basin season pass holders. In my September 10th blog when I announced this policy, I did say there may be voluntary requests to avoid busy periods. I am making one of those requests. Over the next three days, could each of us ski a little less? Is it possible to move your ski day to a weekday? If you were going to ski two days over the next three, could you ski just one? Could you ski in the afternoon, say after 1 PM, when there are far fewer people around?

Again, this is a voluntary request. We are going to get Lenawee Mountain Lift open as soon as we can. More ski areas will open soon to spread people around. Paring skier visits down a bit for the next three days will be really helpful. Thank you so much for considering this.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, trail map
Arapahoe Basin, CO trail map

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