Arapahoe Basin, CO COO Alan Henceroth warns on his blog that if Covid cases continue increasing at their current rate in Summit County, CO, the ski season may be over before it has even begun.
Reporting that Summit County has the 6th highest rate of cumulative cases in the state, Henceroth reiterates that if we want to enjoy winter, the time to act is now. Wear your masks, maintain social distancing, and keep to small groups.
Data reveals that Summit County residents are spreading the virus amongst themselves and that tourists are not to blame.
Like much of the rest of the country, COVID rates are going up in Summit County. Over the last two weeks, Summit’s cumulative rate of cases was the 6th highest in Colorado. If this rate doesn’t go down over the next two weeks, more severe restrictions will be put in place, hampering our ability to ski, work, and enjoy life.
Conventional wisdom tells us that these cases are being brought in by outside tourists. Turns out that is almost completely false. Contact tracing has told us Summit County residents are spreading COVID to other Summit County residents. Nearly all of this is happening through socialization – an evening party, drinks after work, hanging too close with too many people. Many of the transmissions have occurred in the late evening, after partying, when peoples’ guards are down. If we want to enjoy winter in Summit County, we are going to have to turn things around quickly. Keep your face coverings on. Maintain your physical distances. Keep your groups small. The time to act is now.
– Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO
Arapahoe Basin has been making snow for a week or so now, and following a storm that just dumped a foot of fresh natural snow on the area, opening day can’t be far away now. Let’s just make sure the resorts can open for us to enjoy it…