Arapahoe Basin, CO: “A Re-Opening Will Not Be Happening Soon”

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Arapahoe Basin ski area, CO’s chief operating officer, Alan Henceroth, just announced that Arapahoe Basin will not be opening any time soon.

“A re-opening will not be happening soon. As a community, we have more work to do battling COVID-19. Hospitalization and fatality rates need to continue to fall. We still need to follow all the social distancing recommendations. Culturally, to open we have to be comfortable traveling and driving again.”

– Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin on 4/25/20

Alan also stated that they have no plans to open uphill access.

“There are no plans to open uphill access at this time.”

– Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin on 4/25/20
Lazy J rope tow fully buried at Arapahoe Basin, CO on 4/25/20. image: arapahoe basin

Alan went on to state that they are working on plans on how to open and that they will try to re-open when conditions are right and that that time is at least a few weeks off.

“That said, you know when conditions are right, we will try and re-open. That time is at least a few weeks away.”

– Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin on 4/25/20

Arapahoe Basin has also closed its parking areas after hordes of people showed up and did not practice social distancing on the weekend of March 21st-22nd (see video below).

Arapahoe Basin, CO on 4/17/20. image: arapahoe basin

Arapahoe Basin often stays open daily until June then sometimes continues to open on weekends until the 4th of July.

Arapahoe Basin’s average closure date is mid-June.

Arapahoe Basin is currently sitting on a 65″ snowpack, according to their website, and they’ve seen a lot of snow since closing on March 14th, 2020.

Arapahoe Basin averages 350″ of snowfall per season, according to their website.

Arapahoe Basin, CO on 4/25/20. image: arapahoe basin
Arapahoe Basin, CO on 4/24/20. image: arapahoe basin

The Ski Area Closure Executive Order that was issued by Governor Polis on March 14th has been extended until April 30th so there is no possibility of opening any Colorado ski resort before April 30th (see full executive order & extention below).

The Ski Area Closure Executive Order could possibly be extended again.

Arapahoe Basin Blog Entry – April 25th, 2020

Candid Talk On Opening

by Alan Henceroth

I want to have a candid discussion on the possibility of us re-opening. I am concerned a few of you may be getting the wrong message. A re-opening will not be happening soon. As a community, we have more work to do battling COVID-19. Hospitalization and fatality rates need to continue to fall. We still need to follow all the social distancing recommendations. Culturally, to open we have to be comfortable traveling and driving again.
That said, you know when conditions are right, we will try and re-open. That time is at least a few weeks away. We are working on plans of HOW to open. There is still no plan for WHEN to open. There are no plans to open uphill access at this time.
Don’t be discouraged. This is a marathon and A-Basin is a marathon runner. What other area stays open from mid-October to July 4th? We all need to do the right things now if we want to get open again.

 

Ski Area Closure Executive Order

Ski Area Closure Executive Order Extention to April 30th

Map showing location of Arapahoe Basin, CO.

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