Arapahoe Basin, CO Announced Their Reopening Plan | “If We Can Reopen…”

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“We have not stopped trying to re-open. We think doing so would be awesome for Colorado, Summit County, Arapahoe Basin, our guests and, especially, our employees. There has been some encouraging news about the possibility. Let’s hope that we get positive news soon.”

Arapahoe Basin ski area, Colorado’s COO Alan Henceroth, 5/22/20

Arapahoe Basin ski area, Colorado’s COO Alan Henceroth announced on Friday how he plans on reopening the ski area if Governor Polis allows ski resorts to open next week.

According to the governor’s office, Governor Polis is expected to make an announcement about whether Colorado ski resorts can reopen this season on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

On April 30th, 2020, Governor Polis extended an order that blocked ski resorts from opening through at least May 23rd.

Colorado Ski Resorts Wanting to Reopen Blocked by Governor Ordering They Remain Closed Until at Least May 23rd

Photo by Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

Alan sounds like he’s confident that A-Basin will reopen next week especially since he yelled this at us:

“RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION”

– Arapahoe Basin ski area, Colorado’s COO Alan Henceroth, 5/22/20

Alan states in his plan that:

  • Reservations will be required
  • Skier numbers will be limited
  • Available space will be mostly for pass holders
  • No tailgating
  • Social distancing will be strictly enforced

Arapahoe Basin has been closed since March 15th, 2020 due to Coronavirus.

Arapahoe Basin, CO base on May 19th, 2020. image: arapahoe basin

Arapahoe Basin Reopening Plan:

If We Can Re-Open………….

We have not stopped trying to re-open. We think doing so would be awesome for Colorado, Summit County, Arapahoe Basin, our guests and, especially, our employees. There has been some encouraging news about the possibility. Let’s hope that we get positive news soon.
If we do get a chance to re-open, all of our guests need to have realistic expectations. This potential re-opening will be different from anything you have ever experienced at Arapahoe Basin. To stay open, we will need the help, support and cooperation of every single guest. We are all in this together. If we get the chance to re-open you can expect:
1.  Skier numbers will be limited. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION. We will sell a very small number of lift tickets. The vast majority of the available space will be for pass holders. Not everyone will get the chance to ski every day.
2.  Tailgating and social gatherings will be prohibited. We can party next season. The re-opening is all about giving people a chance to ski and ride.
3.  Physical distancing will be strictly enforced. You will be required to wear a face mask in the base area, in the lift line, in restrooms and other places.
Again, we are doing our best to get the chance to re-open. If we get the chance, we all need to conduct ourselves in a responsible way to continue to stay open.
Arapahoe Basin ski area, Colorado’s COO Alan Henceroth, 5/22/20

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