CEO of Aspen Ski Co. Hopeful That Some Colorado Ski Areas May Reopen Later This Season

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Colorado ski areas are currently closed but Skico CEO and president Mike Kaplan is hopeful some will still be able to salvage their ski seasons. Photo by Colorado Ski Country USA

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order last Saturday requiring all ski areas in the state to close through March 22 and today, March 17, Vail Resorts announced that their resorts will remained closed for the rest of the season. But CEO and president of Aspen Ski Co. Mike Caplan is hopeful that some Colorado resorts will be able to reopen with limited operations later this season.

Buttermilk Ski Resort will stay closed for the season even if the state order to suspend lift operations at Colorado ski areas is lifted after Sunday, March 22, Kaplan said Monday, according to The Aspen Times. However, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass are on standby and could still be able to salvage the rest of their ski seasons.

Skico sent out a written update with their current plans for ski operations which said:

“First and foremost, if we can reopen our ski operations, we will,” Skico wrote. “Of course we would only do so if all of our agencies locally and the governor are comfortable with the decisions and precautions that we would implement.”

Skico also wrote that forecasting when a reopening will occur — if it will occur— is “impossible.” However, a skeleton crew will be placed to maintain the main access routes on Aspen’s ski areas for those wishing to pursue uphill travel, according to Skico’s statement. Aspen and Snowmass gondola ticket offices and call centers will also remain open, the Aspen Times reports. 

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