Ski resorts that have been open during the summer have reported unexpectedly good visitation numbers, despite the global pandemic, and are using the insights they glean from these months to guide their operating process during the exponentially busier winter months. However, these areas are still looking to the state on how they should be operating, and so far no guidance has been forthcoming, reports Summit Daily.
Winter is fast approaching, Loveland and A-Basin will begin snowmaking in less than 50-days, and ski area leaders met with government and state officials this week to put forward their concerns and ideas for the upcoming winter. Restaurants, transit, and retail are all operating at 50% capacity as mandated by the state, and ski leaders are concerned that the state may apply the same rules to them.
“The idea of the hill capacity being cut in half, that was very troubling.”
Summit County Manager, Scott Vargo
Although the meeting was productive, with good feedback and dialogue, ski resort leaders claim they won’t be able to operate effectively at 50% capacity, and eagerly await guidance from the state.