When Colorado winter resorts closed their lifts, ending the 2019-2020 ski season early, the Colorado outdoors community was heartbroken. While entirely necessary for public health, all of us hoped that by the time the 2020-21 ski season rolled around, winter resorts in Colorado would have a plan so mountain enthusiasts could enjoy their favorite winter pastime carving out the slopes.
If you’ve put making your ski reservations on the back-burner because the new systems are complicated and time-consuming, we understand! We also feel like a crisp bluebird day with 10 inches of fresh powder is worth the effort of figuring it all out. That’s why we put together this post to clarify what winter resorts are requiring ski reservations, the best way to make one, and tips to start shredding here in Colorado.
First of all, safely enjoying skiing this year is also about being responsible. Officials in Colorado are doing everything they can to avoid another shutdown. This requires the coordination and cooperation of the people that live here to take a deep breath, and follow the guidelines the winter resorts have worked on for months to keep us all healthy.
Expect delays, and limits on the number of people allowed onto the mountain. Nearly every winter resort is limiting their daily tickets, and putting some sort of system in place to accommodate for social distancing between parties. They are also limiting the number of people that go inside facilities like restaurants and restrooms. So be patient, stick with your party, wear a face covering, respect others’ space, and let’s keep the mountains open together.
Phew! That was a lot of information. To see the few resorts we didn’t cover in this post, check out this list. One thing we know is despite the challenges, we are happy a ski season is happening at all this year. Local health officials will continue to monitor the situation, but many have said it will take the cooperation of the public to see if winter resorts can stay open.
Officials in Summit, Eagle, and other counties have also expressed concern that with more steps in the process to ski at the resorts, more people will head towards public land. This increases the risk for avalanches and injury, as conditions are inconsistent in other regions outside of the resorts. Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center have launched an effort making virtual training classes available to educate folks on respecting Colorado’s wilderness and riding safely in the backcountry.
Ultimately, this ski season may be more complicated than grabbing your gear and driving up I-70 for a half-day of runs. As a local, I know this year gave me a new perspective on a sport I will never take for granted again. Here’s to hitting the slopes as safely as we can!
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