In just a couple months mountain resorts across Colorado will be opening again to skiers from all over the world. Of course, after closing a month early last season due to precautions surrounding the spread of COVID, they are going to run a little differently this upcoming season to ensure the health and safety of their patrons.
As you contemplate whether or not to buy a pass this season, it is helpful to know exactly how the experience of skiing will change. It is quite an investment of time and money so we did some research and found this helpful breakdown from 5280 magazine. Here are a few changes you can expect to see on the slopes this winter…
Wear a mask.
We are pretty used to it by now. Every mountain is requiring face coverings be worn at all times. Fortunately, those already come in handy on cold winter days.
No group gatherings.
Many areas where skiers congregate for tailgating or après will be closed or have only limited seating available. Most bars will be closed, at least at first, as those particular venues pose the most complications for social distancing.
It seems that many mountains are opening at least a week or more later than normal but, look up particular mountains for exact dates. This is generally to ensure they can have more of their terrain open and skiers can spread out on the slopes.
Make a reservation.
Not all mountains are opting into this type of system but there is a chance that you will need to make a reservation in order to ski, even if you have a season pass. This may also apply to parking for some resorts.
Limited day passes.
Other mountains trying to avoid a reservation system are putting a priority on season pass holders and limiting or even eliminating the sale of walk-up day passes.
Some resorts, such as Vail, are trying a combination of the two: opening the mountain for season pass holders early and then making day passes available later in the season.
Explore other options.
Some mountain towns, especially Breckenridge, are trying to expand the options visitors have to enjoy the snow in order to spread them out. They are working on increasing the terrain available for sledding, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing as alternatives to crowded lift lines and mountain eateries.
When in doubt, pre-book.
Before you make the trip to the mountains, it is a good idea to pre-book whatever part of your trip you are able to. Even if the mountain doesn’t require reservations, planning ahead where you will park, rent, eat, etc. is a good idea,
Every mountain is different.
While there are general social distancing rules that all entertainment and social venues must uphold, how exactly they do that will be specific to the resort. if there is a particular mountain you frequent, be sure to visit the resort’s website for the latest guidelines and expectations. You can also read the 5280 article we have referenced in its entirety. It breaks it all down by resort.
Whatever you decide, we at Corken + Company hope you make the most of this winter! Enjoy the season, enjoy the snow, and stay healthy!
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