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Winter Park Resort plans to open for skiing in mid-November, as it usually does

Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 13:56:12-04

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Winter Park Resort plans to open for skiing in mid-November, as it usually does, the resort said Thursday.

The ski area shut down for the season this spring after Gov. Jared Polis ordered all ski areas to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado ski areas were allowed to reopen in May but only Arapahoe Basin resumed its season, staying open for 12 days before shutting down because of a lack of snow.

Since opening spaces for summer activities, "we're reflecting and learning how to modify our winter operations to give our guests a place to venture out," Winter Park Resort president Sky Foulkes said in a letter to guests and employees Thursday.

The resort is planning to adjust indoor spaces to reduce the number of people allowed inside at one time; provide contactless dining and check-in options; implement enhanced cleaning procedures; and ask guests to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing.

Last week, Loveland Ski Area announced it plans to be open on time but emphasized that the 2020-21 ski season will be different and that its specific plans were still being worked out. Other Colorado ski areas have not announced specific plans, though season passes through Ikon and Epic are still on sale.

Some of the COVID-19 precautions taken by Arapahoe Basin when it reopened in May included a limited number of people being allowed to ski or ride on a daily basis and those people having to make a reservation to do so.