Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Closure

This evening Governor Polis, by Executive Order, directed all downhill ski resorts in Colorado to suspend operations from March 15 through March 22. Governor Polis Executive Order

We support the governor making this very difficult decision. While some folks encouraged us to close, hundreds, if not thousands, of people have asked us to stay open. We tried our very best to be creative and modify operations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. I know that many of you want to be here and many of you had a great week skiing here. This closure saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, it is time to close.

We have every intention of re-opening. The very best skiing at A-Basin is yet to come. As soon as it makes sense to re-open, we will re-open. It is unclear when that will be. I plan on sharing several East Wall hikes and skis with many of you this spring.

Uphill Access will be open to Uphill Pass holders. All rules still apply. Remember the East Wall, Beavers and Steep Gullies are closed to uphill users. Other closures may be in place.

This is a brutally difficult time for Colorado, the nation and the world. We need to work collectively to get through it.

Peace.


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's almost as if you would have stayed open if he didn't mandate it. Careless and disrespect to your community here on Summit. Thank God for the governor.

Ski Dude said...

Are uphill passes still available?

Anonymous said...

I started my season late. Actually 12/31. Although I enjoyed the powder on President's Day. I have had bouldering in my mind too much this year. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy one more solo chair ride @ Pali. Thinking about life problems, riding Turbo or Main Street, as the chair goes up between the trees and the snow falls is as priceless as surfing during the cold months after the summer crowds are gone.

Anonymous said...

They were all in the same boat. F***ing relax.

Todd said...
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Anonymous said...

No they actually announced the closing before the governor mandated it. Chill the fuck out and get your facts straight

Jbone said...

You got that from this blog. I just really dislike you anonymous.

Anonymous said...

And another falls victim to the fear mongering virus scare. Thank the Universe you don't close for the flu! SMDH

Anonymous said...

And if they had wanted to stay open, you'd be fine hiding in your basement surrounded by toilet paper. Demanding the government shut down a private business is how rights are lost.

Unknown said...

Cheers to safety, fun, and elbow bumps (replaced fist bumps) in the BML, Al. I'm super bummed to hear this news as there's a storm brewing.. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that y'all can open back up in a week. It would be awesome to ski the East Wall with you. Either way, thanks for another great season! ������������✌��

Southern Skier said...

I thought climate change was the existential threat that would take us all down?

Anonymous said...

Climate change is coming, fellow Southern Skier, just give it time. Have you noticed how many days it's been in the 40s before even mid March at that altitude? I worked in the area at one point and you really never had 3 or 4 consecutive days that warm this early. On the virus issue, it's wild seeing people essentially putting words in Al's mouth. I see "We support the Governor making this very difficult decision", and inexplicably someone else evidently interprets this statement with some underlying sense of defiance or disgust. I was concerned this was coming since we make a yearly trip in early May but when Al says he's going to do everything possible to open I believe him. We're all paying an extra price now since our Fed Govt (Pres) decided long ago to put their heads in the sand, it's just a fact you can't argue at this point regardless of your politics. Same can be said for the climate as well, too much time lost with ego and ignorance. DG

Anonymous said...

That’s coming too!

JRad said...

:(

Anonymous said...

No matter the climbing skins were getting dusty anyway. Dem ole lift access skiers are toast. Loveland pass road run is probably going off.

. said...

#legending ;-)

Anonymous said...

Tough call--but good call. It's easy to say it's an overreaction, and skiing is not a risky behavior--but a month from now if it blows up into a few hundred thousand Coloradoans infected, and tens of thousands dead--we'd have wished we did this.

That mountain's not going anywhere. Live to ski another day.

I'm renewing my pass this weekend--recognizing the fiscal realities that Al must be facing-shutting down during the best two months of the season.

Signed
A Leadville native and 45 season legend skier.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping uphill open.

Best day at your hill in quite a long time. No one past BMX today. Nice sunny day going up the hill. Will be nice all week. Thank .

Unknown said...

Look at the bright side. You can still get on a dirty, cramped, and stuffy Denver metro bus where the guy behind you is hacking up a lung!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping uphill access going during this tough period! Will be a great, safe way to keep my ski days going this season. Calorie burn will be good for me, and social distancing should not be a problem.

I'm renewing my season pass with A Basin next week. Encouraging others to do the same. Need for you guys to keep your finances as healthy as is possible in this extraordinary time.

A Breck Local

Ryan said...

Agreed. There will eventually be hundreds of thousands of Coloradans eventually infected with COVID-19. There is no stopping this, as one federal health official put it "the genie is out of the bottle".

The only thing we can do is attempt to slow down the rate of infection so that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are not all infected with COVID-19 at the same time and so that the health care system is not overwhelmed and more lives are saved.

So for that reason, Arapahoe Basin, Al, and Governor Polismade the right call, however bummed we are.

Keep up the good work Al!

Ian said...

Please reopen. Please. As soon as the governor lets you. I moved here this year to ski bought both epic and abasin pass for me and my kids. I’m a teacher and was looking forward to spring break to get my moneys worth for my passes. Vail has already announced that they are screening me over. Please.