Sunday, March 15, 2020

Uphill Access Closed

Well, we tried. We had one good day of uphill skiing. Several hundred people showed up. Everyone that I spoke to, loved it and thanked me. Unfortunately, Governor Polis has asked that Summit County residents and visitors "...minimize their contact with other people" and "...only go out for necessities."  Throughout this challenging time, we have followed the lead of health department and other government officials. We feel strongly that we need to support the Governor in an effort slow the spread COVID-19.

We will be closing uphill access this evening until further notice. Thanks to everyone that enjoyed a good day here. 


39 comments:

Bob dobalina said...

Screw Polis. Hope someone coughs in his mouth.

Anonymous said...

That's truly unfortunate. I skinned alone today, at Arapahoe Basin, no contact with anyone. Saw a few other solo skinners and pairs. Everyone was doing their own thing. There is absolutely no way we could have transmitted or contracted anything from one another. Maybe there is another reason? If not, it's ridiculous. No disrespect to anyone, simply think about it.

Anonymous said...

I hope someone coughs in your loved ones mouth.

Zach said...

I never thought A basin would capitulate with this political crap. The governor, who has been great so far, all of a sudden is giving the middle finger to Summit County. This is completely illogical. Sad day.

Anonymous said...

Let's see--the DMV and drivers license offices remain open. Our illustrious leader could say all drivers licenses and plates are good until May 31, and close those offices. But no......Also, every bar and restaurant in the state is open. There are thousands sitting in those places, coughing on each other. He's not closing those businesses. Instead he is cracking down on access to federal lands by people who have minimal risk on coughing on each other. What a hack pretend leader he is. It's a publicity machine-not based on real risk analysis.

I'll remember this when 2022 comes around and he wants to re-up as governor.



Anonymous said...

Think about it, in order to ski, you need gas in your car, you need food in your belly. It's about preservation of resources and taking as little chance as possible.

Anonymous said...

This is way way out of hand.

Anonymous said...

Summit County? This extends across the ENTIRE state, you realize. No need to take it personally for ONE COUNTY.

Bertrenolds said...

Yes let's disregard the well being of others. ICU beds in hospitals are at a minimum, say you broke your leg but hospitals were overrun with coronavirus patients and they couldn't help you.all because we didn't do everything we could to slow the spread, all so you could go skiing and do whatever you wanted

jon said...

I would agree that "unfortunate" is a good word to attach to the closure of uphill access at Arapahoe basin and any other ski area. I have a few more: sensible, wise, respectful, conscientious, obedient. Hopefully only thousands of fellow Americans will perish from covid19. Wake up people and stop complaining like ignorant children. This is no time to criticize Alan's decision to close uphill access; instead you should be listening and following his lead as he is following the lead of our governor. Thank you Alan and Arapahoe Basin for being who you are, bravo.

Thomas said...

Tell the World Health Organization who you are and why this virus isn't anything to worry about, I'm sure they'll email Polis and tell him to chill once they hear from you.

Ryan Hamilton said...

Lockdown of summit county is unfortunately required. The hospital only has so many beds and if people continue to flood up here for it will quickly be overwhelmed. And than anybody who has an accident and needs medical attention can’t be treated because the beds are all full of older locals with COVID

Anonymous said...

So who is going to enforce this 'rule' by Mr. Polis? If the mountain is not in operation, then it is simply forest service land that is open for all to use; is it not?

jon said...

Summit County and other mountain towns are not like the rest of the state. They will be closing all business in the state by force very soon. Arapahoe Basin is ahead of the curve and should be applauded. Look at what is happening in Italy and stop being a fool.

Anonymous said...

Go into the forest all you want and there are millions of acres you can use, but dont f*cking ski or skin into the runs or park at the basin.

Anonymous said...

Couple of nasty comments people. We can do better than that. It is ok to disagree but it is not ok to go to low places. We are all frustrated and there is more to come. Let's strive for the high road.

Anonymous said...

Dude there are millions of Mountains to skin up. Get a backbone. Arapahoe basin is Fake backcountry anyway.

Anonymous said...

The land is subject to a lease, so if A Basin closes uphill access, it's closed, same as private land. Just because they're a lease holder doesn't mean the land becomes public access when they close.

Sean said...

Glad to see Al taking peoples health into consideration before skiing, keep the Front Range Warriors from traveling to the high country, there's always more seasons.

Plenty of well traveled and mapped out back country routes. Hopefully see some of you out on Buffalo Mtn. Trees are riding great right now, little slush by the afternoon but solid snow-pack.

BE SMART, STAY SAFE

Anonymous said...

Agreed. This whole situation sucks. But if there is any hope of salvaging the 2019/20 season the ski industry has to demonstrate it is capable of operating in a manner that keeps everyone safe. If you read the order from Summit County there appears to be a carve out for skiing and even lift lines as it relates to the prohibition of large gatherings. Gotta believe we'll be making turns at some point this spring.

Unknown said...

All this proves is that Humans are mean and short sighted, and to those who this is directed, STUPID! Pretty sure there are a few other mountains you could skin up in summit county. Duh?

John Lindhorst. said...

The reason people want to have uphill access at a- basin is because it is much safer than the backcountry. There is far more danger in the backcountry. It. It is not possible for me to get corona virus skinning uphill.

Knarf said...

It's amazing how many whiny immature selfish children are out there. There are things a bit more important at times than you losing the ability to skin one mountain for a week or two out of your life..

John Lindhorst. said...

No people in hospital with the virus.

Anonymous said...

Common sense tells you that if you have contact with a high risk group, stay inside and avoid others. For 83% of those 65 years and younger (latest South Korea numbers), those that catch this virus will have mild to no symptoms. Read and view interviews with those who caught this virus as they describe the illness. Remember that projections are that maybe 50% of the population will catch the virus. Of the 17% that catch it and have more than mild symptoms, 3% will need to go the hospital and only 0.1% will die. This is comparably to the flu for these age brackets. For those 75 and older, the numbers are much higher and all due caution should be enacted with anyone who has contact with this age group. Common sense tells you to wash your hands to prevent the spread.
However, for the herd immunity to take place, people need to catch the virus. To flatten the curve also means for those 60 and younger to not overwhelm your doctor as you will get better in a few days. There is no cure at the doctor that you can not get OTC.
Sorry the facts don't bear out the panic. There are years where over 60,000 Americans die from the flu, which is terrible but society did not shut down and the economy grind to a halt.
When you hear the grim numbers in the media, remember the facts. Only about half the population will be infected of which 83% under 65 years old will be fine in a week.
I am not saying ignore the virus, I am saying use common sense and not join the panic.

Knarf said...

So john, the people in hospitals and dying in other states and countries are none of your concern. We should not try to get ahead of this and prevent it from happening. Let's wait until we see proof by people being hospitalized and dying right here in Summit, THEN you'll be ok with it. Let's be reactive instead of proactive... Also, there are safe places to go in the backcountry, you just have to know what you're doing and where to go.

jon said...

Wake the f up people. I am mid 30's, been in summit for years, ski and skin the basin all the time, race endurance events, a picture of health like most of our locals. I spent 2 days in ICU last week, here on Summit. I couldn't breathe and have pnuemonia. Seriously just shut up when you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. This is NOT the flu. People will die, lots of them. These arrogant no nothings are probably the same people that think climate change is not happening and that the Trump administration is doing a great job handling this.

Common Sense said...

Agreed. This is literally one of the most fear driven reactions caused by the media. The internet is literally making the human species lose all common sense.

Can someone tell me why SARS (one of seven strains of the Corona virus) didn't the cause this same reaction when it is a far more deadly strain? Oh wait...it was 2003 before social media...

https://www.cdc.gov/sars/about/faq.html

And 22k flu deaths just this season and we are shutting down the world economy because of a cold that progresses to pneumonia in the elderly and people with compromised immune systems?? We are all to blame...

"CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 36 million flu illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths from flu."

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

Anonymous said...

Unless ABasin officially closes for the season they can claim they are performing mountain operations and their lease and "control" over "their" property is quite valid. Mostly you should just go quietly ski during low visibility and stfu about it.

Benny Profane said...

They've banned cycling in Italy and Spain. It can get worse.

Anonymous said...

https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/a-covid-19-coronavirus-update-from-concerned-physicians.html

Unknown said...

Thanks Allen, often the right decision is not the easiest one to make.
Let's all take a deep breath and get past this thing then we can go skiing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Allen, often the right decision is not the easiest one to make.
Let's all take a deep breath and get past this thing then we can go skiing.

Hunter said...

My fingers are crossed that they open back up by 03/26...I am flying out just to visit A Basin :( I shall be sad if not....but understanding as to why. I will say that I am in some agreeance with the thought that skiing isn’t one of the safer activities that we could participate in. I sure would prefer being around no one, looking down a mountainside then fighting over the last toilet paper roll with the lady that has a cart full already lol.

Anonymous said...

I would cancel your trip
Only us locals allowed in the County for the foreseeable future

Anonymous said...

Any activity should be permitted given 6-10ft of personal space & clean hands. Makes no sense closing outdoor open areas such as ski areas.

Mogwai Bubbles said...

That's great, I think all mountains should be hike only like Silverton. The exception would be for people with disabilities, the elderly and children. Save the earth!

Unknown said...

Sounds like many folks are indeed capitulating to "this political crap". This should not be a political issue. This is a health care and environmental issue.

Unknown said...

Indeed jon. The first case in the state came from Italy.