Friday, May 22, 2020

If We Can Re-Open.............

We have not stopped trying to re-open. We think doing so would be awesome for Colorado, Summit County, Arapahoe Basin, our guests and, especially, our employees. There has been some encouraging news about the possibility. Let's hope that we get positive news soon.

If we do get a chance to re-open, all of our guests need to have realistic expectations. This potential re-opening will be different from anything you have ever experienced at Arapahoe Basin. To stay open, we will need the help, support and cooperation of every single guest. We are all in this together. If we get the chance to re-open you can expect:

1.  Skier numbers will be limited. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION. We will sell a very small number of lift tickets. The vast majority of the available space will be for pass holders. Not everyone will get the chance to ski every day.

2.  Tailgating and social gatherings will be prohibited. We can party next season. The re-opening is all about giving people a chance to ski and ride.

3.  Physical distancing will be strictly enforced. You will be required to wear a face mask in the base area, in the lift line, in restrooms and other places.

Again, we are doing our best to get the chance to re-open. If we get the chance, we all need to conduct ourselves in a responsible way to continue to stay open.




52 comments:

David said...

Fingers crossed Al!

Alex Beach said...

*Hypothetically* would Real Deals be allowed for those of us locals who live and work here but at another local resort that unfortunately was not able to reopen?

Unknown said...

Cool. Thanks for continuing to try. Let me know how to make a reservation!! 😊

Anonymous said...

Shouldn’t do it. Most likely will be ordered not to do it. This season should be cancelled. Next season may never happen. Tough love, folks.
I’m a long time passholder from NM and our cases are ¼ of Colorado. Too many irresponsible people in your state.

Unknown said...

Love to ski this season but nobody but locals have any business traveling to ski this year. Which rules us out since we're many states away. Good luck to those nearby though.

Anonymous said...

Applaud the effort, but that's a bit much in my view to ski Dercum's Gulch, High Noon, Sundance and Lenawee parks. Can see a few more runs open besides that, but it's been warm in Summit County and terrain will likely be quite limited. However, this will be a great test to see how things might work for next year. I'm sure you'll apply the learnings and am already looking forward to next year.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'd expect a state with a way smaller population to have fewer cases.

Southern Skier said...

“Next season may never happen”- all the more reason to open this year if at all possible to prove the sky is not falling. “Too many irresponsible people, tough love”- stuff that crappy attitude. Don’t need tough love, need Freedom. We would never ever ski again if people like you make the call. Repeat after me- NEVER AGAIN!

Unknown said...

Your Utah brothers are praying for compliance to your rules and for the success of Arapahoe basin re-opening . Love from Powder Mountain !

Anonymous said...

Wearing a mask in the bathroom spreads more germs than it stops. I work in a hospital, and the only times we can remove our masks at work is while eating and while using the bathroom.

Anonymous said...

Would this mean A-Basin only or both A-Basin and IKON? (The vast majority of the available space will be for pass holders.)

Anonymous said...

So you're saying there's a chaaaaance!?

Also, anonymous from NM.. Your state is a third Colorado's population which roughly aligns with the metropolitan numbers too (typical hot spots) and cases per capita. Given the number of out of state travelers in February and March to CO vs NM, I'd say we're doing alright.

Also given a concrete plan (including execution), ski areas have every right to open. If you are at high risk, stay clear. If you are likely to spread the virus to someone in your life who is high risk, stay clear. If you're scared, stay clear. For the VAST majority of others, it's time.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing,” - Joe Biden!

Anonymous said...

^^^ If you don’t want it to happen, don’t go. Your fear shouldn’t limit everyone’s freedoms and A-Basin’s ability to run their business.

I’m gonna shred 2021 if not sooner said...

We have nearly 3x the population of NM, the bulk of which is much less evenly distributed. Please don’t cast that shade on us.
Praying Taos gets some snow next year!

Anonymous said...

waste of time. throw in the towel

Anonymous said...

You need to stay open Killington spring style. Buy a couple hundred bales of hay and toss it on the bare spots and push snow on the hay. Keep doing that until 50% of the run is gone before closing the trail. I have skied on several hundred foot strips 4 feet wide dozens of years. That is why they call them rock skis. I bet you could stay open till the 4th of July again doing that.

Tricia Pugliese said...

Good on ya for fighting the good fight. I only wish I lived close enough to take advantage of the opportunity if/when you re-open

Angelavail89 said...

Heres praying for turns this season! 🎿

Summit Peaks Lodge said...

Make sense to me I hope I can get a reservation :) How will we get a reservation?

Anonymous said...

Are you saying 1/4 of the percentage of cases or 1/4 of the total number of cases? Only asking because those are 2 vastly different statistics. Colorado has almost 3x the population of New Mexico so yes, there is going to be a higher number of cases in Colorado

Unknown said...

I think this is awesome. Thanks Al!

Johnnie Kav said...

Much love to the A Basin family! I hope we can see you guys again soon!

Anonymous said...

Our population is almost triple, for starters, and second we get way more tourists in the winter (like yourself) than NM does, because of our ski resorts. It has nothing to do with "irresponsible people", Lastly, skiing can be done safely with social distancing and masks, plus it's outside. Sorry Mr Tough Love but you should change your name to All Wrong. -p34ce

Anonymous said...

Yeah you have about a third as many people as us and not nearly as dense.

Anonymous said...

Pleeease honor real deals!! Even if it’s limited to midweek or whatever- those of us that would have access to real deals would be few, far between and local!

AT said...

Hopefully long term pass holders.. Cardboard derby participants.. and all Summit City slackers will be able to grab another turn this year.

We appreciate the efforts vs the Catwalk loving Governor of Eagle County. This can be done safely and swiftly.

God bless the ULLR faith and the Center of the Universe. Beer at the Alley Bar tastes so much better out of a mug!

Chris W. said...

I'll uh, see you next year, I hope.

Anonymous said...

How could you sell a single lift ticket given how many pass holders want to ski? The $50 discount to renew (399 down to 349) is mildly generous at best compared to what other areas have done to compensate and take care of their pass holders.

Reservations should be exclusively made available to pass holders IMO.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure that all the infections from ski resorts were from people partying at restaurants and packed bars at night and not riding the lifts.

Bob Berwyn said...

Wow, instigating a NM v CO fight; what a GREAT way to think about tackling a global problem -- not! We are all in this together. We gotta find ways to listen to each other, to respect each other, to help each other. We have to create spaces where there is tolerance and mutual support. Finger-pointing ain't gonna get us out of this mess!

Anonymous said...

Clearly some have been stuck inside too long and skiing alone doesn't appear capable of resolving all their issues based on some of these comments. Al, is the staff Psychiatrist on duty? Or are they still dealing with the guy parked down on the beach waiting for the crowds to show? Just asking for a friend.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do just dont destroy the snow leading in/out of the pond skim again like you did last year. What would even be the point of reopening without the pond?

Anonymous said...

If you don't feel safe stay home if not ski on its America people

Anonymous said...

yo al, applaud the effort. lift tickets. How about, people that find it necessary to wear a mask everywhere they go, do not get a lift ticket. Seriously, the sport is way to dangerous, and the odds of them injuring or killing themselves is to great. please open if you can, i'll try. non pass holder. thank god for mtb bikes.

Anonymous said...

Repeat after me:
Second wave, Third wave, Fourth wave....

Anonymous said...

A Basin, continuing to make bad decisions. If you think people that usually inhabit A Basin will follow any rules I still have that bridge in Arizona to sell you. Give it a rest.This year is done, caput, finished.

Unknown said...

Good grief. If someone needs to ski on a pond, try to water ski or wake board somewhere.

Jeff said...

Very surprised by all the negative feedback. If you don't agree with their decision to try to reopen, don't go. If you do go, do so responsibly. Many of us haven't been on snow in weeks or even months and would love to get some slushy spring laps in to help us feel some kind of normal. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, doesn't mean that you have to try to force feed yours down people's throats. Regardless of how you feel, hope everyone stays safe and sane

bleachlpb said...

Al, as always thanks for keeping us in the loop. I'm sure when the time comes, A Basin will make the right call. If you're able to open or not, I won't be disappointed either way. What we all are going through is so much bigger than getting a few more turns in this season. If I can get a few turns in - that will put a smile on my face. If not, then I look forward to this fall.

People will always disagree but at the very least I hope we can try to stay positive.

RJH said...

If you reopen - how will you announce that you are taking reservations? rjhirsch@hirschgibney.net

Tony Crocker said...

Good source of per capita data:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
NM death rate is about 2/3 of CO, which is slightly below US average. However, from other sources you can see that northwestern NM is a hot spot, probably related to the problems on the Navajo reservation.

I was fortunate living in SoCal to take advantage of the first reopening of ski lifts in North America at Mt. Baldy on April 22: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14215 Overall Baldy's snow is unreliable but there was a 3 foot dump during Easter Week which made the reopening possible. So the passholder base was small and day tickets were sold with arrival times at the rate of 4 slots every 10 minutes. One 1,000 vertical double was open for skiing and there were no more than 100 people skiing per day. I didn't get on the hill until noon that first day but returned with 9AM tickets on April 24 and May 1. Those 3 day tickets were also considered credits for next year, allowing me to get a free season pass for 2020-21 last week.

A-Basin's situation is more like Mt. Bachelor's, with a large passholder base. Bachelor allowed 500 people per day and did not sell day tickets. A-Basin's passholder base excluding Ikon is probably less than Bachelor's, but much more including Ikon.

All of this complicates Al's planning, but let's cut him some slack and be grateful if A-Basin can open at all.

Anonymous said...

C'mon people....97% of us are in an unconstitutional lockdown for 3% of the population.
Just don't be a typical happy go lucky slob ass American... practice good hygiene as you should. Wash your hands and stop touching everything before you eat.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the post should have also said, only come to ABasin if you will have a positive attitude. If not, stay home. I hope you can safely reopen and will definitely be seeing you if you are able to. Thanks for the update. Mt. Baldy in California opened with golf course rules which seemed to work well according to some friends who were able to go.

Anonymous said...

Thank! I REALLY appreciate you trying open back up this season in whatever way you can ... and for helping pioneer the way for other ski areas operate next season.

Anonymous said...

Source: Huffington Post

The reality is that if we relax restrictions now, we may undo all the progress we’ve made with social distancing, Russo said, explaining that we’re “far from done” with this virus.

“Until we get a vaccine or a drug that can prevent severe illness by allowing us to aggressively treat the infected, even if it decreases a little in the summer, it’s going to come roaring back,” he said. “We are set up for a more long-term scenario.”

Anonymous said...

I am terrified of catching it an being completely asymptomatic like 90% of those that do catch it. Then I will be completely pissed about losing 1/2 of my ski season with owning three ski passes and spending over $2k this season.

Bob dobalina said...

Lmao 'source: Huffington Post'

Anonymous said...

Agree with the Killington post! I too grew up Spring skiing jumping runoff and skiing over flowering trails. Rock skis indeed, but fantastic fun. Who needs 12" when 2" will do?! That's real Spring/Summer skiing.

Anonymous said...

It's working here at Timberline Lodge in Oregon. No reason that it can't also work at A-Basin. I've skied twice at Timberline since the re-opening, and the reservations, masks, and distancing all work well. Good luck!

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Printed confirmation is recommended. Mobile confirmation will be accepted. Remember cell service at The Basin isn't that great.

Bobbydee said...

"Lift speeds will be slowed on Pali and Lenawee to remove the need for a staff member to bump chairs."

I was re-reading the new rules and regulations this morning.

Bobbydee said...

I was thinking that after most people get away from the base area, there might be 250 people on the 3 chairs, 250 people in 3 lift-lines, and about 50 or 100 people on their skis and boards descending the mountain.

You won't get many runs but they should be wide open and safe.