Arapahoe Basin: 20/21 Winter Operational Plan UPDATE

Submitted by Andy on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 12:09

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Arapahoe Basin's COO Alan Henceroth provides an update to its 20/21 winter operational plans.


It has been a wild and crazy six months since the March 14 ski area closure. Frankly, I never imagined our economy would get shut down the way it did. Throughout that time, we never lost sight of taking care of our employees and guests and re-opening and delivering the skiing and riding that all of us love. While there are still details to be worked out, I am excited to announce the core of our operating plan for the 2020-21 Season.

Working closely with County, State and Federal officials, we have designed a plan to protect our guests and employees, provide excellent skiing and riding and reduce peak visitation days to allow for physical distancing.  Of course, all plans are subject to change pending future developments. Highlights of our plan include:

  • Reservations will not be required for Arapahoe Basin Season Pass and Any Day Pass holders. The number of passes sold will be limited.
  • Ikon and Mountain Collective Pass holders are welcome and are encouraged to ski and ride A-Basin. Access details are still to be determined.
  • Lift tickets will be available every day. Arapahoe Basin will require all lift tickets to be purchased in advance, online through our website. The number of tickets sold each day will be variable to reduce peak visitation periods.

The responsibility for skiing and riding safely through COVID times falls on all of us. We all need to wear our masks and maintain physical distances at the appropriate times and places. We may be making voluntary requests to have skiers and riders avoid peak visitation periods. If you can ski weekdays instead of weekends, please do so. If you can ski in the afternoon instead of the morning, please do so. We are all in this together.

Some of our services may look a little different, but skiing and riding will be the core of our winter experience. I look forward to seeing all of you with skis or snowboards on your feet!

Here is what to expect this upcoming season. Additional details will be added closer to opening day. 


Arapahoe Basin Season Passes (full, midweek, senior, military), Any Day Passes and College Passes will not be restricted during the 2020-21 season. A-Basin pass sales will be limited. 

This includes 2019-20 Any Day Pass days that carried over, plus A-Basin days that are part of the Taos, Monarch and Silverton passes. 


These passholders are welcome and encouraged to ski and ride A-Basin. Access details are still being determined.  


Arapahoe Basin will sell lift tickets every day. They must be purchased online in advance through our website and will not be available onsite. Lift tickets sales will be limited to manage peak visitation periods.


The 6th Alley Bar & Grill, Legends Café and Black Mountain Lodge will offer limited services. Although our restaurants may look and feel different this season, we will be serving the same great food and beverage we always have with limited seating. The actual bars will remain closed. 

You will not be able to eat your brown-bag lunch indoors. 


These will be available on a limited basis pending county and state regulations. 


Guests will be asked to self-group and load the chair with their traveling party. Lift attendants will not require guests to ride a chairlift with people they do not know. Parties not traveling together can load two at a time on quad chairs and one at a time on Lenawee and Pali. Please wear a face covering. 


Gathering and milling about in common areas will be discouraged to promote physical distancing. Please wear a face covering. 


The above-mentioned practices will substantially reduce peak visitation periods. As a last resort, parking may be limited to manage peak visitation periods. 

Tailgating and large group gatherings in the parking lots will not be allowed. Only parties that arrived at the ski area together can gather and group sizes must be 10 or less per county health regulations. A-Basin staff will monitor for physical distancing in the parking lots. 

For guest and employee health and safety, we will not be operating our shuttles or using our overflow parking lots. You will be able to walk to our lifts from your car. 

The Beach will remain closed for the foreseeable future. 


Avoid Weekends When Possible. 
Given a choice between skiing and riding on a weekday and a weekend, we strongly encourage guests to ski weekdays. We hope some of our skiers and riders have some new-found flexibility and are able to transition more of their visits to weekdays.

Enjoy Afternoon Skiing. 
Skiers and riders planning to only ski 2-3 hours per day should consider visiting in the afternoon when crowds are usually lighter.

Avoid Historically Busy Days. 
On historically busy days, we may encourage skiers and riders to come at another time to facilitate physical distancing. 

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