COVID-19 Guidelines for Skiing in Aspen/Snowmass in 2020-2021
Ready To Ski in Aspen During the Pandemic This Year?
We are, and hope you are, too! Perspectives vary so we want to be upfront about ours. We take COVID-19 seriously and are following all guidelines to keep our coaches, our community and our guests as safe as possible. Our coaches and guests are required to adhere to all Colorado State, Pitkin County, City/Town, Aspen Skiing Company and SKI FOR LIFE™ ski lesson program COVID regulations; no exceptions. If you are unwilling to do so, please save your visit for another time. If during the SKI FOR LIFE/BUMPS FOR BOOMERS clinic or private lesson you are unwilling to follow guidelines, you will be asked to leave immediately and no refund will be given. By respecting the regulations, we create an environment of trust and can focus on skiing and reclaiming the joy of being in the fresh air floating down a bump run!
This page is intended to help you make an informed decision about skiing with us this year. We also want to set expectations about your arrival in Aspen/Snowmass so that you can contribute to keeping our community open. Things will be operating differently this year, but skiing fresh powder on a bluebird day will be the same gift it always has been. Our coaches will help you understand the procedures and help you navigate the lifts and on-mountain dining to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Please take a few minutes to review this page and the associated links. Expect the information on the linked pages to be regularly updated. We’ve highlighted a few of the new operating procedures below. Click here to jump to the Aspen/Snowmass COVID Operating Procedures.
- Both the City of Aspen and Town of Snowmass have mandatory faces mask zones in place that encompass most of the business and residential areas, including Gondola Plaza in Aspen and Base Village and Snowmass Mall in Snowmass.
- On mountain, face masks are required in lift lines and while riding gondolas and chair lifts. They are also required inside all buildings including restaurants and restrooms.
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required and will be enforced in lift lines, skiing and public spaces including restaurants, bathrooms.
- There are capacity limits for indoor dining and shopping in Pitkin County. These are subject to change based on state and county Public Health orders.
- The SKI FOR LIFE / BUMPS FOR BOOMERS coaching staff requests clinic participants enjoy a take-out meal from one our great Aspen restaurants rather than eat indoors in a restaurant on the evenings before and during the clinic. Once the clinic is over, feel free to dine however you feel comfortable. We all stay safer when we all take steps to reduce risk of exposure. We will provide information on ordering “grab and go” food on the mountain as well as ordering take-out or delivery to your hotel, lodge or vacation rental.
- Indoor bathroom breaks and lunches will be organized within your ‘pod’. You’ll discover new tented outdoor areas, cabins, yurts and more options as the Aspen Skiing Company works to disperse guests across the mountain. Lunches on the mountain will be pre-ordered and reservations required. We will review all this with you prior to your clinic start date.
- Lift tickets are not included with the clinic. Please purchase your lift tickets as soon as you reserve your clinic to be given priority access to Aspen Mountain [private lessons may include more than Aspen Mtn] should skier capacity limits be enacted. Ikon Pass holders MUST make a reservation for specific ski days before arrival. At any point during the season, a reservation system for mountain access may be mandated so buy and reserve ASAP.
- Pitkin County Public Health requires that visitors adhere to the quarantine and isolation Public Health rules if you become sick while in Aspen. Note these are at the expense of the guest. Effective December 14, 2020, travelers coming to Pitkin County will be required to sign a Traveler Affidavit.
Once you’ve booked a clinic, expect a pre-clinic Zoom meeting where our team will provide more details about clinic logistics. You’ll virtually meet your clinic participants and coach, discuss what skis to bring or rent, learn where to meet your coach and make plans for meals and breaks. We are here to guide you through the logistics so you can focus on skiing!
Pitkin County Public Health – The Five Commitments of Containment
Your Promise to Us – Our Promise to You
Our community is committed to the “Five commitments of containment” set forth by Pitkin County Health and we ask guests adhere to these 5 commitments while in Aspen. Effective December 14, 2020, travelers coming to Pitkin County will be required to sign a Traveler Affidavit.
In these times we all must make decisions that work for ourselves and consider our own risk profile. Aspen Skiing Company has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and can lead to severe illness and death and the risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated. You are voluntarily assuming all COVID-19 exposure risks by coming onto any property or using any facility or service that is under Aspen Skiing Company’s ownership, operation, or control. We look forward to having you join us in Aspen/Snowmass this winter, but want to make sure that you do so fully informed and in a manner that works for you.
Important Aspen/Snowmass COVID-19 Resources, Health Orders, Ordinances and Guidelines
Pitkin County Public Health COVID-19 Resources:
- Pitkin County Public Health Orders
- Pitkin County COVID-19 Data Dashboards
- Pitkin County COVID-19 Weekly Newsletter Sign-up
- Pitkin County COVID-19 Infoline: 970-429-6186
- Pitkin County COVID-19 testing information
- Sign up to receive County public health and emergency alerts for short term visitors by texting pitkinalert to 888777. Text STOP at any time to be removed from system
- Activate the Colorado Exposure Notification service on your mobile phone
State of Colorado COVID-19 Resources:
- State Isolation and Quarantine guidelines: https://covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/isolation-and-quarantine
- State of Colorado COVID-18 Infoline: 866-760-6489
City of Aspen COVID-19 Resources:
- Mandatory mask zone map. Masks are required for indoor and outdoor spaces within the zone.