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Arapahoe Basin to Reopen May 27, 2020

May 25, 2020

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Summit County, Colorado contact:

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Summit County, Colorado, will open for limited spring skiing and riding on Wednesday, May 27. This follows approval of Summit County’s request for a variance from the state public health order by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At this time, closing day is still to be determined. 

All details can also be found on our website and our COO’s blog.

Summit County press release:

A-Basin is committed to a responsible reopening that respects the community and supports both the healing and learning processes required to get the county back on its feet. 

The ski area has been collaborating with state and local authorities since it closed March 14 and this opportunity for a limited reopening is the result of that ongoing partnership. The ski area is following all Centers for Disease Control and Summit County Public Health guidelines to keep guests healthy and maintain precautionary and protective measures. 

“We have been working very closely with Arapahoe Basin to identify strategies to keep people safe and healthy while enjoying one of Colorado’s signature pastimes,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “We believe the Basin has a solid plan in place, and we ask for everyone’s cooperation with all the directions, guidelines and restrictions that are necessary to make this a success. We’re depending on everyone to take personal responsibility to protect their own health and the health of Summit County’s residents and visitors. And for those who get out on the slopes, we hope you have a blast!”


  • RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ACCESS. A limited number of people will be admitted daily. No one will be allowed on the property without a pre-booked reservation.

  • There are only two ways to ski / ride A-Basin during this time: pre-book a free reservation with a valid pass or purchase a day ticket in advance. Both can only be done online. 

  • TAILGATING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Arapahoe Basin Staff will actively police the parking lots to ensure compliance with all state, county and company mandates. There are no exceptions.

  • FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED. Everyone must wear a face covering when they cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distancing outdoors and in designated areas, like lift lines.

  • Guests will be asked to leave if they do not follow all guidelines laid out by Arapahoe Basin, which were developed in conjunction with state and county health authorities and which follow Summit County’s public health order. 

  • Anyone who feels sick or who is considered high risk should stay home.

  • This is not an experience suitable for beginners. To reduce injury risk, A-Basin recommends only experienced skiers and riders. 


Visitors to A-Basin will be limited each day via an online reservation system. There are only two ways to ski or ride A-Basin during this time: pre-booking a free reservation with a valid pass, or purchasing a day ticket in advance.  

A-Basin will begin accepting reservations beginning Monday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made 36 hours in advance of when a person intends to come. There will be no on-site opportunities to obtain a ticket or reservation. 

Complete details can be found here.

Personal responsibility and respect for fellow skiers and riders is the key to the success of spring skiing at A-Basin. A-Basin and Summit County would like to remind potential guests that this is a gradual, incremental path forward. 

There are significant restrictions remaining in place that must be followed when visiting A-Basin and Summit County. Visitors are asked to respect those restrictions and be diligent in adhering to public health orders. 


  • Daily, beginning May 27. Closing date is TBD.
  • Lift hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Uphill access: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. (A-Basin Uphill Access Pass required; must be off the hill by 8:00 a.m.)
  • Parking lot gates will be locked 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Please do not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.
  • Operations may be limited or modified at any time in response to changing circumstances.


Pallavicini Lift (serving West Wall and Grizzly Road, while conditions last)
Black Mountain Express Lift
Lenawee Lift

Montezuma, Beavers, Lazy J, Molly Hogan (lifts and terrain)
The East Wall
Terrain parks

Lift lines have been re-designed to keep people 6 feet apart. Guests will not be allowed to ride the lift with anyone not in their immediate party. Terrain is limited. Expect spring conditions. This will not be a beginner experience. 


Photos and B-Roll from May 22. Please credit Arapahoe Basin / Ian Zinner

If you would like to attend opening day, please let us know in advance and plan to arrive between 7:00-7:30 a.m. Please adhere to face covering and physical distancing requirements. 

A-Basin will provide photos and B-Roll for you to use by 2:00 p.m. on May 27. 

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