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Winter 2020-21 COVID 19 Precautions


The following guidelines are in alignment with current requirements from Summit County, the State of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Federal, state and local guidelines are subject to change.

Guest Responsibilities

Please read and understand the Arapahoe Basin COVID-19 policies and procedures. If you cannot follow these guidelines, you will be asked to leave. 

"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. 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!" - A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth

  • Wear a face covering when you are in any of the buildings, in the base area (including the lift line), and when riding a lift with strangers. 

  • Adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

  • Stay home if you are sick or at high risk.

  • Leave immediately if you begin to show signs or symptoms of illness. 

  • Wash your hands.

  • Please note and follow on-site signage.

  • Tailgating and large group gatherings in the parking lots are not allowed. Per the most current public health order (1/4/21) personal gatherings may occur with up to 10 people from no more than two households.

  • Boot up at your car and leave your stuff there. You will cannot hang out, store things, or eat a brown bag lunch inside. Buildings have capacity restrictions and are only for dining customers and bathroom use.

Additional Resources

Specific A-BASIN Operations 

Arapahoe Basin is committed to a responsible operating plan that aligns with Federal, State, and County direction. As both a major employer and winter recreational opportunity in Summit County, we understand the importance of putting the health and safety of our guests, staff, and communities first. Our 2020-21 winter operating plan is the product of extensive collaboration with industry partners such as the NSAA, CSCUSA, NSP, PSIA and numerous others. ​Please note that these procedures could change at any time. 


  • Lift lines have been re-designed to keep people 6 feet apart. 
  • 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. 


Buildings / indoor spaces are not places to hang out this season and have capacity restrictions per county health guidelines. Expect to only be able to go inside to use the bathroom or purchase food. Gear up / boot up at your car and leave all of your belongings there, and do not plan to store personal items in our facilities. 

  • The Guest Services office is closed all season. Please go to an outside ticket window for help. 
  • Lockers (and other indoor gear storage) are not available. 
  • The kids play area on the second floor of the A-Frame is closed all season. 
  • The number of guests inside Arapahoe Sports and the Rental shop at any given time will be limited. 


Food is available to eat indoors or outdoors at the base area and mid-mountain. Indoor dining is limited to paying customers and 30 minutes per party.  All guests must sign in and verify they have no symptoms via questionnaire. Guests must also leave a phone number or e-mail address for public health contact tracing purposes.

  • You cannot eat your brown-bag lunch indoors. Please eat in your car or outside. 


  • For the health and safety of our employees and guests, we will not operate our shuttle busses this winter season. All parking is in one of our lots from which you can walk to the lifts. 
  • Tailgating and large group gatherings in the parking lots are not allowed.
  • Per the most current public health order (1/4/21) personal gatherings may occur with up to 10 people from no more than two households.
THE BEACH IS CLOSED ALL SEASON. Please do not host any parking lot parties. 


Daily and annual rentals are available and must be reserved online in advance. A limited number of people are allowed in the rental shop at one time. Staff will wear face shields in addition to masks. Sanitation procedures have been enhanced for boots and helmets; clothing and goggles are not available for rent. 


Lessons are available with reduced class sizes and indoor spaces closed. Advanced online reservations of at least 72 hours are required. The Kids Center will remain closed for the season for health and safety reasons. Please see our Snowsports page for more information.


A-Basin has adopted CDC guidelines including enhanced sanitation procedures designed to combat the transmission of COVID-19 for restrooms, door handles, counter tops, tables, chairs, benches and other high-touch surfaces. Alcohol-based sanitizer will be available for guests and employees at convenient locations to ensure proper hygiene. 


All staff received mandatory training on all executive orders, county health orders, and A-Basin’s COVID-19 pandemic response plan.

Staff are required to adhere to all health and safety procedures including daily self-screening, physical distancing measures, PPE requirements, personal hygiene best practices, and cleaning and disinfection procedures. 

Employees are being provided masks, are checked for signs and symptoms of illness every day when they arrive (including daily temperature checks) and are required to stay home or go home if feeling unwell. Employee job roles were re-designed to minimize contact with each other and guests. All employees are encouraged to voice concerns or violations to ski area management.

Employees were provided free flu shots on-site at A-Basin.

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