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This Winter’s Ground Rules for Skiing in and Around Aspen

Everything you need to know for a successful pandemic-adjusted sojourn on the slopes

December 23, 2020 Published in the Winter/Spring 2020–21 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Masks, nonnegotiable 

You must wear them at all times in base areas, in lift lines, on lifts, and anywhere inside.

Think ahead 

Take advantage of contactless online booking and pay for tickets, lessons, and rentals online in advance, then have tickets mailed to you or delivered to your lodging. A new ticket office at SkiCo’s admin building in Basalt offers another option for avoiding potential crowds, and a new skip-a-day rental policy (with a four-day minimum) lets you keep your gear if you take a day off from skiing, eliminating additional back-and-forth trips to Four Mountain Sports.

Allow extra time 

With buses running at reduced seating capacity, plan on longer waits to get to and from the slopes.

Social distancing 

You’ll need to stand apart in lift lines; conveniently, skis themselves provide about six feet between you and other skiers to the front and back. And you won’t be asked to board a lift with anyone outside of your family or friends.

In-person learning 

Ski school group lessons are capped at five people max.

Eat lunch early or late 

On-mountain restaurants are limited to 25 percent of capacity for indoor dining, with many offering additional seating in heated outdoor tents.

Call for help 

There’s no longer public access to ski patrol HQ.


Uphillers must stick to each mountain’s designated routes during the day and are not permitted during operating hours in blackout periods: Dec 26–Jan 2 and Feb 13–14, with possible additional dates to be announced. Check @FourMTNUpdates on Twitter for further info.

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