Updated: Summit County ski areas announce new lift, food policies amid virus concerns | SummitDaily.com

Updated: Summit County ski areas announce new lift, food policies amid virus concerns

A sign at Pioneer Crossing at the top of Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday warns guests to keep 6 feet away from others to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Jefferson Geiger / jgeiger@summitdaily.com

Editor’s note: Vail Resorts has announced a weeklong shutdown of all resorts, including Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Summit County.

Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Vail Resorts has announced that its on-mountain, quick-serve dining facilities will be limited to prepackaged food and will not be serving hot food.

In addition, Vail-owned resorts — including Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Summit County — will encourage guests to ride on lifts and gondola cabins only with their group.

The announcement comes after direction from the governor on Friday asking groups who are skiing together to avoid mixing with other groups on gondolas or ski lifts.

Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area on Saturday morning announced it has suspended operation of its Ridge cat for an unspecified period of time due to coronavirus concerns. Loveland added that the terrain served by the Ridge Cat will remain open as conditions permit.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth wrote in a post on his blog that the ski area is reducing its food and beverage operations with limited offerings and menus available. A-Basin also will limit the number of people allowed in its rental shop. Ski and ride lessons for kids and adults will be limited to a half-day.

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As part of the measures, A-Basin will not be operating the ski area’s parking lot shuttles or use overflow parking. Henceroth said the ski area is recommending guests ride lifts with their friends and family only. Visitors should bring their own lunches and eat outside or at their car.

“While we realize people need to use the restrooms, warm up, grab a snack or purchase equipment,” Henceroth wrote. “We encourage everyone to minimize their time indoors.”

Henceroth also said A-Basin has canceled all scheduled events through April 8.

Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain Resort announced it’s canceling all events through the end of March that would bring 50 or more people together. The resort said it’s also exploring ways to reduce seating and provide alternatives in food and beverage outlets while introducing more to-go food options to limit crowds.

Other changes the resort is making include: disinfecting gondola cabins, increased sanitation efforts for the tubing hill and Rocky Mountain Coaster, reducing the number of passengers carried on in-resort shuttle buses and allowing guests to load gondola cabins and chairlifts with their party only.

Copper also said in the statement it’s “easing” it’s  cancellation and booking policies.

“Please contact us if you need to shift your plans,” Copper representatives wrote in a statement.

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