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Arapahoe Basin ski area on Sundays was announced that it will reopen its slope on Wednesday.

“We will go skiing again,” Alan Henceroth, head of A-Basin operations, said in a video. “… This will be amazing.”

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Summit County Resort says skiing and snowboarding will look very different. “This will be different from anything you have ever done in the Arapahoe Basin,” Henceroth said.

Reservations are required for anyone hoping to get a few more turns this ski season. Reservations can already booked starting at 7 pm Tuesday.

“We will sell a small number of lift tickets,” Henceroth wrote in a message posted on the ski area’s website. “Most of these openings are for all our pass card holders.”

Governor Jared Polis the ski area was closed due to the coronavirus crisis starting March 15. The reopening of the A-Basin marks a milestone in the state back to normal since the pandemic struck the country.

Reopening was permitted after the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment provided Summit County variants for safer bookings at home throughout the state.

“We are ready to take a step forward in reactivating Summit County’s extraordinary recreational opportunities, so we are happy to receive the green light for alpine skiing,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said in a written statement.

Only 600 skiers and snowboarders are allowed every day in the A-Basin.

“We have been given an extraordinary opportunity,” Henceroth wrote. “We must take it very seriously and we must respect the guidance given by Summit County health officials and the state of Colorado. We must open in a responsible way. We need everyone to help. “

Physical distance will be enforced and guests must wear face shields in designated areas, the ski area says. Tailgating, an A-Basin tradition, will not be permitted.

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A-Basin will open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most of the mountain is scheduled to be available for skiers and snowboarders. Beginners are asked to stay at home.

Only bathrooms are available for those visiting the mountain. Food and beverage services, ski rentals and snowboarding and retailing will not be open.

“The lifting line has been redesigned to keep people 6 feet apart,” A-Basin said in a post on its website about what the reopening would look like. “No one will be allowed to take the elevator with anyone who is not at their live party. Lift speeds will be slowed (Pallavicini) and Lenawee to eliminate the need for staff members to crash into chairs. You will not be scanned every time you load an elevator. “

Henceroth told The Colorado Sun that this year’s snow pack allowed the ski area to remain open until the end of June. In the past, the A-Basin was opened until July 4.

People who do not follow the rules and guidelines regarding the corona virus will be asked to leave.

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