2021 Ski Resort Operations for COVID-19


Lauren Lewis, Brimstone Reporter

Amongst the chaos of Covid, ski resorts surrounding Glenwood Springs are beginning release vaccination and mask safety policies for the 2021-2022 winter season. 


Sunlight Mountain Resort, the well-loved and the nearest ski resort to Glenwood Springs, arguably has the most detailed Covid-19 plan so far. The lodge will be opened for guests with limited capacity and, according to the Sunlight Mountain Resort website “Face coverings will be required whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved. This includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, except when eating or drinking. Face coverings are also required when riding the lifts.” Face coverings will not be required while riding on the mountain. Restrooms will also be opened for guests, according to the same source, “although, like other indoor spaces, restrooms will abide by social distancing requirements and will be cleaned and sanitized on an hourly basis during daily operations.” 


All Aspen Snowmass mountains, including Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk have released their Covid-19 operating policies as well. The most recent update from the Aspen Snowmass website was posted on September 15, 2021. According to the website, “Following existing Pitkin County Public Health regulations, face coverings in public indoor settings are required. Guests are encouraged to continue taking precautions and we recommend all guests are vaccinated before visiting.” Under the topic of lifts and gondolas, “parties who feel more comfortable not sharing gondolas or lifts with other groups due to safety concerns are encouraged to let the lift operators know and separate lifts and gondolas will be made available.” 


If you are planning on participating in the popular winter activities and events that take place in these locations, make sure to stay updated and stay safe.