Spring skiing in Colorado is back. 

After being granted a variance request by Summit County, Arapahoe Basin will be opening the slopes on Wednesday, May 27th, signaling the first opportunity to ski or board in Colorado since all resorts closed due to COVID-19 in March. 

"We’re ready to take a step forward in the reactivation of Summit County’s amazing recreational opportunities, so we’re excited about receiving the go-ahead on alpine skiing," Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. 

While many will be excited for the opportunity to ski again, there are many restrictions and changes in place to ensure that skiers will have the safest experience possible. We will be monitoring this event as it is the first major resort in the United States to reopen. Below are some key details:

Arapahoe Basin Tickets and Passes

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming demand for reservations, the Arapahoe Basin reservation system is not currently working. For the time being the reservations will be done by random drawing at the Arapahoe Basin website. Enter from 7-9p to get on the list, and you will be e-mailed in the evening to let you know if you were chosen. We'll keep an eye on any additional changes as they deal with the high demand. 

If you are a beginner skier, please do not make a reservation. The terrain available will be almost entirely intermediate to expert skill levels and spring skiing conditions can be rough for newer skiers.

All skiers must make an online reservation. Even if you have a pass, don't think you can just head up and get to skiing. The resort is limiting the number of skiers every day to 600, and tickets go on sale 36 hours in advance of when you intend to come. 

Anyone wanting to ski or board, whether you have a pass or not, must be quick on the trigger at 7PM MST, two days prior to when you plan on skiing. Of those 600 daily tickets, only 30 of them are for non-pass holders, so it is especially paramount that you are ready to reserve at exactly 7PM to reserve a slot if you don't have a pass. Passholders can expect the tickets to be gone within minutes as well, so 7PM is go time. 

You will need to show your reservation when you get to the resort, and your applicable pass if you are using a pass. The resort will accept mobile confirmations, but with less than reliable cell service, it is recommended to print out your reservation. 

Reservations can be for up to two skiers. 

Safety Precautions

Opening ski operations during COVID-19 is new, and all patrons should exercise patience and prioritize safety while on the mountain. 

No tailgating whatsoever. If you do not have a reservation, please do not travel to the resort.

You must have a mask. You do not have to have it on at all times, only when you cannot maintain the required six feet of physical distancing.

Restrooms will be open at the base area and at mid-mountain. The will be cleaned at regular intervals.

No food is available. Bring your own food for the day.

Lift lines have been re-designed to keep people 6-feet apart. Please be sure to maintain the required distance between other parties when waiting to ride the lifts.

For a more comprehensive list, we recommend you read through all of the official rules and changes on the Arapahoe Basin reopening site