Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Spoiled, are we? We live within a proverbial snowball’s toss of some of the finest winter resorts in the world. We jump in the car and can be wherever we want to ski and ride in a blink of the eye. We have so many other options, too, when we are looking for a change of scenery. We head to DIA and can be in neighboring Utah, California and British Columbia in a matter of hours.

But this year isn’t like any other. We have compiled the latest COVID-19 information for driving and flying so you can decide the safest and most convenient ways to enjoy this ski season. Check back often, as we’ll be updating these pages as new information comes in.

OnTheSnow.com invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Denver Metro site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips

Just look out the window. The majestic Rocky Mountain peaks are right there for the taking. A day trip or weekend getaway – even a vacation week – has never been easier.Just look out the window. The majestic Rocky Mountain peaks are right there for the taking. A day trip or weekend getaway – even a vacation week – has never been easier.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks

Colorado

Arapahoe Basin: Drive time is 45 minutes.

Aspen-Snowmass: Drive time is 3.5 hours.

Breckenridge: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

Copper Mountain: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

Crested Butte: Drive time is 4.5 hours.

Eldora Mountain: Drive time is 1.15 hours.

Keystone: Drive time is 1.20 hours.

Steamboat: Drive time is 3 hours.

Vail: Drive time is 1.42 hours.

Winter Park: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips

 

When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Statewide mask mandate for those 11+. Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

Colorado: Changes to the state’s safer-at-home and stay-at-home orders depend on where counties fall into one of six color-coded levels of risk, depending on the incidents of COVID-19. Check county specifics. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) visitors must sign a visitor affidavit and take test within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days. This applies to residents and part-time residents (vacation homes). Mask Mandate for those 10+ in pubic spaces or public  transportation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
County
Boulder County (Eldora)
Eagle County (Vail)
Gunnison County (Crested Butte)
Grand County (Winter Park)
Pitkin County (Aspen-Snowmass) Requires requires visitors to complete a health affidavit and provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. 
Routt County (Steamboat)
Summit County (Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone)
Taos County (Taos Ski Valley)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

 

Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible. Colorado does not have any travel restrictions in place for out-of-state travelers.

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Denver metro area.

California

Mammoth Mountain

California COVID threat level: https://covid19.ca.gov                                                                            

Travel restrictions between Colorado and California: Most of California is under a stay-at-home order based on a region's ICU availability below 15%. Travelers advised to quarantine for 14 days; some areas 10 days (San Francisco and LA County). Face masks are mandatory in public spaces (some exceptions). Order prohibits staying overnight at ski areas.

Note: Mammoth Lodging Collection is not accepting reservations for the duration of the stay home order.

Montana

Big Sky

Montana COVID threat level: Bars, restaurants, casinos must close by 10 p.m. Mask mandate for those 5+ in indoor public spaces. 

New Mexico

Taos Ski Valley

New Mexico COVID threat level: New Mexico county restrictions depend on virus risk.  Statewide mask mandate in effect. All travelers from high risk states must quarantine for 14 days or length of stay.

Travel restrictions between Denver and New Mexico: 

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Colorado and Wyoming: None as of Jan. 22. Mask mandate for those 12+ when in public spaces or on public transportation in effect until Jan. 25.

Airline COVID Precautions

 

All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

United Airlines