A vaccine will be required to enter some of Aspen Skiing Co.’s indoor properties, but not to access the ski lifts


Proof of COVID vaccination will be required this ski season for guests at certain indoor Aspen Skiing Co. venues and to participate in certain activities, Skico announced on Wednesday, but not for ski lift access.

The policy is in response to a growing number of COVID infections in Pitkin County and across the state and country, Skico officials said in their announcement.

“Guest vaccines are required for all ASC owned and operated hotels, full-service sit-down restaurants, powder tours and additional experiences where prolonged close contact without a mask could occur,” Skico said in a statement. Press. “Proof of vaccination is not required for access to ski lifts, ski and snowboard school lessons, market-style restaurants, rental shops or ticket offices.”

Persons 12 years of age and older will need to present proof of vaccination with an approved vaccination card, photograph of an approved vaccination card or request for vaccine verification as well as proof of identity upon entry or check-in at restricted facilities or activities.

“We have given this decision a lot of thought and believe that for the health and safety of our customers and employees this is a necessary step,” Skico President and CEO Mike Kaplan said in the press release. hurry. “We want to provide the healthiest environment possible in order to give ourselves the best chance of staying open for the season and to provide a safe working environment for our staff and the community at large.”

Last month, Vail Resorts announced that proof of vaccination would be required for guests 12 and older at all indoor mountain quick-service (cafeteria-style) restaurants, but the proof of vaccination requirement does not apply. ‘does not apply to gastronomic establishments.

Skico Vice President of Communications Jeff Hanle said Thursday there were two main reasons why Aspen beach resort cafeteria-style restaurants weren’t included in the vaccine requirement, but gastronomic establishments were.

One is the logistics of checking the large number of people entering and exiting these buildings, including the Sundeck in Aspen Mountain or Elk Camp in Snowmass. The other is that many of these visitors are there for a short time, whether it’s a quick bite or just using the restroom.

“In fine dining restaurants and sit-down establishments, there are people who are there for an extended period – an hour or two hours – and nearby and unmasked once they are seated for. eat, ”he said. “The other places people usually go in and out a lot faster. “

All Skico employees will need to be vaccinated, unless they have a religious or medical exemption. Those with an exemption should be tested weekly.

Pitkin County is currently under indoor mask mandate, which was enacted in September and will probably continue until winter unless the number of cases decreases.

Masks won’t be needed on ski lifts, and Skico will likely keep “ghost lanes” in place, Hanle said.

“Depending on the county (mandate), the gondolas will be considered indoor space and masks will be required,” he said.


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