Colorado Front Range Resorts Sort Out Parking, Ticketing
Most Colorado Front Range skiers and riders typically don't think much about hopping in the car and heading west. However, this season is different and will require a bit more prep before the ride up I-70, U.S. 24 or Highway 119.
Most visible will be restrictions on lift ticket sales and season pass holders, call-ahead reservation systems, and parking lot capacities. Here's a look at what's up with those at Front Rang-ers' day-trip destinations.
Both and Copper Mountain will have a parking reservation system so that mountain officials can manage crowd size under social distancing requirements. Everyone who wants to ski, ride, or just people-watch at the two mountains will have to reserve a parking spot. How that works will be announced before the season, and capacities will be determined by management. Eldora regulars know parking has been an issue in the past, with people being turned away at the entrance after driving up from below. Eldora officials say this system will forewarn folks if lots are full before they commit to driving up.
Loveland Ski Area won't restrict season pass sales and doesn't have plans for a reservation system at this time. But all tickets, rental packages, and lessons must be purchased in advance and online. Daily online tickets may be capped on busy days.
At Arapahoe Basin, season or day pass holders won't have to call or email ahead, but Ikon Pass holders will need to do so that mountain officials can get a handle on skier-visit numbers. Day tickets must be bought online and may be limited in peak times. Access details for Mountain Collective pass holders will be forthcoming.
Winter Park is owned by Alterra Mountain Corp. that sells the Ikon Pass. Following corporate policy, Winter Park has suspended daily ticket sales for the time being. The company said it will "tightly regulate" day tickets, which must be bought online as walk-up window sales have been eliminated. Undated lift tickets products -- such as multi-day offerings -- have been discontinued for the time being.
Both Breckenridge and Keystone fall under the Epic Pass season passholder reservation system -- and no day or multi-day ticket sales until Dec. 8 -- previously announced by Vail Resorts.