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The Mountain operations Winter 2020-2021

Aspen Snowmass debuted their winter operations plan in late September, and guest safety as well as continuous access to skiing and snowboarding were named as the top priorities.

Check to see what the Aspen Skiing Company's COIVD-19 protocols are here.

Guest Safety

With newly instituted safety protocols across every aspect of their business, Aspen Snowmass will strictly adhere to distancing protocols, face-covering requirements, capacity limits in buildings, and all recommended health and safety measures this winter. In addition, they have redesigned operating proceedings in ski school, lift lines, on-mountain dining, and in rental and retail stores. New technology will allow for "digital distancing" with many of the processes that formerly took place in person.

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Season Dates

  • Aspen Mountain: Nov. 26, 2020 - April 18, 2021
  • Snowmass: Nov. 26, 2020 - April 18, 2021
  • Aspen Highlands: Dec. 18, 2020 - April 4, 2021
  • Buttermilk: Dec. 18, 2020 - April 4, 2021

Lift Tickets

Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase lift tickets as soon as they have secured lodging and travel arrangements. Advance ticket purchases ensure access to all four mountains and will assist the resort in managing guest capacity and safety as required by state and local health authorities . Volume may be limited at any time and those who have already secured their tickets will be given priority access. It is the resort's intention to have some inventory of lift tickets available to purchase every day of the season, but we urge you to buy in advance for the greatest peace of mind.

Purchase your lift tickets, lessons, rentals and activities directly with us to secure your vacation. You must purchase at least 7-days in advance to  have your Aspen Cards can be  delivered to  your lodging property, or you may pick them up from one of our new contactless Pick-Up Boxes at the base of each of our mountains. Once you arrive in resort and receive your lift tickets, you should download the Aspen Snowmass App to make your trip seamless.

Booking 2020-2021 lift tickets in advance offers one of the best ways to have comfort that your mountain access to Aspen Snowmass for your selected days is as protected as it can be. In the unlikely event that we need to address skier volume, those who have already secured their tickets through advanced purchase will be given priority accommodation (even if advance sales or window sales become limited for future purchases).  

Should there ever be a  reservations system implemented,  it will onlu require passholders to make a reservation but guests who ski on lift tickets will not participate in that system. 

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Uphilling

Uphilling is back to the original schedule and information can be found at https://www.aspensnowmass.com/policies/uphill-policy Please be aware that if you are asked to turn around by operators, it if for everyone’s safety as they work on the runs.

Reservation System

If the resort implements a reservation system for skiing, it will apply to passholders only and will be based on prevailing state and local COVID-19 metrics as determined by health and government agencies. Should these metrics show an increased rate of community spread that initiates additional restrictions and regulations, Aspen Snowmass may implement a reservations system and/or limit lift ticket sales.

Ikon Passholder Information

Aspen Snowmass is instituting a reservation system for Ikon Passholders, accessed through IkonPass.com or the Ikon Pass app. Ikon Passholders can ski when their passes permit access and must use the Ikon Pass reservation system to alert the resort when they plan to visit. Ikon Passholders can start making reservations on Nov. 9, 2020.

The season will begin with no daily cap on the number of Ikon Pass reservations available, which means passholders can book lodging with confidence that when the reservation system opens on Nov. 9, 2020, you will be able to secure your preferred dates.

Should the resort be forced to limit how many Ikon Passholders can access the mountain, Ikon Passholders will be notified via the app.

The updated Aspen Snowmass App will give guests access to everything you need to enjoy your trip. The App allows guest to purchase lessons and rentals, order food at select on-mountain restaurants, sign waivers, and access in-App rewards and Passholder Benefits. The App features include tracking skier days and bowl laps, snow reports, weather, parking lot status, and more. 

Information from Colorado State has set guidelines for the Colorado Ski areas. You can find the full details here