GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — To ski or not to ski– a question lingering in the minds of some snow sports enthusiasts after learning 15 Colorado counties, including Mesa, will enter ‘Level Red’ on the Covid-19 risk dial Friday.
KREX 5 and Fox 4 News reached out to officials with our local mountain resort, Powderhorn, for the answers.
“It shouldn’t affect too much in the way of skiing and riding, you know, riding the lift and those sorts of things,” said Ryan Schramm, the General Manager at Powderhorn.
Schramm and his team submitted an operations plan to the state about two weeks ago, he said, “That document has been approved by the state and covers a number of scenarios.”
According to the Colorado State Joint Information Center, resorts in Level Red counties must follow protocols, like suspending indoor dining, but they “may still operate their lifts according to their approved plan.”
Additionally, although Powderhorn isn’t open yet, officials are hoping the resort will fall under Mesa County’s Five Star Variance Protection Program.
“That might help us a little bit as far as how many people are allowed in the lodge, the umbrella bar, and some other areas,” said Schramm.
As far as opening, Powderhorn plans to welcome guests on November 27th but the unseasonably warm weather western Colorado has been experiencing in recent weeks may cause a delay.
In any case, the Powderhorn staff remains hopeful, and if you plan on skiing or riding this season, Schramm wants to remind you that, “masks are required at all time, while your skiing and riding, waiting in line, inside using the bathroom, or at one of the restaurants.”
For more information on Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s 2020-2021 season, click here.