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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to Open Wednesday

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s request for a partial reopening has been approved and will be effective on Wednesday. This was the only variance request from Summit County that was approved by the state. The requests to reopen short-term rentals and dine-in services at local restaurants were denied. 

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A-Basin Makes Plans to Reopen, Breckenridge Will Remain Closed for the Season

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Vail Resorts has announced Breckenridge Ski Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Whistler Blackcomb will not reopen for spring skiing. 

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As A Ski Town Emerges From Lockdown, What Comes Next?

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It’s quiet here. Granted, on most days, it’s quieter here than in cities, but this is different. Like closing your eyes in a dark room and finding that what you would have called darkness a moment earlier was a cheap imitation. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, I’ve found myself absorbed in frequent waves of an emotion that is not quite guilt, but something very much like it.

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The 10 Best Ski Area Mascots, Ranked

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We’re not here to split hairs about chair placements and tap choices. The selection of a mascot is the single most important choice a ski area can make. Some say a good pick can make or break a resort. To that end, we’ve created a list of the very best ski area mascots and ranked them. If you didn’t make the cut, sorry—this list is extremely selective. Ivy League who?

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Arapahoe Basin Is Not Giving Up On Reopening

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Gov. Jared Polis offered some hope to skiers with Monday’s announcement that camping can resume in the state, saying he would have a decision regarding skiing on May 25.

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Keystone Resort Proposes Lift to Provide Access to New Beginner, Intermediate Trails

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U.S. Forest Service documentation released Thursday shed light on Keystone Resort’s plans to bring an unprecedented lift-served terrain expansion for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders above the resort’s tree line.

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Will Ski Resorts Reopen? How Coronavirus Will Affect Season Passes, Capacity

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March is the second-highest revenue-generating month of the ski season after December. It makes sense; many schools are on spring break during that month, and skiers and snowboarders gravitate to the good conditions and sunny skies.

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When Skiing Stopped, So Did Pooping - Wastewater Workers in Aspen and Vail Faced a Pile of Problems

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The science of keeping the flora in a sewage treatment system balanced was knocked out of kilter when coronavirus shut skiing down and water use dropped 50% in two of Colorado’s most popular ski communities.

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All But One Colorado Ski Area Abandon Hope of Reopening This Season After Latest Closure Extension

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At Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado, with plenty of snow still clinging to the mountain, they were hoping to roll out what skiing looks like in the pandemic age.

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Ikon, Western Resorts Extend Preseason Pass Deals

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The effect of the coronavirus has rippled across the U.S., and the domestic ski and snowboard industry is no exception.

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Colorado’s Downhill Skiing Ban Extended Into Late May

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On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis extended a statewide ban on downhill ski operations until May 23 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Aspen Skiing Co. Will Continue Grooming for Uphillers at all Four Ski Areas

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Uphillers can count on an ongoing assist from Aspen Skiing Co. this spring.

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Aspen Skiing Co. Hopes to Reopen Aspen Highlands in May if Health Orders, Conditions Allow

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If conditions allow at all levels — within the state, Pitkin County and the snowpack — Aspen Skiing Co. hopes it can safely reopen Aspen Highlands at some point during May.

“We’ve been pretty upfront with it all along,” SkiCo’s vice president of communications Jeff Hanle said via phone Wednesday afternoon, “that we’re going to try to maintain the ability to open Highlands very late season if we are given the go-ahead that we can do it, if the conditions are decent and good, and if we can open [Highlands] with a plan that keeps our employees and our guests safe at the direction of the county health and state health.”

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Vail Resorts Sued for Millions Over Early End to 2019-2020 Ski Season

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Vail Resorts following the early end of the 2019-2020 ski season. The Plaintiff, Brian Hunt, claims that Vail is in the wrong for keeping passholder fees after closing all of their resorts amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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International Ski Area Workers in Limbo as Countries Close Borders, Airlines Cancel Flights

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When Gov. Jared Polis ordered the state’s ski areas to close on March 14, he also launched Ana Panessi into a frantic race to get home. It was a race she did not win. 

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The Day Skiing Died: Inside the Historic Day Coronavirus Forced Colorado’s Ski Industry to Shutter

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On the morning of March 14, Gov. Jared Polis studied data on coronavirus infection rates in Colorado’s ski towns, which were 20 to 30 times higher than the rates on the Front Range. 

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More Time To Get Next Season's Best Annual Pass Price

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The abrupt end to the ski season, amid all the confusion, has prompted some Midwestern ski areas and resorts to push back the deadline for securing next season's annual pass at the best price point. Some have pushed the deadline to the end of this month, and others have pushed it back even further.

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Are Ski Areas Responsible for the Spread of COVID-19?

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Skiers are suing Austrian resort Ischgl for exposing them to the virus.

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Governor Extends Closure of all Ski Resorts in Colorado

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Governor Jared Polis extended an executive order on Monday, keeping all of Colorado’s ski resorts closed for an additional three and half weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable mountain communities.

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Aspen Skiing Co.’s Kaplan Assesses Coronavirus Hit to Skico and Valley

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Aspen Skiing Co. plans to proceed with multiple capital improvement projects this summer despite losing a significant chunk of revenue due to the coronavirus crisis.

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