On April 30th, Governor Jared Polis extended the ski area closure until late May. It is understandable but disappointing to Colorado skiers & riders. Temperatures have been warm in April and it’s unclear how snow conditions will be when resorts get the clear to open once again. Most Colorado ski areas normally close mid-April so many have already ended the season and are looking towards next season. Their focus shifting to how to sell season passes and lodging.
The executive order extends the Colorado ski area closure up to May 23rd. That is the Saturday before Memorial Day. Unless this virus is under wraps by then, I would be surprised if the Governor lets everyone gather on limited runs and in base areas of A-Basin, or maybe Breckenridge, for the last hurrah of the ski season. To have a chance, I think, the Colorado ski areas need to come together and give the Governor a plan. That plan would include several areas opening for the weekend allowing visitors to spread out to multiple ski areas. It would have adequate social distancing in lift lines and outdoor restaurant seating. All this is, of course, only important if snow (and virus) conditions allow.
I am rooting for the re-opening, even if it is just for one last weekend. I am not sure I will be on the slopes during the three day weekend but it is an exciting and tempting proposition for me.