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Colorado ski areas to stay open despite Level Red COVID-19 restrictions

Skiers stand on a ski lope looking at the mountain peak in front of them; Snowmass Ski Resort, Colorado

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Colorado Ski areas in counties listed at Level Red, or “severe risk,” on the state’s COVID-19 dial will be allowed to remain open when new restrictions go into place starting Friday.

Ski areas in counties listed at Level Red, or “severe risk,” on the state’s COVID-19 dial will be allowed to remain open when new restrictions go into place starting Friday.

According to an email from the Colorado State Joint Information Center sent Wednesday evening, the new dial level announced Tuesday by Gov. Jared Polis “does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations specifically.” Ski areas in Level Red counties must suspend indoor dining and provide takeout and grab-and-go or outdoor dining, “but may still operate their lifts according to their approved plan.”

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Summit County, where Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge are already in operation, is one of 15 counties that will move to Level Red on Friday. Another Summit County resort, Copper Mountain, is scheduled to open in two weeks.

The statement also said facilities “essential for health and safety like restrooms” can remain open. Families also may go indoors “to warm or shelter from inclement weather.”


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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.