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A skier heads down the High Noon run on opening day at Arapahoe Basin on Oct. 11, 2019. Arapahoe Basin opened the lift at 3:30 p.m., edging out Keystone, which is slated to open at 9 a.m. Saturday. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
A skier heads down the High Noon run on opening day at Arapahoe Basin on Oct. 11, 2019. Arapahoe Basin opened the lift at 3:30 p.m., edging out Keystone, which is slated to open at 9 a.m. Saturday. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
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Arapahoe Basin Resort will open its slopes for spring skiing Wednesday.

Summit County officials announced Sunday that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment granted a variance to the statewide “safer at home” order that allows for skiing at A-Basin. But there are several caveats.

For one, skiers will need a reservation because access will be limited. Pass holders and those looking to purchase single-day lift tickets will be able to sign up at 7 p.m. Monday.

In addition, face coverings or masks will be required in certain areas. Tailgating is not allowed. On its website, A-Basin warns that it’s staff members “will actively police the parking lots to ensure compliance with all state, county and company mandates. There are no exceptions.”

Lifts will run between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Wednesday. No closure date has been announced.

A-Basin also says it has modified its lift lines to ensure social distancing, and some areas will be off-limits. Pallavicini Lift, Black Mountain Express Lift and Lenawee Lift will be available for guests. But Montezuma, Beavers, Lazy J, Molly Hogan (lifts and terrain), The East Wall and terrain parks will be closed.

“To minimize injuries and incidents, Arapahoe Basin recommends only experienced skiers and riders to visit,” the ski area said on its website.

For more information on how to reserve a spot on the hill, visit A-Basin’s website.

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