Sign up for our weekly entertainment and outdoors emails to get news and weekend plans sent right to your inbox. My major worry right now is my entire floor staff, front of house staff, is going to have to get laid off now for you know, possibly a month.”. The COVID-19 pandemic response means a lot of changes both on the mountain and off. 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We will be looking very closely at our numbers from now until we get into the middle and latter stage of December. Our hope is that we start to see the trend moving in the right direction.”. Vargo said local and state health officials find it “scary” that holiday gatherings could cause a greater surge in virus transmission. Our grocery stores are limited capacity so if you are coming up for next weekend, you know, bring some stuff with you and know that everything’s going to be severely limited to what you are normally used to.”. All rights reserved. The state has also put together a chart, explaining the capacity restrictions at each level: Prather did not say how many skiers and riders the county will be allowing at Copper, but she noted that on-mountain capacity numbers will change with the amount of terrain that open for skiing and riding. The Post's expert on skiing, mountaineering and endurance sports, John Meyer is a member of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Around 14% of COVID-19 tests in Summit County are coming back positive in a rolling seven-day average, Bullough said, and the virus is hitting the East Side just as hard as the Snyderville Basin when the case numbers are adjusted for population. By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. “You can’t go out to eat, you can go to get food. Requests were made to officials of all four Summit County ski areas for comment about the capacity cuts and what they mean for users who currently have reservations. Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few months in Summit County, people are still booking vacations. “What the latest public health order identified was, we would as a public health agency have some more conversations with the ski areas and talk about making some additional reductions to those originally approved plan numbers. We’re happy to say they’ve been cooperative. As I continue to say: I cheer on the destruction of businesses at the hands of our elected local and state government officials. Mamula is not only the Breckenridge Mayor, he’s the owner of Downstairs at Eric’s and under the new restrictions, he’s once again scrambling to figure out what to do. Vargo said the county will be drafting up specific plans for how that will be distributed. Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few months in Summit County, people are still booking vacations. But then people started coming back. “We were hoping to try to avoid restrictions to this degree if we could, but again we just have not seen any sort of a trend downwards in our numbers since really Labor Day is when this started and it just started to rise and has continued to grow exponentially,” said Vargo. Thanksgiving week storm dumps more than 10 inches on some Colorado ski areas, State gives ski areas proposed guidelines for COVID-19 operating plans, asks for public feedback, Colorado officially approves statewide coronavirus guidelines for ski areas, Steamboat, northern mountains have the best chance of snow this ski season. Vargo said the closure of indoor dining is one reason the ski areas could see additional restrictions to the number of skiers allowed on the mountain. Only Copper Mountain offered comment. A new public health order issued last week by the Summit County Health Department stipulated the county’s four ski areas are “required to work with the local public health agency to further reduce their daily capacities relative to those designated in their existing COVID-19 operating plans.”. Summit County was recently awarded $500,000 identified for non-profit support and business support. Summit County manager Scott Vargo called the reductions “proportionate to the risk” and “meaningful,” but declined to provide specific numbers or percentages. Additionally, the state has called a special session to talk about additional relief- restaurants and rental assistance are among the main focus. Perhaps lose his house like one of these people have as well because of the loss of their business. 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Nearby snow resorts announce opening dates; Mountain High delays after positive COVID tests The Mountain High ski patrol head up the mountain in Wrightwood Monday morning, Nov. … Big Bear Mountain Resort offers guests insight on snow conditions, weather, and more with webcams located around the mountain. “Secondly — and not secondarily — we’re trying to understand how can we balance the financial impacts within the community as we have to implement some of these restrictions.