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Summer At West Ski Resorts With Covid-19 In Mind

Purg-Summer Summer has arrived in the West, and resorts are cautiously opening up warm-weather activities. (Purgatory/Facebook)

Many of the usual summer activities -- mountain biking, ziplines, hiking, scenic lift rides -- will be in place in the West during the warm months. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced resorts to tone down or fully eliminate offerings for the time being.

Almost all concerts, festivals, and summer camps have been canceled or put on hold because they result in attendees at close quarters. And, most resorts have installed capacity limits, social distancing regulations, and sanitizing policies. Vail Resorts, which owns 56 winter resorts around the world, has put a general hold on summer activities but few, including Park City Mountain, announced opening dates. Competitor Alterra Mountain Corp. seems ready to let individual resorts create their own policies.

Here's what a sampling of what other ski and snowboard resorts in the West will require in order to welcome summer visitors:

In Colorado, Powderhorn asks visitors to park vehicles at least 12 feet apart to assure six-foot spacing. Purgatory will split the day into two sessions to compensate for a 40% capacity limit.

Among the dozen or so Utah resorts opening, Snowbasin will limit mini-golf group size, visitors will find sanitary gel readily available. At Snowbird, each tram ride will cap out at 25 people, all who must wear a mask. And at Beaver Mountain, only RV sites will open -- no camping -- and you won't be able to get a shower.

New Mexico's Sandia Peak Tramway was closed but opened at end of June, while Taos Ski Valley plans a cautious phased-in approach to the opening of activities and restaurants.

In the Northwest where Timberline slopes are open, skiers and riders must wear masks, gloves, and goggles. Limit of two per chair and they must sit on opposite sides. Crystal Mountain gondola opens, but visitors must purchase tickets online.

In California, Squaw Valley won't open tram or High Camp park on the mountain for the time being. Base attractions will open cautiously. And China Peak says it will run the popular China Peak Enduro bike race at the end of June.

Idaho's Bogus Basin has shut down climbing wall and bungee trampoline for the time being. However, Silver Mountain's large water park will be open but with a 215-person limit, temperature taking at the entrance, and caps the number of people in hot tubs.

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