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31% of Colorado skiers considering not skiing due to COVID-19 concerns, reservations

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Posted at 7:05 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 09:05:25-05

DENVER — A new survey shows that 31% of Colorado skiers and snowboarders are considering not hitting the slopes this season due to the coronavirus, with their concerns mostly about others not following health guidelines and resorts' reservation systems.

Magellan Strategies, based in Louisville, surveyed 788 adult skiers and snowboarders in Colorado in early November.

The survey's findings a majority of participants — 69% — are confident in the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in place at ski areas but many worried that other skiers won't follow the guidelines, while others felt the reservation requirements would be inconvenient.

Read the full findings from the survey here.

Ski areas have opened across Colorado over the last month, and they're able to stay open under Level Red restrictions. They won't be allowed to offer indoor dining under Level Red but takeout and outdoor dining will be available for skiers.

Most ski areas are requiring reservations for non-passholders.

Respondents to the Magellan survey encouraged ski resorts to maintain stringent COVID-19 protocols and to expand outdoor dining areas, limit shuttle bus passengers and allow only family and friends together on lift chairs.