Aug 25, 2020
During such a year of uncertainty, Telski owner Chuck Horning is sure of one thing.
“We’ll get through this. The community will get through it,” he said in an interview about the upcoming 2020-21 ski season with the Daily Planet Monday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal, as social distancing and face coverings have become commonplace, if not expected, and businesses have adapted, including the ski resort.
Horning explained that the company will follow any guidelines that may come down from the state, which closed all Colorado ski resorts in mid-March, but he’s concentrating on what can be controlled right now, with opening day tentatively set for the week of Thanksgiving, though a specific date has not yet been announced.
“That’s our goal. We’re heading that way, but we’re not in control of COVID. We are preparing to operate this winter and be flexible,” Horning said. “ As a ski operation, we’re going to follow guidelines, and we are regularly participating in industry discussions. … We don’t set the guidelines but we will adhere to what the county, state and industry determine.”
Horning believes the stricter guidelines that have been in place for indoor spaces, mainly restaurants and bars, will be more of a challenge than potentially needing to social distance lift lines or create space for people outdoors.
“I’m pretty optimistic about the ski lift, but indoors that’s a potential problem,” he said. “We’re working on that right now; how to serve people outside quickly so they can get back onto the mountain.
“Being indoors in groups who are in close contact for an extended period of time appear to be how the virus is transmitted. I haven’t read much about people getting it outside. They’re starting to track the transmission, which is good, and it appears to be mostly coming from indoor groups.”
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