New Year’s Day was the last day for bootpackers for this season. Every one’s credit has been submitted and should be available in the ticket system. Please contact us if you did not receive an e-mail explaining the process to redeem your bootpacking voucher.
Thank you for your help. We will see you (from a distance) on the slopes.
Thank you for all of your help in this most strange season of COVID-19.
We will not bootpack on Christmas Day.
Bootpacking will resume on Saturday December 26th and will continue Sunday December 27th and we will continue bootpacking each day next week until we run out of bootpackers.
If you are hoping to get in a few more days of boopacking show up sooner rather than later. Our number of bootpackers are dwindling as bootpackers reach their desired numbered of days.
We plan to continue bootpacking with a small number of bootpackers everyday.
Our plan is to bootpack this weekend and continue to bootpack Monday through Thursday Christmas Eve..
We will re-evaluate our bootpacking plan by Christmas Eve and post our updated schedule on this website.
Thank you for your help.
Little by little the snow has finally been arriving. We are still well below normal snowfall for
this date but at least we have enough snow to get started. However, the other main obstacle this year is
the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
The number of cases in the valley and the surrounding region remain at a
high level. The more interactions each of us has, the greater the risk of being
exposed to the virus.
On one hand, we want as many packers as we can get to help
pack all of the starting zones quickly.
On the other hand, we want to keep our work group as small as possible
to limit the number of social interactions.
We have experience dealing with the risks involved with disrupting the
layers in the snow. We do not have
experience mitigating the risks associated Covid-19.
Due to the uncertainties of managing the spread of the virus,
we have decided to limit the number of bootpackers, well below the number we
have had in recent years. We have
invited a small group of bootpackers to help us pack in Highland Bowl. Bootpackers that had volunteered the most
number of days last season were given the first chance to return this season. We have filled most of the available
bootpacking positions from this group.
As we move forward, it may be possible that we will need
more help bootpacking . It will depend
on how much snow we receive, and the timing of that snowfall. For the time being, we plan to bootpack with
the small group of volunteers that have been notified.
We appreciate everyone’s interest in our bootpacking
program. We regret not being able to accommodate
everyone this season. Before the
pandemic we had hoped to expand the number of bootpackers this season. We hope in future seasons we will be able to
offer bootpacking to everyone who wants to participate.
The bootpacking program at Aspen Highlands will continue this season in a similar manner as the past number of seasons. Since the season pass products being offered by Aspen Skiing Company has changed this season, below are the passes available to bootpackers.
- Bootpackers who volunteer for 15 days will be offered a Premier Pass.
- Premier Passes offered to bootpackers DO NOT include a complimentary Ikon Base Pass.
- Bootpackers who volunteer 7 days will be offered a Valley Weekday Pass.
- Bootpackers who volunteer 10 days will be offered a Valley 7 Pack Pass in addition to a Valley Weekday Pass.
- Bootpackers may add cash to the voucher to upgrade to the approved ASC Season Pass of their choice.
Due to the limitations imposed by COVID-19, we will not by having an organizational meeting for bootpackers. We will continue to communicate primarily via posts on the highlandspatrol.com website. We hope to begin bootpacking in early November, but that depends as always on the snowfall. The IT department is working to put the appropriate waivers online. These bootpackers waivers are not yet available, but we will notify the bootpackers when this occurs.
Daily Plan of Operation for Bootpackers during COVID-19 pandemic:
As bootpackers arrive daily for check in they will be screened for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 including having their temperatures checked.
Bootpackers will be divided into groups of not more than eight packers.
Each group will be managed by two patrollers.
Each group will stay together and follow the five commitments of containment throughout the day.
This includes maintaining a social distance and using a face covering while performing these activities:
organizing gear in the morning,
riding the lifts
working in the field
stopping for lunch
checking out at the end of the day.
Pitkin County’s Recovery Plan for COVID-19 to make Aspen safer and healthier means we all must follow the five commitments of containment:
1. I will maintain six feet of distance from anyone not in my household
2. I will wash my hands often
3. I will cover my face in public
4. I will stay home when I’m sick
5. I will seek testing immediately and self-report if I experience symptoms