Bootpacking has concluded for the season

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.

Kind Regards

AHSP

Updated schedule

Greetings bootpackers

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.

Thanks again.

AHSP

Bootpacking schedule

Greetings

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.

AHSP

Limitations on bootpacking in a pandemic

Greetings Bootpackers

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.

Bootpacking 2020-21

Greetings Bootpackers

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.

  1. Bootpackers who volunteer for 15 days  will be offered a Premier Pass.
  2. Premier Passes offered to bootpackers DO NOT include a complimentary Ikon Base Pass.
  3. Bootpackers who volunteer 7 days will be offered a Valley Weekday Pass.
  4. Bootpackers  who volunteer 10 days will be offered a  Valley 7 Pack Pass in addition to a Valley Weekday Pass.
  5. 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