Aspen Expeditions' COVID-19 Prevention Policies

 

 

 

 We understands the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic; our goal is to provide our clients the experience they seek without compromising their safety or the safety of our staff. We are adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines and timelines, as issued by Pitkin County. 

General Business Practices:
  • We will encourage our employees to use conservative social distancing behaviour while not at work to reduce their exposure to COVID-19 and therefore the exposure to our clients.
  • We will conduct daily symptoms check of all employees.
  • Staff will receive oversight / auditing by management to ensure they're following these guidelines.
  • AEW will focus on private & small group guiding over group larger enrolment adventures.
  • We will be diligent on following these stated guidelines.
All Client and Guide Screening Questions:
  • Do they have:
    • Dry cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
  • If so they will be directed to go home and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Have they travelled in the past 14 days?
  • Have they been in contact with any one known to have the COVID-19?

Hut Trips: 

  • **We require a presentable negative COVID test within 3 days of the hut trip departure date** please contact us for same day testing resources in the Aspen area
  • Guides and clients will drive separate vehicles to the trail heads.
  • Communicate to clients the goal of maintaining 6 feet apart throughout the trip.
  • Demonstrate and coach skills instead of doing the task for the clients such as: Using an avalanche transceiver, putting skins on skis, etc.
  • Any provided client gear like sleeping bags, backpacks, beacon, shovel, probe will be disinfected after each use.
  • We request that COVID precautions are in use at the huts, such as masks when we are close to each other, limiting shared foods, frequent hand washings and disinfecting of the huts surfaces. 
Rock Climbing/ Mountaineering Guidelines:
  • Meet and gear up all clients outside of our office.
  • Guides and clients will drive separate vehicles to the trail heads.
  • Communicate to clients the goal of maintaining 6 feet apart throughout the trip.
  • Demonstrate skills like putting on a harness, tying a knot, belaying, etc.
  • Use techniques like clipping in instead of tying in to reduce close contact with clients.
  • Guides to carry a number of face masks and gloves/ PPE to provide protection in the case of a need to perform 1st aid or assist a client closer than 6 ft apart.
  • Guides to carry hand sanitizer for themselves and clients for use before and after sharing climbing gear.
  • Helmets and metal climbing gear will be disinfected each day after use.
  • Ropes and other soft goods (harnesses, belay gloves) will be put on a 48 hr rest/use cycle, or washed after use. 
  • Climbing shoes will be sprayed and disinfected after each day of use. 
Backcountry Skiing Guidelines: 
  • Meet and gear up all clients outside of our office.
  • Guides and clients will drive separate vehicles to the trail heads.
  • Communicate to clients the goal of maintaining 6 feet apart throughout the trip.
  • Demonstrate and coach skills instead of doing the task for the clients such as: Using an avalanche transceiver, putting skins on skis, etc.
  • Any shared client gear like helmets, beacon, shovel, probe will be disinfected after each use.
Camping Guidelines:
  • Meet and gear up all clients outside of our office.
  • Guides and clients will drive separate vehicles to the trail heads.
  • Guides and clients will sleep in different tents, as will clients of different family groups / households.
  • Communicate to clients the goal of maintaining 6 feet apart throughout the trip.
  • Demonstrate and coaching skills instead of doing the task for the clients such as: Setting up tents, lighting stoves, preparing food, etc.
  • Guides to carry a number of face masks and gloves/ PPE to provide protection in the case of a need to perform 1st aid or assist a client closer than 6 ft. 

 These protocols have been approved by our Medical Advisor: Kimberly Levin MD, Pitkin County Medical Officer.