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?
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.