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Get a Free Bacon Bloody Mary with Your Covid Vaccine at This Colorado Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin is incentivizing unvaccinated skiers to get their shots with a free ski-up clinic followed by complimentary cocktails.

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Arapahoe Basin knows how to motivate skiers. Later this month, the resort, which just opened for the season on Oct. 17, is hosting a Covid vaccine clinic at the base with doses of the one-shot-only Johnson & Johnson immunization, or a first, second, or booster shot of the Pfizer or Moderna options, served with the ski area’s signature Bacon Bloody Mary (or a beer, soda, or hot cocoa, if you prefer). They will also be providing flu shots, but you don’t get a free bevvie with that shot in the arm. The event takes place on Oct. 29 and 30 from 9a-4p.

A-Basin is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for this ski/walk-up clinic, which will operate out of a bus in front the Admin building, adjacent to the A-Frame lodge. No registration is needed, nor do you need to be a Colorado resident. Just show up—it’s first-come, first-served until all doses are in arms. From there, the newly vaxxed can enjoy their complimentary Bacon Bloody Mary.

Get a shot and a free Bacon Bloody Mary at Arapahoe Basin’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on May 16. Photo: Keri Bascetta

“From the beginning of this ski season, we have worked toward the common goal of protecting the health and safety of our guests and employees alike,” A-Basin’s operations director and ski patrol head, Tony Cammarata, told 9News. “Hopefully by bringing this vaccine point of distribution to A-Basin, we can help our community continue the progress that we have made to put this challenging year behind us.” 

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A-Basin has done an excellent job of instituting and maintaining Covid protocols throughout the season, and is one of the few resorts limiting season pass sales next season to preserve the quality of the skier experience. 

“For us, it’s not complicated,” said A-Basin’s communications manager Katherine Fuller in a press release earlier this spring. “We believe great skiing and riding should be about great skiing and riding. It should not be about standing in long lift lines all the time or struggling to find parking. Limiting pass and ticket sales this season for COVID-19 health and safety reasons showed us that we can be successful and have happier guests when we do that.”

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The ski area will sell 10 percent fewer season passes for this season. They’re currently on sale now, and will no longer be available once they’re sold out.


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