What to Expect at Anderson Ranch This Summer

January 12, 2021

Posted In: Anderson Ranch General, Blog

Your Guide to Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Will you be running in person workshops this summer?

A: Yes, we are planning to have in person classes in summer 2021 with safety protocols in place for social distancing and strict adherence to public health guidelines. We are excited to offer you over 140 courses across seven disciplines with world-class instructors and state-of-the-art studio spaces. Click here to check out our spring and summer workshops.


Q: What about class sizes?

A: Workshop capacity is determined by the number of students we are able to have in a classroom while providing for social distancing. Therefore each workshop will have a different capacity based on the space and other considerations.


Q: Will the Café be open?

A: All offerings will be available for purchase à la carte in the Ranch Café or through the Café’s new online ordering system. All food preparation is overseen by ServSafe-certified employees. The Café has comfortable indoor and outdoor seating in accordance with current health and safety guidelines, plus we will have dining areas across campus. For your convenience, Ranch Café Gift Cards will be distributed as a QR code, which is scanned from your phone at checkout and can also be used online to place an order. 


Q: What housing options will be available?

AShared housing will not be available. Click here for information about single-occupancy housing and local lodging options. 


Q: What safety precautions will you have in place on campus?

A: Face coverings will be required and there will be daily wellness screenings for all program participants, faculty and staff. We have reduced the number of  students on campus to allow for ample social distancing. Sharing supplies and equipment will be limited. There will be a rigorous cleaning schedule across campus and commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned frequently. Doors and windows will be open where possible and we are increasing ventilation and air purification across campus.


Q: Are there any recommended resources to find out about COVID in Colorado and the Aspen/Snowmass area before I travel?

A: We expect for state and local public health orders to continue to be updated as needed to protect public health, which may impact our operations. For more information, please visit the following resources: Pitkin County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Website and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.


Q: Are you requiring a negative COVID test?

A: Yes, in alignment with Pitkin County guidelines, we are currently requiring a negative COVID-19 test result that is no more than 72 hours old. Additionally, all travelers coming to Pitkin County must complete an online Traveler Affidavit prior to arrival.


Q: Will I be required to be vaccinated for COVID before my class? 

A: At this time, we are not requiring COVID vaccinations, however that could change as we continue to follow guidance from Pitkin County as well as the CDC. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated prior to attending your workshop(s) if you have the opportunity to do so.


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Q: Will you be having events on campus?

A: We continue to follow health orders closely and expect to have more information this spring as in regards to what events we can safely host on campus this summer. As always, the health and safety of our workshop participants, visitors, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. 


Q: Will you be running any virtual workshops during the summer?

A: Yes, virtual workshops will be offered via zoom in addition to our in person classes. Please choose Innovation Studios under Workshops to see a full list. Any workshop that will be held online has Virtual Workshop in the title. 


Q: Is there a workshop catalog this year?

A: This year, our course catalog is exclusively online at www.andersonranch.org/workshops. Our newly redesigned website has an easily searchable platform so that you can narrow your workshop selection by medium, skill level, date range and more. 


Q: What is your workshop and housing cancellation policy?

A: For more information about workshop and housing cancellation, please click here.


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