Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Vail Resorts is keeping its ski resorts closed for the season.

"Based upon the latest developments and guidance we are receiving from national and local officials, we have made the decision that all of our North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the remainder of the season. Breckenridge, Heavenly and Whistler Blackcomb may open again for late-season in late April or May, depending upon snow conditions and the situation at that time with COVID-19." - Vail Resorts CEO, Rob Katz

The uphill access policy for Vail Resorts has yet to be officially announced (until then, it's best to assume that no, it is not allowed).

Click here for uphill policies at Utah resorts.

> View all open resorts in the US (updated daily, subject to change).

> View all open resorts in Canada (updated daily, subject to change).

 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

More resorts have closed either temporarily or permanently since Sunday morning, including Jackson Hole and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Arapahoe Basin was initially allowing uphill access on Sunday before releasing the following statement:

"Well, we tried. We had one good day of uphill skiing. Several hundred people showed up. Everyone that I spoke to, loved it and thanked me. Unfortunately, Governor Polis has asked that Summit County residents and visitors "...minimize their contact with other people" and "...only go out for necessities."  Throughout this challenging time, we have followed the lead of health department and other government officials. We feel strongly that we need to support the Governor in an effort slow the spread COVID-19.
 
We will be closing uphill access this evening until further notice. Thanks to everyone that enjoyed a good day here."
 
Click here for uphill policies at Colorado Ski Country USA resorts.
 

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

With the governments of Italy, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland mandating the closure of all ski resorts in their respective countries due to COVID-19, it seemed it was only a matter of time before resorts in the US would begin shutting down.

On Thursday, we saw the closure of Berkshire East & Catamount in Massachusetts for the season. On Friday, Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico announced they'd close for the season starting March 22, and Jay Peak Resort in Vermont and Shanty Creek Resort in Michigan said they'd close for the season starting this weekend.

Then, late Saturday afternoon, Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company announced the closure of a combined 49 of North America's most well-known resorts.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order closing the state's ski resorts on Saturday night, saying, "It is with a profound sense of pain and grim responsibility that I take the agonizing action that this moment demands. I take solace in knowing that while we will be temporarily closed for business, we will be saving the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands of Coloradans in the days and weeks ahead.”

Telluride Ski Resort and Aspen Skiing Company announced the closure of ski operations because of Polis' order. Alta, Snowbird, Wisp, Nub's Nob, and Porcupine Mountain are also now closed or temporarily closed as they monitor the situation and reassess their approach for the rest of the season.

"Our plan is to conduct some limited on-mountain maintenance to potentially have a limited late season opening if circumstances allow. We are all skiers at heart and we understand the therapeutic nature of our shared passion. Extreme circumstances call for extreme actions, and we make this decision in coordination with our local and state health agencies. Let’s work together as a community to support each other and will all come out stronger on the other side." - Aspen Snowmass news release

Resorts that remain open outside of Colorado, including Jackson Hole, are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with only people they know as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The closures come during a weekend of substantial snow totals in some areas of the US, including reported 24-hour snow totals of 44" at Tahoe Donner, 33" at Homewood, and 23" at 49 Degrees North and Jackson Hole.

Many resorts have yet to announce policies on uphill access while resorts are closed. So far, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area have stated that they're allowing uphill access at their resorts (all rules still apply).

Vail Resorts Closures

"With each of those stakeholders in mind and with the most updated information from local health officials, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of all our North American mountain resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020, through Sunday, March 22, 2020, and will use that time to reassess our approach for the rest of the season. Our lodging and property management operations will remain open to service the guests we have on location or those with existing reservations, but we will not be taking new reservations for this upcoming week. Epic Mountain Express, our Colorado shuttle service, will also continue operations to support the travel needs of our guests. We will be closing our corporate offices and apart from essential personnel, we will be asking other employees to work from home, where possible." - Vail Resorts news release

The closure includes Vail Resorts corporate offices. All scheduled employees, both seasonal and year-round, will be paid during the week-long closure, without needing to use any paid time off.

Alterra Mountain Company Closures

After careful thought and deliberation of our duty in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what I believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Alterra Mountain Company will suspend operations at our 15 North American ski resorts, starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed until further notice." - Alterra Mountain Company news release

The news surrounding Coronavirus is changing by the minute. We will keep this article and our Projected Closing Dates page updated as best we can. Check with each individual ski resort for the most up-to-date information and details on refunds, uphill access policies, etc.