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Many Major US and Candian Ski Areas Start Closing Early Due to Coronavirus

Many of the leading ski resorts in the USA are closing due to the coronavirus outbreak in a major change from the policy of the past week.

The country’s two biggest groups Vail Resorts and Alterra, which together operate nearly 50 of North America’s resorts, flipped from saying they intended to stay open at the start of yesterday to announcing closure of their resorts later in the day.

This includes resorts such as Whistler, Heavenly, Vail, Breckenridge (pictured above last week), Park City, Stowe, Tremblant and many others.

Aspen, which has had at least nine positive coronavirus cases but had said it would keep operating, is also now closing, as are quite a few other resorts.

Vail says the closure is for a week initially, Alterra that their closure is “indefinite.”

Others are taking measures to minimise risk including encouraging ‘social-distancing’, limiting capacity of chair, gondola and tram lifts including limiting use, in some cases, to groups of families and friends with no ‘stranger’ in/on the lift with them, and increasing disinfecting an cleaning.

Jackson Hole has said it will stop operating its famous tram.

More than 1500 resorts have now closed their ski areas in Europe, although many are still operating cross country skiing and ski touring operations.

France announced all its resorts would close yesterday joining Switzerland and Austria the day before and Italy earlier last week.

Ski areas in Andorra, Norway, Spain and Slovakia have also closed.

4 Comments
  1. Baz

    15th March 2020 12:06 pm

    See other message board re covid 19 in 500 + ski resorts in Europe 🙂 Poling stations are open and votes are being cast for Simple Jack across the globe 🙂 Think this definitely qualifies for a case of mass hysteria now 🙂 For example people (sheep) in the UK have been panic buying toilet roll FFS. A report on 14th March (Yesterday) in the UK paper “The Metro” stated someone in London was mugged for the toilet roll they had just bought!! People have been panic buying toilet paper for weeks in the UK because in Australia they did that some time before…. the reason ths happened in Australia is because they import all their toilet paper from China to their market, and there’s been a clamp-down on imports from China…. In the UK, they manufacture all their own stuff, so there’s no problem with continuity of supply. Simple Jack anyone??

  2. Bruce

    15th March 2020 3:46 pm

    Nice Summary Snowhunter, but would have been nice if you concluded with a comment from Hemlock with their plans?, or Hemlock could respond with a comment?

  3. Baz

    15th March 2020 6:08 pm

    In other news an American killed someone with gun in the USA today….. quick close the borders and stop Americans from travelling….. 🙂

  4. C Moore

    15th March 2020 8:55 pm

    Staying healthy is the best way to avoid getting sick. What better way to stay healthy than to get out and go skiing. Very narrow minded decision.

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