Mt. Bachelor Announces Suspension of Operations March 15 -22
March 14, 2020 9pm.
Mt. Bachelor has announced it will suspend operations immediately. All operations will be suspended March 15 – 22 and will be reevaluated then. These sudden developments have evolved quickly over the last 24 hours as all ski areas adjust to the Coronavirus outbreak. See MT. BACHELOR’S NOTIFICATION HERE.
While these developments are unprecedented, we understand the actions being taken are in the best interest to protect guests, staff and our community.
In addition to POWDR’s action today, Vail and Alterra Mountain Company have also suspended all operations at their combined 49 resorts across North America.
While we all love skiing and snowboarding and playing in the outdoors in backyard bend, we know the greater good for our community is at the forefront of these decisions.
We will continue to bring updates as new developments arise.
Here are today’s announcements by Vail and Alterra From FOX News
As ski resorts across the United States grappled with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus without having to close, industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company decided Saturday they would shutter 49 of North America’s most well-known resorts. Read the ARTICLE AND SEE THE VIDEO HERE.
Vail Resorts said it would shut down its 34 resorts for at least one week before reassessing while Alterra is closing its 15 until further notice.
The closures marked a sudden change of course after the majority of the country’s resorts vowed earlier Saturday to stay open during the crisis while taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Vail’s resorts include include Vail, Keystone and Breckenridge in Colorado; Park City Mountain Resort in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Stowe Mountain in Vermont; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.
Alterra’s include Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Squaw Valley, Mammoth and Big Bear Mountain in California; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Stratton and Sugarbush in Vermont; and Deer Valley and Solitude in Utah.
Vail Resort CEO Rob Katz apologized in a news release for the short notice and especially to guests already at the resorts or planning to come this week. He acknowledged it may seem confusing considering earlier announcements.
“This decision provides a pause for the entire ecosystem of our mountain resort communities,” Katz said. “It gives everyone the time to assess the situation, respond to ever-changing developments, and evaluate the approach for the rest of season, if we believe it is advisable or feasible to re-open.”
Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory also apologized but called it a decision in the best interest of the guests.
Both companies promised to work with skiers who had tickets or plans to come.
They followed closures announced earlier by a trio of smaller resorts: Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, Jay Peak Resort in Vermont and Shanty Creek Resort in Michigan. Taos will close for the season starting March 22, while Jay Peak and Shanty are closing for the season starting this weekend.
The other resorts that remain open 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.
Nearly every resort is promising extra cleanings of public spaces, more hand sanitizer stations and vowing to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.