March 17th, 2020
VAIL & BEAVER CREEK ANNOUNCE END OF SEASON!
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Mar. 17, 2020 — Vail Resorts announced today that all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision follows the Company’s previously announced closure of its resorts from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22. The Company will consider reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April/early May, dependent on the situation with COVID-19 as well as weather conditions.
Additionally, the Company’s owned and operated lodging properties will close on Friday, March 20, with final check-ins allowed until 4 p.m. MT today. Epic Mountain Express, the Company’s Colorado transportation service, will run through tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. Both will remain closed until further notice.
“Our decision to end the season now is evidence of the fast-moving situation involving COVID-19, and it was not an easy one to make as we deeply considered the extended impact it will have on our guests, employees and communities,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “While it is incredibly disappointing for our Company to mark the end of the season so early, we know it is the most responsible path forward.”
Guests can process refunds and credits on pre-purchased lift tickets, lodging, ski and ride school, equipment rentals and more, subject to applicable terms and conditions, using an online form that will be available later today on the Company’s resort websites.
March 16th, 2020
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment yesterday issued the alert about Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties, where there have been about 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The alert said if you live in, or have visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunninson Counties in the last week, you are strongly advised to minimize social contact.
Eagle County leads the way with at least 18 confirmed cases.
K-12 Schools are shut down through Wednesday April 8th--although the schools are providing a Grab & Go lunch program starting today. Parents can drive up, stay in their cars and tell staff the number of lunches they need starting at 11 o'clock this morning at Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain High Schools.
Colorado Mountain College is shut down: they extended Spring Break for another week.
Vail & Beaver Creek ski areas are closed.
Eagle County Government is restricting in-person interactions at county facilities and will be providing services via phone and/or online services.
Vail Health/Colorado Mountain Medical are seeing an influx of businesses sending their employees to get tested for COVID-19 before they can return to work. You should note that testing is not necessary for all patients and is being reserved for the most critical cases. Only individuals who are at high risk should be tested right now.
There are 131 cases in Colorado. 1 person has died in Colorado from COVID-19
The Lift-UP Food Pantries are closing until this Thursday, March 19th. Lift-UP says they will use this time to meet with City and County officials to form a plan to move ahead.
For accurate information on COVID-19 locally, log onto ecemergency.org.