Vail Resorts to close all North American resorts for 2020 ski season

Vail Resorts to close all North American resorts for 2020 ski season

BROOMFIELD, CO — Vail Resorts is closing all of its North American resorts and retail stores, effective today, for the 2019-20 winter ski season.

The decision follows the company’s previously announced closure of its resorts from March 15-22. It 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 weather conditions and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the company’s owned and operated lodging properties will close March 20, with final check-ins allowed until 4 p.m. MT today, March 17.

Epic Mountain Express, the company’s Colorado transportation service, will run through tomorrow, 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.

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