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Alterra closes Winter Park, Steamboat ski resorts for coronavirus

Sky-Hi News staff report

Updated 10:30 a.m. March 15 to include further details about the closure.

Winter Park Resort has joined a growing list of cancellations and closures with the resort’s parent company, Alterra Mountain Company, closing its North American ski resorts on Sunday due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“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, starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice,” CEO Rusty Gregory said in a Saturday news release.

As a result, all lift operations, resort-run food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed until further notice. Some businesses and services in the Village at Winter Park Resort remain open.

Guests who have booked lodging at the resort are still able to take their trips if they choose.

The resort is allowing uphill access to some parts of its terrain, including Lower Hughes, Hughes, Norwegian, and Little Pierre in the Winter Park Territory and Sleeper in the Mary Jane Territory. No medical or patrol services will be available.

Resort officials are still discussing what other activities and services might be provided during this time.

“We are working through what select services will remain available in the coming weeks, and working with our community to provide the best experiences for guests and support local businesses,” Winter Park Resort wrote on Facebook Sunday morning.

Alterra Mountain Company owns Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado.

The company will also shutter Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia.

Alterra said that each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during the closure period.

“We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries,” the release said. 

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