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Vail Resorts Makes The Call -- North American Operations Will Not Reopen This Season


Vail Resorts has announced today, March 17th, that all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019/2020 winter season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This announcement follows the decision from this past weekend to only remain closed from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22nd. 

“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.”

There may be some hope for late spring/early summer operations, however. Dependant on the COVID-19 situation, and weather conditions, Vail 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.

Vail Resorts' owned and operated lodging properties will also shut down operations this coming Friday, March 20th, with final check-ins allowed until 4 P.M. Mountain Time today. Epic Mountain Express, Vail's transportation service, will run through tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th. These closures and shutdowns will remain in effect until further notice.

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 Vail Resort's websites.

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