Effective today, the 15 ski resorts operated by Alterra Mountain Company and the North American areas run by Vail Resorts will close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alterra’s are shut down until further notice, while Vail’s have suspended operations for a week while monitoring the rapidly changing dynamic. Additionally, Patagonia closed its stores, offices, and other facilities at the end of the work day last Friday.
Vail CEO Rob Katz said in a statement, “This decision provides a pause for the entire ecosystem of our mountain resort communities. 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. This was not an easy decision to make, as we deeply considered the impact it will have on our guests, employees, and the people and businesses in our communities. We understand this change may be confusing given our communications of operational changes over the past week, and as late as last night. Please know that this has been a fast-moving, constantly developing situation with new information from our communities coming to us by the day, if not by the hour, and we are trying to react as quickly as we can.”
Vail and Patagonia employees will continue to be paid. Alterra did not address the status of pay.
Alterra’s CEO Rusty Gregory said, “Each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this 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.”
Vail’s lodging will remain open to guests but will not accept new reservations or guests. Lift tickets, ski school, and rentals will be refunded. Other services, like the Epic Pass, are not refundable but Vail said, “We will be reviewing these policies and providing any updated guidance in the coming weeks.”
VF Corp. offices, headquarters, and stores (Icebreaker, North Face, Smartwool, Timberland) will be closed at least until April 5. Employees will continue to get paid. News release here.
• REI’s stores will be closed at least through March 27. Employees will continue to be paid. Read CEO Eric Artz’s letter here.
• One day after employees released a letter urging Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to close, the ski area did just that. It closed for the day early Sunday morning, then in the afternoon announced it was closed for the season.
• In Oregon, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Timberline are closing.
• Huckberry closed it offices, canceled all events, and scheduled to close its New York City store Sunday afternoon.
• The Access Fund ordered all non-essential employees to work from home. It also canceled three upcoming events and is holding its board of directors meeting virtually.
• The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show, scheduled for late June in Denver, remains on.
• National parks remain open.
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