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UPDATED: SkiCo Closes Mountains For Rest Of 2019-2020 Season

Alex Hager
Aspen Public Radio

Updated: March 20, 2020

The Aspen Skiing Company has announced that they will close all mountains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season. 

The company says this is in response to Governor Jared Polis extending an order that closed all Colorado ski resorts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Polis announced Wednesday that resorts were to remain closed through April 6. 

"We will continue to consult with state and local officials for the possibility to re-open Aspen Highlands in late April if it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so at that time," the company said on their website.

"Thank you for a wonderful season full of T2Bs on the Silver Queen, powder days in the Hanging Valley, dining at your favorite on-mountain restaurant, and seeking out those precious moments with friends and family," said a post on social media from the company. 

The post went on to encourage people to stay healthy, follow necessary safety protocols and "do what you can to help out your community and loved ones, even if it's just via FaceTime."

Original post: March 14, 2020

The Aspen Skiing Company announced the immediate closure of all ski operations, effective immediately. A statement from the company said it was in response to an order from the Governor of Colorado and was being done “out of an abundance of caution and with concern for the capacity of local healthcare facilities should community spread increase.”

“Our plan is to conduct some limited on-mountain maintenance to potentially have a limited late season opening if circumstances allow,” the statement said.

Over the course of the next week, SkiCo will also close ancillary businesses, such as hotels and restaurants. The Little Nell and Limelight Snowmass will close for the season on March 23 and will reopen for the summer as scheduled. 

“We will work with all of our guests who are currently in resort or who had future plans to visit this season,” the statement said. “We will be offering refunds or credits and will work with each guest for the best desired outcome.”

The company said it was offering two additional weeks of scheduled pay to seasonal employees, who will retain benefits.


Alex is KUNC's reporter covering the Colorado River Basin. He spent two years at Aspen Public Radio, mainly reporting on the resort economy, the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, he covered the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery for KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.
Contributor Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life. Christin is a veteran of Aspen Public Radio, serving as producer, reporter and interim news director.
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