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SkiCo Closes Mountains In Response To Governor's Order

Mar 14, 2020

Aspen Mountain in March 2020.
Credit Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

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.