After releasing a statement on March 14 that it would suspend the operations of its North American ski areas through March 22 due to the Coronavirus, today, Vail Resorts announced that the closure would be for the remainder of the 2019-20 ski season. Breckenridge, Colorado, Heavenly, California, and Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, could all re-open in late April or early May, depending on conditions and continued monitoring of the COVID-19 outbreak.
All lodging properties under the Vail Resorts umbrella will close beginning March 20, the Epic Mountain Express shuttle system will run through Wednesday, March 18.
“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.”
Vail is allowing guests to request and process refunds and resort credits for pre-purchased lift tickets, lodging, ski lessons, rentals, etc., subject to applicable terms and conditions. The form for refunds will be made available today on the individual resort websites.