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Vail Resorts, Alterra Mountain, Aspen Skiing shut resorts, Colorado closes all ski areas

Christian Fernsby |
Vail Resorts announced yesterday that its North American resorts will be closed through Sunday, March 22, according to a news release from CEO Rob Katz.

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Alterra Mountain followed within an hour Saturday with its announcement closing its 15 North American resorts.

Aspen Skiing announced yesterday evening that it will close all ski operations at its four ski areas.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis yesterrday night issued an executive order to close the state’s nearly 30 ski areas for one week amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

“Never would I have believed that a global pandemic would force the temporary closure of our world-class ski resorts,” Polis wrote in an email announcing the news.

He went on to say that he and his family, like many others, were planning a spring break ski trip.

“Beyond being a major part of our way of life, skiing supports our workers and businesses,” Polis wrote, noting his concern for hourly employees who depend on their paychecks.

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