Ski resorts closed due to COVID-19 threat

Snowboarders and skiers disappointed by the closure

Mammoth expected to close its resorts on May 25, 2020, however, in response to COVID-19, the ski-resorts in Mammoth as well as around the country have shut down. 

“I believe ski resorts should be one of the last things to be closed. The only concern is for the duration of riding a ski lift chair, where measures such as limiting the amount of people on a chair could make a person more socially distanced from others than you would be in a grocery store line currently,” snowboarder Bhanu Khanijau said. 

Expected to close in April, Mount Snow in Vermont was one of the first ski resort to close down, announcing: “Given the current situation involving the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our communities, we have now made a decision that our North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season.”

The rest of the ski resorts in the country followed this act of precaution. 

“I was on a snowboarding trip in Utah at this time, and this forced my plans to change,” Khanijau wrote. 

On the March 21, 8 a.m. update, SkiUtah announced that ski resorts would remain closed until the COVID-19 threat subsides. 

“We realize this decision will certainly be disappointing to many, but this is a serious situation and closing our operations for now marks a significant step to help stop the spread of COVID-19. During this time, we encourage everyone to do their part to enable social distancing, an important step to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19,” popular Utah ski resort Snowbird posted on their website.