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As of March 15, most Ikon Pass destinations have closed in the best interest of their local communities, employees, and Ikon Pass holders. We realize these unprecedented circumstances bring with them many questions. We are working through new policies and protocols and will post new information as it becomes available. We are experiencing heavy call, email, and social media volume and appreciate your patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries over the coming days and weeks. Ikon Pass sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and disappointment. For a complete list of closed destinations, visit the link in our profile.
Mounting COVID-19 concerns have lead to an almost complete closure of ski resorts in North America. In one fell swoop on Sunday, Alterra Mountain Company and Vail announced a mass closure of their resorts. Both entities cited concerns for their employees, guests, and local communities, as well as recognizing their responsibility to help slow the spread of the pandemic here in the U.S. In Colorado, this followed a mandatory ski resort closure issued on Saturday by Governor Jared Polis.
In a written statement Polis laments, “Never would I have believed that a global pandemic would force the temporary closure of our world-class ski resorts.” It is unclear if resort skiing is done for good. Alterra has not released a final closing date, and Vail plans to reassess the situation in a few weeks. See below for the full list of resorts affected:
Alterra Mountain Resorts - Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia.
Vail - Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin, plus four free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain.
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Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we work through the impacts of closing due to COVID-19. . JHMR will work directly with guests and passholders as quickly as possible to provide recovery assistance regarding refunds or future credits. JHMR anticipates large call volumes over the next few days as our staff works diligently to support guests. JHMR will continue to work with guests in the upcoming weeks, so please rest assured if you cannot reach us right away. . For JHMR employees, JHMR will offer two additional weeks of scheduled pay to all impacted seasonal employees and will determine additional assistance for our employees through this hardship. Link in bio for the latest info and answers to frequently asked questions. #jacksonhole
Meanwhile, here in Jackson hole all three local ski hills—Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee, and Snow King—have all stopped spinning their lifts for the foreseeable future. While the loss of lift-serviced skiing feels like a giant letdown, just remember that closing a ski resort is like shutting down a factory for the local community. It’s not just a loss of skiing, but thousands of jobs and irreplaceable revenue for the local economy. This is the time to be leaning in and supporting one and another however we can. Donating to your local food bank is a great first step.
If you do decide to head into the backcountry to get a few turns, here are a few things we ask to keep in mind.
Don’t be an idiot :
The coronavirus is stressing our hospitals to the brink. If you get hurt in the backcountry you could be taking a bed from someone who needs it to survive. This is not a time to be pushing your limits while skiing.
Brush up on your skills :
The backcountry is not a replacement ski resort. Be aware of the risk and the current avalanche conditions if you choose to travel out of bounds. There is no ski patrol to bail you out if you’re in over your head. Likewise, be mindful of the increased user traffic around you.
Social Distancing is Key :
To help curb the spread of the disease, practice social distancing while skiing. The CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet apart—basically the length of a pair of skis. Don't take this as a joke, the disease is spread by coming in contact with respiratory droplets from an infected individual. Simply distancing yourself from others is not only an effective tool, but it's pretty darn easy to do.
Social distancing is an effective tool for healthy people to avoid getting sick. COVID-19 could pass between people who are up to six feet apart. Think of it as staying "ski feet away" -- about the length of a large pair of skis. #COVID19colorado pic.twitter.com/bItS45F3r0
— Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (@CDPHE) March 11, 2020
UPDATE: A rescue on Teton Pass's Taylor Mountain is currently still ongoing by Teton Search and Rescue after a slide was reported yesterday afternoon. TCSAR received a distress call at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, after two snowboarders triggered an avalanche on the south side of the mountain at about 2:45 p.m. A partner beacon search was unsuccessful, and TCSAR responded in full force to try and locate the presumably buried victim. The search was called off at dark, and rescuers are resuming
After closing access to the Tuckerman Ravine Headwall earlier this week, the Forest Service has made the tough decision to fully close Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines, as well as the Gulf of Slides area to all use. Individuals violating the closure may face a fine of up to $5000 and/or six months imprisonment, according to a press release from the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center. RELATED: Stay Stoked- Your Guide to TGR's Best Content According to the release, "The
On Tuesday evening, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded in Idaho, with an epicenter just north of Stanley in the Sawtooth Range. The earthquake occurred during a period of heavy snowfall and high winds, which had sent the avalanche danger to High. As a result of the quake, the Sawtooth Avalanche Center reported multiple large avalanches, including some from observers in Stanley that could hear them rumbling for up to a minute from town. RELATED: Now is Not the Time to "Try" Backcountry