Aspen Snowmass and ALL Colorado ski resorts close due to coronavirus

Aspen Snowmass announced today they will be closing all ski operations immediately as the Governor of the State of Colorado orders all ski resorts in the state to close.

The resort made an announcement this evening (local time) that they will be closing “our ancillary businesses in an orderly manner over the course of the next week, with the exception of the Limelight Aspen. We will work closely with our current guests in house as they make travel arrangements. These actions are being done out of an abundance of caution and with concern for the capacity of local healthcare facilities should community spread increase.”

The resort is working to address their employees, guests and community impact and minimise the impacts where possible. 

The Little Nell and Limelight Snowmass will close on March 23 and reopen for the summer as scheduled. The Limelight Aspen will remain open.

“We will work with all of our guests who are currently in resort or who had future plans to visit this season” said CEO Mike Kaplan in the written statement.

The resort will be offering refunds or credits and will work with each guest for the best desired outcome. If you are a guest in this situation, please be patient as they expect a large volume of calls and will do everything they can to get to you as quickly as possible.

“You do not need to reach us right away to qualify for a refund or credit.”

For employees, Aspen is working diligently to provide them with a comprehensive list of what actions they will be taking and will be offering two additional weeks of scheduled pay to all impacted seasonal employees. Employees will retain benefits status at the same level declared at the start of the season.

The plan is to conduct some limited on-mountain maintenance to potentially have a limited late season opening if circumstances allow.

The statement closes with an impassioned please all skiers can relate to.

“We are all skiers at heart and we understand the therapeutic nature of our shared passion. Extreme circumstances call for extreme actions, and we make this decision in coordination with our local and state health agencies. Let’s work together as a community to support each other and will all come out stronger on the other side.”

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