Ski resorts throughout county to shutter due to outbreak
PERU — Ski resorts nearing the end of their seasons have started to suspend operations for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bromley Mountain in Peru, Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, Magic Mountain in Londonderry and Pico Mountain in Killington, among many other ski areas in the county and throughout Vermont, have all closed, some for a week, others for the season.
According to the Bromley Mountain website, they will re-evaluate things at the end of the week.
"In this very fast moving and unprecedented situation Bromley is suspending operations immediately and will re-evaluate operating status at the end of the week.," according to the website. "We step back out of concern and safety for everyone and thank each and every one of you for your support this winter season — it has truly been a fun one and we are sad to see it wrap up in this way. We apologize for the ambiguity around firm closing dates in this message, but at this time, we feel it best to play it safe first and foremost. We hope you understand.
Please note, suspended operations includes all trail and facility access at this time by the public, including uphill travel. For questions about upcoming reservations, please give us a call."
Stratton Mountain Resort has done the same, suspending operations on Sunday morning.
"After careful thought and deliberation of our duty in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what we believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Stratton will suspend operations starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed," according to the Stratton website. We will work directly with our guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests' patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries."
In a Sunday update, Magic Mountain CEO Geoff Hathaway said in a message on the website that the resort would be closing for the season.
"...The ski industry is shutting down. Our employees have done everything they can and we thank them for all they do in very tough circumstances these last few days. It's been extremely tough on our small, independent work force and they have given their all to make Magic a second home for every one--an escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. But now our lives are changing for the short term and we must deal with it. And, as always, we will make the best of this one last day and enjoy being outdoors together on this great mountain as only Magic skiers, riders and families do. For those that can't be with us, you will be in our hearts and we will ski one for you.
Our desire is to stay open, but the consensus is to close. So that's what we will do. Any guests for next weekend will be refunded."
Other area ski resorts have also suspended operations. Pico Mountain in Killington will close until next Sunday and then reassess for the rest of the season.
"Suspending our operations is an important step for us to take in support of the nation's efforts to limit the spread and risks associated with COVID-19. This is a dynamic situation and we continue to believe outdoor mountain recreation provides a meaningful escape to nature, which is what made this a difficult decision but this is the right thing to do," said an update on Pico's website.
Nordic ski areas have or will close. Prospect Mountain in Woodford closed for the season after Sunday, while Wild Wings Touring Center in Londonderry closed for the season on Friday. Viking Nordic Center closed for the season on Friday as well.
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