Vail Resorts Closes Operations

Vail Resorts announced today that all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision follows the Company’s previously announced closure of its resorts from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22. The Company will consider reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April/early May, dependent on the situation with COVID-19 as well as weather conditions.

“We will be closing our corporate offices and apart from essential personnel, we will be asking other employees to work from home, where possible,” Katz wrote.

“All our scheduled employees, both seasonal and year-round, will be paid during this upcoming eight-day period without needing to use any vacation or sick time,” Katz continued.

“This decision provides a pause for the entire ecosystem of our mountain resort communities,” Katz wrote. “It gives everyone the time to assess the situation, respond to ever-changing developments and evaluate the approach for the rest of season, if we believe it is advisable or feasible to re-open.”

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Katz said Vail Resorts has information on cancellations, refunds and travel credits on its websites.

“Many things like ski school, lift tickets, equipment rentals and transportation can be fully refunded,” Katz wrote. “And we have new credit policies in place for our owned and operated lodging properties.”

Katz said season pass products and Epic Day Passes are nonrefundable and not transferable to another season; however, Vail Resorts will be reviewing those policies and providing any updates on that in the coming weeks.

Katz said Vail Resorts will be providing updated information on the remainder of the season if conditions change.

Source: Summit Daily