After an already up-and-down ski season due to snow conditions, Mount Washington has now had to suspend operations for concerns over COVID-19.
The suspension was announced by the ski resort on Monday, March 16 and will kick into effect immediately.
“The resort will not open as scheduled today as we await an update from the Prime Minister regarding efforts to take more drastic measures to stem the virus’s spread. The duration of this suspension is not known at this time. We will reassess daily, even hourly, as things continue to evolve rapidly,” reads a statement on the company’s website.
The decision to suspend the season follows in the footsteps of other ski resorts, including Whistler, in a move to limit large public gatherings in one place.
“This was a difficult decision for many reasons, not the least of which is so many of our loyal guests have expressed their appreciation and passion regarding the opportunity to be able to ski and snowboard even during the crisis.”
Mount Washington faced difficulties with weather earlier this year, having to postpone its opening to a later date than normal due to a lack of snow.
“This is an extraordinary set of circumstances and while we regret this sudden action we are committed to being part of the solution to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis,” reads the statement. “There are many unanswered questions and we will undoubtedly experience high levels of phone calls, email, and social media inquiries. We will address every inquiry but it may take a while.”
Justin Trudeau will make a national address at 10 am on Monday that will include Canada’s latest approach to combating the virus.
His announcement will be followed by an update from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix at 11 am.