After the biggest ski resort in Canada temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Mount Washington Alpine resort says they will remain open for the time being.
The Vancouver Island resort says they are going to be exercising extra precautions, but feel staying open is safe and needed in a difficult time.
Whistler Blackcomb is suspending operations in North America from March 15 to 22.
“We feel the ability to be outside recreating with family and friends in the fresh air and relative safety of an outdoor mountain resort environment is a welcome respite from the constant stress and negative energy resulting from the coronavirus crisis,” Mount Washington said in a statement Sunday.
“In the constantly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are being vigilant and attentive, and we have a very high level of concern which is appropriate for this unprecedented incident.”
The resort added that “the state of affairs is fluid and subject to change Mount Washington Alpine Resort plans to open as scheduled, Sunday, March 15th.”
They also credit the decision to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry:
“It’s still very safe today in B.C.—all across B.C.—to go out, to go shopping, to go to restaurants,” Henry declared. “In particular, we have a lot of things that we can do outdoors, which are very safe things to do. This virus does not transmit when people are outdoors. So go outside and play with your family. Go up to our ski hills… Go out and experience what we have there in British Columbia right now,” the resort quoted in their statement.
More updates on Mount Washington’s operations can be found here.