Whistler Blackcomb to shut down as Vail Resorts ceases operations due to coronavirus

Fears over the coronavirus have now hit the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, which will shut down for a week starting Sunday along with all of Vail Resorts’ other North American properties.

The company announced Saturday it will suspend operations at all North American mountain resorts from Sunday through March 22 and will use that time to determine its plans for the rest of the season and whether it’s “advisable or feasible to re-open.”

Lodging and properties will remain open for guests currently at those resorts, but Vail said it will not be taking new reservations for the coming week.

Employees will be paid during the eight-day period, and will not need to resort to using vacation or sick time, CEO Rob Katz said in a statement.

“Their commitment to our company and guests during this uncertain time has been unwavering and I am personally grateful beyond words,” he said.

“This was not an easy decision to make, as we deeply considered the impact it will have on our guests, employees, and the people and businesses in our communities.”

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