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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

International Ski Area Workers in Limbo as Countries Close Borders, Airlines Cancel Flights

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When Gov. Jared Polis ordered the state’s ski areas to close on March 14, he also launched Ana Panessi into a frantic race to get home. It was a race she did not win. 

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The Day Skiing Died: Inside the Historic Day Coronavirus Forced Colorado’s Ski Industry to Shutter

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On the morning of March 14, Gov. Jared Polis studied data on coronavirus infection rates in Colorado’s ski towns, which were 20 to 30 times higher than the rates on the Front Range. 

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More Time To Get Next Season's Best Annual Pass Price

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The abrupt end to the ski season, amid all the confusion, has prompted some Midwestern ski areas and resorts to push back the deadline for securing next season's annual pass at the best price point. Some have pushed the deadline to the end of this month, and others have pushed it back even further.

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Are Ski Areas Responsible for the Spread of COVID-19?

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Skiers are suing Austrian resort Ischgl for exposing them to the virus.

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Governor Extends Closure of all Ski Resorts in Colorado

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Governor Jared Polis extended an executive order on Monday, keeping all of Colorado’s ski resorts closed for an additional three and half weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable mountain communities.

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Aspen Skiing Co.’s Kaplan Assesses Coronavirus Hit to Skico and Valley

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Aspen Skiing Co. plans to proceed with multiple capital improvement projects this summer despite losing a significant chunk of revenue due to the coronavirus crisis.

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What Happens When You Need a Rescue During a Pandemic

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On Tuesday, March 24, Sonja and Bill Allen’s home radio crackles to life at 1:10 p.m. There is no cell service in Ophir, Colorado, an 1880s mining town 20 minutes south of Telluride encircled by 13,000-foot peaks. But its 180 residents and virtually all the skiers who seek out the world-class backcountry above town know about the two-way radio frequency that fills the void. Many locals keep their radios tuned to the “Ophir channel” when they’re at home, if only to monitor the chatter among fellow powder seekers. 

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Coronavirus Closures of Colorado Public Land Needed for Safety

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More resorts are banning uphill traffic as skiers flock. And as a second snowy weekend approaches with the entire state now under stay-at-home orders, more health departments and sheriffs are following that lead with both orders and requests to limit outdoor activity by visitors from afar. 

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Colorado Front Range Ski Areas, Forest Service Issue Plea for Uphill Skiers to Stay Home

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Five Front Range ski areas and the U.S. Forest Service have collaborated to produce a video message imploring uphill skiers to stay away from their resorts.

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Powder Alliance Set For 2020-2021 Season

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From this year's truncated season, on we go to the hopes and slopes of 2020-2021, where one of the most enduring multi-resort programs awaits -- with some streamlining.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: March Ends With Spring Snow

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Ski areas may be closed in these historic times, but the weather doesn’t stop! Here’s a look at the national snow conditions through April 1.

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Early Closure of Ski Resorts Triggers 'Feeding Frenzy' for Touring and Backcountry Equipment

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Sean Glackin’s phone exploded within minutes of the news that Vail ski area was closing. The outdoor retailer’s entire rental fleet of alpine-touring skis was quickly rented by a flood of uphill skiers the following day.

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Closed For Downhill, Some U.S. Resorts Open Uphill Access

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As all but a handful of U.S. resorts either suspend operations or shut down for the season, a number of them still permit skiers and riders to climb their slopes and get a few turns.

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Vail Resorts, Alterra To Shutter all North American Resorts, Others Follow

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UPDATED Sunday, March 15, 2020 - All North American ski mountains operated by Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company will close Sunday for at least a week as the coronavirus spreads through North America.

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Three Colorado Ski Resort Pioneers Talk About the Industry’s Roots, Pass Wars and How to Deal with Crowds

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Andy Daly, Bill Kane and John Norton have more than 130 years of combined experience leading, planning and marketing skiing and resort communities in Colorado. 

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With Spring Approaching, Colorado Ski Areas Offer Some Sweet Deals, Events

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March in Colorado ski country calls to mind shorts, shades, sunshine and ponds. Hard to imagine after a February that saw record snowfall.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Reports Skier Visits are Down 35% After Ditching Epic Pass

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In an unusually transparent move for the ski industry, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has released data on skier numbers that Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth promised to provide following a particularly busy Saturday in February.

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The 11 Best Ski Town Burgers You’ll Ever Eat

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After a hard-fought day schussing the slopes, nothing replenishes the fuel tank like a good ol’ burger, with just the right blend of protein, carbs, and yes, grease. We combed America’s ski towns and adjacent mountain resorts for the tastiest—and weirdest—beef between two buns, bringing you our unequivocal list of where to hang your helmet for the best hamburgers worth your fully salivated après-ski time and attention.

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Breckenridge Resort Hits 300-inch Season Snowfall Milestone

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Breckenridge Ski Resort is the first ski area in Colorado to surpass 300 inches of total snowfall for the season. The total on the 5 a.m. report Sunday was just under the 300-inch mark, but the resort received more than a foot of fresh snow throughout the day Sunday, according to Breckenridge spokeswoman Nicole Stull. As of 5 a.m. Monday, the resort reported 311 inches of snow for the 2019-20 season. 

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Pay To Play: Guided Snowcat Tours Adding To Loveland Offerings

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Loveland Ski Area -- the only resort in the West to include snowcat rides in the day ticket -- plans to fire up pay-per-ride snowcat tours next season to bring skiers and 'boarders deeper into the backcountry.

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