If you thought you could use your social distancing time to hit the ski hill, you better think again. Many B.C. ski resorts have announced that they are temporarily suspending their operations. However, Alberta's major ski hills continue to remain open and operational as of Monday, March 16.
Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) is closing three ski resorts in B.C. and one in Alberta.
In a letter posted on their website early in the morning, on Monday, March 16, 2020, RCR president John Shea told the company's guests and staff that they have chosen to "suspend all ski resort operations" for a week. The suspension went into effect at midnight, Sunday, March 16.
The B.C. ski resorts set to shut down for the week are Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberly Alpine Resort, and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Alberta's ski resort under the same company is Nakiska Ski Area, which is located at Kananaskis.
If you had spring skiing plans this week at any of these hills, you might have to go back to the drawing board.
But Shea did note in the letter that this is only a one-week suspension, and operations are set to resume on Monday, March 23.
Over the weekend, Vail Resorts, who own Whistler Blackcomb in B.C. announced that they will be closing down their ski resorts from Sunday, March 15 to Sunday, March 22.
They will be using that time to reassess their approach for the rest of the season.
The top ski hills in Alberta, however, are still open as of Monday, March 16.
SkiBig3 owns three major ski resorts in the province: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Norquay, all of which continue to extend their services to the public.
Their description under Banff Sunshine reads, "We've already surpassed last year's total snowfall by 179cm and more is in the forecast - so come up and enjoy Canada's Best Snow now!"
Under Lake Louise Ski Resort, SkiBig3 states, "With all of the great skiing and riding around the mountain there is no better time to come out and explore Canada’s Natural Playground!"
Revelstoke Mountain Resort in B.C. said in a press statement posted on Sunday, March 15, that although they're still open during this time, they're ramping up their measures to enable social distances.
Their measures include changing lift loading procedures, reducing seating capacities at their lodges and taverns, and removing single lines from their chairs.
Panorama Mountain Resort in B.C. also remains fully open and operational, as of Monday, March 16, as confirmed in their latest update.
A spokesperson from Panorama told Narcity on Friday, March 13, "We've got tons of space out here. We've had no indication that this virus is even in this region of British Columbia. For the time being, we're doing everything we can to protect our staff and to protect the guests that are coming here."
Panorama is located in southeastern British Columbia and they're four hours away from the nearest major city of Calgary, their spokesperson tells us.
So if you're a hardcore skier in Western Canada, you've still got a few options before the ski season wraps up or new closures are announced.