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In an executive order to Colorado Ski Country late on Saturday evening, March 14, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered all Colorado’s ski resorts closed for one week, beginning immediately, in an effort to limit crowds and reduce the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Monarch Mountain (Photo Courtesy of Powder Alliance)

A number of ski resorts had already announced that they would temporarily close March 15, before the order was issued.

In a message to guests and season ticket-holders, Monarch Mountain General Manager and CEO Randy Stroud, wrote “Last night at approximately 9 p.m. Governor Polis served an Executive Order suspending all activities at all Ski Resorts in Colorado.  His suspension will last through March 22nd.  At that time he will reassess the situation.  This decision came upon us rapidly, late in the evening, and without forewarning.   We are putting together information on our website that hopefully answers all the questions you may have regarding where we go from here.”

The company is formulating a comprehensive FAQ section on the resort’s website, which will include answers to refunds and exchange concerns. Skiers can also call their reservations hotline for more information at 719-530-5196.

While the message did not say whether the resort would reopen after the shutdown or not, the conclusion of Stroud’s message gave a clue: “This has been an extraordinary season for us at Monarch.  We have enjoyed every moment with you and can’t wait to get back at it next season.”

While the closure is temporary, Telluride has announced that it plans to end its season now. Vail will be closed for the week, and follow the governor’s action. Aspen Ski resorts, with four ski mountains, has said that it plans to extend the end of the season, once the closures end.

A spokesperson for Polis said the governor couldn’t wait any longer: “The Governor spent Saturday on the phone with resort community county commissioners, community public health officials, their community emergency operations command and several mountain hospitals and what became clear from those conversations was that given the conditions on the ground and the rapid spread of the virus, the time to act was now.”