Taos Ski Valley closing early amid COVID-19 concerns

Red River, Sipapu, Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest resorts still open

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Update 10 a.m.  March 15 - Taos Ski Valley will be closing for the 2019-20 season at 5 p.m. Sunday (March 15). 

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Taos Ski Valley will be closing early this year on Sunday (March 22) amid growing concerns over COVID-19, the novel coronavirus impacting a growing number of New Mexicans throughout the state.

According to a press release from the ski resort sent on Friday afternoon (March 13), all remaining events that had been scheduled for the resort's final two weeks of the 2019-20 winter season, including the World Pro Ski Tour World Championships, have been canceled.

The Blake Hotel and Taos Air, a chartered jet service with flights to and from Texas and California, will also be shut down effective March 22. The resort is offering rescheduling options or full refunds for previously reserved flights, nights booked at the resort's hotel or lift tickets purchased in advance online.

The ski resort announced it would also be implementing social distancing best practices that have been recommended by health authorities amid the viral outbreak.

As of Friday afternoon, 10 presumptive cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in New Mexico, and more are expected to arise in the weeks – and possibly months – to come.

“Our values compel us to make business decisions that are equitable for all," said David Norden, chief executive officer at the ski valley. "While we are planning this step proactively to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus, we recognize this plan will impact our staff, guests and many local small businesses, and we do not take it lightly. We have determined this is currently the best course of action while balancing stakeholder interests and considerations."

Norden said he and his team would continue to monitor the situation and follow best practices from state authorities. The press release noted that "decisions about summer operations had not been made."

Despite growing concerns over the virus, Red River, Sipapu, Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest ski resorts have not announced early closures.

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