Officials at Taos Ski Valley have decided to end the 2019-20 ski season at 5 p.m. today, Sunday (March 15).
Taos Ski Valley officials initially intended to end the season on March 22, however they have decided to take extra precautions and close a week earlier due to concerns over the coronavirus.
“We are making decisions based on the very rapidly changing nature of this situation,” said Taos Ski Valley CEO David Norden in a statement. “Due to decisions in Colorado that are reverberating throughout the mountain resort industry, we feel the only responsible action is to suspend operations at 5 p.m. today. We are taking best efforts to attend to our staff, guests and community’s well-being.”
RTD Blue Bus officials said that at the end of Sunday, the 255 Mountain Trail route will be suspended until further notice and the 341 TSV Green route will end operations for the season.
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley will close immediately but will still care for guests until they are able to return home. No further reservations will be made at the hotel.
Taos Ski Valley will be amending their refund policy due to the closure. A refund will be issued to anyone who has booked a stay at the Blake or purchased a lift ticket for after March 15.
Taos Ski Valley said they will update their season pass holders shortly with more information.
Taos Air will also operate until the guests have returned home.
Taos Ski Valley was scheduled to close mid-April following the World Pro Ski Tour championships before recent developments surrounding the virus.
After the first three cases were identified in New Mexico last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a health emergency for the state. The governor ordered no mass gatherings larger than 100 people in the state and urged people who show flu-like symptoms to self-quarantine at home until they can get tested.
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