All 3 North Shore ski resorts are closed to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar 16 2020, 2:09 pm

All three of North Vancouver’s local ski hills have announced they’re closing to mitigate spread of COVID-19.

Mount Seymour announced its closing early for the season Monday at 5 pm, following federal and provincial announcements encouraging people to practice social distancing.

“We want to play an active role in protecting all members of our society in these unprecedented times and so we are closing our winter operations so that we can all contribute to beating this virus together,” the ski resort said in a statement.

People who have pre-purchased lift tickets will receive compensation. 

About half an hour earlier, Grouse Mountain also announced it’s suspending all resort operations to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Grouse Mountain’s President Michael Cameron said the closure would be effective as of Monday, March 16 at 6 pm.

“While we had hoped that we could continue to offer our guests a safe, outdoor place of escape, we are taking this action as a precaution. In light of the growing need to encourage social distancing we have made the difficult decision to suspend our operations,” said Cameron.

“We know that this is disappointing news and we did not take the decision lightly.”

The resort says during this time there will be no upload or download access to/from the mountain and all mountaintop and base activities and facilities will be closed.

Grouse Mountain’s decision follows that of Cypress Mountain, which announced its closure as of 4 pm on Sunday.

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.