MT HOOD, Ore. — Mt. Hood Meadows announced on Friday that it is suspending all operations for the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The ski area said in a statement that the decision was in the best interests of guests, employees and the community.
“We have considered several options for a continued limited operation, such as just running lifts without any lodge services. It is possible that we could implement such a limited operation before the end of this season, depending on how the situation unfolds moving forward. But for now we are suspending operations to support this global effort to reduce viral spread,” the statement said.
Skiers and boarders who bought tickets, lessons, rentals, camps or clinics for the remainder of the season will be refunded.
Essential workers will continue to report to the mountain during the suspension. All other employees will work from home. Seasonal employees will be paid through March 27.
On March 15 both Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline announced weeklong closures.