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Mt. Ashland closes for the season due to coronavirus concerns

Mt. Ashland announced Sunday the mountain will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 ski season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Mar 15, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2020 7:07 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Mt. Ashland will be closing up shop for the remainder of the ski season due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the ski area announced Sunday.

"We do not make this decision lightly," general manager Hiram Towle said in a press release.

The ski area reportedly considered alternative options to try and continue to give access to the community.

Towle said, "Under current guidance from local and federal health organizations, hundreds of ski areas across the country are making the same decision."

Mt. Ashland did say all remaining vouchers and other ticket products dated to expire this season will be honored next season. In addition, the locker lodge on the mountain will be open 9-5 on weekdays for locker holders to retrieve their belongings.

Towle also said in an email to Mt. Ashland skiers that the mountain is still available for "back-country enthusiasts and sledding families" that don't mind a hike to get their runs started. The slopes will even occasionally be groomed, but there will be no other additional guest services. The use of the mountain in this capacity is at the person's own risk.

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