Timberline and Meadows coordinate suspension of operations due to coronavirus protections

PMG FILE PHOTO - Ski season on Mount Hood came to an abrupt end on Sunday, March 15, as Timberline Lodge announced the closure of their ski runs as well as those at Mt. Hood Meadows.Timberline and Mt Hood Meadows suspended their skiing seasons Sunday, March 15, starting 4 p.m. through March 22, inclusive.

Mt. Bachelor near Bend said on Saturday it is suspending operations through March 22.

Word went out from both resorts around noon that they could be closing to try and halt the transmission of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

A spokesperson for Mt. Hood Meadows said they would spend the time to "better understand this pandemic and how it will impact all of us."

They will spend a week sanitizing the facilities and equipment. They will be "working with state and local health authorities and considering potential operating scenarios that would allow us to reopen in a responsible manner."

Timberline Lodge will remain open, but the ski runs there and at Mt. Hood Meadows will be closed through March 22.Meadows said those with trips planned would be refunded, and pass holders would get makeup days later.

"Our deepest regret in making this decision to suspend operations is not being able to provide an outlet for those that seek recreation as a way to cope with the situation. We are hopeful that this troubling time will pass quickly, and by taking this action, we are supporting the global effort to prevent the spread of this virus."

A Timberline spokesperson echoed the sentiment and offer of customer service.

They said, "RLK and Company is pausing operations to evaluate options and protocols for the remainder of the 2019/2020 ski season."

Some facilities will remain open: The Hotel, including the Cascade Dining Room, Ram's Head Bar, and Wy'East Gallery — although they urged anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay at home.

Timberline also offered refunds and makeup days.

Jeff Kohnstamm, Timberline's president/area operator, said, "This is truly an unprecedented situation and a very difficult time. We will get through it and we will be better for it.

The announcement comes the same day that Nike announced it is closing many of its stores outside of Asia, as well as those in the United States, through March 27.

Mt. Bachelor near Bend said on Saturday it is suspending operations through March 22.

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