Revelstoke Mountain Resort announces closure for rest of winter season

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has announced the ski resort will be closed for the remainder of the winter season. The resort was scheduled to be open through April 5, and announced a one-day closure yesterday. Now the closure is permanent, with the resort citing COVID-19 related staff shortages as the reason.

File photo: Bluebird groomers at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Ian Houghton/RMR

Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) announced on Mar. 31 that it is closed for the rest of the 2021 winter season, which was scheduled to run until April 5. The resort is citing staff shortages related to COVID-19 concerns as the cause.

In a Mar. 31 announcement to its website, RMR Vice President of Operations, Peter Nielsen, announced the closure. This came following a Mar. 30 announcement that the resort would be closed for one day on Mar. 31 due to staff shortages.

In a statement, Nielsen noted the challenges and successes of the COVID-19-affected season. “Although this season has ended abruptly, I encourage you to look back on the high points of this past winter. Take a moment to scroll through your phone and relive the moments you captured while skiing or riding,” Nielsen wrote. “At the resort, we began this season on November 27 and operated for a total of 124 days. We faced several challenges but rallied together as a team to keep our doors open. Your commitment to follow our safety protocols allowed us to deliver a world-class ski and snowboard experience, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The ability to experience the outdoors allowed us to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and I am personally thankful for the experiences I had on the mountain.”

Nielsen also thanked staff and the community for support this season. “The collective passion shared by our employees and residents is what makes Revelstoke so special. I cannot think of a better place to work, play or live.”

On Mar. 29, the provincial government announced a series of new COVID-19 restrictions, and the resort had announced plans for patio and takeout service at its restaurants.

The resort asked those with unused lift tickets to contact the resort for a full refund. “Please be patient as we address all customer inquiries and navigate this challenging time,” RMR stated.

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