Hunter Mountain closes, citing COVID

A skier comes to the base of Hunter North. File photo

HUNTER — Hunter Mountain was closed Wednesday due to a number of employees being out for COVID-related reasons.

“The safety of our employees and guests is our top priority and we will always ensure that we have sufficient safety personnel available for mountain operations prior to opening,” according to a statement from Hunter Mountain. “Unfortunately, this morning at Hunter Mountain, a number of ski patrollers excluded out of work relating to COVID-19 which is impacting today and tomorrow’s operations. We are assessing our ability to operate for the rest of this week and will provide updates on our social media channels and website tomorrow. We again apologize to our guests for any inconvenience.”

Greene County reported 358 active cases Tuesday, which includes 40 inmates at Coxsackie Correctional and 100 residents at adult-care facilities. More than 500 residents were on quarantine and 34 residents have died from the virus.

Windham Mountain remained opened Wednesday.

Both ski resorts have taken measures to abide by state COVID-19 guidelines.

Ski resorts must have their indoor facilities capped at 50% capacity, with outdoor capacity reduced by 25% on peak days. In addition to capacity restrictions, other state guidelines for ski slopes include limiting lifts to members of the same party, thorough cleaning and disinfecting of rental equipment, requiring masks when not eating, drinking or skiing, social distancing between parties and limiting ski lessons to no more than 10 people.

Hunter Mountain, owned by Vail Resorts, implemented a new reservation system this season, which gives pass holders priority access to the mountain.

“This reservation system is a tool to help us manage [our] capacity and be out front in our approach to keep you safe all season long,” Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in a video on Vail Resorts website. “We want to be prepared, be safe and provide peace of mind to our guests.”

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