Coronavirus: It’s business as usual at Okanagan ski resorts

British Columbia’s best-known ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, will be suspending operations for a week because of coronavirus concerns.

In making the announcement on Saturday afternoon, the parent company of Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Resorts, said the shutdown will run March 15-22, with an update to be provided on March 20.

In the Okanagan, though, it’s business as usual at the valley’s three biggest hills: Big White Ski Resort, SilverStar Mountain Resort and Apex Mountain Resort.

“We take all of our cues from the provincial health authority, and/or the premier of the province,” said Big White Ski Resort senior vice-president Michael J. Ballingall. “As far as we know, as of today, it’s safe to be in the great outdoors.

“We’ve taken steps to disinfect our public gathering areas and to literally mitigate the gathering of people so we remain below the threshold of 250 people.”

Ballingall added that Saturday’s skiers were “enjoying the great outdoors and getting out and about and going for a ski.”

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