Waterville Valley Ski Resort Closes Early For Season Amid COVID-19

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Waterville Valley Ski Resort is closed for the season, the resort said in a release Wednesday afternoon.

The mountain closed to skiers as of 4 p.m., after a week of trying to stay open while adhering to CDC guidelines and recommendations "in an effort to support our employees and the skiing community in search of joy and fun during this trying time."

Waterville Valley said they moved seating outside with significant spacing, limited indoor facility access to only bathrooms, maximized cleaning, eliminated lines and grouping on lifts, and closed rental, ski school, restaurant, and bar operations.

"Over the past few days our staff has been overwhelmed with the gratitude shown by our guests," the company said. "Our team has made special focused efforts to find a way to share the open space and fresh air of the beautiful White Mountains with our visitors. The pursuit of enjoyment through outdoor recreation has a power on the soul that we could all use right now."

However, the resort said, their efforts to stay open led some to become abusive and threaten their staff.

"Despite these efforts, and despite the extremely limited personal contact inherent in our reduced operations, our continuing operations have been met with outcry by many who choose to misrepresent our efforts and have created an environment that has incited people to act irresponsibly to the point of becoming abusive and threatening to our staff," the resort said.

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