Bluebird Backcountry, a new ‘backcountry ski area’ between Steamboat and Winter Park, Colorado will be closed this weekend due to a positive covid-19 test. A resort statement does not clarify whether the person testing positive was a guest or staff member.
“The health and safety of our guests and staff is Bluebird’s top priority both on and off the mountain. We’ve just learned that someone who was at Bluebird Backcountry between January 2 and January 4 has since tested positive for COVID-19.”
– Bluebird Backcountry
The resort has contacted all other guests present that day who may have been exposed. Employees who may have been exposed are being tested “at key intervals” and have quarantined.
Bluebird Backcountry is a human-powered backcountry ski area located outside of Kremmling, Colorado. It’s operated by dedicated backcountry skiers and snowboarders with the aim to reduce barriers to entry, improve gaps in current education formats, and create a soulful gathering place for the backcountry skiing community.
Bluebird Backcountry has been working on the backcountry-lite ski area concept since 2017. After raising more than $100,000 through Kickstarter—430% of its goal—in January 2020, Bluebird’s in-bounds backcountry concept became a reality, opening for a 14-day test season in February and March 2020. By expanding its terrain, education, and service offerings this year, Bluebird Backcountry aims to build on its leadership role in the backcountry space.