Earlier this week Colorado ski resorts Loveland and Winter Park both announced they would be closing their mountains to uphill access, brought about mainly by the overcrowding caused by skiers flocking to their slopes. Yesterday, Steamboat followed suit, also temporarily suspending all uphill access to their slopes.
Late this afternoon, Governor Polis issued a Stay At Home order for the state of Colorado. As part of that mandate, along with guidance from the Routt County Health Department and following orders to limit gatherings to 5 people or less, Steamboat Ski Resort, in alignment with the U.S. Forest Service, has temporarily closed the resort to uphill access effective Thursday morning, March 26, 2020. We understand how important outdoor recreation is at a time like this and we don’t take lightly the decision to limit access. To comply with current state orders, for the health and well-being of our community, and your safety, please respect all closures and refrain from accessing the mountain during this time.
Although Governor Polis issued a stay at home order for the state of Colorado, Coloradans are able to go outside to recreate, but it seems like Steamboat are doing the sensible thing and doing their bit to reduce mass gatherings. The order specifically states:
To engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, State parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to a public gathering, and attended areas shall be closed.