Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates – Brundage Mountain to Close Until Further Notice
Update for 3-25-2020: Uphill Travel is Now CLOSED
Uphill Travel is now closed at Brundage Mountain as of 3-25-2020. Brundage Mountain and the U.S. Forest Service are suspending uphill access to Forest Service lands operated under permit by Brundage Mountain. This is in concert with Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-at-home order, issued today. That order is in effect at least through April 15, 2020.
These actions have been taken based on the best available CDC guidelines to promote social distancing as Idaho has now seen community spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, Adams County reminds the patrons of public lands that parking on county roads is prohibited.
Update for 3-23-2020: Brundage Mountain Parking Lot/Base Area is CLOSED
Starting Tuesday, March 24, there is no overnight camping and no parking available at Brundage Mountain. This closure is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until further notice.
Those who wish to skin up the mountain during this time can park on the road, outside the gate, and walk to the snow front AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT BLOCK VEHICLE EGRESS. Please be aware that parking on Adams County roads is illegal and vehicles may be ticketed by Adams County.
Sledding is prohibited at Brundage Mountain. Please be aware that the Brundage Mountain Base Area is on private property. Unauthorized use of this property will be considered trespassing.
Please note: The permitted area of Brundage Mountain is closed to motorized use 12 months a year, whether the resort is in operation or not, under the Special Use Permit issued by the Forest Service.
Update for 3-17-2020: Brundage Mountain Resort is Closed
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Brundage Mountain will be closed until further notice starting at the end of business today 3-17-2020.
Suspending our operations is a necessary step in support of our national and community efforts to limit the spread and reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. This is an unprecedented situation. At our core, the Brundage Mountain family is devoted to providing a healthy outdoor experience for our skiing and riding community.
However, with recent developments and school and other closures in our area, we must acknowledge that keeping Brundage Mountain open at this time would undoubtedly result in an influx of travelers to our community. Brundage is locally owned and operated, and the safety and long-term wellbeing of our staff and of the surrounding communities is of utmost importance to us.
We continue to believe outdoor recreation provides a meaningful escape to nature, which made this a difficult decision. At this critical time, we feel this is the right decision to help flatten the curve in support of our local healthcare system.
We apologize for the inconvenience the short notice will cause some of our guests. These are unprecedented times changing not by the day but by the hour. We make the best decisions based on the information available at the time. Given the new developments and information available on the virus and the crucial nature of social distancing, we felt we could not delay taking this important step.
For guests with reservations:
All reservations will be canceled with no penalty and fully refunded. We expect high call volume at this time, so please be patient with our staff as we work through the process of contacting our guests.
We are working through the logistical details on several other fronts.
We ask for your patience as we respond to this public health crisis with your well-being and safety in mind.
- Ken Rider, General Manager
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, we will add an update as we work through the details:F.A.Q.
Update for 3-16-2020:
We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and are making additional operational changes in an effort to keep ski slopes and some guest operations open while being focused on safety precautions for our guests, employees and community.
“Brundage Mountain places a high value on the benefit of being able to provide guests and staff with safe access to outdoor recreation and the opportunity to maintain an active healthy lifestyle in a wonderful mountain environment,” said General Manager, Ken Rider.
We are pleased to announce there will be no change in our normal operating hours for the Brundage Mountain lifts.
Effective Monday, March 16:
- Guest Services and tickets will be available.
- Brundage Mountain lodge facilities will be open for bathroom and locker access only.
- Smoky’s Bar & Grill will operate via a walk-up window.
- The rental and retail shop will have monitored access to ensure they do not become crowded.
- Ski + Ride School will operate by advance reservations only and only for private lessons.
- Kids Club and Daycare will be closed until further notice.
- The Activity Barn is scheduled to operate on its regular schedule.
Again, we ask that our guests do your part to help keep our community safe. Do not come skiing if you are sick. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Cover your cough. The Brundage Mountain Team is doing the same for your safety. We are in this together.
Any additional updates on this rapidly changing situation will be posted on this page.
Previous update from Friday, March 13, 2020:
Skiing and riding is our passion, as it is with most of you, but we also have a passion for the health and well-being of our community, guests and employees.
Snowsports provide an opportunity for our community members to take part in healthy, outdoor, recreational activities in a fresh air environment.
Our plan is to keep the lifts operating through April 12. We will be making some adjustments to our operation to limit potential exposure and risks with a heightened focus on safety and hygiene for our employees and guests.
Brundage Mountain is closely monitoring updates from local, state and federal health agencies on coronavirus (COVID-19) and following their guidance and recommendations.
While this is a fluid situation, we are taking a proactive approach regarding COVID-19.
Specific steps Brundage Mountain is taking to protect our guests and team members include:
- Daily briefings with staff on best practices for personal hygiene and guest interactions including cough and sneeze etiquette, hand sanitizing procedure, and the importance of staying home when sick.
- Our lift operators have been given guidance that guests who would prefer to ride the chairlifts by themselves or with only members of their own group should be allowed to do so.
- Installation of additional hand sanitizing stations for staff to access around the mountain, including at the top and bottom of each chairlift.
- Increased frequency of disinfection and cleaning of public restrooms and high-touch indoor areas, such as bathrooms, food courts, kitchen surfaces, door handles, tables, restaurants, bars, ski lesson and rental check-in counters, and communal computer workstations.
- Installation of new hand sanitizing stations for guests to use in public areas around the resort.
- Additional steps and information about hygiene and social distancing are underway in our Food & Beverage facilities.
- We have adjusted our cancellation policies to provide full refunds for anyone who cancels their scheduled Ski + Ride School lessons, tours, dinner or snowmobile adventure.
- Events that have been canceled include: Hidden Valley Hoedown (Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 22); Local Kids Ski for Free (March 25-27); Brewlympic Games (Gelande Quaff & Beer Relay, Saturday, April 11).
- Brundage Mountain is assessing the remaining events and may make more adjustments to the event lineup to protect the health of our guests and employees.
Brundage Mountain continues to take all appropriate precautions recommended by the CDC and local health agencies.
Please do your part to help keep our community safe! Do not come skiing if you are sick. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Cover your cough. The Brundage Mountain Team is doing the same for your safety. We are in this together.
- Ken Rider, General Manager
For more information on COVID-19 in Idaho, we are referring our guests and employees to the following resources: