Showdown ski resort closing for the season

Posted at 11:44 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 13:46:36-04

Showdown ski resort near Neihart in Montana announced that Friday will be its final day of operations for the 2019-2020 ski season.

Showdown's closure follows that of other Montana resorts, including Red Lodge Mountain, Big Sky and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

In a Facebook post, operators say, "We've been through and vigilant in our efforts to protect our employees and guests. Our numbers have been small and manageable to this point, and we have a high degree of confidence in what we have been able to do as a community."

But added, "as the weekend approaches, the phone continues to ring nonstop, and the unknowns escalate that confidence has waned. The large number of skiers possible creates a level of risk we are not comfortable accepting."

Great Divide ski area outside of Helena has suspended operations until March 23rd, but has not said if it will permanently close for the season at this time.