Bluebird Backcountry temporarily closes after positive COVID case

Bluebird Backcountry, a new ski area east of Rabbit Ears pass that bills itself as offering “inbounds backcountry skiing,” will be closed this weekend because someone who was there last weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Anyone who might have been exposed has been notified, according to a statement sent out by Bluebird founders Erik Lambert and Jeff Woodward. Staff members who may have been exposed are being tested “at key intervals” and are quarantined. Those who had reservations for this weekend will have the opportunity to reschedule or receive a refund.

The statement didn’t say whether the person testing positive was a guest or staff member.

“While we regret the need to close this weekend, it’s the right thing to do, and we have a contingency plan in place,” the statement said, addressing those who had reservations this weekend. “We are disappointed but hope you’ll be able to join us later in the season when there’s more snow to play in.”

A ski area without lifts for backcountry enthusiasts and those who want to try the sport, Bluebird operates Thursdays through Mondays with a permit that covers 1,200 acres. This is its first season of full operation after a two-week trial run last spring.

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