A skier descends snow fields of Bluebird Backcountry. Photo Credit: Justin Wilhelm.

A skier descends snow fields of Bluebird Backcountry. Photo Credit: Justin Wilhelm.

As Colorado's ski industry continues to face difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one backcountry ski area is temporarily closing due to a positive COVID-19 case that has recently occurred.

Bluebird Backcountry will be closed this weekend from Thursday, January 7th to Monday, January, 11th after a positive COVID-19 test result.

"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 said in a Facebook post.

It's unclear whether the positive case that linked back to the backcountry ski area occurred among guests or staff. The backcountry ski area plans to reopen on Thursday, January 14th.

Out of an abundance of caution, staff members who have been exposed have also been asked to get tested and quarantine while awaiting results.

Bluebird Backcountry is located on the Continental Divide near Rabbit Ears Pass. It's home to inbounds backcountry skiing, offering a great place to learn and hone skills. The more than 1,000-acre backcountry ski area is situated between the towns of Kremmling and Steamboat Springs. Reservations are required. For more details, please visit bluebirdbackcountry.com.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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We shut down a back country ski area because of 1 case? Well then, we should also shut down the town of Aspen and they should be under Level Purple for their 1 in 38 carriers of the virus. Level purple requires a stay at home order with all indoor and outdoor activities canceled and restaurants and bars closed along with hotels, correct? Why would the mayor and town council even debate over this? It's painfully obvious that we should shut down everything. What are the odds that Polis will shut down Aspen, the playground of the elites, in the middle of the high season? Perhaps Polis won't do it to keep his hands clean and rely on the Pitkin County Health Department. Will be interesting to see how this shakes out! Also, how many Carbon Credits should each person who skis have to buy and at what dollar amount?

tag soup

No ski area should be open given the current spike in covid cases in Colorado. I can see back country skiing, but not commercial resorts nor the entire hotel / entertainment /food and beverage industry. People flying into colorado and socializing would for sure spread virus to say little of the poor people working out back elbow to elbow preparing food, tuning up skis, and all of that stuff, it's time to get everyone vaccinated, and even after that skiing is an extremely carbon intensive sport when I consider destination resorts, time to enter the 21st century.

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