Lifts at JHMR still spinning as pressure mounts to mitigate disease spread

JACKSON, Wyo. — A letter signed off on by a group purporting to be “many” employees at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is imploring their bosses to shut the resort down and let them stay at home. Buckrail obtained the letter late Friday.

“We are JHMR employees who work for you, JHMR leadership. And we are people who live here alongside you and your families,” the letter begins. “We are writing to implore you to close JHMR immediately. For JHMR to remain open a day longer is cavalier, arrogant, dangerous, and dramatically increases the chance of more deaths in our community. History will judge our leaders’ responses to coronavirus and you will soon see the outcome of your choices directly.”

Buckrail could not confirm how many employees were behind the letter or even identify the person who sent it.

In response to inquiries from Buckrail, JHMR president Mary Kate Buckley acknowledged receiving the email and shared her internal response to all staff at the Mountain.

“With each new day there is new information on the spread of COVID-19. We have been diligent in our efforts to assess the latest developments and modify our operations on a daily basis. Opinions range from those that are similar to the views expressed in this email to opinions that our sport provides a welcome outlet for so many who are stressed by this constantly evolving situation and that our resort supports not only our employees and guests but many in our business community,” Buckley wrote.

“We have listened to the wide-ranging opinions and sought daily input from our employees but we have based our decisions on the information provided by medical authorities that include the Center for Disease Control, Wyoming Board of Health and a daily phone call with the Teton County Board of Health. We have followed their guidance in canceling the Rendezvous Music Festival and taken proactive measures including closing the tram.

“We will continue to rely on the medical authorities for guidance but this e-mail reminds us that we need to listen to our employees carefully and ensure that we are addressing your concerns as we all face these unique challenges together as a team.”

Meanwhile, rival resort Snow King appears to be embracing the idea that isolation and social distancing comes par-for-the-course at the King.


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