Early End To Colorado Ski Season Results In Major Lawsuit
A large group of skiers believes they didn't get their money's worth when the COVID-19 pandemic forced Colorado ski resorts to end the season early.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Vail Resorts for not giving season pass holders a refund when the ski season ended early. Vail Resorts operates 34 ski areas across the country.
The lawsuit against Vail Resort was brought on by California resident Brian Hunt on behalf of himself and all others "similarly situated, which amounts to potentially millions of skiers nationwide and a lawsuit in excess of $5 million.
According to official court documents, the lawsuit claims Vail Resorts chose to retain the fees for millions of pass holders while canceling up to 3 months of the ski season due to the pandemic. Annual passes range in price from $319 to $979.
The lawsuit claims Vail Resorts misrepresented that customers would have unlimited access to its mountain resorts and that the 'misrepresentations and omissions were made with knowledge of their falsehoods."
The ski industry is just one of countless entities that has taken a huge hit from the shutdown created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The courts will now determine if skiers who had purchased season passes from the resort are entitled to get some of their money back.