Ski Santa Fe prepares to close following COVID complicated season

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ski Santa Fe’s COVID-complicated season is finally coming to an end after facing a tough year of economic challenges.

Despite the challenges, a Ski New Mexico representative said they were just happy to pull off a safe season.

"I think we navigated it correctly, but it definitely was a challenge,” said George Brooks, executive director of Ski New Mexico.

Brooks said the ski industry in New Mexico typically generates around $600 million. However, due to COVID capacity limitations and travel restrictions, Brooks estimates that the industry made around $450 million.

"The ski areas won’t be making any money, hardly," Brooks said.

He said the surveillance testing they had to do for employees showed just how COVID-safe they were being.

"In the neighborhood of 6,700 tests with 21 positives over that whole time. So, that’s less that .03 percent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ski Santa Fe visitors said the only thing they were hoping for was more snow.

"More snow would’ve been awesome,” said Harrison Wipf, a skier.

Other visitors said they didn’t mind the restrictions.

"Honestly, it didn’t really make much of a difference. A lot of people already wore face coverings originally, just for the wind protection,” said AJ Alonso, a skier.

The last day to ski is Sunday, April 4.