One of Westman’s ski hills will be closed down for the next two weeks.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort will be closed starting on January 18th until February 1st. The resort says a staff member has COVID -19.

According to a press release from the resort, the risk of exposure is low, and they have not been told by health officials in the province to close down.

“All we care about is everyone’s health and safety,” said the release.

“We would rather not be here at all than put our staff, our guests, and the public at risk and have thus decided to close for two weeks and issue the notice.”

The release says the affected person went home immediately after feeling symptomatic. They were tested and isolated within hours of feeling symptoms.

The resort says anyone that has pre-booked lifts from now until February 1st will be automatically refunded.

Asessippi has been open since December 19th and was the first ski hill to open since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place around the province.

Read the full official notice on Asessippi Ski Resort’s website.

The other ski hill in Westman, Ski Valley near Minnedosa, recently opened up for the season last weekend.