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Red Lodge Mountain

Cars fill a parking lot at Snowbowl mountain April 01,2020. Guidelines for safe recreation during the coronavirus pandemic include social distancing and toning down the risks in order to protect first responders and preserve hospital beds.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

According to a 2018 report from Headwaters Economics, nearly 90 percent of Montanans participate in outdoor recreation for physical and mental well-being. But safety concerns amid the novel coronavirus outbreak are complicating how people get outside.

Several ski resorts employing hundreds of Montanans announced this weekend they’re ending lift-service early amid peak season. They’re responding to recommendations from public health officials about limiting crowd sizes in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.