Dear OHG Friends,
There's breaking immigration policy news that may have a substantial impact on Copper's operations next season. President Trump yesterday issued an executive order which suspends temporary work visas for hundreds of thousands of foreigners. The order extends a freeze put in place in April, and now applies through the end of the calendar year, but may be extended.
Many of Copper's seasonal workers--forming the backbone of labor that enables our skiing joy--ordinarily come from Central and South America. They've shouldered much of the work in food service, lift operations, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance, rental/retail, and other areas. Many of them have come on H-1B or J-1 visas, which, with rare exceptions, appear to be prohibited by this order..
There's a provision in the order to allowing an exception for "any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees."
Here are two articles summarizing the order and giving context:
And here's the order, itself: