Ski season is quickly approaching and each of the local mountains have released updated covid-19 protocols and vaccine requirements for their staff and guests.
Just a couple days ago, Grouse Mountain released a statement that all guests using their resort must be fully vaccinated. This strays from the requirements of other ski resorts like Whistler Blackcomb and Seymour, who as of right now, are only extending proof of vaccination to their employees.
Although the start date for the ski season has yet to be announced, Grouse Mountain is encouraging all pass holders to pre-register their vaccine proof before November 15th 2021. All vaccine registration can be done with their new VaxTrax Program that scans both the QR code and your government issued ID. Once you’ve registered, you will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when you’re on the mountain.
If you miss the November 15th deadline, you’ll simply have to provide your proof of vaccination at the base of the mountain before hitting the slopes on your first visit. This will be the case for all day-pass guests (skiing or sight-seeing) before boarding the Skyride tram.
As of right now, Whistler Blackcomb has yet to require proof of vaccination for all guests, although this does not extend to their employees. However, like all other indoor dining experiences across the province, proof of vaccination will be required at their restaurants. So if you want to head inside for a meal mid-ski day, you’ll have to present your QR code and ID.
An important new change to this upcoming ski season at Whistler is that there will no longer be any day reservations required. Even better, the entire resort will be operating at full capacity on all gondolas and chairlifts so you won’t have to wait as long to get up the mountain!
Cypress Mountain, Seymour Mountain and Big White
Both Cypress and Seymour have yet to release statements requiring proof of vaccination for their guests. However, both are requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated. Big White, like Grouse, is requiring all guests and workers to be fully vaccinated – so if you’re planning a trip to the interior, keep this in mind.
We can expect updates on the opening days of the local mountains and more covid-19 safety protocols to be put in place in the next month.