Many resorts are implementing some vaccination policy this winter, primarily just for entering enclosed public spaces such as on-mountain cafeterias. Grouse Mountain, BC, however, are taking it a step further––guests wishing to access the resort, including the Skyride, mountaintop facilities, and activities, must show proof of vaccination.
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The policy, which will come in to effect on Novermber 15th, is above and beyond what is required by the Provincial mandate. That only requires proof of vaccination to access certain events, non-essential services, and businesses, such as licensed restaurants. Whistler, BC, residents have started a petition asking their resort implement similar, stricter measures.
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Season pass holders will only have to prove their vaccination status once, whereas day ticket skiers will have to do so every time they purchase a ticket.
More details from the resort below:
Grouse Mountain is requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021/22 winter season. Starting on opening day of the ski and snowboard season, guests born in 2009 or earlier must provide proof of vaccination to access the Resort, including the Skyride, mountaintop facilities and activities. All Grouse Mountain employees are also required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the winter season.
“Throughout the pandemic, Grouse Mountain has exceeded provincial health requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and team members. We believe implementing this policy over the winter season will provide the strongest protection against COVID-19 to those who visit and work at the Mountain.”
– Michael Cameron, President of Grouse Mountain Resort
Grouse Mountain is introducing the VaxTrax Program, a one-time vaccine verification process for all passholders. The program allows verified passholders and multi-day Snow School participants access to the Resort without having to provide proof of vaccination each visit. These guests can choose to submit a copy of their BC Vaccine Card and a copy of valid government photo ID (for guests aged 19 or older) digitally or visit Guest Services at Grouse Mountain to present the required documentation in-person before November 15, 2021.
After the November 15 deadline, passholders and multi-day Snow School participants will be required to show proof of vaccination on-site during their first visit. Individual ticketholders, such as those with Single-Day Lift or Mountain Admission tickets, will be required to show proof of vaccination during each visit to the Resort before boarding the Skyride. In addition to requiring proof of vaccination, face masks will continue to be mandatory for access to all indoor facilities and the Skyride for the 2021/22 winter season.
For more information on Grouse Mountain Safety Protocols for the 2021/22 Winter Season, please click here.