In its winter operating plan, Vail Resorts outlined that guests will need to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor areas at its ski areas, such as restaurants and lodges, but not to ride the lifts. For residents of Whistler, BC, this isn’t enough. One man has started a petition asking that Vail Resorts require proof of vaccination from guests wishing to ride lifts at Whistler Blackcomb, BC.
The online petition, “Whistler Blackcomb put public safety first, require a vaccine certificate to ski and ride,” has so far garnered almost 4,000 signatures.
“Without even the pretense that decisions are made locally, Rob Katz, CEO, Vail Resorts, USA declared that there will be no requirement for a vaccine certificate to ride Whistler Blackcomb gondolas. The unvaccinated will be permitted to upload at full capacity, where physical distancing can be measured in inches rather than feet, with the small windows often frozen shut. Katz’s decision doesn’t align with an opening sentence in the press release, “Vail Resorts’ commitment to safety continues to be at the center of everything we do.”
– Opening paragraph of the petition
The petition says that allowing unvaccinated visitors will mean long lines to access indoor areas while staff check vaccine cards and will require extra infrastructure to make washrooms safe.
“All of these problems will negatively impact your day on the mountain and can easily be avoided by making a vaccine certificate a requirement to ski or ride.”
In its operating plan, Vail Resorts said that resorts will load lifts as usual at full capacity. Face masks will not be required in lift lines or on chairlifts, and in gondolas.
The company is mandating that all its employees be vaccinated by November 15th.