Resorts of the Canadian Rockies to require vaccination to access lifts

Ski hills requiring vaccine

A group of ski resorts on the B.C. side of the Rocky Mountains will be requiring proof of vaccination to access chair lifts and indoor facilities.

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, parent company for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort, made the announcement online Monday.

“This decision has been made with the goal of providing you, our guests, our staff, and our resort communities with the safest environment possible,” the company said.

The majority of B.C. ski hills have so far opted to not make vaccination mandatory to access lifts, with the exception of Grouse Mountain, which requires a closed and crowded gondola to access the hill.

Season pass holders at the RCR resorts will have to upload their vaccination status QR code via email.

“Medical or religious exemptions will be considered; however, requests must be submitted four weeks before the date of your resort visit,” the company said. “Exemptions will only be approved if RCR believes that we can ensure the safety of other guests and staff.”

Season pass holders who do not want to comply with the vaccination requirements have until Dec. 15 to request a refund.

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