Grouse Mountain to require guests be vaccinated for winter ski season

Proof of vaccination requirements are being ramped up at Grouse Mountain, with the resort announcing on Monday guests born in 2009 or earlier will need to have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021/22 winter season.

This is in addition to the employee vaccine mandate, which had previously been announced.

In a statement, Grouse Mountain President Michael Cameron says the resort has “exceeded provincial health requirements” throughout the pandemic with guest and staff well-being top of mind.

“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,” said Cameron.

Proof of vaccination will be required to access the resort, including the Skyride, mountaintop facilities, and activities.

The current provincial mandate only requires proof of vaccination to access certain events, non-essential services, and businesses, such as licensed restaurants.

Grouse Mountain says it’s launching a one-time vaccine verification process for passholders. The VaxTrax Program will allow what Grouse considers “verified passholders and multi-day Snow School participants” access to the mountain without having to show proof of vaccination every time.

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To take part in the Vax Tax Program, passholders will have to upload a copy of their BC Vaccine Card and a copy of government ID. They can also choose to present the required identification in person before Nov. 15 if they so choose.

After Nov. 15, passholders will have to show proof of vaccine on their first visit to the mountain. Individual ticket holders will have to show proof of vaccination each time they visit the mountain, before they board the Skyride.

B.C.’s COVID-19 passport requirements are in effect until at least the end of January 2022.

Grouse Mountain has said in an email that those who purchased season tickets before the vaccine requirement announcement was made can request a refund, if they so choose.

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