Revelstoke Mountain Resort: Visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination

Revelstoke Mountain Resort announces visitors will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination this winter season.

File photo: The base area at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) announced on Nov. 5 that it will require visitor to the hill provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

In a statement to its website, the resort said, “the safety, health, and well-being of those who work at and visit Revelstoke Mountain Resort, remain our first and highest priority. The COVID-19 virus continues to be a risk, and we are committed to providing the safest environment possible.”

The mask policy applies to all guests aged 12 and up.

Other COVID-19 restrictions that apply to Interior Health are also in place. For example, guests at sit-down restaurants at the base of the resort are required to show proof of vaccination, and masks are required in indoor public spaces, such as hotel lobbies.

Full capacity lifts

Last season, RMR had a COVID-19 protocol for gondolas and lifts that allowed those who wanted to ride alone or with their group only. Generally, the system used two separate line-ups.

This season, the lifts will operate at full capacity.

How it will work

Guests will be required to get a sticker for their ticket or pass at guest services by showing proof of vaccination. They will then show the ticket or pass with the proof of vaccination sticker to the lift attendant.

Season pass holders will only need to get the proof of vaccination sticker once, at the start of the season.

The resort said it will provide no-questions-asked refunds until Dec. 15, but that does not include group mountain pass systems.

For more details, see the RMR announcement here.

Analysis: More and more B.C. resorts announce mandatory vaccination policies

Over the past weeks, more and more B.C. and Alberta ski resorts have announced mandatory vaccination requirements for visitors, and now Revelstoke has joined the list.

As the list grew, there was concern in some communities that resorts that didn’t require guests to be vaccinated would attract a disproportionate number of unvaccinated visitors, potentially leading to more infections in those communities.