Whistler Blackcomb opens for winter season – BC

Whistler Black Comb open for the winter season Thursday amid questions about how the Covid-19 pandemic and recent flooding in British Columbia could affect attendance.

The resort said conditions were excellent for opening day as it was snowing heavily in the area.

“Sure, anytime you have snow on opening day it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Smith of Vail Resorts.

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“We know there’s a lot going on in our province, and we’re in this very pretty little oasis, and we’re very grateful, but we certainly think of everyone around BC.”

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The Sea to Sky corridor north of Squamish is expected to see five to 15 centimeters of heavy, wet snow before turning to rain Thursday evening, according to an Environment Canada alert issued Thursday.

While the resort hopes for a return to normal, there are fears that restrictions linked to the pandemic are preventing American travelers from visiting and that recent flooding in British Columbia may deter locals.

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Tourism Whistler says that in a typical season, 30 percent of its visitors come from the United States. He predicts that the overnight stays of American visitors will be down more than 50 percent this year.

At a press conference on Wednesday, British Columbia Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth responded to concerns about fuel shortages in the region.

“People should avoid all unnecessary travel,” he said. “People respected the 30 liter rule and we have good fuel supplies. We need to ensure that our supply chains remain open. People need to be careful with the weather… and if you don’t have to travel, don’t travel.

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Some COVID-19 security protocols are in place, including mandatory masks indoors and on cable cars.

Whistler Blackcomb, however, does not check vaccine passports on the gondolas.

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The policy has sparked a petition calling for change, saying allowing unvaccinated visitors will mean long queues to access indoor facilities, as staff check vaccination cards, and will require additional infrastructure to secure toilets.

Last month, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce said the resort community faces a labor shortage exacerbated by the fact that many overseas workers face barriers entering Canada.

– with files from Simon Little

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