Whistler Blackcomb announced today that it will open for summer on June 29, with a limited summer footprint focusing on sightseeing and mountain biking, as part of what it said is its commitment to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whistler is a special place for all of British Columbia and we are excited to welcome guests back to our community, to the mountains and lifestyle we are known for around the world,” said Whistler Blackcomb COO Geoff Buchheister in a release. “We are lucky this environment lends itself to physical distancing, so we can enjoy a safe, healthy space to recreate, but we also do know we must proceed with caution.”
As such, Buchheister said the resort is asking all guests “to continue to be vigilant and to ensure the experience is safe for every guest and employee by following all of our new guidelines.”
As the summer progresses, he added, “we look forward to being able to safely open more activities on the mountain.”
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As part of its reopening, The Whistler Village Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, and Blackcomb Gondola will bring hikers and sightseeing guests up the mountains, and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open with the Fitz and Garbanzo zones. Grab ‘n’ go food options will also be available at the Rendezvous, Garbanzo Bike and Bean, and the Roundhouse Lodge.
Whistler’s parent company, Vail Resorts, said it is also establishing certain guidelines across all of its resorts and properties in North America, which include physical distancing protocols, face covering requirements, enhanced cleaning measures, employee health screenings and safety training, cashless transactions, and revisions to regularly offered programs and services.