WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) — It’s a quieter opening day than usual at Whistler Blackcomb as British Columbians are still being advised to avoid all non-essential travel.
Provincial health officials have instructed everyone to stay in their regions to stop transmission of COVID-19, and that means skiing and snowboarding on local mountains.
And just like that, we’re back skiing and riding for the 2020-2021 season.
Welcome back to winter, we’ve been waiting for you!
— Whistler Blackcomb (@WhistlerBlckcmb) November 26, 2020
So those living in Vancouver have to stick to Cypress, Grouse, or Mt. Seymour.
Whistler Blackcomb is limiting lift ticket sales to allow more space for physical distancing, while face coverings are required to access the mountain.
Whistler’s mayor has also asked everyone to stay local, despite how that might hurt the economy.
Mayor Jack Crompton told NEWS 1130 last week the community is focused on having a safe ski season.
“I’m focused. I want people to take the actions they need to lower the risk and to defeat this pandemic. I’m asking our community, I’m asking everyone will hear my voice: shop where you shop, sleep where you sleep, ski where you ski, see who you see, take action yourself. It’s urgent. It has to happen now. Please, do it,” he said Friday.
-with files from Sonia Aslam and Kurtis Doering