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Notification Alert

2021.22
WINTER OPERATIONS

Additional Policies & Procedures

Updated November 12th, 2021

Important Information

The current Government of Alberta health orders can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

Following the advice provided by the Provincial Government Health Authorities across our resorts operating in three jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec), RCR has decided to require proof of full COVID-19 Immunization Record to access all lifts (chair lifts, gondolas & magic carpets) and indoor facilities at our resorts this winter. This decision has been made with the goal of providing you, our guests, our staff, and our resort communities with the safest environment possible.

COVID-19: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Welcome to the 2021.22 winter season! We look forward to hosting you as our valued guest this winter and enjoying the mountains alongside of you. At this point, we all understand there will be some necessary adjustments to how our operations will be run this season. We continue to work with the provincial government as well as the Canada West Ski Areas Association to put in place recommended measures and guidelines to help promote the safety of our guests and staff.

UPDATES

A history of updated sections:

  • Gondolas, Chair Lifts & Lift Lines
  • Winter Sports School
  • Day Care
  • Food & Beverage
  • Rentals & Retail Shops
  • Added "Exemptions" section.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record & Vaccinations
Distancing Measures & Signage

To align with our government's health and safety guidelines, we will be practicing physical distancing procedures throughout Nakiska Ski Area. We will be promoting maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from anyone outside of your social bubble. Directional and distancing signage will be placed around the resort, as well as plexiglass and other barriers.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are mandatory in all areas where guests congregate, including; on lifts, in lift lines, and all buildings and outlets. Please note that we will not facilitate or consider any exemptions. We ask that you choose or make your mask based on Government of Canada guidelines, which can be found by following the link below.

Insider Tip: bring two masks with you to the ski hill, one tends to get cold and snowy, and you could keep a second mask in your pocket for when you want to be warm indoors.

Health Screening

Each person that wishes to be at Nakiska Ski Area will be required to answer questions recommended by the Alberta government to maintain the overall safety of the resort property. Including all our staff and guests. For the health and safety of guests and staff, please do not visit if any of the following apply:

  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing),
  • Live in a household with someone with COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or who is self-isolating due to possible exposure to COVID-19.
LOST & FOUND

There will be no regular Lost & Found at Nakiska Ski Area this season, we will still collect and attempt to repatriate valuable items such wallets and phones.

If you do not wish to participate or adhere to the above mentioned safety measures, please do not visit our resorts.

Following the advice provided by the Provincial Government Health Authorities across our resorts operating in three jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec), RCR has decided to require proof of full COVID-19 Immunization Record to access all lifts (chair lifts, gondolas & magic carpets) and indoor facilities at our resorts this winter. This decision has been made with the goal of providing you, our guests, our staff, and our resort communities with the safest environment possible.

HOW DO SEASON PASS HOLDERS VERIFY THEIR COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION RECORD STATUS?

Winter Season Pass holders who have a valid email on file will receive an email to upload your Provincially issued COVID-19 Immunization Record QR code. RCR will cross-reference the information that is on file. Once all requirements are successfully verified (Waiver and Photo), your pass will scan at resort chair lifts.

HOW DO RCR ROCKIES CARD HOLDERS VERIFY THEIR COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION RECORD STATUS?

RCR Rockies Card holders (Direct-to-Lift) who have a valid email on file will receive an email to upload your Provincially issued COVID-19 Immunization Record QR code. RCR will cross-reference the information that is on file. Once all requirements are successfully verified (Waiver and Photo), your pass will scan at resort chair lifts.

WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN SHOWING PROOF OF COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION RECORD STATUS AT THE RESORTS?
  • Provincially issued proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record QR Code.
  • Government-issued personal identification with photo that matches your COVID-19 Immunization Record.
  • International guests will be required show vaccine verification that they used to enter the country and passport.
How do Online Lift Ticket or other Pre-purchase vouchers/coupon code holders verify their vaccination status?

All Pre-purchased product holders will need to bring their proof of purchase to the appropriate Guest Services Ticket office. Once their proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record has been verified, a lift ticket will be issued.

Once I have a single or multi-day lift ticket, do I need to show my COVID-19 Immunization Record to enter resort building or access chair lifts?

Any guest with a valid lift ticket affixed to their person will be able to access indoor facilities and chair lifts. RCR reserves the right to spot-check COVID-19 Immunization Record status at any time. Please ensure you have your COVID-19 Immunization Record and matching government issue ID with photo on your person.

How do single & multi-day lift ticket purchasers verify their proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record status?

Any guests wanting to ski/ride, and planning to buy a lift ticket will need to visit the appropriate resort ticket office.

Do I have to show proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record status every visit?

Guests purchasing single & multi-day lift products will be required to show proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record status. If you plan to visit the resort multiple days, you may buy an RCR Rockies Card (Direct-to-Lift) that will allow you to upload.

What about guests who were born after 2010?

Guests aged 0-11 are not required to show proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record.

(NAKISKA ONLY) What if my Child turns 12 during the ski season?
  1. If your Child was born in 2009 or earlier, they are eligible to be vaccinated at this time. To ski or ride at an RCR property, they must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination in the form of a Provincial Government QR code.
  2. If your Child turns 12 during the ski season, but after December 31st, 2021, they are not required to be vaccinated and do not have to provide proof of vaccination.
(NAKISKA ONLY) My Child is currently 11 years old, has a birthday before December 31st, 2021, and is not yet vaccinated.

In this scenario, to ski or ride at Nakiska Ski Area, the Child must be fully vaccinated. Once fully vaccinated (first and second dose plus 14 days), you may provide your Child's QR code to RCR. Once provided and verified, the Child's season pass will be activated for use.

(BC RESORTS ONLY) WHAT IF MY CHILD IS 11 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER?

Guests who are aged 11 years old or who are younger are not required to show proof of COVID-19 Immunization, at any point during the 2021-22 ski season.

(BC RESORTS ONLY) WHAT IF MY CHILD TURNS 12 YEARS OLD DURING THE 2021-22 SKI SEASON?
  1. If you Child turns 12 prior to December 31st, 2021, they will become eligible for vaccination. To access an RCR Resort your 12 year old is subject to RCR’s proof of vaccination process.
  2. If your Child turns 12 years of age during the ski season, but after December 31st, 2021, they are not required to be vaccinated and do not have to provide proof of vaccination.
(BC RESORTS ONLY) WHAT IF A YOUTH AGED 12-17 DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO BECOME FULLY VACCINATED PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST VISIT?
  1. To facilitate the vaccination process RCR will provide access to ski lifts to those aged 12-17 years of age once they have received one vaccination plus an additional 14 days. Children in this category will be required to go to guest services, on each visit to the resort. There they will be required to provide their QR code proof of single vaccination. In return they will be provided with a ticket for that day that will scan at lifts (no access to buildings or services). If they are a season pass holder the season pass will not be activated until proof of second dose has been received.
What will RCR do with my Immunization Record once it has been verified?

Immunization Records will be permanently deleted after the verification process is complete.

What if I have an exemption?

Please see the exemption tab.

Can I provide a negative test form within 72 hours to access facilities?

To ensure efficiency at our ticket offices, we will not be accepting negative tests.

Will lift capacity be restricted at the resorts?

Proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record and safety measurements have been put in place in partnership with Provincial Health Authorities to ensure we can operate at full capacity.

Am I eligible for a refund on my Season Pass, Rockies Card or other RCR Product if I am uncomfortable with providing my COVID-19 Immunization Record?

Please review our refund options if you have purchased a product with RCR for the upcoming winter season and are uncomfortable with our policy. Please note that you must submit your refund request on or before December 15th, 2021.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty, the pandemic has created, RCR reserves the right to amend its policies at any time.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN EXEMPTION?

RCR will only consider exemptions for medical reasons; the only medical exemptions that will be considered are as follows:

Residents of Alberta: As per CMOH Order 43-2021, exemption letters must be completed by a registered Physician or Nurse Practitioner and are subject to all the conditions outlined in the CMOH COVID-19 Immunization Policy.

Residents of British Columbia: As per the BC Ministry of Health, a COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form must be completed by a registered Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

Residents of all jurisdictions excluding the above: only the following medical conditions will be considered for an exemption:

  • Severe allergic reaction / anaphylaxis following the first COVID-19 vaccination attempt.
  • Physician-diagnosed myocarditis or pericarditis following the first COVID-19 vaccination attempt with no other cause identified.
  • Persons who received antiviral monoclonal antibody therapy or convalescent plasma for treatment of prevention of COVID-19.
  • Physician-diagnosed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.

An original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner who practices in the same province that you reside. Your documentation must also include:

  • Your full name, which must match your government-issued identification.
  • The physician or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including their name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number, and the signature of the physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Statement that the exemption is for one of the above medical reasons for the individual’s exception from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The time period the exemption is valid, which must coincide with the intended visit.

DAY TICKETS

equest for a medical exemption, the process for visiting a resort is as follows:

  • Provide four weeks’ notice of the specific day you intend to visit. 
  • RCR will provide notification that your chosen date(s) are acceptable
  • On arrival, you will need to go to Guest Services and provide:
    • The original copy of the RCR approved medical exemption document.
    • A written or printed copy of a negative Health Canada approved, or lab accredited, rapid antigen, rapid PCR, or lab-based PCR test, dated no more than 72 hours before the day of skiing. 
  • Please note that a self-test completed offsite and/or self-produced documentation of a negative result is insufficient evidence. This test is to be provided at your own cost.
  • You will then be required to undertake a rapid test. If that test is negative, then you may purchase the ticket of your choice. The fee for a rapid on-site test is $10.
  • If your visit is for multiple days, you will need to go back to Guest Services daily for an additional rapid test in return for that day’s ticket.

SEASON PASS & RCR ROCKIES CARD

If RCR accepts your request for a medical exemption, the process for visiting a resort is as follows:

  • No notice of your visit is required.
  • On arrival, you will need to go to Guest Services and provide the original copy of the RCR approved medical exemption document.
  • You will then be required to undertake a rapid test. The fee for a rapid on-site test is $10.
  • When your rapid test comes back negative, a complimentary day ticket will be issued.
  • Please note that your season pass will remain hot listed and is unusable for resort services or lift access until proof of vaccination is provided.
  • If your visit is for multiple days, you will need to go back to Guest Services daily for an additional rapid test in return for that day’s ticket.

SUBMITTING YOUR MEDICAL EXEMPTION?

Once you have received the documentation outlined above, please submit your request by filling our Exemptions form.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty, the pandemic has created, RCR reserves the right to amend its policies at any time.

How do Season Pass holders verify their COVID-19 Immunization Record status?

Winter Season Pass holders who have a valid email on file will receive an email to upload your Provincially issued COVID-19 Immunization Record QR code. RCR will cross-reference the information that is on file. Once all requirements are successfully verified (Waiver and Photo), your pass will scan at resort chair lifts.

What will be required when showing proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record status at the resorts?
  • Provincially issued proof of COVID-19 Immunization Record QR Code.
  • Government-issued personal identification with a photo that matches your COVID-19 Immunization Record.
  • International guests, please contact [email protected].
Am I eligible for a refund on my Season Pass if I am uncomfortable with providing my COVID-19 Immunization Record?

Please review our refund options if you have purchased a product with RCR for the upcoming winter season and are uncomfortable with our policy. Please note that you must submit your refund request on or before December 15th, 2021.

Our Rental & Retail shops are historically high traffic areas, as such we will be implementing capacity restrictions and additional cleaning measures, these may be adjusted throughout the season as government recommendations are released.
  • Revised capacities, floor markings and other measures to help ensure physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning protocols, all rental equipment will be sanitized between use/guests
  • Daily monitoring of all employees to ensure they are free of symptoms. All employees will be required to wear personal protective equipment and will be trained on health protocols related to COVID-19
  • Continuous updates to our sanitary measures by staying up to date with government standards and recommendations

Our washrooms are another high-traffic area we will be paying extra attention to with enhanced cleaning procedures and distancing measures.

  • Maximum occupancy loads based on provincial COVID-19 Guidelines,
  • Barriers or closed off stalls, urinals and sinks to ensure appropriate physical distancing,
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation program,
  • Signage in washrooms to promote physical distancing, proper handwashing and waste disposal techniques.
  • Port-a-potties are available outside of Nakiska barriers for those who do not wish to purchase a site ticket. 

Vehicles parked at provincial park and public land sites in Kananaskis Country and Bow Valley, including Nakiska Ski Area, require a Kananaskis Conservation pass. For more Information, click here.

Additional Recommendations

We recommend you take steps to protect yourself. We promote contactless payment as much as possible, regular hand sanitization and washing, staying within your social bubble and avoiding gatherings on the properties.

Remain respectful - we will not tolerate any abuse towards our staff members or other guests regarding any of these guidelines. Anyone not able to follow our recommendations will be asked to leave.

We are as enthusiastic about winter as ever and hope you are too! Let’s make it a great season working together and taking time to enjoy our spectacular mountain surroundings. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us by email.

We appreciate your review of these policies ahead of visiting us this winter and your further cooperation during your visit. Please realize we are living in an ever-changing situation. Many of these policies will stay in place for the entire ski season. There may be additions or adjustments made as we adapt to our current environment and do everything possible to have an enjoyable season. We advise looking at this page to check for updates before each of your resort visits.

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