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The physical distance will be practiced on chairlifts and gondolas, for example with two singles riding on opposite sides of a four-person chairlift.
Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb will implement a mountain access reservation system and place limits on lift tickets to prioritize pass holders.
“Whistler Blackcomb is the largest resort in North America and we are confident that for the vast majority of days we will have plenty of capacity,” said Geoff Buchheister, COO of Whistler Blackcomb. “That said, the reservation system will allow us to manage the volume and help us meet our commitment to the safety of our customers, our community and our employees.
Lift tickets won’t even go on sale until December 8, and even then none will be sold at Whistler Blackcomb counters – only online and through call centers.
The reservation window opens at the beginning of November. Full details on the pass system can be found here.
Katz acknowledged that some might disagree with the new measures and restrictions. But the company prefers prevention than cure.
“We don’t want to be caught off guard or need to make reactionary changes,” he said.