Your COVID-19 Winter Protocols
Last updated: Thursday, September 17, 2020
For British Columbia's latest COVID-19 updates, please visit http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/
What is the Resort doing for your COVID-19 safety and prevention?
A word from President and CEO, Peter Plimmer, “Everyone in our Resort has done a huge amount of work, we have a really strong and amazing winter product, and I want us to convey to our guests that their skiing experience will not be compromised. We are doing our best.”
These Policies are subject to change due to recommendations and best practices within the industry and as mandated by local, provincial and federal government bodies. As of this writing, the British Columbian State of Emergency has been extended to September 15th 2020. As a resort we are working towards certainty and have to plan that this will be extended well in to the upcoming winter season.
This year, we will be introducing a new online, no-touch day ticket dispensing system. This will be the ONLY way to purchase a day ticket. This ticket automatically offers guests 25% off the retail price of the day. Day ticket pricing is adjusted for mid-week, weekends, and peak periods. These tickets must be collected at one of 15 pick-up ticket boxes located around the resort. Due to Covid-19 and our no-touch policy, there will be no other ticket programs offered this year. Big White Ski Resort will be a cashless resort.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer any express bus service from the Central Okanagan/Kelowna this year.
See below for list of our COVID-19 protocols.
Arrival at the Resort
- You will be greeted by a parking attendant guiding you to an appropriate place to park.
- Hand washing and sanitization stations are available throughout the resort.
- Regular sanitization of surfaces and increased daily sanitization protocols.
- Glass sneeze guards installed at all counters where customers and staff interact.
- We have gone cashless, and are only accepting debit or credit as payment forms at this time for the safety of our staff.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.
- Practice physical distancing of a minimum '2m (6ft).
- Avoid touching your face.
Accessing Day Lodges
- Automatic sliding doors have been installed where possible to reduce contact points.
- Decreased volume of seating at all day lodges to abide by physical distancing standards.
- At this time we are unable to offer day or season locker storage due to health and safety regulations surrounding COVID-19. Those that have purchased the Season passholder locker add-on in the past, or who are on the waiting list to receive one as they become available, will remain in their position when we are able to offer this service again.
- Touchless faucets have been installed in washrooms at the Village Centre Mall, Gem Lake, Black Forest Day Lodge, Happy Valley Day Lodge and The Ridge Day Lodge.
- All of these washroom facilities will have handicap stalls with foot pulls in addition to the existing handles.
- Staff to wear masks in the workplace.
- Mask dispensers in resort locations for guest to use if they choose to wear a mask.
- Contactless ordering and payment systems available in day lodge restaurants.
- Upgraded automatic doors at all cafeterias and retail locations.
- Outdoor washroom facility- hot/cold running water.
- State of the art cleaning and disinfectant protocols/materials/machines.
- All faucets in public washrooms - touchless.
- Building of plexiglass partitions to protect staff and guests from each other in high traffic resort locations.
- Flags, bunting, banners, fencing, metal corrals, floor decals to remind consumer of physical distancing and easy access in congested areas including lifts, cafeterias, restaurants, lobby’s.
- This winter the offering of night skiing, tubing, skating, and fire pits have been deemed too precarious to operate.
- Our lift operation teams will work in location bubbles and operate the same lifts year-round.
Access to ski runs and lifts
- Both Staff and guests will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times in lift lines, loading the chair, unloading the chair, on the gondola, within public buildings, and are recommended when walking through the Village. Appropriate masks and face coverings are defined as any double-layer material that covers the face and nose adequately. This can include neck warmers, non-medical masks, disposable masks, and other coverings.
- Due to the mandated face coverings, lift corrals can remain the same.
- Season passholders can go direct to lift with their season passes and load lift in their bubble. Singles welcome.
- Guests will be asked to ride only with the people they have arrived with (your bubble), no guest will be asked to ride with a stranger.
- The gondola will be sanitized on an hourly schedule using an electrostatic fogging machine and there will be no interruption in uploading operations.
- TELUS Park will run as usual, only sanctioned, authorized events will be permitted.
- The Ridge and Snow Ghost chairs will be open daily to minimize lift lines, while the Falcon Chair will be closed mid-week.
- Touchless online day ticket system that provide direct to lift access. The day(s) you want to use your lift ticket will need to be booked online in advance. Learn more about our online day ticket program.
- The Ski Patrol team treats trauma patients ONLY. Sick people do not fall into this category and will be directed to the medical clinic.
- Guests will be asked to wear masks before being treated by ski patrol, and will be taken direct to home, clinic, or an ambulance to reduce traffic through the patrol hut.
- Patrol hut doors will be equipped with doorbells and guests let in as necessary.
- Reconfigured ski and snowboard rental shops to promote physical distancing and limit contact with staff and other guests.
- All rental equipment will need to be pre-booked and pre-paid before your arrival at Big White. Bookings will be available closer to the start of the winter season.
- You will require details of your lift ticket purchase in order to book rental equipment (season pass or day ticket).
- All staff and guests in the rental shop are required to wear a face mask and sanitize their hands.
- Staff will also be equipped with face shields so that they are able to assist those guests who require assistance with their rental boot fittings.
- We have invested in a touchless laser boot measuring system to help decrease the number of touch points between staff and guests in the rental shop.
- The rental shop has allocated a dedicated staff member to assist with those who need assistance pre-purchasing their rentals, or who have any other questions about the rental process.
- This season, all rental equipment will be distributed through our Village Centre Mall location. We are closing our Happy Valley and Kids’ Centre locations for winter 2020/21.
- The layout of our Rental Shop has been reconfigured to promote physical distancing and limit contact between staff and other guests wherever possible.
- Due to covid-19 we are unable to offer rental clothing this winter. We invite you to visit our retail outlets, Altitude or the newly expander Rider, located in the Village Centre Mall, for a fantastic selection of outdoor clothing for your family.
- This winter we are suspending our cross country ski and snowshoe rental program. Trails will remain open for public use.
- We are working to open the repair shop in early November for pre-season mounts, calibrations, tunes etc.
The Ski & Board School’s focus is to deliver the lesson product as safely as we can to our customers. Due to covid-19 regulations...
- The Ski & Board School desk has been relocated to the Kids Centre.
- Group lessons are no longer possible in the traditional sense, these will be replaced by a new product that will be released in the coming weeks, “family bubble lessons”.
- Operations will run at 30% of last years capacity.
- Day care services will be suspended, Our Kids Centre will only be open for emergency children services such as washroom use and warming.
- Children under the age of 5 will not be able to take lessons due to the physical assistance they can require.
- To our disappointment, we must suspend Freeride, Ladies Day, Masters Monday, Masters Week, After School Program, and GAP programs.
- Cross country and snowshoe lessons are suspended as groups of strangers are unable to be put together.
- Pre registration is required for all lessons.
- Private and semi-private lessons will be available for guests that are in the same bubble.
- Ski School will not be offering 50% off early bird lesson vouchers or 15% off on group lessons to season passholders.
- We are reviewing and monitoring the Canadian Retail Council on safe operating procedures for all of our retail locations.
- Hours of operation will reflect Village Centre Mall Hours, closing each day at 5pm.
- Hand sanitization stations will be located at the front of each shop – we ask you sanitize before coming in to the stores.
- Both Guests and Staff are required to wear a mask at all times in the store.
- There will be a limited occupancy capacity and directional flow outlined to promote physical distancing.
- Products that come in close proximity to your face will be quarantined off the shelf for a period of 24 hours.
- Dizzy’s has been fitted with automated doors and all other locations will continue to have open doors during business hours.
- Dizzy’s bootfitting is by appointment.
- Simple and easy online booking system now available for all activities - reducing the foot traffic in the Village Centre Mall.
- Remove printed physical tickets for activities - digital tickets generated with online bookings.
- Increased number of employees in Call Centre to assist with online/phone bookings.
- Reduced capacities or private options for activities to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
- We are currently reviewing all operating procedures in place for dog sleds, ice climbing, snowmobiles, horse sleigh rides and dinner sleigh tours. Big White will ensure these procedures are in accordance with our local health authority directives prior to operating the tour. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
- Our F&B Management Team is all COVID-Safe Certified.
- Reduced indoor capacity and increased outdoor seating and service where possible.
- Online ordering and payment system implemented in day lodges to reduce line ups.
- Increased options for takeaway and ‘assemble-at-home’ meal kits.
- Staggered start times for all employees to ensure physical distancing requirements are met.
- All employees are subject to a touch less temperature check and must sign a declaration of health before starting their shift.
- 15 minute hand washing routine and hand sanitizing between each guest.
- Mandatory face masks for all employees while on shift.
- All Big White Food and Beverage outlets have a strict and thorough 30 minute disinfection routine for all high touch point areas.
- One way traffic is incorporated where possible to help promote the safety of our guests and staff.
- We have installed plexi glass anywhere where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- All washrooms are on a strict 30 minute disinfection schedule.
- Working closely with industry hygiene suppliers to ensure we are using the most advanced and fastest acting disinfecting products which are Health Canada approved.
- We have incorporated strict external delivery protocols to ensure contact points are limited and sanitation plans are in effect.
Accommodations with Big White Central Reservations
We’ve got you covered with our Flexible Cancellation Policies! Providing you with Peace of Mind when booking with Big White Central Reservations. Learn more.
- Free Cancellation with full refunds for any reason up until 60 days prior to arrival*.
- Free Cancellation with full refunds at any time should Government restrictions be in place from your departing city, country or into Canada.
- Credit Options with Priority Request Status for the 2021/2022 Ski Season should you have to cancel.
- Keeping Up with the Changes, as the world situation evolves so will we, we’ve got you covered!
Checking into and checking out of your Accommodations with Big White Central Reservations
- Please contact us the day before your arrival to request an early check in.
- We have added plexiglass partitions at our front desks to provide an extra level of precaution for our guests and team members.
- Know before you go: Wear a mask, know your license plate, have your booking credit card available.
- Follow the markers on the floor to ensure you are 2 meters from the guest in front of you.
- We are requesting only one member of your group check-in at the Front Desk.
- If additional guests will be arriving separately, please obtain a key or key card at check-in for your additional guests.
- To ensure our guests and staffs safety we will be sanitizing the front desk, keys, POS machines, and pens after each guest.
- A Registration card is required to be completed at the time of Check-In. Guests are requested to place their ID and credit card face up on the desk, during check-in.
- Big White Central Reservation will be cashless, please be prepared with a debit or credit card.
- Room keys will be left in your unit upon check out, no need to come back to the lobby on departure.
Cleaning Protocols with Big White Central Reservations
- Our health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19.
- There will be a minimum 24 hours between all bookings.
- Upon departure, a deep clean will be conducted in the room complete with a full disinfectant application.
- Bacteria killing products will be used to “fog” the entire unit.
- To minimize the number of touch points in the units non essential items have been removed.
- Stay over services will not be provided but if you require replacement of any linens or paper products just let us know and we will deliver them to your unit door.
Big White Transportation
- To book your airport shuttle please contact us at 1-800-663-2772, 250-765-8888 or email us at email@example.com.
- Shuttles must be booked at least 72 hour prior to arrival.
- Safety for all guests and staff are our top priority.
- Our shuttle vans will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
- Plexiglass shields will be placed behind the driver’s seat.
- Guests and Shuttle drivers will be required to wear face masks throughout the journey to Big White.
On Mountain Bus and Shopping Shuttle
To continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the BC Ministry of Health and other Government officials, we are suspending the operation of this activity/program due to the challenges with maintaining social distancing, sanitization and the safety of our staff and guests.
Sundance Shuttle – for Sundance guests only
Safety for all guests and staff are our top priority.
- Our shuttle vans will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
- Guests and Shuttle drivers will be required to wear face masks throughout the journey.
- Tot Town Daycare
- Tube Park
- Night Skiing
- Skating Rink
- On-mountain shuttle
- Shopping shuttle
- Dining Sleigh Tours
- Kelowna Rocket Hockey games trips
- Freeride, Ladies Day, Masters Monday, Masters Week, After School Program, Never Ever Days, cross country and snowshoe lessons have been suspended during the 2020/21 season