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2021/22: What You Need To Know

Ski & Ride School may be available on dates when lift tickets are unavailable. Book a lesson and add a discounted lift ticket at checkout! We remain committed to doing everything we can to help keep you and your family safe this season. Click here to learn more about our safety protocols.

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Child Group Ski Lessons

Ignite your child's passion for the mountain and build their confidence! Lessons for all ability levels, ages 3-12.
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Unlock more of the mountain! From green runs to techniques for navigating trees, our world-class instructors have a lesson for everyone!
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Customized for individuals, groups, or families - up to 5 people. Personalized ski instruction for all ability levels.
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Watch your child fall in love with snowboarding and master new skills! Lessons for all ability levels, ages 3-12.
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Help your teen discover what they are capable of, have FUN, and foster their love of the mountains! Lessons for all ability levels, ages 13-18.
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Let our world-class snowboard instructors give your teen a FUN and challenging Experience of a Lifetime! Lessons for all ability levels, ages 13-18.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

For a complete list of FAQs, visit our help center.

What ski and ride school offerings will you provide this year at your resorts?
We are pleased to be resuming more ski and ride school programs this season, including those for younger children. Specifics can be found on our ski and ride school page.

 

Will face coverings be required in ski and ride school this season?
Face coverings will only be required during the indoor portion of the ski and ride school experience this season, including during drop-off and pick-up, accessing indoor facilities such as restrooms and restaurants (while not eating or drinking), and on gondolas. Face coverings will not be required during the outdoor portion of the ski and ride school experience.

 

Do I need a proof of vaccination to go to ski and ride school or take private lessons?
Children ages 12 and older who are part of a full-day ski and ride school program will be required to show proof of vaccination as lessons include lunches at indoor restaurants. This proof of vaccination will be required at the time of drop-off at the ski and ride school program. Adults participating in ski and ride school programs or private lessons may choose to opt-out of dining at indoor restaurants.

 

Will there be an option to pick up my child (12 and over) for lunch if they cannot show proof of vaccination?
We will be requiring proof of vaccination for all children ages 12 and over in full-day ski and ride school programs that contain a lunch offering.  We will not be providing an outdoor or lunch-pickup option for these individuals. At many of our resorts, half-day lesson options that exclude lunch will also be available.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy for Ski & Ride School lessons?
Changes or cancellations can be made in advance of your lesson date by contacting the Ski & Ride School conducting your lesson. Any Ski & Ride School product that is cancelled prior to 24 hours of the lesson start time will be issued a full refund. Any Ski & Ride School product that is cancelled within 24 hours of the lesson start time will be charged a cancellation fee.

 

Will there be restrictions on Ski & Ride School lift access when lift tickets are unavailable?
No, the ability to purchase Ski & Ride School and include a lift ticket will not be limited during popular holiday periods.

 

As a reminder, for guests 12 years and older, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in full day Ski & Snowboard programming. If you or your child cannot meet this requirement, cancellations must be made 24 hours in advanced of your lesson.

For more information on refunds and cancellations, please refer to the Ski & Ride School Terms of Sale.

 

Will there be restrictions on Ski & Ride School lift access when lift tickets are unavailable?

No, the ability to purchase Ski & Ride School and include a lift ticket will not be limited during popular holiday periods.

Do I need a vaccine to ski and ride this season?
No. If you wish to access our resorts to ski and ride this season, a vaccination will not be required. Vaccines will also not be required in outdoor spaces such lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, outdoor restaurants, or in indoor spaces such as restrooms, lodging properties, and retail and rental locations. However, if you wish to access our restaurants, restaurant patios or bars, a BC Vaccine Card will be required for those 12 and older.

 

Why is Whistler Blackcomb requiring a BC Vaccine Card to visit restaurants, restaurant patios and bars this season?
Whistler Blackcomb is complying with COVID-19 health orders from the Provincial Health Authority. The requirement to show a BC Vaccine Card in all table service restaurants, restaurant patios and bars, along with a valid piece of government photo ID, is a government mandate. You can learn about the BC Vaccine Card, how to obtain yours and where it is required here.

 

What qualifies as proof of vaccination for guests looking to visit restaurants, restaurant patios and bars this season?
For residents of British Columbia:
  • A physical copy of the BC Vaccination Card
  • The digital BC Vaccination Card on your phone
For Canadian residents outside of British Columbia:
  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
For International Visitors:
  • International visitors may use the official proof of vaccination used to enter Canada (e.g. ArriveCAN).

All adults 19 and over will also need to provide a form of valid government photo ID with the name matching the guest’s vaccination documentation.

 

Which vaccinations will be accepted?
For guests looking to dine at indoor restaurants, restaurant patios and bars, the following vaccinations recognized by the World Health Organization will be accepted: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

 

Which restaurants will require proof of vaccination?
The list of all restaurants requiring proof of vaccination are posted on our resort website. For Whistler Blackcomb, it includes Glacier Creek Lodge, Rendezvous, Roundhouse, Christine’s Dusty’s, Dusty’s Backside, GLC Restaurant, Steeps Grill and Wizard.

 

Can I enter one of your indoor restaurants, restaurant patios and bars and take it outside without a Proof of Vaccination?
No. For the safety of our guests and employees, entrance to these restaurants will require proof of vaccination.

 

When will the proof of vaccination requirement go into effect?
Proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be required effective Monday, Sept. 13, along with a valid piece of government photo ID. Starting Sunday, Oct. 24, proof of full vaccination will be required.

 

How often will you check my proof of vaccination?
Every time a guest enters a restaurant, restaurant patio or bar, they will be asked to show a BC Vaccine Card and piece of valid government photo ID. Whistler Blackcomb will not be tracking or recording any guest vaccination status information.

 

Are you storing my vaccination status anywhere?
No. Vail Resorts will not be tracking or recording any guest vaccination status information.

 

What if I am not vaccinated or forget my proof of vaccination?
For guests who forget their BC Vaccine Card or have not been vaccinated, they will not be permitted to enter our restaurants, restaurant patios or bars. We recommend they bring their own lunch or visit an outdoor on-mountain restaurant or other dining establishments where BC Vaccine Cards are not required.

 

Can I provide a vaccination exception to dine indoors?
No. Guest proof of COVID-19 vaccination for those ages 12 and over will be required in indoor, on-mountain quick-service restaurants. Guest vaccination exceptions will not be accepted.

 

Can I provide proof of a negative COVID test to dine indoors?
No. Guest proof of COVID-19 vaccination for those ages 12 and over will be required in indoor, on-mountain quick-service restaurants. Proof of a negative COVID test will not be accepted.

 

Will I need proof of vaccination to use to the restroom?
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not be required to use restrooms at any facilities, but face coverings are required in all indoor locations.

 

Will I need proof of vaccination to warm up inside?
Guests will not need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access indoor spaces that don’t provide dining. Face coverings will be required in indoor settings.

 

Will bars be open for the 2021-22 season? Will vaccinations be required to visit bars?
Yes, bars will be open for the 2021-22 season, and guests will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card to visit bars, based on the order from the Provincial Health Authority.

 

Will I need a proof of vaccination for my wedding, conference or event?
The Provincial Health Authority has ordered that guests must show a BC Vaccine Card and (for guests over age 18) a photo ID for indoor, organized events with 50 or more people, including wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops. You can learn about the BC Vaccine Card, how to obtain yours and where it is required here.

 

Will I need a proof of vaccination for hotel dining establishments?
Guests will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card to dine at indoor restaurants, restaurant patios and bars, based on the order from the Provincial Health Authority.

 

Will children under the age of 12 need proof of vaccination after it becomes available to dine indoors on-mountain?
At this point, we are not requiring children under the age of 12 to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and do not intend to institute a change in this policy this season unless required to do so by local public health.

 

Will I need a proof of a vaccination booster at some point during the season to dine indoors on-mountain?
We are not intending to require proof of booster COVID-19 vaccines at any point in the season.

 

Will you change this policy if the situation with COVID-19 improves?
While it is possible we will change this policy based on an improving situation with COVID-19, we believe all guests should assume this will be our policy for the entirety of the 2021-22 season.

 

Are you requiring your staff to be vaccinated?
Yes. We believe the COVID-19 vaccine is the way to end this pandemic, and the best way to keep our employees and guests safe. Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective Nov. 15, 2021.