For the second season, Marmot Basin has to make changes in order to welcome snowboarders and snowboarders.
“There are only a few, you know, adjustments in the way we have to operate and all of these adjustments are being made just to keep us all safe,” Vice President Brian Rudd told Global News.
These changes include increased cleaning. The ski resort also participates in the Restriction Waiver Program. This means that those who want to sit in the chalet must show proof of vaccination.
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However, proof of vaccination on the mountain including the use of lifts is not required.
Lift tickets have also changed, as they have implemented what is known as a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) program.
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Customers buy a card online and then pick it up at a machine on the mountain. Elevator tickets can be reloaded multiple times throughout the season.
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Skiers and snowboarders then tap the card before boarding the lift – eliminating the need to communicate with staff.
The other thing that has changed is the number of international staff working in the resort. Travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 have made it difficult to bring in these workers.
The resorts’ creative design explained: “We’re starting to see a little more, but usually in the past we’ve had a lot of Australians and New Zealanders coming in to work on holiday visas and that’s changed this year because of COVID.” Content Producer, Beatrice Payet.
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Payet is one Canadian who has benefited from this. She moved to Jasper from Quebec to work at the resort and says having so many Canadians to work with made the mountain feel different.
“I feel like we don’t usually take the time to visit our country. But this year it’s all done, and it’s good to be able to learn from everyone and where everyone is coming from,” Payet said.
Despite the necessary changes, Rudd insists that the resort’s important draws remain the same.
“Fortunately, the mountains are still the same. The geography remains the same. It is still a beautiful place to visit.”
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