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RESTRICTIONS EXEMPTION PROGRAM AT SUNSHINE F.A.Q

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Oct 20, 2021

RESTRICTIONS EXEMPTION PROGRAM AT SUNSHINE F.A.Q

RESTRICTIONS EXEMPTION PROGRAM AT SUNSHINE F.A.Q

 

How will Banff Sunshine keep me safe this winter?

 

At Banff Sunshine, we will be implementing the Province of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP) to access any of our services. Guest of Sunshine will be required to show proof of full vaccination, or proof of a privately paid negative rapid test taken within 72 hours of entry, on arrival to our resort.

 

Are vaccines required to ride lifts at Banff Sunshine Village?

 

We are requiring proof of full vaccination or proof of a privately paid negative rapid test taken within 72 hours of entry, to ride our lifts including our Sunshine Gondola. By requiring proof, in compliance with Alberta’s REP program, to ride our lifts we will be able to operate at a higher capacity which will help speed up our gondola line.

 

Will I be required to go through screening every time I ski at Banff Sunshine this winter?

 

Yes, all Guests will be required to be screened every time they visit Banff Sunshine.

 

Guests with a Sunshine issued picture pass product (Sunshine Season Pass, D2L Sunshine Super Cards, SkiBig3 Pass, Mountain Collective Pass, or IKON Pass) will be able to verify their vaccination record with a staff member and will not have to present this proof on subsequent visits to Banff Sunshine. Guests may still be asked for personal identification to confirm their identity as the Pass Holder.

 

What will be needed when showing proof of vaccine status at Sunshine?

 

You will need to present valid proof of full vaccination and government-issued personal identification that matches the name on your vaccination record.

 

Fully vaccinated means it’s been at least 14 days from receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, or a single dose of Janssen.

 

If you have a verified Picture Pass product, you will need to show your Pass. You may also be required to present personal identification to verify your identity.

 

A valid Pass or Lift Ticket is required to access the gondola and any resort facilities.

 

What if I don’t have an Alberta Issued Vaccine QR code?

 

As of November 15, the Alberta vaccine record with QR code will be the only valid Alberta proof of vaccination accepted. It can be downloaded here: https://covidrecords.alberta.ca/home.

 

Vaccine records from other provinces, international travelers, First Nations, and the military will continue to be accepted.

 

My child does not have photo ID, will they be allowed to ski or snowboard this winter?

 

Yes, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are welcome to ski and ride to their hearts content this winter. To access our resort, they will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a privately paid negative rapid test taken within 72 hours of entry but are exempt from providing personal identification.

 

I have kids under 12, will they be allowed to ski or snowboard?

 

Children aged 0-11 are not required to undergo any screening under the REP.

 

What If I am medically exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?

 

If you are medically exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be required to provide documentation. A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter (it cannot be a photocopy, a photo, or another reproduction) and must include your name, the physician or nurse practitioner’s complete information (name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature), a statement indicating there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the duration the exemption is valid.

 

Exemptions that are presented in a form other than what is outlined above will not be accepted.

 

 What if I am not vaccinated, can I ski or snowboard at Sunshine this winter?

 

Unvaccinated skiers or snowboarders will need to provide a proof of a privately paid negative rapid test taken within 72 hours of entry, to access Banff Sunshine.

 

The sample must have been taken within 72 hours of entry – if your test was taken Monday, you are only able to access the resort up until Thursday. If you are attempting to access the resort on Friday, you need a new test.

 

What kinds of Negative COVID-19 Tests Will be Accepted?

 

The test must be a rapid antigen, rapid PCR, or lab-based PCR test, approved by Health Canada.

 

A valid test result must be a written or printed copy that outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clearly indicates a NEGATIVE result, and the lab/provider that completed it.

 

Photos of a rapid test taken offsite are not sufficient.

 

A self-administered test completed offsite, or self-produced documentation of a negative test result is not valid.

 

Do not bring completed self-tests to the Resort. Not only will they not be accepted for entry, but they present a communicable disease risk.

 

Tests cannot be procured from the Alberta Health Services public COVID-19 testing system. They need to be privately paid tests that meet all the requirements above.

 

I am staying at Sunshine Mountain Lodge this winter will I need to show proof of vaccine to stay on mountain?

 

To stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge this winter you will be required to present valid proof of full vaccination and government-issued personal identification that matches the name on your vaccination record, or proof of a privately paid for public health approved negative covid test.

 

Will hotel facilities be open at Sunshine Mountain Lodge this winter?

 

 With our participation in the REP program and under the guidelines we will be able to operate our hotel hot tub, gym, and family room at capacity this winter.

 

Can I get a Rapid Test at Banff Sunshine?

 

We do not currently have the capacity to offer rapid testing at Banff Sunshine. Health Canada approved testing is available in Banff. 

 

Where will I need to show my proof of entry documents?

 

A check point, marked with yellow and blue tents will be set up between our 5-minute parking zone and our Bourgeau Plaza.  You will not be able to enter any buildings at the base area or enter the gondola line until you pass through one of the lines at the check point.

 

You will also need to present proof of entry or a verified Picture Pass to ride our Sunshine shuttle busses.

 

Will I need to wear a mask at Banff Sunshine this winter?

 

As per provincial regulations, the use of masks is mandatory in all indoor spaces while at Banff Sunshine. This includes riding the Gondola, shuttle busses, and in all indoor spaces.

 

Masks are not required for children under 2.

 

Masks are not required for children using the Day Care services, but they are required everywhere else at the Resort.

 

Will there be capacity restrictions for indoor dining areas this winter?

 

By participating in the Alberta Restriction Exemption Program, we will be able to operate our restaurants and indoor seating areas at full capacity. Masks are required unless eating or drinking while seated at a table, or stationary at a standing table.

 

Will there be changes to the 2021/22 Covid operating procedures at Banff Sunshine this winter?

 

We at Banff Sunshine will be following all guidance from AHS and the province of Alberta to guarantee our promise of offering the safest mountain experience we can. Restrictions are subject to change at any time, please check our website for the most current information on our operations.

 

Where can I find more information about Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program?

 

More information on Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption program can be found here.