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No Glacier Riding At Whistler Blackcomb This Summer


One of the most attractive features that Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada has to offer its skiing and snowboarding fans is access to glacier riding during the summer. However, for the summer of 2020, glacier skiing and snowboarding will not be available due to COVID-19.

A report from the Pique News website states that an email from Whistler's COO, Geoff Buchheister, send out to the mountain's staff announced that glacier riding would not be available as part of the mountains reopening plans.

"I am disappointed we are unable to offer glacier skiing and riding this summer. I do not take the decision lightly and understand the impact it will have on the businesses who operate camps on the glacier, but, first and foremost, our priority has to be on planning for a safe summer operation." - Geoff Buchheister, COO

This past month Vail Resorts Inc. CEO Rob Katz had already announced that any reopening plans for their properties would not include late-season skiing or riding, which includes Whistler Blackcomb. He stated in an email to employees, "I also want to address late spring skiing and riding at Breckenridge, Heavenly and Whistler Blackcomb. As much as I would love to get a few last turns this season, we have made the decision not to reopen this spring."

As with other Vail Resorts Inc. properties, as well as other companies that are beginning to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, Whistler will be looking to focus on summer operations, as well as adjusting those operations to current guidelines related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Photo Credit: Preeteesh / CC BY-SA

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