COVID-19 Testing Presented at Ski Hills in BC Interior for International Visitors | The Canadian News

Kelowna International Airport is working with ski resorts in the Okanagan to facilitate access to COVID testing for international guests.

YLW is partnering with Whitecap RSC Medical, Big White Ski Resort, SilverStar Mountain Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort to offer on-site PCR tests at the ski hills.

“It’s an added incentive for visitors to choose Kelowna when making their travel plans,” said airport director Sam Samaddar.

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The ski hill COVID-19 testing program will allow guests to complete their tests without having to make an extra trip to the airport.

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Philip Elchitz, senior manager of operations at YLW, said the airport feels it is its responsibility to passengers to make travel as easy as possible.

“The passengers who traveled internationally who were on the ski hill actually had to take a day to get off and then go back, and lost a day of their vacation,” he said.

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Michael Ballingall, senior vice president of Big White Ski Resort, said the program would be very beneficial to the tourism industry as the pandemic visited fewer people.

“It will give peace of mind that they can complete the test quickly and safely while staying on the mountain,” he said.

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Currently, the tests will be PCR only and will cost $ 195.

For more information and to discuss COVID-19 tests, visit White Cap’s website.

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