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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Closing Whistler Blackcomb not the solution

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Whistler Blackcomb closed for the season after B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered the resort to shut down for a three week "circuit-breaker."

Was skiing great powder when my phone buzzes to give me the sorry news—[Whistler Blackcomb] is shut down. Then [I] spent six hours listening for the why answer. Never came. Something about the Brazilian [COVID-19] variant being spread by those coming to Whistler then returning to wherever.

What does that have to do with skiing outdoors?

If [Public Health Officer] Dr. Bonnie [Henry] wants to stop people coming to Whistler getting [the] Brazilian [variant] and returning home, close the hotels and restaurants.

What has [Vail Resorts] done to allow those who ski to spread COVID-19? Nothing, but make it safe to ski.

Somebody made a decision [that] really hurts us ski addicts! Better to mass vaccinate all of us, let us ski and safely make a living and recreate in the great outdoors.

Michael Blaxland // Whistler