COVID-19 testing offered at BC interior ski resorts for international visitors

Kelowna International Airport is partnering with ski resorts across the Okanagan to make it easier to access COVID testing for international customers.

YLW partners with Whitecap RSC Medical, Big White Ski Resort, SilverStar Mountain Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort to offer on-site PCR testing at ski resorts.

“It’s an added incentive for visitors to choose Kelowna when planning their trip,” said airport manager Sam Samaddar.


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The ski resorts COVID-19 testing program will allow customers to complete their testing without having to make an additional trip to the airport.

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Philip Elchitz, senior director of operations at YLW, said the airport felt it was its responsibility to passengers to make travel as easy as possible.

“Passengers traveling overseas who were on the ski resort actually had to take a day to get off and then come back, and lost a day of their vacation,” he said.

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Big White Ski Resort Senior Vice President Michael Ballingall said the program would be very beneficial to the tourism industry as the pandemic has seen fewer visitors.

“It will give them peace of mind to be able to test quickly and safely while still 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 book a COVID-19 test, visit White Cap’s website.

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