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Whistler Blackcomb To Open Six Days Early: Friday, November 19

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Winter Wonderland awaits; La Nina and incredible snowmaking infrastructure deliver early start to the season at Whistler Blackcomb

WHISTLER, BC, Friday, November 12, 2010 – Few things get skiers and riders more excited than the words “early opening,” which is why Whistler Blackcomb is thrilled to announce that Whistler Mountain will open six days early, on Friday, November 19. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 25, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.

“New snow and low freezing levels, along with the hard work of our mountain operations, grooming, and snowmaking teams mean we can open Whistler Mountain on Friday, November 19,” says Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “Though early season conditions will apply, having those first few turns of the season is a great feeling and we’re happy to make that happen for our guests six days earlier than planned.”

Whistler Mountain will open on Friday, November 19 at 8:30am. Lift and terrain details will be announced early next week.

Early season conditions apply and caution should be exercised at all times as the terrain that will be available is best-suited for intermediate to advanced riders and skiers. With early season conditions it is extra important all mountain signage is obeyed and guests stay within the marked operational boundary. The signage and rope to look for will say “Temporary Boundary” during the early season. With early season snow-pack, guests should be aware of rocks and other hazards below the snow surface.

Starting November 15th, the Snow Report will be updated daily and can be listened to online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.

Stay up-to-date on what’s open, mountain conditions, temperatures, snowfall accumulation, forecasts and stay and ski/ride deals at

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four-season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offer: over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and offers one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Shell Vacations Hospitality Announces it’s Annual Black Friday Travel Sale

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) November 4, 2010

‘Tis the night before Black Friday, when all through the house, everyone is stirring, trying to find their mouse…when what to their wandering eyes should appear: Shell Vacations Hospitality is offering the best travel deals of the year!

This year, Shell Vacations Hospitality is sharing the spirit of the holidays with its biggest travel sale of the year, the Black Friday Travel Sale. Offering discounts of up to 50% on nightly room rates on 23 of their family-friendly resorts throughout North America, rates will start as low as $45. And, Shell Vacations Hospitality makes the holiday even sweeter with clues and daily prizes in the twelve days leading up to Black Friday, with a chance at winning a 5-night vacation for two to Kauai, Hawaii, airfare credit included.

The Black Friday Travel Sale, offering getaways at 23 different resorts in the United States, Mexico and Canada at up to 50% off, is available for one weekend only. The sale begins on Black Friday (November 26) and lasts through midnight on Cyber Monday (November 29). The sale is anticipated to feature deals at resorts including:

  • Desert Rose Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada Discounts up to 50% off, rates starting at $49. Located just off the strip, Desert Rose Resort gives travelers the glitz and glam of Las Vegas with a family-friendly atmosphere-perfect for anything from family vacations to wedding parties to group travel.
  • Inn at the Opera – San Francisco, California Discounts up to 30% off, Rates starting at $69. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Inn at the Opera was built more than 50 years ago to house visiting opera stars, and now caters to those who appreciate San Francisco’s cultural activities. The antique French-style ambiance combined with new-age amenities such as high speed Internet access, valet parking and excellent dining at Ovation at Opera, the Inn at the Opera provides a degree of arts and culture found nowhere else.
  • Orange Tree Golf Resort-Scottsdale, Arizona Discounts up to 50% off, rates starting at $59. Home to one of Arizona’s most renowned traditional golf courses, Orange Tree Golf Resort is a desert oasis complete with luxurious suites, fitness center, and a variety of entertainment options such as river rafting, hot air ballooning, and shopping in the Scottsdale area. Orange Tree was also recently awarded the Scottsdale Green by Design Award for its efforts in reducing non-recyclable waste and water usage, making this a vacation good for the soul as well as the environment.
  • Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai-Waikiki Beach, Hawaii Discounts up to 35% off, rates starting at $94.  Standing at the gateway of world-famous Waikiki Beach and a magnificent stretch of white sand, the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai provides the perfect setting for your next Hawaiian getaway. Offering spacious studio suites featuring full kitchens, free WiFi, private balcony/lanai and easy access to Waikiki Beach.

Those looking to get a head start on Christmas shopping and vacation planning can do so by participating in the “12 Days of Black Friday” to anticipate the opening of the Black Friday Travel Sale. Starting November 14, 2010, shoppers must sign up for the Black Friday Sneak Peek Alerts newsletter at A new clue will be released each day leading up to Black Friday, with a chance to win spa treatments, golf packages, and even free nights at some of the most popular resorts. If travelers collect all 12 clues, they can enter to win the Grand Prize-a five-night vacation for two to Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kauai, Hawaii, plus a $500 gift certificate for Hawaiian Airlines, $50 dinner credit and $25 spa treatment at the resort.

“The holidays are all about the spirit of sharing, giving, and spending time with family,” said Karen Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Shell Vacations Hospitality. “We wanted to keep that spirit up by offering great travel deals that can be a gift for the entire family through both our Black Friday Sale and the 12 Days leading up to the Black Friday Sale.”

For more information about Shell Hospitality’s Black Friday Travel Sale, and to sign up for the e-mail newsletter for exclusive updates and amazing deals, visit

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:
Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 26 resorts, hotels and lodges ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit


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POWDER Covered Peaks of Whistler Blackcomb Showcase Glimpse of La Nina Season Ahead

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia

WHISTLER, BC, October 27, 2010, – Snow covered peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains show the first hint of the snowy La Nina winter ahead during a short reprieve from the recent frontal weather system.

A base of nearly 40 centimeters (16 inches) has formed in the alpine with the forecast calling for mid mountain freezing levels and more precipitation in the five day forecast. The countdown to the 2010-2011 winter season at Whistler Blackcomb is officially on; November 25, 2010 marks the official opening day.