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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 www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

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 whistlerblackcomb.com.

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WHISTLER RECEIVES 53 CENTIMETRES (21 INCHES) OF SNOW AND COUNTING, BRINGING TOTAL SNOWFALL TO OVER 12 METRES (39 FEET) SO FAR THIS SEASON

Monday, March 15th, 2010

On track to be third snowiest winter on record, and 3.3 metre (11 feet) base signals return to “deep winter” at Whistler Blackcomb

Photo by John Champion

Photo by John Champion

WHISTLER, BC, March 12, 2010 – Whistler Blackcomb is currently experiencing deep winter conditions with the latest system bringing 53 centimetres (21 inches) of snow to the area. This brings the total snowfall count for the season to 12 metres (39 feet), putting this winter on track to be the third snowiest on record.

“What a great way to kick off the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games with a winter wonderland village and snowy mountains for all the Paralympic athletes and visitors to experience,” says Stuart Rempel, Whistler Blackcomb’s Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales. “The snow conditions are absolutely incredible right now, and there is a palpable excitement in the resort as we return to our role as world-host during the Paralympics. With more than two months left in our season, and great post-Games deals to be had, there’s no shortage of time and reasons to head to Whistler Blackcomb.”

Whistler Resort will be alive with the excitement of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games through March 22. Free concerts will take place daily in the Village as part of Whistler Live! and tickets are still available for many of the Paralympic events, starting at just $15 per ticket. Each night, Whistler Medals Plaza will light up Whistler again for the medal presentations followed by a concert. Admission is free and gates open at 5:30pm.

The Environment Canada forecast is calling for another 20 to 35 centimetres (8 to 14 inches) through tonight, followed by another frontal system early next week bringing up to 45 centimetres (18 inches) through Tuesday.

With all this new snow, the backcountry avalanche advisory is currently considerable to high. It is recommended that on-mountain guests remain inside the ski area boundary and be aware of the risks and requirements associated with backcountry travel.

Skiing and riding is available at Whistler Blackcomb to May 24. Great accommodation deals and packages are always available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com, plus visit the web site or whistlerblackcomb.com/mobile for the latest snow conditions, live temperatures, live lift status, weather forecasts and backcountry avalanche advisories.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb welcomes the world in 2010 as a host venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With uninterrupted skiing, riding and sightseeing available throughout the winter, season two of the highly acclaimed PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, and great package deals offered throughout the season, Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver, Canada up the spectacular, newly-finished Sea to Sky Highway, this resort is home to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, which boast  one vertical mile of incredible skiing and riding. With over 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, 200 trails, and 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. Joined at the base by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with award-winning après bars,  restaurants, patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four-season resort is spectacular. For more information, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

About Intrawest

Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts.  The Company has a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world.  Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com

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