Whistler Blackcomb to Open Six Days Early; Friday, November 18

Nov 14, 2011, 16:22 ET from Whistler Blackcomb

The Return of La Nina and Incredible Snowmaking Infrastructure Deliver Another Early Opening to Whistler Blackcomb

WHISTLER, BC, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced today that Whistler Mountain will open six days early on Friday, November 18. The return of La Nina, forecasted to bring greater than average snowfall, has skiers and snowboarders excited about the start of the ski/ride season.  Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 24.

"Cold temperatures, early season snow fall and the relentless work of our mountain operations teams is what allows us to open early," says Doug MacFarlane, Mountain Manager at Whistler Blackcomb. "Early season conditions apply but we are very happy with the current conditions. Enjoying the first turns of the season is always an amazing feeling and we are very excited to announce Whistler Mountain will open six days early."

The alpine forecast is calling for up to 35 centimeters of snow in the alpine before opening on Friday, adding to the current snow base of 55 centimeters at Pig Alley. Additionally, the Whistler Blackcomb snowmaking team has turned over 50 million gallons of water into snow so far this season, the equivalent of covering 250 football fields with up to one foot of snow.

Whistler Mountain will open for the season on Friday, November 18, from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Skiing and riding will be open on the Emerald Express, Big Red Express, and Franz's Chair with upload access from the Creekside Gondola and the Whistler Village Gondola.

To ski and ride Whistler Blackcomb, for the best possible price this season, guests can take advantage of Whistler Blackcomb's early booking offer; book by November 15 and save up to 36 per cent on lift ticket and accommodation packages at http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages/ebd/index.htm


Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the Olympic 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 Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offers over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls and three glaciers. Whistler Blackcomb 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. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WB". For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com 


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SOURCE Whistler Blackcomb