WHISTLER, BC November 18, 2015 – Whistler Blackcomb will kick off its 50th anniversary season one week ahead of schedule when Whistler Mountain opens to the public tomorrow. Five lifts will be running, providing guests with access to 1800 vertical feet of skiing and riding on opening day. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.
"We've had a good start to the season here so far with 155cm (60in) of snow since November 1 as measured at the Pig Alley Weather Station on Whistler Mountain," says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. "Thanks to that natural snow and the combined efforts of our snowmaking team, guests can expect some fun early season conditions tomorrow."
Keen skiers and riders can upload the Whistler Village Gondola or the Creekside Gondola beginning at 8:30am. Last upload is at 2pm and a mandatory download is in effect. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz's Chair lifts will be running, providing guests with access to nine groomed runs, including Green Acres, Jolly Green Giant, Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Pony Trail, Porcupine, Orange Peel, Upper Bear Cub, Upper Franz's, as well as a small terrain park at the top of the Emerald Express chair. Guests can keep updated on the most current lift status information atwww.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#lifts-and-trails or from mobile devices via the Whistler Blackcomb LIVE app, powered by TELUS.
"With all the excitement of opening day, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste," says MacFarlane. "It is important to obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by 'Temporary Boundary' signage."
As a nod to its 50th anniversary, Whistler Blackcomb will be celebrating opening day in Creekside this year, Whistler Mountain's original base area. Guests can expect live music from The McQuaid's from 7:30am to 10am and a legendary après featuring Ruckus Duluxe at Dusty's Bar and BBQ from 2:30pm to 5pm.
Additional Whistler Mountain dining locations set to open on November 19 include the Roundhouse Lodge, Dusty's Backside (breakfast only), the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC), Essentially Blackcomb Cappuccino Bar (EBCB) and Garbo's Grill in the Carleton Lodge. Garbo's will open outside at 6:30am, and EBCB at 7:30am inside, for November 19 only, then November 20 to December 17 8am-5pm, and December 18 onward
Beginning November 19, Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations in Whistler Village will be operating from 7am to 5pm daily and the Blackcomb Day Lodge and Creekside Guest Relations will be open from 8am to 5pm. The Blackcomb Day Lodge will close briefly from November 22 to November 25 when it will open again in preparation for Blackcomb Mountain opening on November 26. The hours of operation for all Guest Relations locations can be found atwww.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#hours-of-operation.
Private and Adult Max4 ski and snowboard lessons will be available on Whistler Mountain and can be booked online or by calling 1-888-403-4727. Discover Whistler Days are on now through to December 18, offering 25 per cent off select group snow school lessons. For more information, please visit: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/snow-school/discover-whistler-days-25.
A full range of adult and child ski and snowboard rentals are available at a variety of Whistler Blackcomb locations for opening day, including, but not limited to, the Salomon Store at Pan Pacific Mountainside, G1 Rentals, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and CAN-SKI Creekside. For more information, please visit:http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#hours-of-operation
Whistler Blackcomb's Snow Report is updated daily throughout the season and can be accessed online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.
For Canadian, Washington State and Oregon State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $70 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long and are available at early bird pricing until November 23. Five or ten day EDGE Cards purchased before November 23 also come with a bonus day valid for use until December 18. More information is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/save.
Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.
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 which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,163 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually, and 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.
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