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Olympic Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker to Receive Whistler Blackcomb Lifetime Season Pass Friday, November 19; Whistler Mountain's Open Day

WHISTLER, BC, November 19, 2010 – Whistler Mountain opens, Friday, November 19 and to kick off the season Maelle Ricker, local gold medal Olympian in snowboard cross, will receive a lifetime season pass from Whistler Blackcomb and "first ride up" the Whistler Village Gondola.

Media Photo and Interview Opportunity
Where: Skier's Plaza, base of Whistler Mountain near the Whistler Village Gondola
When: 7:45 to 8:15 am on Friday, November 19
What: Dave Brownlie presenting Maelle Ricker with Whistler Blackcomb Lifetime season pass
On-site media contact: Tabetha Boot, 604-698-6654

Whistler Mountain will officially open for its 45th winter season at 8:30am tomorrow. Five lifts will be turning on Whistler Mountain including the Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz's Chair. The last upload from the valley is 2:30pm. The window lift ticket price is $59 CDN for opening weekend.

Early season conditions apply and caution should be exercised at all times while skiing and riding. With early season conditions it is important for guests to obey mountain signage, ski and ride on piste staying within the early season marked operational boundary; marked by "Temporary Boundary" signage during the early season. Guests should also be aware of rocks and other hazards below the snow surface.

For Canadian and Washington State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $60 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards also offer additional perks including 20 per cent off retail/rental products and $35 (CDN) off snow school lessons. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long, and are available at early bird pricing until November 21 at whistlerblackcomb.com/save.

The Snow Report, powered by TELUS, will be updated five times daily starting tomorrow and can be heard 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 <http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/> .

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb resort in British Columbia. 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, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 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.  For more information, visit whistlerblackcomb.com.

Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

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