WHISTLER, BC - (News Release - Nov. 14, 2007) — An intense storm system that dropped over 80 centimeters of snow on Whistler Blackcomb earlier this week has prompted mountain managers to open Whistler Mountain almost a week early. Blackcomb Mountain will open as planned on Thursday, November 22.
"We have a great leg up on the season, says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Manager. "Natural snowfall and our snowmaking efforts have allowed for the early opening on Whistler Mountain that skiers and riders have been hoping for.
Weather forecasters are predicting that this is only the beginning of a period of snowy, stormy weather for the mountain. Bestskiweather.com is reporting low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska meaning plenty of cold and more snow for Whistler into next week.
Whistler Mountain will open on Saturday with access from the Whistler Village and Creekside base areas. The Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, the Emerald Express, Franz's Chair and the Big Red Express are all scheduled to open. The resort's fleet of grooming machines will be hard at work this week preparing the slopes for skiers and riders. Guests should be aware that early season conditions will exist on and off-piste and caution should be exercised.
A rail park will be set up in the Emerald Express Habitat Park area. Jumps, more rails and other terrain park features will be added as the snow falls and more terrain is opened. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 22. Guest Relations locations at Creekside, Village Gondola and the Blackcomb Daylodge will be open and ready to assist passholders and guests. To keep up to date on snowfall and terrain and lift openings, skiers and riders should check out www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
EDGE Cards are available at early bird pricing until November 19 which allow Canadians and Washington State residents to ski the mountains from $52.99 a day. A ten day EDGE Card is available on-line for $529.89, while the five day EDGE Card is available for $279.99. Single day EDGE Cards are available on-line for $56.99. Perks when purchased by November 19 include: $300 in retail coupons, $100 Ski & Snowboard School Gift Certificate, and a $99 lodging offer. Season-long perks with an EDGE Card include: 10 per cent off retail, 50 per cent off Coca Cola Tube Park tickets, and 25 per cent off tickets at other Intrawest resort locations. Whistler Blackcomb's Book-By offer is available until November 15 offering up to 33 per cent off vacation packages. Information on both can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
Weather and snow information can be found on whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/snowreport and starting opening day, the Snow Report on the website and the Snowphone will be updated five times daily. Reach the Snowphone by calling 604.932.4211 in Whistler, 604.687.7507 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1.800.766.0449. Reporting information such as new snow, mountain temperatures, wind speed and snow conditions; these are the most up to day sources of current conditions on the mountains.