Intrawest announces the best vacation deals of the season at four of Canada's most popular winter resorts



    New "Destination: Snow" Packages Deliver Unprecedented Pre-season Savings
    and Selection for Winter Vacation Travelers in Canada

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Intrawest today unveiled details for its
early season "Destination: Snow" vacation package deals for the 2007-2008
winter season. Now through November 15, travelers will save up to 44 percent
with the season's best prices and best selection at four of Canada's most
popular winter resorts - Blue Mountain, Mont Tremblant, Panorama Mountain
Village and Whistler Blackcomb.
    Intrawest is experiencing a steady growth in the number of resort guests
who are booking their winter vacation packages early in the season to take
advantage of special pre-season offers. This year, more than 40 percent of
travelers will finalize their vacation plans before the beginning of the ski
season. The new "Destination: Snow" packages reflect this growing industry
trend and provide significant savings and selection for travelers seeking the
best deals of the season on lift tickets, accommodations and exclusive airfare
offers.
    "Each year, more and more savvy travelers are realizing the value of
booking their winter vacations early in the season in order to maximize their
travel plans," said Erik Austin, vice president of Intrawest Central
Reservations. "In the past, the concept of the 'last minute deal' may have
seemed attractive on the surface, but often led to frustration over lack of
availability, limited choice and ultimately paying higher rates. With
Intrawest's 'Destination: Snow' packages the notion of the 'last minute deal'
is quickly becoming a thing of the past as travelers are able to book early to
get the best selection and the best deals of the season."
    The increase in early bookings is also a reflection of the variety of
vacation activities and amenities for guests to enjoy throughout Intrawest's
destination resorts. In addition to top-rated skiing and snowboarding,
Intrawest resorts provide a vibrant village experience with an array of dining
and shopping options, a rich calendar of entertainment and nightlife, spa
amenities, instructional programs, guided tours and numerous family-friendly
programs.
    One of the largest customer segments that are driving the change in early
booking behaviour is families. Mr. Austin explains, "Our destination resorts
offer an incredible amount of activities for the entire family, both on the
mountain and in our resort villages. What sets Intrawest apart is the fact
that we deliver affordable vacation options that provide an economical way for
families to spend quality time together, reconnect and share experiences and
memories to last a lifetime."
    All of Intrawest's resorts are preparing for the 2007-2008 winter season
with new activities, village enhancements and a host of on-mountain
improvements. In British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb and Panorama are casting
an optimistic gaze towards the coming season after last year's epic snowfall
levels - Whistler Blackcomb experienced the resort's second snowiest year on
record with a total snowfall of 14.16 metres (46.5 feet). In Quebec, Tremblant
was recently voted the No. 1 ski resort in Eastern North America for the
eleventh consecutive year by Ski Magazine. Blue Mountain is the premiere
mountain resort in Ontario boasting an extensive state of the art snowmaking
system that continues to provide the best ski and snowboarding terrain in the
province.
    This winter, Tremblant will be more accessible than ever with
Continental's new daily direct flight from Newark (EWR). Skiers and
snowboarders departing from New York and New Jersey will land at Tremblant's
International Airport (YTM) in just 90 minutes.
    To take advantage of the "Destination: Snow" vacation packages,
reservations for travel during the 2007-2008 winter season must be made
between September 18 and November 15, 2007. Rates range from $94 per person,
per night at Blue Mountain; $82 per person, per night at Panorama; $98 per
person, per night at Tremblant and $80 per person, per night at Whistler
Blackcomb. Rates are subject to availability, blackout dates, and are based on
minimum night stays. To book, guests should either visit each resorts website
or call Intrawest Central Reservations at 1-866-787-1977.

    
    -   Whistler Blackcomb is consistently ranked as North America's top ski
        and snowboard resort. With the landmark Peak to Peak Gondola project
        underway, the return of the popular Symphony Amphitheatre, and a host
        of other on-mountain improvements, this winter promises to be one of
        the most exciting yet. With over 17 alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200
        trails, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise,
        the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from
        beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. The resort is joined at
        the base by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants,
        patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by
        breathtaking scenery. Whistler Blackcomb is a proud host venue for
        the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
        www.whistlerblackcomb.com/snow

    -   Mont Tremblant has been voted the No. 1 ski resort in Eastern
        North America for an unprecedented eleven consecutive years by Ski
        Magazine. One visit is all it takes to fully appreciate the
        Tremblant experience. The moment you arrive, you realize the
        mountain is simply where the fun begins. Every night you'll have a
        different story to tell. Every minute you'll be living to the
        fullest. In the heart of the pedestrian village and steps away from
        the slopes, live the total Tremblant experience: entertainment,
        activities, shopping, restaurants, restaurants and bars. Some people
        consider it magical. Others simply say Tremblant.
        www.tremblant.ca/snow

    -   Panorama invites guests to reconnect with family and friends. At
        Panorama Mountain Village, high-speed chairlifts lead to a slower
        pace of life. The intimate ski-in, ski-out village places you steps
        away from the lifts and miles away from the crowds. With 4,000 feet
        of vertical and almost 3,000 acres of snow-covered inspiration, and
        incredible slope-side hot pools, it's the best kept secret only two
        hours form Banff.
        www.skipanorama.com/snow

    -   Blue Mountain is Ontario's ultimate winter playground. Located only
        two hours North of Toronto, the resort spans over two miles wide,
        253 skiable acres and boasts Canada's best snowmaking system.
        Welcoming and exhilarating, the newest Intrawest Village is the heart
        of the resort and features a variety of lodging from slopeside
        studios to luxury boutique suites. From adrenaline-filled days on the
        slopes to a relaxing evening of après, there's something for
        everyone.
        www.bluemountain.ca/snow
    

    About Intrawest ULC

    Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The
company has interests in eleven resorts at North America's most popular
mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010
Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world,
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest-a private resort
club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops
real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in
Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more
information, visit www.intrawest.com





For further information:

For further information: Ian Galbraith, director, corporate
communications, at (604) 643-1586 or at igalbraith@intrawest.com; Or contact
our mountain resorts at: Blue Mountain, Kelly O'Neil, Public Relations
Specialist, Tel: (705) 445-0231 Ext. 6052, koneil@bluemountain.ca,
www.bluemountain.ca/snow; Tremblant, Virginie Barbeau, Public Relations
Supervisor, Tel: (819) 681-3000 Ext. 46553, vbarbeau@intrawest.com,
www.tremblant.ca/snow; Panorama Mountain Village, Marke Dickson, Marketing
Manager, Tel: (250) 341-3035, mdickson@intrawest.com,
www.panoramaresort.com/snow; Whistler Blackcomb, Michelle Leroux, Public
Relations and Communications Manager, Tel: (604) 938-7381,
mleroux@intrawest.com, www.whistlerblackcomb.com/snow

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