Peak to peak gondola to unite Whistler and Blackcomb at the top



    Record breaking lift will revolutionize resort experience

    WHISTLER, BC, April 17 /CNW/ - Whistler Blackcomb, a mountain resort
already renowned for daring innovation, has announced its boldest move yet
with the construction of the Peak to Peak Gondola, for completion December
2008. The two mountains will be united by a gondola that will set world
records for length and height while providing an unmatched experience for
winter and summer resort guests.
    The Peak to Peak Gondola will travel 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes,
transporting winter and summer guests from Whistler's Roundhouse Lodge to the
Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, giving them unprecedented access to
both mountains' expansive and unique high alpine terrain and spectacular
vistas.
    "The Peak to Peak Gondola will create a dramatically enhanced experience
that no other mountain resort in North America, possibly the world, can
offer," says Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's Chief Operating Officer.
"This link will effectively double, or more, the options for accessing the
highest quality and greatest variety of terrain on any one day, from anywhere
on the mountains. We are going to completely revolutionize our guests'
experience."
    Skiers and riders will have the opportunity to easily take advantage of
8,171 acres of terrain encompassed by both incredible mountains, via the
world's longest continuous lift system. Moving freely between the high alpine
areas of both mountains skiers and riders will spend more of their day in the
best weather and snow conditions. The adventure for summer visitors will
include spectacular views of glaciers and peaks as well as access to an
expanded hiking trail network on both mountains.
    "This lift is the catalyst for a sustainable economic future benefiting
both Whistler Blackcomb and the entire resort community," says Brownlie. "It
will solidify Whistler's position as the undeniable leader of mountain resorts
in North America, while increasing our appeal as a top destination in the
world."
    With 28 sky cabins each holding up to 28 people, total capacity will be
4,100 passengers per hour. The Peak to Peak terminal on Whistler Mountain will
be located next to the Roundhouse Lodge and easily accessed from the valley by
the Village Gondola. On Blackcomb Mountain the Peak to Peak terminal will be
located next to the Rendezvous Lodge and accessed from the valley via the
Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express.
    Construction will commence in May 2007, with the lift being manufactured
and installed by the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group (Doppelmayr) of Austria. The
Doppelmayr 3S tri-cable gondola will span 4.4 kilometres (2.73 miles) in total
distance from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain with the world's longest
unsupported (free) span of 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles) between the two
towers furthest apart. The highest vertical point is over Fitzsimmons Creek at
415 metres (1,361 feet) - the world's greatest distance above a valley floor.

    Consistently ranked as North America's top ski and snowboard resort,
Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its
guests, and has introduced the Symphony Express, a new high speed quad
accessing further into Whistler Mountain's spectacular high alpine this
season. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular
'Sea to Sky' Highway, this resort is home to the continent's two greatest
vertical-rise ski mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb. 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. Joined at the base
by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafes, shops,
galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four season
resort is spectacular. Check it all out at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

    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 nine 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

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

    MEDIA NOTE: Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution
    photographs video and full details available for editorial use, and are
    downloadable at the following link; www.whistlerblackcomb.com/peaktopeak.
    




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For further information: Public Relations, (604) 938-7668,
publicrelations@intrawest.com

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