Highlights: New Alpine Wonder Routes, PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery And
Kid-Specific Dual Suspension Downhill Mountain Bike Rental Fleet
WHISTLER, BC, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.
announced today that Whistler Blackcomb is unveiling new products and
services this summer, including an interpretive experience for the
world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, as well as summer-themed
Alpine Wonder Routes to assist in the discovery of the mountains'
expansive summer lift system and trail networks for hikers and
"This summer is exciting for us because we are unveiling and launching
several new experiences and projects that will make Whistler
Blackcomb's alpine experience even more unforgettable," says Dave
Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. President and CEO. "We are
particularly excited about the new Alpine Wonder Routes and the
interpretive PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Viewing Gallery. These new itineraries
and tools will help guests develop a deeper understanding and
connection to the alpine and our summer experience. We are also excited
about the construction of two new chairlifts, already underway, in
preparation for our 2013-2014 winter season."
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opened on Friday, May 17 and the Peak 2
Peak Alpine Experience including summer sightseeing, hiking and running
opened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25.
The following represents the top highlights for the 2013 summer season
at Whistler Blackcomb:
Alpine Wonder Routes
With over 50 kilometres of hiking and running routes at over 6,000 feet,
Whistler Blackcomb offers some of the most easily accessible, and vast,
hiking and running alpine terrain in North America. To help guests
navigate the trails, Whistler Blackcomb is unveiling the new summer
Alpine Wonder Routes. They are a network of tours, trails, waypoints
and stops created to help guests navigate the mountains and discover
Whistler Blackcomb's most wonder-filled alpine places.
PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery
Ever since Whistler Blackcomb unveiled the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in 2008,
guests and gearheads alike have been interested to learn more about the
engineering marvel. In response, Whistler Blackcomb has constructed the
PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery.
This raised walkway is located in the PEAK 2 PEAK terminal on Whistler
Mountain, and will provide guests with a birds-eye view of the
gondola's record-breaking engineering and technology. It is
interactive, with video tablets installed on the platform where guests
can watch videos that showcase the construction of the gondola towers,
cable installation, facts and statistics, and the history of Whistler
Blackcomb. The PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery was unveiled to the public
on May 25th.
New Kids-Specific Downhill Mountain Bike Rental Fleet
For the first time ever, Whistler Blackcomb will be adding downhill
mountain bikes designed specifically for kids to their rental fleet.
GIANT Bicycles, one of the industry's leading mountain bike
manufacturers, has developed a brand new kids' mountain bike specially
designed for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
Salomon Alpine Run Club
New this season, Whistler Blackcomb has launched the Salomon Alpine Run
Club - a trail running clinic designed to hone technical trail running
skills and provide exclusive access to alpine running trails.
For those who cannot wait until next winter season, the Horstman Glacier
will be open for summer skiing/riding from June 22 to July 28 from 12pm
to 3pm daily. Sightseers are also welcome to check out the glacier by
following the same upload route. Lunch and great views are available at
the Horstman Hut.
Mountain Top BBQ
Sizzling barbeques and live entertainment will put zest into every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler
Mountain. Beginning Friday June 28, guests can ride up the Whistler
Village Gondola and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, fresh salads and
delicious desserts at 1,800 metres/6,000 feet. Whether dining inside or
on the scenic patio, it's sure to be a memorable experience.
On two special days this summer, Steeps, a restaurant perched atop
Whistler Mountain at 6,000 feet, presents five-course Winemaker Dinners
paired with wines from some of the best wineries British Columbia has
ABOUT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB HOLDINGS INC. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. owns a 75% interest in each of Whistler
Mountain Resort Limited Partnership and Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises
Limited Partnership, which, together, carry on the four season mountain
resort business located in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, British
Columbia. Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the
Olympic 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 Mountain and Blackcomb
Mountain are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world
record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offer over 200
marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three
glaciers, receive on average over 1,192 centimetres (469 inches) of
snow annually, and offer 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. Whistler
Blackcomb Holdings Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol "WB". For more information, visit www.whistlerblackcombholdings.com.
SOURCE: Whistler Blackcomb
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Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.