Whistler Blackcomb to open a week ahead of schedule on November 19

WHISTLER, BC, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Whistler Mountain will be opening one week ahead of schedule on Thursday, November 19. The early opening has been made possible thanks to favourable early season conditions, including natural snowfall and prime temperatures for snowmaking. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.

"Since November 1, we have received 98cm (38.5in) of natural snow as measured at our Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain and we have another 45cm (18in) to 75cm (29.5in) in the forecast at higher elevations over the next few days," says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. "What Mother Nature has brought us so far has been complemented by our snowmaking team, who have converted over 26.5 million gallons of water into snow since the start of November. We are excited conditions have allowed us to get the season started ahead of schedule this year for all those eager skiers and snowboarders out there."

When Whistler Mountain opens on November 19 it will have five lifts running, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz's Chair.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind guests to ski/ride safely as early season conditions will apply, especially off piste," says MacFarlane. "Please obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by 'Temporary Boundary' signage."

With more snow in the forecast between now and Opening Day, guests will be able to enjoy some fun conditions to kick off Whistler Blackcomb's 50th anniversary season. More details about what guests can expect on November 19 will be available early next week.

For Canadian, Washington State and Oregon State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $70 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long and are available at early bird pricing until November 23. Five or ten day EDGE Cards purchased before November 23 also come with a bonus day valid for use until December 18. More information is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/save.

Guests interested in planning a trip to Whistler can take advantage of the Early Season Booking Offer which runs until November 15 and includes stay & ski packages from $103 (CDN) per person, per night. To book a trip to the No. 1 rated mountain resort in North America visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.

Whistler Blackcomb is Smoke-Free
This winter will mark the first smoke-free ski season at Whistler Blackcomb. The smoke-free policy, originally introduced in May 2015, was implemented to preserve the pristine alpine environment for all guests. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, valley base areas, parking lots and all Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations. More information about Whistler Blackcomb's smoke-free policy is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/smokefree.

About Whistler Blackcomb
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, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,163 centimetres (458 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 http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media

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

SOURCE Whistler Blackcomb

Image with caption: "Matty Richard on Whistler Mountain. Photo taken November 9, 2015 by Paul Morrison. (CNW Group/Whistler Blackcomb)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151112_C4788_PHOTO_EN_544182.jpg

Image with caption: "Photo taken November 9, 2015 by Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography (CNW Group/Whistler Blackcomb)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151112_C4788_PHOTO_EN_544184.jpg

Image with caption: "Photo taken November 9, 2015 by Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography (CNW Group/Whistler Blackcomb)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151112_C4788_PHOTO_EN_544186.jpg

For further information: Lauren Everest, Public Relations and Communications Manager, WhistlerBlackcomb, O: 604.938.7359


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