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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Thousands enjoyed Whistler Mountain's Opening

Whistler Mountain opened on Saturday 18th November after receiving over 250 centimeters of snow since 1st November, the mid-mountain snow depth is already 130 centimeters. Around 7,000 skiers and snowboarders enjoyed the day, some arriving before daylight to ensure a good spot in the lift queue!

"The two and a half meters of snow that has fallen over the past couple of weeks has made this one of the best opening days in years," says Stuart Rempel, Whistler Blackcomb's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "We've got mid-winter conditions, six lifts, and over 1,000 acres of terrain open. People are having a great time, it's a fantastic start to the season."

Heavy storms are predicted this week which shoud ensure fantastic skiing and snowboarding conditions for the upcoming US Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally a busy time for the mountain resort. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 23.

Whistler Blackcomb’s newest addition, the Symphony Express will open up in the back bowls of Whistler Mountain on December 16. The new high speed detachable quad lift, part of a $22.1 million upgrade at Whistler Blackcomb, will usher in a whole new chapter of lift-accessed alpine terrain on Whistler Mountain. Providing lift access to 1,000 acres of terrain in an area that offers vast bowls, deep snow and gladed sub-alpine tree skiing to skiers and riders of intermediate ability and above, the Symphony Express also offers awe-inspiring views into Garibaldi Provincial Park and across to Blackcomb Mountain.

Skiers and riders eager to keep an eye on Whistler Blackcomb as this current storm cycle continues, can stay up to date by checking out web cams and operational updates at whistlerblackcomb.com. The snow phone is also updated daily and can be reached by calling 604-687-7507 (Vancouver) or 604-932-4211 (Whistler).

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