Whistler Blackcomb Announces Major $18 Million Capital Expansion for 2013.2014

Whistler Blackcomb Announces Major $18 Million Capital Expansion for 2013.2014 
Lift Expansion Includes New Whistler Mountain Harmony High-Speed Six-Pack 
Chairlift And New High-Speed Quad Chairlift In Blackcomb Mountain's Crystal 
WHISTLER, BC, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced 
today that Whistler Blackcomb has unveiled plans for a major lift expansion. 
Whistler Mountain's Harmony high-speed, quad chairlift will be replaced with a 
new Doppelmayr high-speed, detachable, six-pack chairlift capable of 
transporting six people on each chair. Blackcomb Mountain will see a lift 
enhancement with a high-speed quad chairlift going into a new area in the 
Crystal Zone, currently accessed by a fixed-grip triple chair. 
"This lift expansion clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuously 
enhancing the skiing and riding experience on both mountains," says Dave 
Brownlie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings 
Inc. "This project will increase lift capacity in some of the most desired 
terrain on the mountains by 56% and we expect it will contribute to the growth 
of our business." 
The new high-speed quad chairlift in the Crystal Zone will be 1,708 metres 
(5,604ft) in length, with a vertical rise of 535 metres (1,755ft). Skier 
carrying capacity will increase by 65% over the current lift to 2,400 skiers 
per hour. The new quad will deliver skiers and riders to the same location 
as the current triple chair next to the Crystal Hut. However, the aspect of 
the new lift line is dramatically different, and will originate 158 metres 
(518ft) lower than the old Crystal lift. The bottom elevation will be 1,292 
metres (4,239ft) and the top elevation of the lift will be 1,827 metres 
This bottom terminal location along the Blackcomb Glacier Road ski-out 
eliminates the need to utilize the Excelerator Chair to access many Crystal 
Zone trails including Ridge Runner, Rock 'N' Roll, and gladed trails like 
Outer Limits. It will also be even quicker to return to the Glacier Express 
chair to access Horstman Glacier and Blackcomb Glacier. The increased length 
of the chair's line will give skiers and riders the opportunity to enjoy the 
entire Crystal Zone - from undulating cruisers to gladed zones riddled with 
natural terrain features and snow-caked trees straight out of a Dr. Seuss 
book. The name of this exciting new quad chairlift will be determined through 
a competition to be announced by Whistler Blackcomb later this winter. 
The Harmony Six high-speed chairlift will replace one of Whistler Blackcomb's 
most popular lifts and will dramatically improve the uphill capacity by 50 per 
cent; going from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600. The Harmony Six will service 
terrain spanning from the edge of the Symphony Amphitheatre all the way over 
to Glacier Bowl, adjacent to the Peak Express. This area, known as the Harmony 
Zone, makes up over 485 hectares (1,200 acres) of Whistler Blackcomb's 3,306 
hectares (8,171 acres) of total terrain. With a wide variety of beginner to 
expert terrain options, the Harmony Six will ensure skiers and riders are able 
to spend more time on the mountain exploring the spectacular, powder-covered 
alpine for which Whistler Blackcomb is celebrated. 
The Harmony Six has the same alignment as the current Harmony quad, spanning 
1,729 metres (5,672ft) in length, with a vertical rise of 525 metres 
(1,722ft). The top elevation of the lift is 2,107 metres (6,912ft); the bottom 
elevation is 1,582 metres (5,190ft). 
Construction on the lifts will begin this spring and will continue through the 
summer and fall with an expected opening at the beginning of the 2013.2014 
winter season. For more information, please review the FY13 Lift Expansion 
Backgrounder in the Presentations section of the investor relations website: 
This press release contains forward-looking statements or information, within 
the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including, but not limited 
to, statements with respect to the timing of the completion of the project and 
expected growth of the Corporation's business, which may prove to be incorrect. 
The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release 
are based on certain factors and assumptions made by management of the 
Corporation including, but not limited to: assurances from suppliers, previous 
lift installations and there being no unforeseen obstructions to the 
construction of the project. 
The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release 
are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual 
results to differ materially from those anticipated including, but not limited 
to, risks relating to unfavourable weather conditions, availability of 
capital, supply and installation of equipment, environmental laws and 
regulations, the impact of any occurring natural disasters and economic, 
business and market conditions. A more detailed description of these risks 
is available in the Corporation's annual information form dated December 12, 
2012, which is available on the Corporation's website and on SEDAR at 
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should 
assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements or information prove 
incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. 
Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in such 
forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance 
should not be placed on forward-looking statements or information because the 
Corporation can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be 
These forward-looking statements and information are made as of the date of 
this press release, and the Corporation has no intention and assumes no 
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or information 
to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable 
Canadian securities laws. 
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 
Jeremy Roche Senior Manager, Investor Relations Whistler Blackcomb Holdings 
Inc. jroche@whistlerblackcomb.com Ph: 604-938-7376 
SOURCE: Whistler Blackcomb 
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