What's New at Whistler Blackcomb This Summer
WHISTLER, BC, May 28, 2013
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 /PRNewswire/ - 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 sightseers.
"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
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
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 25^th.
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
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 to offer.
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
SOURCE Whistler Blackcomb
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.
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