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What's new at Whistler Mtn.

Blog by | November 2nd, 2006

  • Whistler Blackcomb has grown to more than 500,000 acres through the purchase of Whistler Heli-Skiing. This makes Whistler the largest ski resort in the world with over 1/2 million acres.
  • The legacy from the Olympics will include a show case for sliding sports to the public, and a tourist attraction for Whistler in both the summer and winter.
  • The Whistler sliding center venue capacity is 12,000. Construction began in June 2005 and will be completed by November 2007. It will be longer, more highly technical and faster than any other course in the world.
  • The apline course venue capacity is 7,500. This is a $6 million project on the men's and women's course. The construction includes contouring and reshaping to make the course safe for the athletes. There will be additions to existing snow making and an enhanced reservoir and refill system for snow making. Construction to be completed by November. 2007.
  • 2010 Olympics will have 8 out of 15 disciplines in Whistler, and 3 out of 5 paralympic games. Half of hte athletes will stay in Whistler and there will be some medal ceremonies held in Whistler as well.
  • Season pass pricing - there has been more than a 20% decrease in child and youth early bird pass prices (child $319, youth $499). Pass rewards include discounts on various shops and restaurants on the mountian.
  • Symphony Amphitheatre is a new ski attraction in Whistler. It is one of Whistler mountain's favorite in-bounds back country experiences that has until now been reserved for those willing to hike for their turns. Long referred to by locals as part of the Musical Bumps, the new name was inspired by the area's natural theater with its unmatched views, vast open bowls and gladed finales. High alpine elevation with great snow.
  • The High Note Trail, in partnership with Parks BC, is is an 8 km long trail with breathtaking views of Garibaldi Provincial Park and Cheakamus Lake. The hiking, walking and wildflowers are truly amazing.
  • The Air Dome - the only mountain bike specific foam pit training facility in the world. It features a massive foam pit with multiple run-ins, table top ramp, quater pipe, half pipe and wall rides. There are also summer gravity camps for mountain biking at The Air Dome.
  • New ski run names will include rhapsody bowl, staccato glades, adagio and encore ridge.
  • Symphony express lift is the newest lift. A high speed quad, over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain is accessible by this new lift.
  • There has been a $22 million capital investment this year, with the major investment this yearm with the major investment being the Symphony Amphitheatre. There have been snowmaking inprovements, sewer lines and upgraded washrooms at Raven's Nest and Crystal Hut. A rejuvenatedRoundhouse Marketplace and food court, retail rental facelift, and the Sempa Power Project; a hybrid boiler system running off electric hydro or gas propane.