Whistler Blackcombe Gears up for the 201213 Season

Tue 28 August 12

Last winter, Whistler Blackcomb tallied a total accumulation of 1,389 centimeters or 45.6 feet of snow.

Whistler Blackcombe Gears up for the 201213 Season

Whistler Blackcombe Gears up for the 201213 Season © Whistler

While those numbers seem high, they are actually just above the annual average delivered to Whistler Blackcomb each year. Over the past ten years Whistler Blackcomb has received an average of 1,192 centimeters or 39.1 feet.

Whistler April 2012
Whistler April 2012
Whistler Blackcomb

“Following on the heels of last year’s exceptional season, this winter we are looking forward to continuing to show guests why we’re a great riding destination,” said Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for this ski season is November 22, 2012. To help stoke the anticipation, the following are the top highlights for the 2012.2013 Winter Season:
 

GROOMING & SNOWMAKING
Whistler Blackcomb has upgraded its grooming fleet by replacing seven snow cats, and adding three new park cats. The new equipment, coupled with Whistler Blackcomb’s 220-strong fleet of state-of-the-art snow guns, enables Whistler Blackcomb to offer guests the best quality ski/ride experience from opening day in November to the last day of the season in May.

TERRAIN PARKS
This season Whistler Blackcomb’s Terrain Parks Team and Whistler Kids Team are focused on parks progression. On opening day, the Whistler Kids Training Centre, located under the Emerald Chair on Whistler Mountain will expand its facility to include beginner terrain park features. This progression-focused facility is targeted to guests who are new to terrain parks and want to learn the fundamentals of riding rails and landing jumps. It is designed for beginners to hone their skills before moving on to the next level, the Terrain Garden.

Whistler Blackcomb’s Terrain Parks progress from “never-ever” beginners to experts only:

·         Kids Training Centre (green)

·         Terrain Garden/Cougar Park (green)

·         Habitat Park (blue)

·         Mini Pipe (blue)

·         Nintendo Terrain Park (blue, black)

·         Snow Cross Track (black)

·         Global Pipe (double black diamond)

·         Highest Level (double black diamond)

For more information on Whistler Blackcomb Terrain Parks please visit whistlerblackcomb.com/parks.

RETAIL RENTAL

This winter season Whistler Blackcomb is offering an entirely new rental and demo fleet, a compelling reason to avoid the airline baggage fee and leave old skis and snowboards at home. The new rental fleet includes ten new ski and snowboard models from Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, K2 and Head. Guests will also have access to over 16 new demo models. Guests who rent or demo skis or boards will also have access to free storage at the base of either Whistler or Blackcomb and the ability to switch equipment to suit snow conditions, as many times as they like, for free. 

Also new this winter, Whistler Blackcomb’s Salomon Store is unveiling a state-of-the-art boot fitting lab to ensure guests are comfortably fitted with the perfect ski or snowboard boot. The Salomon/Atomic Project willfeature boots and skis from both Salomon and Atomic, and will offer top-of-the-line customization options from Conformable and Superfeet. The latest tools in boot fitting will be available to provide Salomon Store guests with the best fit possible.

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Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “Major riding for all styles and all levels, especially backcountry and amazing park and pipes.But take note: lift queues can be very long, especially at Easter and Christmas. Avoid major holidays if an option and Sundays are quieter than Saturdays, especially on Blackcomb. Great summer riding on Blackcomb Glacier.”

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