Celebrate Spring 'Whistler Style'

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Whistler, May 8, 2003 - There aren't many places on earth where you can ski or snowboard in the morning and mountain bike in the afternoon, or vice versa. During the spring in Whistler, you can. To celebrate Whistler's unique diversity, Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are hosting the 2nd Annual Crud to Mud Downhill, on Monday, May 19.

The event showcases the best of spring-time in both of Whistler's worlds. Participants ski or snowboard from the top of Whistler Mountain to the bottom of the snow line, where their bikes and equipment lay waiting. Once they've struggled out of their boots and are clipped into their bike pedals, participants race through A-line, the most popular advanced run in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

"The Crud to Mud is awesome; I had so much fun last year, said Jen Ashton, Whistler Freeride Team member, and the 2002 female Crud to Mud winner. "I was exhausted after the skiing portion, and then I was completely frazzled when I was trying to change from my ski gear into my bike gear.

The event coincides with the official opening weekend of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, as well as the first ever ESPN X Games Global Championship. To find out more about the ESPN X Games Global Championship, another unique event taking place simultaneously in Whistler and San Antonio, Texas from May 16 to 18, please visit EXPN.com.

Registration for the Crud to Mud Downhill is open to all strong intermediate to expert skiers, snowboarders and riders. Participants can enter the following categories: open male, open female, open junior (male and female, 18 and younger), and open teams of two (male/female teams are welcome). Pre-registration is mandatory, and is available through Whistler Blackcomb Guest Reservations, at 604.932.3434 or 1.800.766.0449. Registration costs $30 for individuals, and $40 for teams of two, and the event begins promptly at 10:00am on Monday morning.

For more information, visit www.whistler-blackcomb.com