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Intrawest has a new helmet policy. Starting this season, riders at Whistler Blackcomb, Mont Tremblant, Copper, Winter Park, and others will be encouraged to wear helmets.
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Starting this season, visitors to Intrawest resorts will be seeing a lot more helmets on the slopes. Intrawest, which owns Mont Tremblant, Whistler Blackcomb, Copper, Winter Park, Steamboat, Stratton, and several other resorts, is recommending that all skiers wear helmets and making them mandatory in children ski lessons and in terrain parks. Next season they will be required for many on-mountain employees.

Intrawest’s Director of Communications, Ian Galbraith, said that, so far, the program has been popular. “The majority of people are very supportive of it,” he told us.

The new rule comes a season after actress Natasha Richardson died after falling and hitting her head during a ski lesson at Mont Tremblant. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Galbraith said that the new helmet policy isn’t necessarily related. “It’s not a response,” he said. “It’s something we feel is the right move to make.”

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You'll be hard pressed to find "Climax" on the official Whistler Blackcomb trail map. Sources from the resort haven't heard of it, and think that it might be a local's nickname for the Sylvan chute. Either way, it is being kept under wraps for a reason: it's scary.  The red-headed step-child of the Chainsaw ridge just below Blackcomb peak, Climax is the most difficult run at the expansive resort. The chute drops for an initial 300 feet at 50 degrees then gets to a 45 degree angle for a short few turns before bottoming out into the bowl.   Rumored to have been named from several "themes" in the 1985 porn, "The Wizard of Aahh's" (precursor to Greg Stump's "Blizzard of Aahhh's") many of Blackcomb's steeper runs have dirty names. Perhaps this chute is the ultimate conquest.

Guide to Blackcomb

With the 2010 Winter Olympics around the corner, all eyes are on Whistler Blackcomb. The masses will descend on Whistler Mountain, where the official events will take place. Which means Blackcomb will be the place to ski.

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Inside Line: Blackcomb, BC

With the 2010 Winter Olympics around the corner, all eyes are on Whistler Blackcomb. The masses will descend on Whistler Mountain, where the official events will take place. Which means Blackcomb will be the place to ski. Locals know that Blackcomb outperforms its better-known neighbor when it comes to off-piste terrain and jibbing. Plus, Blackcomb’s lift lines are shorter, its park and pipe bigger, and its backcountry steeper. And with the new Peak-to-Peak gondola—a record-setting 2.73-mile-long feat of engineering—now connecting the two mountains, you can easily zip over to the big W. But with Blackcomb’s terrain, why bother?