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WHISTLER, B.C. – (News Release – Oct. 30, 2007) – Whistler’s record-breaking snowfalls, chart-topping hotels, number one ski resort ratings and incredible savings on early booking packages are adding up to one of the most anticipated ski seasons in recent memory.
In the November 2007 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, Whistler hotels ranked tops among their Canadian counterparts, securing six of the top 15 Canadian resort hotels. In the magazine’s feature “Top 100 Reader’s Choice Awards – The Best in the World; Top 15 Canada Resorts,” the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre was awarded the coveted No. 1 spot, while the Four Seasons Resort Whistler ranked No. 3, followed closely by Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside at No. 5, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa at No. 7, the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler at No. 10, and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler at No. 11.
As skiers and snowboarders anxiously gear up for another superlative season on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb (opening November 22), Whistler remains the reigning ski resort in North America for the eleventh year in a row, upholding its No. 1 ranking on the U.S.-published SKIING Magazine‘s “Top 25 Resorts in North America” list. Meanwhile, TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine ranked Whistler Blackcomb the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America for a second year in a row, and SKI Magazine‘s annual “Top 50 Resort Guide” bumped Whistler Blackcomb up one spot to No. 3.
“These fantastic resort ratings and hotel rankings are an incredible win for Whistler,” said Ian Dunn, Director of Marketing, Tourism Whistler. “Of course we are fortunate to have an amazing annual average snowfall of 33.5 feet, but our thanks is sincerely owed to our visitors and readers of these magazines who continue to recognize the excellence of Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler’s hard working hotel and service employees.”
Last season was Whistler’s second snowiest on record with over 14 metres (46.5 feet) of the treasured white stuff gracing the legendary slopes. That followed the previous year’s record breaking snowfall in January 2006 of 469 centimetres (185 inches) of snow in one month.
Whistler’s incredible lineup of Book Early & Save packages will save visitors up to 33 per cent on accommodation and lift tickets when booked before November 15 through whistler.com. Families can save even more with the Kids Stay, Ski & Rent Free promotion, where kids 12 and under can stay, ski and rent equipment for free. All vacation packages include accommodation and lift tickets. More information and bookings are available through 1-800-WHISTLER (1-800-944-7853) or whistler.com.
Visitors this year will likely be swept up by the Olympic and Paralympic spirit as Whistler prepares to welcome the world as the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The construction phase of the Whistler Nordic venue (including cross country skiing and ski jumping) and the Whistler Creekside Alpine skiing course (including downhill and giant slalom) will be complete this year, just in time to host several national and international competitions in January and February.
Visitors can earn bragging rights by snapping photos as they are about to descend the men’s and women’s alpine courses, all with official signs marking the runs to prove it. The Whistler Sliding Centre (bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) will complete its construction phase by January of 2008, followed by venue and track testing this winter.
There’s more history in the making as Whistler Blackcomb continues with summer and fall construction of the $52 million CDN Peak to Peak Gondola, destined to break records for the longest free span (3.024 kilometres) and highest vertical point (415 metres above Fitzsimmons Creeek). After a winter construction hiatus, the Peak to Peak Gondola is set to open as Canada’s newest tourism icon in December 2008.