Whistler, CANADA – Whistler/Blackcomb, Sims Sports Inc. (SIMS) and ResortCommunications Group (RCG) announced today an agreement to host the SimsInvitational World Snowboarding Championship (WSC) at Whistler Resort, April20-23, 2000.

The four-discipline, internationally televised event willinvite the best riders in the world to compete for $200,000US in prize moneyover three days. The WSC will take center stage at Whistler’s legendary Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF), NorthAmerica’s largest annual winter sports event. The WSC will be hosted byWhistler/Blackcomb and managed in partnership by Sims and RCG.

Sims held the first World Snowboarding Championship in 1982 in Lake Tahoewhen Tom Sims brought together the world’s top riders to compete forsnowboarding’s most prestigious crown. Now 18 years later, the WSC willre-emerge as one of the largest professional events of its kind in the worldwith the largest prize purse of any single event in North America.

Sims Chairman and CEO John Textor says, “Since Tom Sims built his firstsnowboard in 1963, SIMS has been totally focussed on the rider experience. The World Snowboarding Championship will extend this commitment by givingthe top pros what they expect out of a world class event…a long transitionhalfpipe built by the Super Dragon, an intensely kinetic big air event, aSIMS-design slopestyle course and a giant slalom course that onlyWhistler/Blackcomb could deliver.”

The backdrop to the WSC is the fifth annual Telus World Ski & SnowboardFestival, April 14-23, featuring over 50 live bands and 3000 athletescompeting in 28 events. The WSSF was the driving force behind makingWhistler the busiest mountain resort in the world in April 1999, recordingmore than 240,000 resort visits over ten days.

Says WSSF Chairman and RCG Managing Director Doug Perry, “The addition ofthe World Snowboarding Championship significantly bolsters our effortstoward building the premier snowsport festival in the world. In Sims we havefound a partner that shares our vision for building innovative events of thehighest professional standards.”

David Perry, Whistler/Blackcomb’s Vice President Marketing & Sales agrees,”Whistler has become a mecca for snowboarding each April. This landmarkcommitment to annually host the Sims Invitational World SnowboardingChampionship takes this trend to an exciting new level.”