Whistler Blackcomb Gets Snowy December

Whistler, December 30, 2002 – As of 7:00 am today, Whistler Blackcombrecorded 9 centimetres of new snow overnight. This brings the total snowfallfor the month of December to 330 centimetres (130 inches), making this thethird snowiest December and the seventh snowiest month in the last 20 years.

Most of the snowfall has come in the last days of December explains JanTindle, Whistler Blackcomb’s avalanche forecaster. “We received around 21/2 metres (8 feet) of snow in the last half of December, with over 1 1/2metres (5 1/2 feet) since Christmas. During a 24-hour period on ChristmasDay alone, we received around 100 centimetres (39 inches)!”

The large amount of snow in such a short period of time also brings with itwarnings for backcountry users says Tindle. “The Canadian AvalancheAssociation has posted a rating of ‘considerable’ for the backcountry, whichmeans natural avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches areprobable.”

Environment Canada is calling for another 27 centimetres before December31st, with heavy snowfall continuing through the week. The December recordstands at 380 centimetres (150 inches), set in the 1994/95 season and thesecond highest record was established just last year with 377 centimetres(148 inches). The 20-year December average is 208 centimetres (82 inches).The snowiest month recorded at Whistler Blackcomb over the last 20 years wasJanuary 1992, with a total of 459 centimetres (181 inches).

Whistler Blackcomb is owned and operated by Intrawest Corporation.Intrawest Corporation (IDR:NYSE; ITW:TSX) is the leading developer andoperator of village-centered resorts across North America. The company ownsnine mountain resorts, including Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s mostpopular mountain resort. Intrawest also owns Sandestin Golf and Beach Resortin Florida and has a premier vacation ownership business, Club Intrawest.The company has a 45 per cent interest in Alpine Helicopters Ltd., owner ofCanadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world.Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and is located onthe World Wide Web at www.intrawest.com.