Whistler Launches Spring Operations & Deals

With 102cm/40" of new snow in last week, slopes are anything but spring-like

WHISTLER, BC, March 19, 2009 - Spring is a season of transitions at Whistler Blackcomb. From powder to parties during the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival April 17-26; and from boards to bikes when the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens May 16; spring is the season for adventure hedonists.

A frontal system has been pounding the West Coast for the last week, resulting in 102cm/40" of fresh powder snow in the last seven days and another 45cm forecasted through to Monday. With another storm stacking up behind the current cycle, Whistler Blackcomb is set to enter the spring season snowy and strong.

“Spring just might be the best time of year in Whistler," says skier Mike Douglas, Whistler Blackcomb Pro Team. "You can ski powder up top, then après at the GLC at the end of the day in your T-shirt.  The Nintendo Terrain Parks soften up and this year the Highest Level Park will be going until the end.  Just as the snow scene starts winding down, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park kicks into action.  What more could you want?”

Important Operational Dates

Whistler Mountain's last day of winter operations –  April 26
Blackcomb Mountain's last day of winter operations –  May 18
Skiing and snowboarding  on Whistler  Mountain – May 19 to June  14 (snowpack permitting)
Spring skiing hours of  operation 10am to 4pm from April 27 to June 14 (snowpack permitting)
Glacier skiing and  riding on Blackcomb Mountain will begin June  20
Whistler Mountain  sightseeing begins – May 16, 10am to 5pm
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola  closed for scheduled maintenance – April 27 to June 5

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival returns to the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb April 17-26. Going into its 14th year as the most significant spring event in the snowsports calendar, this action packed festival will feature a host of new programming merging art with action - on and off the snow.

Deals and Packages
Get here with WestJet and enjoy 15 per cent off seats to Vancouver
Book a lodging package with receive an additional 15 per cent off all WestJet flights to Vancouver. Valid for travel until May 31, 2009. The discounted fares are only available when booked in conjunction with a minimum of three nights accommodation.
These flights are only available by phone. Call 1.888.403.4727 to book your flight today.

TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival April 17 – 26, 2009
Two Nights Accommodation – Two Day Lift Ticket
From $82 CAD per person per night – $69 USD per person per night
Valid April 17 – 26, 2009
Terms and conditions apply - go to website for full details.

Third Night Free
Three night stays receive a third night free. Rates starting at just $199* a night.
Terms and conditions apply - go to website for full details.

Detailed spring operation information, including specific lift access information and mountain amenities including food and beverage and rental or retail options will be available and updated weekly at whistlerblackcomb.com/whatsopen. Daily operation information will also be available on the snowphone 604-932-4211 and on the Today on the Mountain report.