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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

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Snow Creeps Down The Mountains As Whistler Blackcomb Officially Enters Storm Season In Preparation For Open Day (20-Oct-08)

WHISTLER, BC, October 20, 2008 – The snow has really started to fly at Whistler Blackcomb

The snow has really started to fly at Whistler Blackcomb with approximately five centimetres falling overnight and more expected in the forecast today and later this week. With the countdown on to opening day, this is exciting news in the resort.

The Environment Canada Alpine Forecast is calling for a snowfall accumulation of between five and 10 centimetres today with the freezing level hovering between 900 and 1,100 metres. Whistler Village is 675m, so that means the snow is almost down the valley. According to the five-day outlook, there will be a slight clearing in the weather Wednesday, while another storm materializes Thursday and hits with snow Friday.

With these cold temperatures and low freezing levels, Mother Nature is taking care of the snow, but the snowmaking team is standing by in preparation for opening day, November 27.

“We’re poised and ready to step in once this storm passes,” says Jodie McCutcheon, Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking manager. “We have between 180 and 220 snow guns set up and ready to go. As soon as the storm stops, we’ll fire up. Also both reservoirs on both mountains are full, that’s 52 million gallons of water, ready to support the snowmaking effort.”

Winter preparation has officially kicked into gear and Whistler Blackcomb is facing its most exciting season yet. Opening the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola December 12, will propel the resort into the record books once again. The world-record breaking gondola is the first lift of its kind in North America and is destined to become Canada’s newest tourism icon, forever revolutionizing the year-round guest experience at Whistler Blackcomb. Linking the two side-by-side mountains in 11 minutes at the alpine level will create infinite opportunities for guests to make the most of their day on the slopes and experience amazing views of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Spanning 4.4 kilometres (2.73 miles) in total distance from mountain to mountain, the Doppelmayr 3S tri-cable gondola boasts the world’s longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), as well as the world’s highest lift of its kind at 436 metres (1,427 feet) above the valley floor.

In addition to the PEAK 2 PEAK excitement, February 2009 marks the one-year countdown to 2010 and Whistler Village will be filled with live entertainment and animation. In 2010, Whistler Blackcomb will be the venue for the men’s and women’s Olympic and Paralympic alpine skiing disciplines of Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined. This winter is a great opportunity to experience the Olympic courses before the Winter Games. Still, it will be business as usual at Whistler Blackcomb for guests planning to hit the slopes in 2010. More than 90 per cent of the mountain will be open to the public during the Games. Construction for all 2010 venues in Whistler is now complete and all three venues are open to the public this winter.

Whistler Blackcomb has also made a variety of on-mountain improvements to help revolutionize the guest experience.

The Nintendo Terrain Parks, recently ranked No. 1 by TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine, have come up with a creative and environmentally responsible way to enhance their arsenal of jib features by cutting up and re-welding old rails and re-using PEAK 2 PEAK construction materials. The Terrain Parks department has spent $40,000 this year on building new rails and re-designing old ones. Rangers are also constructing new industrial-style features out of old PEAK 2 PEAK construction materials. Riders can look forward to 100+ jib features this season.

Meanwhile, park skiers and riders will experience unprecedented terrain park access with the launch of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. In just 11 minutes, they will be transported from Whistler to Blackcomb to experience all five Nintendo Terrain Parks and the Superpipe in one day.

Whistler Blackcomb’s Food and Beverage department has updated some of its mouth-watering menu items and is undertaking new sustainability initiatives. Just up the road, Pemberton’s Across The Creek Organics, is growing approximately 25,000 Russet potatoes exclusively for Whistler Blackcomb. Meanwhile, the Food and Beverage department is also working with Coca-Cola to grow its existing recycling program and to encompass other areas of waste reduction. Whistler Blackcomb’s restaurants currently recycle 90 per cent of their beverage containers.

Among other initiatives, Steeps Grill is enhancing its wine program and is working with local food producers to expand its West Coast menu. Whistler Mountain’s Chic Pea will continue to offer Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, while Horstman Hut is introducing a new European alpine-inspired menu, featuring hearty meals.

Whistler Blackcomb’s recruiting department has already pre-hired and confirmed accommodation for approximately 1,200 staff for winter positions in food and beverage, ski and snowboard school, lift attendance and more. Recruiting representatives have been hard at work attending job fairs at seven Canadian cities, including Halifax, NS; as well as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. There are still approximately 200 volunteer and full- and part-time food and beverage positions open and Whistler Blackcomb will be hosting a small recruiting fair at the Blackcomb Daylodge  from November 1-3 from 9am to 5pm. Those interested can book their appointments online at whistlerblackcomb.com/employment.

 
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