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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

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).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Summer Adventure KickS off at Whistler Blackcomb THIS WEEKEND (13-Jun-08)

Whistler Mountain Bike Park begins Extended Play Saturday; Glacier Skiing and Adventure Zone get underway this weekend; Whistler Mountain sightseeing to start June 28

WHISTLER, BC, June 13, 2008 – This weekend marks the start of summer at Whistler Blackcomb with a seemingly endless choice of adventure, on and off the mountains. New bike programs to address a growing group of all-round riders, a new High Note connector hiking trail, Friday night mountain top BBQs, the kid-friendly Adventure Zone and plenty of snow on the glacier for skiing and riding are all part of the summer offerings. Extending from mid June to Thanksgiving weekend in October, there is something for everyone during the summer season at Whistler Blackcomb.

1. DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING – open daily through October 12, 2008

Extended Play kicks off June 14 through August 31 - open 10am to 8pm daily

Regular hours resume September 1 through October 12 – open 10am to 5pm daily

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park celebrates its 10th anniversary as the number one lift-accessed downhill park in the world, offering over 200 kilometres of lift-serviced descending trails for thrill seekers of all levels. The world-class Bike Park crew is constantly setting new boundaries with its design innovation. Trails are labeled by level of difficulty and include green runs for beginners seeking gentle banked cruisers, blue runs for all-round riders looking for a sustained downhill cross-country experience, and black diamond trails for experts craving tight, twisty and steep single track.

Bike Park 101 – Tuesdays and Fridays 6-8pm

New this summer and designed for riders looking for an introduction to the Whistler Bike Park, Bike Park 101 caters to confident bikers who have never ridden in the park. Bike Park 101 includes a lift ticket, lesson and bike rental.

Women’s Nights – Mondays and Wednesdays 5-8pm

Whistler Blackcomb is growing the sport of downhill mountain biking for women with these girls-only clinics. Women’s Wednesdays have been so popular in the past that an additional night has been added this year. The program offers something for women of all abilities, whether it's their first or 100th time in the Bike Park. Women's Nights tickets include the bike rental, lift ticket, bike guide, après beverage, and a chance to win great prizes.

The Sampler – three-run ticket available in the lower Park until June 27

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has introduced a new ticket product designed to attract more all-round riders to the park. The Sampler, as the name implies, offers riders a chance to get their feet dirty before fully jumping in, by providing them with three runs in the Park. Not just for the hardcore downhill mountain biker, the Park offers fantastic riding experiences for all kinds and levels of riders. This ticket has been designed to encourage those riders who say, “I am not a Park rider,” to give it a try.

Trail Crews have been building and enhancing trails designed for a wide variety of riders. Recent additions like Crank It Up, Karate Monkey, and Blue Velvet as well as improvements to B-Line, Angry Pirate, Devil’s Club and others are providing smoother, more rhythmic riding, perfect for the emerging trend of lightweight, medium travel all-mountain bikes. In total there are more then 25 intermediate or beginner trails in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and two intermediate/beginner skill zones to practice in before heading out onto the trails.

2. ALPINE HIKING AND SIGHTSEEING – June 28 to October 13

Hopping on the Whistler Village Gondola initiates a 25-minute scenic journey up a vertical mile to the Roundhouse Lodge (1,850 metres/6,069 feet) and then further on up to the peak of Whistler via the open air Peak Chair (2,182 metres/7,160 feet). The alpine trail network offering over 61 kilometres (38 miles) of trails is accessible from either the top of the Whistler Village Gondola or the top of the Peak Chair. Alpine hikes range from “green” to “blue” to “black” rated trails. New this year is the Half Note Trail, intersecting the signature High Note Trail, providing a shortened route back to the Roundhouse Lodge via the Musical Bumps Trail. Rated a “black” hike, the total length is 1.3 kilometres with an elevation gain of 220 metres.

Alpine sightseeing and hiking on Whistler Mountain will be open daily June 28 through September 21, then weekends only to October 13. ***Alpine hiking will be available as the snow pack allows. With a significant snow pack in the alpine anticipated until early July, it is recommended that guests check whistlerblackcomb.com for current alpine hiking conditions.

Alpine sightseeing on Blackcomb is available June 9 through July 27, and is accessible via the Wizard Express at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

Mountain Top BBQ – June 28 to August 30

The Mountain Top BBQ dinner is served on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer at the Roundhouse Lodge. The Whistler Village Gondola takes guests to 1,850 metres (6,069 feet) to enjoy southern style BBQ cooking, live music and an alpine sunset like no other.

3. BLACKCOMB BASE ADVENTURE ZONE – June 14 to September 8

Located in Whistler's Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the family-friendly Adventure Zone features mini golf, a climbing wall, a new batting cage and much more. June 14 through September 8, the Adventure Zone is open daily from 10am to 6pm Sunday through Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. Fun for all ages, activities are available for kids as young as two.

4. GLACIER SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING– June 9 to July 27

Offering the longest snow season in North America, skiers and snowboarders are still taking advantage of great snow conditions at the top of Blackcomb Mountain on the Horstman Glacier. Summer skiing is open to the public from June 9 through July 27 (dependent upon weather) and is accessed via the Wizard Express Chair at the Blackcomb Base. With double the terrain park features over previous years and a new Superpipe, the summer glacier experience will be epic.

Meanwhile, summer glacier camps are currently underway on the glacier, bringing in the hottest professional athletes to coach aspiring skiers and riders, and attracting ski and snowboard magazines and professional film crews.

Summer Adventure Snowcast, Presented by TELUS, now online

Yes, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is all about adrenaline – but don’t be intimidated by the Boneyard slopestyle course, there is something in the park for all skill levels and ages. In this episode, meet Mountain Bike Guide, Ken Doraty, as he takes our host in the Bike Park for the first time.

This summer, join our host, Meredith Rozbitsky, as she explores the Bike Park; enjoys incredible alpine views at 7,000 feet; checks out the building of the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; and hits Kokanee Crankworx 2008.

To view the podcast, visit whistlerblackcomb.com/podcast



 

 
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