WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20, 2011

Early Bird Bike Park Season Pass and Triple Play Cards on Sale April 15


Snow may still be falling at Whistler Blackcomb but, with spring just around the corner, mountain bike enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2011.

“Our team is hard at work getting ready for the 2011 Bike Park season and this summer is looking to be one of the best yet,” says Brian Finestone, Bike Park Manager for Whistler Blackcomb. “With snow still covering the trails, it’s going to be a real chore to dig them out this year but the anticipation of bike season fuels us. A lot of great work was done last fall upgrading some popular trails as well as creating Scottish Hammer and Fade to Black; all of which will soon be uncovered for our riders to enjoy.”

Early Bird Bike Park Season Passes and Triple Play Cards go on sale April 15 for $485 CDN and $134.95 CDN (plus HST) respectively. Riders who purchase their Season Passes and Cards before May 31 will save $40 off a the regular Seasons Pass rate while Triple Play Card purchasers will receive an additional free day for use before June 24. Guests who purchase a Season Pass or Triple Play Card are also eligible for additional discounts including 20 per cent off food at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) and Roundhouse Lodge, 20 per cent off retail at Garbanzo Bike & Bean, and 20 per cent off rentals at Garbanzo Rentals and the new Whistler Mountain Bike Park Demo Centre. Guests looking to purchase can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/bike or call 1-800-766-0449. Once the Whistler Mountain Bike Park trail crew finish digging out the lower half of the bike park, construction will begin on the most unbelievable Slopestyle course in Crankworx history. This year Kokanee Crankworx takes place, July 16-24, 2011.

Between now and Kokanee Crankworx there are plenty of exciting bike related things to put on the to-do list. The Crud 2 Mud Downhill race will be back again on May 29, 2011 with registration beginning on April 25, 2011. A new high performance demo centre in the Carleton Lodge will allow guests to demo a selection of 14 high performance downhill bike models from eight different brands.

Lift and lodging packages are available including four night accommodation and a three day bike park ticket from just $90 CDN per person per night. For more information about last minute deals and packages visit www.whistlerbike.com/deals.

Despite the quickly approaching Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening, skiers and riders can continue to enjoy the third snowiest winter season on record. Winter operations continue through to April 25 on Whistler Mountain and May 23 on Blackcomb Mountain. More information on the weather conditions and spring accommodation deals and packages can be found by visiting http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit whistlerblackcomb.com.