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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Navigate through Whistler’s extensive trail system with new mountain bike trails database

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - July 25, 2012

Navigate through Whistler’s extensive trail system with new mountain bike trails database


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Whistler, B.C. – From the awe-inspiring bike park, an extensive off road trail network and the 40-kilometre paved multi-purpose Valley Trail system, exploring Whistler by mountain bike is a ride not to be missed and one that’s now easier than ever to navigate, thanks to the new online mountain bike trails database.

The mountain bike trails database is a new feature available on Whistler.com  showcasing the extensive trail network in and around Whistler. This interactive map provides an overview of trails, their locations and degree of difficulty allowing users to click on individual trails to access more detailed GPS information. The mobile site is located here: http://mobile.whistler.com/trails/

When it comes to mountain biking, Whistler offers an unparalleled variety of cross-country and downhill terrain to explore, from high alpine single-track to the world-renowned Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

New to the bike park this year is the Top of the World trail. Offering 360 degree views of the surrounding glaciers, lakes and peaks, the trail increases the park’s vertical by more than 330 metres (1,091 feet).  With over 60 trails and 1,508 metres (4,946 feet) of vertical, Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers more trails and more vertical feet than any other bike park in North America.  The trail begins at the top of Peak Chair, descending through three climate zones: Alpine Tundra, Mountain Hemlock and Temperate Rainforest. A limit of 100 riders per day are permitted on the new trail, opening up new terrain to eager advanced riders ready to test their skills on Whistler’s alpine slopes. Riding the Peak Chair will require a separate lift ticket which will cost riders $15 in addition to their Bike Park pass.

Stretching 40 kilometres throughout the Whistler valley, the paved Valley Trail network connects Whistler’s neighbourhoods offering a scenic path to your destination. Whether routing from the village to Lost Lake, along the River of Golden Dreams to Meadow Park, around the Whistler Golf Club to Rainbow Park or touring to Alpha, Nita or Alta lake, the Valley Trail is an optimal option for riders of all ability levels. Bring your own bike, or rent through a number of operators.

Tourism Whistler offers opportunities to win the ultimate biking experience: The winner of the Ride with Shandro in Whistler contest, and a lucky friend, will escape to Whistler to experience a day on the Top of the World trail with professional mountain biker Andrew Shandro. Bike Magazine will send along a videographer to shoot the experience. Contest closes July 31, 2012.

The Ride it. Share it. You could win it! contest invites entrants to submit a photo or video of themselves riding the various Whistler trails to the Interactive Whistler Mountain Bike Trail Map for a chance to win a 2013 Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad mountain bike fitted with a 2013 FOX suspension. This contest closes September 10, 2012.

A variety of summer packages including accommodation and activities are available to book and Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize vacation packages, taking care of flights, ground transportation, accommodation and activities. Whistler.com offers the largest selection with no booking fee for accommodation and activities. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit whistler.com for more details and offers.

Faces of Whistler – Brian Finestone, Mountain Parks Man
Brian Finestone is the Manager of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park in the summer (and leader of Terrain Parks at Whistler Blackcomb in the winter). On a daily basis, he is the point man for bike park operations, helps design trails and courses, organizes guides and instructors and helps facilitate media requests. A bestselling author, photographer and bike fanatic, Brian spends equal time riding DH, XC and BMX. Over the course of his 20 years in Whistler he has explored every corner of the mountains and valley. “Originally, I planned to take a year off from university to shred and shoot photos to get it out of my system,” he says. “It is now 20 years later and I’m still not quite sure if it is out so I better stick around to make sure.”

 

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

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