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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Take a breather and enjoy the air up here: Whistler’s scenic hiking trails provide spectacular views

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - August 16, 2012

Take a breather and enjoy the air up here: Whistler’s scenic hiking trails provide spectacular views


Suggested Tweet: Explore #Whistler along many our scenic hiking trails. From the valley to the alpine, we’ve got you covered http://www.whistler.com/hiking/

 

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Whistler, B.C. – When the winter snow makes way for lush forested peaks and valleys, some of the best views of the local mountain ranges, alpine lakes and blooming wildflowers can be had along the hiking trails of Whistler.

From the paved Valley Trail network system to the tops of our snow-capped mountains, the scenic canvas of Whistler comes alive at varying elevations as visitors make their way along the many and varied hiking routes.

On Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience provides a 360-degree view of the alpine, opening up the vast alpine terrain and offering 18 incredible hiking trails. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, the combined 50-kilometres of trails offer unique hiking experiences.

Whether it’s an interpretive beginner trail that introduces you to the mountain landscape, or the more challenging Highnote or Overlord trails, there are choices for every ability level. The PEAK 2 PEAK is open daily until September 23 and then on weekends until October 8.

From the village and surrounding neighbourhoods, Whistler offers a number of extraordinary hiking routes that take guests on a journey off the beaten path and deep into the core of our natural surroundings.

The Ancient Cedars Grove is a popular hike just north of the Village at Cougar Mountain where Ancient Cedars await. The Lost Lake Trails (which double as cross country and snowshoe trails in the winter) are easily accessible from the village with the classic Lost Lake Loop offering a casual route through the woods, suitable for even the youngest of hikers. To find out the inside scoop on Whistler’s hiking trails, read The Whistler Insider blog.

At www.whistler.com, guests can book a guided tour or access the mountain and valley hiking maps for a self-guided journey.

For those whose sightseeing style is more about taking to the air, a number of aerial sightseeing tours are available. Floatplane and helicopter tours provide guests with an unparalleled view of Whistler’s majestic glaciers, mountain ranges and alpine lakes.

Whistler Via Ferrata offers a unique and exhilarating experience with climbing excursions to the summit of Whistler Peak, and one of the first via Ferrata in Canada. Italian for “Iron Way”, Via Ferrata consists of an engineered vertical pathway featuring permanently fixed cables for safety and metal rung ladders to ease the climber’s movement over the rocks.

For detailed Whistler activity options visit http://www.whistler.com/activities.

Summer packages start at $57 per person, per night for the Family Adventure package, $66 per person, per night for the Stay & Scandinave Spa package, $88 per person, per night for the Stay & Zipline package, $113 per person, per night for the Stay, Zipline & Peak2Peak package and $122 per person, per night for the Whistler Nightlife package.

Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can 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.

 

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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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