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Friday, November 23, 2012

It’s White Friday in Whistler – winter has arrived!

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - November 23, 2012

It’s White Friday in Whistler – winter has arrived!

Suggested tweet: Celebrate White Friday at #Whistler! #Winter has hit the resort with 27 cm of fresh in the last 24 hours!

Whistler, B.C. – As the resort gears up for winter, Mother Nature has gifted Whistler with an early season present – 27 cm of snow in the last 24 hours (for a total of 151 cm in the last week) and another 10 cm in the forecast for today.





Barely open for the season, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are already recording a cumulative snowfall of 163 cm and the alpine base sitting at 120 cm. With the early season snowfall, Whistler is well on its way toward the 10-year annual snowfall average of 40 feet. Last year, the mountains had surpassed the average annual snowfall by March – with several months left in the season. By the time it wrapped up, the 2011/2012 winter season at Whistler brought with it more than 45 feet of snow!

In addition to the plethora of on and off-mountain winter activities that Whistler offers, the resort is also bustling with a robust events schedule.

To mark the official opening weekend, Whistler Presents: Winter Kick Off continues through November 25 with events and entertainment throughout the resort.

Don’t miss the winter kick off fireworks in Skier’s Plaza on Saturday November 24 at 7 p.m.  Performers David Myles and Ali Milner take to the stage at Millennium Place Saturday evening. In addition to these events, Whistler welcomes the annual craft and artisan fair Bizarre Bazaar and Bratz Biz at the Whistler conference Centre November 24-25.

At the Whistler Sliding Centre the Viessman IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup events continue through the weekend -- November 23-24 with Canadian 2010 Skeleton gold medal winner Jon Montgomery returning to the track. Tickets are $10 (there is no charge for children six years old and younger) and are available at the Whistler Visitor and Information Centre.

Beginning November 28, the 12th annual Whistler Film Festival runs through December 2 with an impressive lineup of films, competitions and events. Not to mention the celebrities in attendance – including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter film series, Kill Your Darlings, The F Word, Horns) and this year’s recipient of the WFF’s Trailblazer Award for Acting and Scriptwriting, actor/screenwriter Rashida Jones (Boston Public, The Office, I Love You Man, Our Idiot Brother, The Social Network, Parks and Recreation).

For the most comprehensive list of Whistler events, visit

A number of vacation packages – starting at $103 CDN per person per night -- are available at where Whistler-based travel consults can also customize your vacation package, taking care of flights, ground transportation, accommodation and activities. offers the largest selection with no booking fee for accommodation and activities and the Best Price Guarantee. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit for more details and offers.




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’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.

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Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network.  The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time.  Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site.

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