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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Whistler to host world’s top lugers

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - January 29, 2013

Whistler to host world’s top lugers


Suggested tweet: #Luge racers arrive in #Whistler for the 2013 World Championships; celebration kicks off Wednesday with opening ceremony and outdoor concert





Whistler, B.C. – The top luge competitors in the world make their way to Whistler this week for the Luge World Championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre – home to the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The 2013 FIL (International Luge Federation) World Championships race days are Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, but the excitement begins long before that with the opening ceremony in Whistler Village. The Parade of Athletes begins in Whistler Olympic Plaza at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 with the opening ceremony taking place in Whistler Village at 7 p.m. featuring a free outdoor concert with Vancouver indie band The Boom Booms.

More than 150 athletes representing 25 countries will compete in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and team relay races with competition beginning at 3 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 each (children 6 and under receive complimentary admission). Tickets can be purchased at

For your own Whistler adventure, don’t forget that the Whistler Sliding Centre offers a public skeleton and bobsleigh program, providing guests the opportunity to experience first-hand the exhilaration of these adrenalin-pumping sports.

And when it comes to snow, Whistler has it covered -- the mountains have received 33 centimetres – or more than a foot -- of fresh snow in the last week, bringing the cumulative snowfall of 675 centimetres (more than 22 feet). For the latest snow report, forecast and webcams, visit

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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'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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