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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Relive the spirit of the Winter Games in Whistler

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - January 28, 2014

 Relive the spirit of the Winter Games in Whistler

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Whistler, B.C. -- With the 2014 Winter Games only days away, Whistler is pulling out all the stops to reignite the spirit of 2010, when the community welcomed the world as the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The best place to recapture that spirit and continue the Winter Games celebration is Whistler. From the massive stone Inukshuk that greets visitors as they enter the village, to the prime selfie location in front of the iconic rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, the physical presence of the Games is always felt here.

In Whistler Olympic Plaza, where athletes, visitors and locals gathered nightly during the 2010 Games and where families now join for a magical outdoor skating experience, to the Village Stroll where Jon Montgomery followed his Gold Medal skeleton run with his now-famous public beer swilling, to the square where thousands cheered as they watched the big-screen broadcast of Canada’s Olympic hockey win, the spirit of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is alive and well in Whistler.

Take a walk down memory lane and gather at Whistler Olympic Plaza for the 2010 reunion. Don’t forget your red mittens!

The festivities kick off Friday, February 7 with the broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies at 8 a.m. in Whistler Olympic Plaza and continue with big screen broadcasts, activities, live entertainment and sport demonstrations throughout the duration of the Games.

Highlights include:

• Ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
• Street Hockey
• Enhanced Fire & Ice programs (expanded to include Friday, January 31, February 7, 13, 20 and 27)
• Games daily broadcast viewing
• Family Après Games Edition
• Lay It Down with BC Luge demonstration
• We Are All Olympians Breakfast powered
• Bobsleigh – Do You Have What it Takes?

The detailed list of activities and events is available at http://www.whistler.com/olympics-2014/

In Whistler, it’s also easy to relive the spirit of the Games with legacies such as the Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park, where guests can have their own Olympic Games experience. Guests can try a Winter Games sport with biathlon, bobsleigh or skeleton, ice skating or even ski or ride with an Olympian.

Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, which was home to the Nordic events in 2010 and the Whistler Sliding Centre, which hosted the Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton events in 2010, will host a number of events in the coming weeks with the Biathlon Series event, the Luge Canada Cup, the BC Winter Games Biathlon and cross country events, Sigge’s P’ayakenstut, and the Payak Kids Events.

For all the insights on enjoying the Games in Whistler, read the Whistler Insider blog.

Winter Packages offer accommodation and activity options with Whistler winter stay and ski packages offering savings of up to 30 per cent. Create your own Winter Games experience with the Whistler Olympic Experience package, featuring five nights’ accommodation, three day lift tickets and a bobsleigh or skeleton experience. 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 www.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.

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. http://media.whistler.com/contact-us/filming-in-whistler/

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