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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Whistler Mountain opens early – and there is still time to save

Suggested tweet: The wait is over; #winter arrived early in #Whistler with opening day set for November 19 #LittleThingsWhistler





Whistler, B.C. – Dust off your gear, the wait is nearly over! Whistler Blackcomb announced today that Whistler Mountain will open on Thursday, November 19 – one week earlier than anticipated.

Thanks to a healthy dose of snow in the alpine and a helping hand from the largest fleet of snowmaking equipment in North America, Whistler is readying for an epic winter season – and you can experience it seven days early, and with savings of up to 40 per cent.

Whistler will have five lifts running on Thursday, giving guests the option to upload from either the Whistler Village Gondola, or the Creekside Gondola. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair will be running.

Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are seeing favourable early season conditions with the November snowfall currently at 98 cm (38.5 inches), and the forecast calling for another 45 cm (18 inches) to 75 cm (29.5 inches) of snow in the coming days.

Grab last minute savings when you book before Sunday, November 15, with up to 40 per cent savings on stay and ski packages. Starting as low as $103 per person, per night on five-night + four-day lift ticket packages (not to mention free lift tickets, rental equipment and airport transfer for kids 12 and under) booking at also comes with a price match guarantee.

Visit or call 1.900.944.7853 to connect with Whistler-based travel consultants for this and other winter vacation package options, or to customize your package.

There’s also an opportunity to win an epic Whistler winter vacation. Enter our Big Whistler Contest for a chance to win a Whistler vacation, including airfare, ground transfers, accommodation and activities totalling more than $10,000.


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 1.800.944.7853 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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