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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whistler welcomes winter with early opening

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Whistler, B.C. – The 2017/ 18 winter season at Whistler officially kicks off with an early opening for Whistler Mountain this week.

Originally scheduled to open November 23, Whistler Mountain will open November 17 with 20 runs and five lifts. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled November 23.

Mother Nature appears to be as stoked as the locals are for the upcoming season, dropping nearly 50 centimetres (19 inches) of fresh snow in the alpine over the last couple of days, and another 50 cm in the forecast by Friday. Find the latest weather and snow forecast updates at

Whistler typically enjoys an average annual snowfall of nearly 40 feet and a ski season that stretches well into spring. More than 3,300 hectares of terrain, 200+ trails and 37 lifts make Whistler a big mountain experience.

Whistler is a winter wonderland with many ways to enjoy the great outdoors – both on and off the slopes. Whether you are on the slopes, exploring the cross country trails, taking in a snowshoe or snowmobile tour, or flying through the air on a zipline, Whistler has something for everyone and – Whistler’s official information and central reservations website – is the place to go to access all of the Whistler winter intel.

For a guide to Whistler’s must-see, must-do winter experiences, check out Tourism Whistler’s winter itineraries. From iconic winter sightseeing to adrenaline adventures, luxurious winter getaways, family fun, true Canadiana and on and off-mountain experiences, we have it covered.

And for the inside scoop on how to ace the first day of the season, check out the Whistler Insider blog.

Secure up to 35% off on your visit to Whistler this winter by booking by November 15. Visit where Whistler-based travel consultants can help you build the ultimate winter Whistler vacation.


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 1.800.944.7853 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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Marion Young
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Bree Eagles
Coordinator, Travel Media
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