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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Connect with family in Whistler, winner of the Best International Family Ski Resort

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Whistler, B.C. – Whistler just took the top spot as the Best International Family Ski Resort in the 2017 Out & About with Kids Best of Family Travel Awards. From the ease of walking the pedestrian-friendly Village to the Family Certified Zones atop Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains to year-round events and activities like Family Après, Whistler provides an abundance of award-winning family friendly activities- especially in winter.

Whether heading up Whistler or Blackcomb, Family Certified Zones with mellow terrain the whole family will enjoy are easily accessible. Seek out the Tree Fort on Whistler or the Magic Castle on Blackcomb and let the kids take off their skis for an unforgettable play break in the trees. Sign up the kids for lessons to relax and enjoy free time on the hill while the little ones improve their skills on the slopes. Lessons for teens and adults are available for skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing at Lost Lake or in Callaghan Country.

Off the slopes, families will love gathering for Family Après at Olympic Plaza on Mondays and Wednesdays through to Mar 28, 2018, with the exclusion of December 25. Après outdoors from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment, storytelling, snowman building competitions and more. Offerings change throughout the season, but the nearby ice-skating and snow zone at Whistler Olympic Plaza are available for daily delights throughout the winter.

The Whistler Holiday Experience pops up for 12 days of family festivities from Friday, December 22 – Thursday, January 4. Kids can enjoy hours of free entertainment with a mini putt course, bouncy castles, crafts and games while parents can take to the lounge and recoup with a coffee, hot cocoa and snacks. Stop by for photos with Santa by donation on December 23 & 24 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Find the ultimate family itinerary for everyone from toddlers to grandparents here. Stay longer and save up to 30% off on a family getaway in Whistler this winter. Find last minute deals or save on activites and ski passes when you book with


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.

About the FE&A program                                                                                                                                                                                  Celebration is an essential aspect of Whistler culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the resort had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program to develop and attract a wide range of high-quality, year-round programming, including an exciting line-up of festivals, events and entertainment for all ages and audiences.

The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee comprised of staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at large and a Whistler council representative. Learn more about the FE&A program

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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
Specialist, Communications
T: 604.938.2726

Bree Eagles
Coordinator, Travel Media
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