WHISTLER, BC, November 12, 2007 â€“ Mother Nature has dumped over 80 centimetres of snow on Whistler Blackcomb in the last 48 hours bringing the mountainâ€™s snow base to 108 centimetres/43 inches. The Environment Canada Alpine Forecast is calling for a small reprieve from the intense weather tomorrow and Wednesday before storms pummel the mountains again on Thursday and Friday with 20-40 centimetres forecasted.
Operations crews and all front line staff are going full steam ahead to prepare the mountains for the upcoming winter season. Official opening day is November 22 but with outstanding snowfall this week an early opening is being considered. A decision will be made Wednesday, November 14 in the afternoon.
â€œGiddy anticipation is definitely the overwhelming feeling in Whistler right now,â€ says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcombâ€™s Mountain Manager. â€œItâ€™s dumping snow on the mountains right now. This weather system has been a huge boost for our early season conditions and will build an excellent base for the rest of the season. Our on-mountain webcams can give people an excellent idea of what is going on up on the mountain.â€
EDGE Cards are available at early bird pricing until November 19 which allow Canadians and Washington State residents to ski the mountains from $52.99 a day. A ten day EDGE Card is available on-line for $529.89, while the five day EDGE Card is available for $279.99. Single day EDGE Cards are available on-line for $56.99. Perks when purchased by November 19 include: $300 in retail coupons, $100 Ski & Snowboard School Gift Certificate, and a $99 lodging offer. Season-long perks with an EDGE Card include: 10 per cent off retail, 50 per cent off Coca Cola Tube Park tickets, and 25 per cent off tickets at other Intrawest resort locations. Whistler Blackcombâ€™s Book-By offer is available until November 15 offering up to 33 per cent off vacation packages. Information on both can be found at whistlerblackcomb.com
Weather and snow information can be found on whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/snowreport and starting opening day, the Snow Report on the website and the Snowphone will be updated five times daily. Reach the Snowphone by calling 604.932.4211 in Whistler, 604.687.7507 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1.800.766.0449. Reporting information such as new snow, mountain temperatures, wind speed and snow conditions; these are the most up to day sources of current conditions on the mountains.