NEW ALPINE THEATRE & PEAK 2 PEAK VIEWING GALLERY KICK OFF SUMMER SIGHTSEEING AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Alpine Hiking, Running & Interpretive Trails

WHISTLER, BC June 12, 2013 – As temperatures heat up in the alpine and snow begins to melt, Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience is unearthed and new summer activities emerge. Not only has Whistler Blackcomb been focusing on construction of the new Harmony and Crystal chair lifts this spring, the mountain has also been balancing other projects like planning Whistler’s first ever alpine theatre, and building the new and interactive PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery.

“With these new experiences, our hope is guests will gain a deeper connection to the mountains and have a richer, more impactful PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience,” says Doug Forseth, Vice President: Planning, Government Relations and Special Projects at Whistler Blackcomb.

WHAT’S ON AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB THIS SUMMER:

Alpine Theatre
Saturday, June 29 - Whistler Blackcomb will open the doors to its first ever alpine theatre on Whistler Mountain just in time for Canada Day Long Weekend. Located on the first floor of the Roundhouse Lodge, the Alpine Theatre is the perfect introduction to Whistler Blackcomb. Every half hour there will be a 15 minute screening of visually stunning videos that touch on Whistler Blackcomb’s history; illustrate how the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola was constructed; and provide guests with a glimpse of the alpine environment at Whistler Blackcomb before they actually get outside and experience it for themselves.

PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience and Viewing Gallery
Saturday, June 29 – The Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain is set to open giving sightseers easy access the highest point on the mountain and breathtaking 360 degree views of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Riding the Peak Chair will also give hikers easy access to the massive snow walls currently framing the hiking trails.
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is the “must do” summer experience in Whistler and provides an aerial sightseeing opportunity for all fitness levels.

Also open throughout the summer, for the first time ever guests will be able to get up close and personal with the inner-workings of the engineering marvel via the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery. This raised walkway is located in the Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK terminal, and will provide guests with a birds-eye view of the gondola. The PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery is interactive with video tablets installed on the platform where guests can watch four different videos that showcase the construction of the gondola towers, cable installation, facts and statistics, and the history of Whistler Blackcomb.

Salomon Alpine Running Club
Saturday, June 29 – New this season, Whistler Blackcomb will launch the Salomon Alpine Running Club – a trail running clinic designed to hone technical trail running skills and provide exclusive, and early, access to alpine running trails. The goal of the clinic is to train for the ten kilometer 5 Peaks Enduro race on Saturday, August 24. The clinic is once a week starting Saturday, June 29. It costs $99 and includes a summer sightseeing pass, a Salomon Tech T-shirt, weekly seminars on training, strength, pacing, nutrition and a discount at the Salomon store. For more information visit the club’s event page.

Bear Viewing and Ecology Tours
With a population of over 60 black bears, sightings from Whistler Blackcomb chairlifts and gondolas are a common treat. For a closer look, guests can book a bear viewing tour with Whistler Blackcomb’s resident bear expert, Michael Allen. Guests will learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help to sustain healthy populations, and how Whistler Blackcomb designs recreational experiences to ensure a sustainable future. Choose between a tour around the mountains in a 4x4 vehicle or a gradual walk down the ski trails allowing guests to safely watch and photograph bears. For reservations and pricing please visit Bear Viewing and Ecology Tours.

Family Adventure Zone, presented by Nintendo
Saturday June 15 - Head to the Family Adventure Zone, presented by Nintendo, located in the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain for family-friendly activities. Open June 15 to September 2, the Adventure Zone is a short walk from Whistler Village or take the Wizard Express Chairlift down Blackcomb Mountain. Activities include:
• Little Mountain Golf Centre
• Westcoaster Luge
• Blackcomb Trail Rides (horse & pony rides)
• Kiss the Sky Bungee Trampolines
• Batter-Up Batting Cage
• Hot Wheelz Go Carts
• Spider Web
• Balloon Slide and Bouncy Castle
• Spine Cycle Human Gyroscope
• Rope Zone
• Amaze’n Maze
• Trapezy
• Glitter Tattoos

Guests can pre-order packages online of three activities for $25, five activities for $40 or ten activities for $75. If booked before June 29, guests can purchase the Early Bird 15 Day Activity Adventure pass for $89. Individual activities can also be purchased, prices vary. For more information and bookings please visit the adventure zone webpage.

Winemaker Dinners
This summer, two special evenings will feature British Columbia’s best wines and expertly prepared, locally-sourced culinary delights. With a full-course dinner paired with wine and stunning views from Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge, it's guaranteed to be a feast for the senses.
• August 2 – Ravenswood Winery   
• August 24 – Nk’mip Cellars

Details can be found at the Winemaker Dinner webpage.

Mountain Top BBQ Series
Friday, June 28 – The Mountain Top BBQ Series features sizzling barbeques and live music, putting zest into every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Guests ride up the Whistler Village Gondola and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ, fresh salads, and delicious desserts at 1,800m (6,000ft). The Mountain Top BBQ Series runs through to September 1, plus Saturday, September 7.

Combine a one day sightseeing ticket with a Mountain Top BBQ ticket for only $64.95 for adults. Seniors and youth pay $57.95 and children pay $28.95. PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience season pass holders can take advantage of the special BBQ price of $29.95 per person for adults, $27.95 for youth and seniors, and $11.50 for children. Book online or by calling Guest Relations at 1-888-403-4727.

Friday - Whole Hog Fridays
Featuring slow roasted pork on the rotisserie over hot coals and all the fixin’s.

Saturday - Slow Roasted Prime Rib BBQ
Featuring slow cooked prime rib and slow smoked BBQ.

Sunday - Pacific Seafood Grill
Featuring West Coast seafood and a great selection of local favourites and sweet treats.

Whistler Farmer’s Market
Sunday, June 16 - This summer the Whistler Farmer’s Market returns to the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. On Sundays the market runs from June 16 until October 13, and is open from 11am to 4pm, featuring a variety of locally grown produce, tasty artisan foods, local artists, musicians and face painting. The Wednesday afternoon market operates from 3pm until 7pm at the base of Blackcomb Mountain July 3 to September 4.

Summer Event Highlights
Phat Wednesdays – June 12 –Aug 28
Downhill mountain bikers put their skills to the test Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. They cap off each night with aprés at the Garibaldi Lift Company and tonnes of prizing. Participants can purchase a Series Pass or drop in for $2.

Wanderlust Whistler – Aug 1-4
Wanderlust is back for the second year in a row, featuring multiple yoga sessions on Whistler Mountain as well as in the Village. The event brings together yoga participants from around North America, the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and more.

Bull’s Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships – Aug 2-4
From local legends to world champs—the Canadian BBQ Championships attract competitors from all over the world to battle it out for cash, prizes and entry into the World Barbecue Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Creekside morphs into meat central with all you can eat dinners on the Friday and Saturday evenings, sampling throughout the day, live music, family entertainment and a $1 pancake breakfast.

Crankworx Whistler – Aug 9-18
This year, Crankworx Whistler will celebrate its tenth anniversary and showcase the best professional and amateur freeride mountain bike riders in the world hucking off some of the most technical and gnarly features around. The ten day festival also features an outdoor expo, demos, free concerts and much more.

5 Peaks Trail Running Series – August 24
Whistler’s leg of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series takes place on challenging upper alpine trails on Blackcomb Mountain. Participants navigate through steeps climbs, sharp descents and craggy wilderness trails, all while enjoying spectacular views.

All prices referenced in this release are subject to applicable tax.

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