WHISTLER BLACKCOMB’S NEW CRYSTAL QUAD WILL BE NAMED THE CRYSTAL RIDGE EXPRESS

 Overwhelming Number Of Submissions In The You Name It Competition Made Whistler Blackcomb’s Decision Easy

WHISTLER, BC, February 27, 2013 – Whistler Blackcomb’s “You Name It” competition has officially come to a close and the new high-speed quad chair in the Crystal Zone on Blackcomb Mountain will be named the Crystal Ridge Express. The competition, which was open to the public, delivered an overwhelming number of entries wishing to pay homage to the original lift name.

“The Crystal Zone is truly an iconic area on Blackcomb Mountain and our decision was made easy with so many submissions to name the new quad the Crystal Ridge Express,” says Stuart Rempel, VP of Marketing and Sales. “The overwhelming number of entries in the You Name It competition is a testament to how passionate our guests are about skiing and riding the Crystal Zone. We are extremely excited to introduce both the New Crystal Ridge Express and the new six person chair in the Harmony Zone.”

The You Name It competition ran for two weeks and with so many “Crystal Ridge Express” entries submitted, a draw had to be conducted to select Kevin Welsh as the winner. Kevin, a Whistler local, submitted the winning name for the new quad and will receive a choice of either a 2013.14 Unlimited Winter Season Pass or a $1,000 Whistler Blackcomb Gift Card. In addition, Kevin and three friends will have the opportunity to take the first public ride up the new chairlift. 

The new high-speed quad chairlift in the Crystal Zone will be 1,708 metres (5,604ft) in length, with a vertical rise of 535 metres (1,755ft).  The top of the new high-speed Crystal Zone quad will have the same location as the current fixed-grip, triple chair next to the Crystal Hut. The aspect of the new lift line is dramatically different and will originate along the Blackcomb Glacier Road. This bottom terminal location will allow for access to many Crystal Zone trails including Ridge Runner, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and gladed trails like Outer Limits without having to return to the Excelerator Express. The new quad’s location will also make it quicker and easier for skiers returning from Spanky’s Ladder and the Blackcomb Glacier. For a more in-depth look at Whistler Blackcomb’s new chairlifts visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/new-lifts

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,192 centimetres (469 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. 

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