Mountain Ecosystems

Whistler Blackcomb

Operation Green Up

Whistler Blackcomb's ongoing program for mountain remediation is called operation Green Up. Over $1.5 million has been spent to enhance and protect our natural areas.

What we are doing to meet these objectives:


  • A number of areas with high ecological values have been set aside for conservation within the ski area. These include wetlands, black bear habitat zones noted for denning and food supply and coastal mountain black-tailed deer range.
  • Limiting erosion within our community watersheds protecting drinking water and fish habitat values.
  • Utilizing native species where possible.
  • Applying planting strategies/seed mixes which will enhance wildlife habitat.
  • Protecting our recreational assets. Ensuring that our trails and roads exposed to potential washout are re engineered and rehabilitated.

Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Whistler Blackcomb has an established land use document that sets standard operating procedures for development. Its primary goal is to ensure the ecological heath of watersheds and forests, with a strong focus on soil retention and erosion control.
  • We have pioneered sustainable ski trail design as outlined in the Symphony Project which has raised the bar on demonstrating protection of biodiversity.
  • Our greatest challenge at this time is sediment flows out of our Mountain Bike Park and mountain roads.

Sustainable design - protecting biodiversity.

  • Building experiences inside ecosystems as opposed to changing the ecosystem - the 1000 acre Symphony Project had a construction footprint of 5% instead of 40%.

Habitat Improvement Team (HIT)

Facilitated by Whistler Blackcomb, a community based grassroots take action environmental group. Mission is to protect, restore, enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the community of Whistler. Part of our commitment to building partnerships in action for environmental sustainability. HIT's inception was in 1997 and since then 103 projects have been completed. Over 200 volunteers participated in 2010 including guests to the resort-travellers philanthropy. The health of the natural environment is a core concern of Whistler locals and this program gives them hands on opportunity to get involved. It also provides an opportunity for Whistler Blackcomb to work shoulder to shoulder with the community. 

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Employee Environmental Fund


The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Employee Environmental Fund was created in 2001 to fund environmental projects in the sea to sky corridor (including Whistler, Squamish, and Pemberton). Our staff are invited to donate to the Fund from their pay cheques; each dollar is then matched by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

    Our Partners

    Using state-of-the-art technology, TELUS unleashes the power of the internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move.

    Coca-Cola offers the world's favourite beverage brand to Whistler Blackcomb guests as a part or their memorable resort experience. As the cold drink sponsor at Whistler Blackcomb, Coca-Cola brings more than ice-cold refreshment.

    Glacier Fresh Beer.Brewed in the mountain town of Creston, British Columbia, Kokanee beer is famous for it’s cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste. Kokanee is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from coast to coast in Canada.

    GMC

    Since 1995, GMC has been the Official Vehicle of Whistler Blackcomb. GMC trucks and SUVs give you the performance, engineering and technology to get you, your family and friends and all their gear to and from the mountain any time of the year.

    Monster Energy

    At Monster all our guys walk the walk in action sports, punk rock music, partying, hangin’ with the girls, and living life on the edge. Monster is way more than an energy drink. Led by our athletes, musicians, employees, distributors and fans, Monster is a lifestyle in a can.

    Nintendo

    Nintendo is the worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, most recently the Wii U™ and the Nintendo 3DS™. It is responsible for the creation of industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™ and Zelda™.

    Smirnoff

    Smirnoff is proud to be the vodka sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. From extraordinary event experiences, to the latest in Music, Nightlife and extraordinary Cocktails. The world's best cocktails start with Smirnoff.

    Samsung

    Samsung Canada is proud to be the official electronics partner and preferred supplier of Whistler Blackcomb. As a world leader in digital technology, Samsung Canada enables Whistler Blackcomb to enhance the resort experience in new and innovative ways.

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper, daily offers unparalleled national, international and business reporting, analysis and commentary to all the guests and patrons of Whistler Blackcomb.

    American Express is the official Card of Whistler Blackcomb. The sponsorship program brings unique offers, purchase incentives and rewards for American Express® Cardmembers. ®,™: Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express

    GoPro makes the world’s best selling and most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities.


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    Jackson Triggs

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    Arc'teryx

    Arc’teryx Equipment is a technical high-performance outerwear and equipment company based in North Vancouver, Canada. Our relentless commitment to design, craftsmanship and performance delivers the Arc’teryx experience.

    Icebreaker

    As the official base layer and sock provider of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker Merino Clothing is proud to bring warmth, comfort and style on the slopes to the resort visitors.

    Gore-Tex

    W.L. Gore & Associates, the makers of GORE-TEX® products, is proud to be the official technical fabric sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. GORE-TEX® products are wearable weather protection that keeps you dry and comfortable from head to toe in any kind of weather.

    Quiksilver

    Fueled by passion and guided by our love for the mountains, Quiksilver has evolved with snowboarding, always pushing the boundaries and taking things further.

    Avis

    Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries.

    Stanley

    With over 170 years of innovation, Stanley Tools offers the broadest range of carpentry hand tools, automotive tools and storage for construction professionals, mechanics, and home improvement enthusiasts.

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