For immediate release - December 1, 2006
Top five reasons to give the gift of Whistler
Whistler, B.C. - According to a recent Expedia survey, 27 per cent of Canadians are choosing to put their gift money towards a trip rather than more traditional Christmas gifts so in the spirit of the holiday season Tourism Whistler presents its top five reasons (although there are hundreds!) to give the gift of Whistler.
1. Snow, snow and more snow. Never has there been this much snow in Whistler this early in the season. An unbelievable 395 cm (13 feet) of snow fell in November shattering all previous snowfall records (past record of November 1994 when 272 centimetres or nine feet fell). Already, Whistler Blackcomb's snowbase is 164 centimetres (65 inches). Whether your thing is skiing and snowboarding at the "Best Supersize Mountain" with the most skiable terrain (Outside Traveler Fall/Winter 2006), sleighriding though peaceful valley forests, or enjoying hot chocolate beside a roaring fire; there has never been a better time to leave the wrappings behind and celebrate with loved ones.
2. New Symphony Express chairlift. On December 16 Whistler Blackcomb will open the gift of all gifts - a new chairlift in the spectacular alpine of Whistler Mountain called the Symphony Express. Surrounded on three sides by Garibaldi Provincial Park this new high speed lift will open 1,000 acres of new intermediate and advanced ski and snowboard terrain featuring panoramic views of the surrounding snow capped peaks.
3. Free Mondays. Never hate Mondays again. Skiing, accommodations and lessons are all FREE on Mondays when booked through Whistler.com and 1-800-WHISTLER as part of a four-day accommodation package that includes a Monday. Prices start at just $304 ($271 USD) per person for four days. The offer is valid throughout the winter season and some blackout dates apply.
4. Put Whistler under the tree. Whistler.com has the perfect way to fit Whistler under the tree with easy-to-shop, easy-to-redeem gift certificates. Best of all, Whistler gift certificates can be used year-round towards anything booked through Whistler's official reservations centre, including accommodations, activities, and spa treatments.
5. Santa visits Whistler. The big guy himself relocates to Whistler this year for two weeks of family fun at North Pole Central at Millennium Place. The season is further heralded by the vast range of Whistler's winter activities, twinkling holiday lights and decorated trees, as well as Whistler's vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Celebrate and be merry because December is jam-packed with festivities; concerts, holiday events and celebrations will top off the perfect day on the slopes or in the spa. Santa arrives Saturday, December 16.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is site of the alpine, nordic, and sliding events for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations totalling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more than 5,000 other tourist accommodation units including condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques, and activities from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. Whistler Blackcomb Mountains feature 3,036 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and receive an average of 1005 centimetres (33 feet) of snow annually. 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 TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, in-resort Visitor Services centres, and tourismwhistler.com, as well as 1-800-WHISTLER and whistler.com - the official reservations centre for Whistler. 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.
For more information:
Director of Sales & Marketing
Sundial Management Inc