More skiing for beginners in Whistler

29th February 2016, by Abi Butcher

Whistler Blackcomb has announced $8 million plans for investment

Whistler Blackcomb has announced $8 million plans for investment

The Canadian ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, has announced plans to expand its beginner areas as part of an $8million investment to improve its winter and summer experience for guests.

The plans, announced last week, will enhance the ski and snowboard learning areas on Whistler Mountain in time for next season. More beginner-friendly terrain will be opened up in the Olympic Station area following earthwork this summer, and the installation of two new covered magic carpet lifts. The Olympic and Fantastic runs will be made more accessible to novice skiers and snowboarders, and 25 new energy efficient snow guns will be installed to ensure good snow cover for beginners all season long.

The resort also plans to make the Upper Whiskey Jack run less steep above the Chic Pea Hut, where four new snow guns will also be installed — improvements that are hoped to “create a more positive experience for beginners”.

The $8 million CAD (approx £4 million) will also include major upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck with the addition of 6,000sq feet of new space in the form of a new upper and lower deck, seating for an additional 160 people and a new “umbrella bar” with a collapsible roof.  Seating capacity will also be increased at the slope-side Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) restaurant patio, thanks to a small expansion, new roof, heaters and fire pits. 

The investment will also cover improvements to the summer hiking trails and infrastructure on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

“All of these projects demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our guests have the best possible experiences when they come to our mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, president and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb.

“These plans are designed to improve guest experience, enhance our weather resiliency and contribute to the year-round growth of our business. Reinvesting in our operations and continuing to provide new offerings to guests year after year is something we are very proud of.”

Last Thursday, Whistler Blackcomb celebrated the 100th day of its 50th ski season.

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