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WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15
New website, Early Bird Bike Park Season Pass and Triple Play Cards on Sale April 15
 
WHISTLER, BC, April 15, 2010 – It may still feel like a winter wonderland at Whistler Blackcomb, but that hasn’t stopped mountain bike enthusiasts from furiously counting down the days to Whistler Mountain Bike Park opening, scheduled for Saturday, May 15, weather dependent.
 
The new bike park website http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike  launched this week and promises to offer riders a window into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with regular photo, video and blog updates.  
 
Meanwhile, Early Bird Bike Park Season Passes and Triple Play Cards will go on sale April 15. Riders who purchase their passes and cards before April 30 will receive the early bird discount and save themselves seven per cent in taxes before theHarmonized Sales Tax (HST) takes effect. That’s a total of $77 off a Season Passand  a  $50 saving on lift access with a Triple Play Card. Guests also receive additional discounts: 15 per cent off food at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) and 20 per cent off at Garbanzo Bike and Bean   store. Season passholders receive the extra benefit of 20 per cent off food at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain . Guests looking to purchase can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/bike or call 1-800-766-0449.
 
“We’re gearing up for one of the best Bike Park seasons yet,” says Jeremy Roche, Summer Business Development Manager for Whistler Blackcomb. “The Early Bird deals are a great value - especially if you grab them before April 30. Our trail crew has some exciting projects in store for the upcoming season and we have a great event line-up as well.”
 
There’s a lot to look forward to this mountain bike season, with the return of the iconic Crud 2 Mud Downhill race on May 22 and the addition of the Fluidride Cup on May 30.
 
As always, the highlight of the summer bike season is Kokanee Crankworx, which runs August 7-15. This year, the Monster Energy Slopestyle will be part of the newly formed Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, attracting the top mountain bike athletes and adding more weight to winning the title. For more information on Crankworx, visithttp://www.crankworx.com.
 
Skiers and riders are still reveling in the second snowiest winter season ever recorded. Winter operations will continue through to May 24 on Blackcomb Mountain . More information on the weather conditions and spring accommodation deals and packages can be found by visitinghttp://www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
 
Consistently ranked as North America's top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb elevates summer adventure to new heights as it welcomes the world to experience the first summer following the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On-mountain activities include high alpine hiking and aerial sightseeing via the world’s longest continuous lift system featuring the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; epic riding in North America’s number one ranked lift-accessed mountain bike park, and summer skiing and riding on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier. In the valley, sparkling mountain lakes and beaches, four championship golf courses, and Whistler’s vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafés, shops, galleries and spas are all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, this all season resort is truly spectacular by nature. Check it out at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
 
About Intrawest 
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts.  The Company has a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world.  In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America .  Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver , British Columbia . For more information, visit www.intrawest.com
 
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