Responsible for three of Whistler's 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Venues: the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and the Whistler Athletes' Centre.
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Facts & Figures
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Whistler Olympic Park was built at a cost of $119.7 million to stage the Nordic ski disciplines of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. More than 1/3 of all Olympic Medals were awarded at this site. Cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping and nordic combined events and training were held exclusively at Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler Olympic Park was also the site of the Paralympic biathlon and cross-country ski events. Over half of all Paralympic medals were awarded at this site.
Whistler Olympic Park is owned and operated by Whistler Sport Legacies. Please visit Whistler Sport Legacies for more information on the organization.
Whistler Olympic Park is partially funded by a $120 million endowment trust established by the federal and provincial governments as part of their 2010 Winter Games venues investment.
The ski season typically begins with snowfalls in mid to late November. Snow remains on site until the beginning of May but the facility closes to public in late March or early April.
Weather and Snowfall
Whistler Olympic Park receives upwards of 4 meters of snow on an annual basis. The average snow base at the beginning of February is 191cm. Winter temperatures rarely drop below -10 C. The average daily high temperature is +3.3°C and the average daily low is -4.0°C. The average daily mean temperature is -0.4°C The climate is typically wet with frequent snowfall and some rain in winter months. Long periods of clear weather occur when high pressure weather systems dominate western Canada.
Ski Terrain and Trails
Whistler Olympic Park trails system is composed of 27 trails including 11 beginner trails, 12 intermediate trails and 4 expert trails for a total of 56km. The park has 6 kilometres of lit trails and approximately 5 kilometres of roller ski trails (for summer use). Trails are typically 2 way and groomed for both classic and skate techniques and selected trails are available for use with your dog. In addition to groomed ski trails there are numerous instructional areas including the primary instructional facility ideally located adjacent to the Day Lodge and rental shop on flat and forgiving terrain. The three sport stadiums and a ski play area provide more ski terrain for practicing skills or enjoying a sunny day
Snowshoe Terrain and Trails
Whistler Olympic Park is blessed with almost unlimited snowshoe terrain and 20+ km of maintained snowshoe trails. The prevalent snowfall and massive coastal forest create a special snowshoeing environment
Cross-Country Competition Facility
The cross-country competition facility includes a 6,000 square-foot technical building, 10 kilometres of competition trail in two distinct 5 kilometre loops and a 150 metre-long stadium area.
Biathlon Competition Facility
The biathlon facility includes a 6000 square-foot technical building and 4 kilometres of competition trails. The biathlon stadium and range consists of 30 lanes with a fully electronic target system and adjacent penalty loop.
Ski Jumping Facility
The ski jumping facility includes the large hill and normal hill ski jumps, coaching stands, judges tower, chairlift and state-of-the-art technical infrastructure including snowmaking, refrigeration, in run covers and mechanical grooming equipment.