Responsible for three of Whistler's 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Venues: the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and the Whistler Athletes' Centre.
Please find below recent news releases for Whistler Sport Legacies.
Whistler Olympic Park to open for Summer Season this Saturday, June 28th
Whistler, BC: Breathtaking landscape and Olympic legacy – not only in winter! This weekend Whistler Olympic Park opens its doors for the summer season. From June 28th until August 31st, visitors will be able to enjoy the Park’s beauty, learn about the site’s Olympic history and even try Olympic sports first-hand by shooting a rifle at the famous biathlon range.
Whistler Olympic Park will be open daily from 10:00am until 4:30pm, park entry per vehicle is $5 Cdn (tax included, free park entry for 2013-2015 season pass holders and non-motorized vehicles). The Park entry fee includes one $5 coupon which can be redeemed towards the activity “Experience Biathlon” (price $10 incl. tax/person). Experience Biathlon is offered daily and is suitable for everybody ages eight & up, participants learn about the Olympic sport and get to feel like an Olympian by shooting a traditional biathlon rifle. Visitors can also explore the Olympic venue on a self-guided interpretive tour and tick off all the photo opportunities on the way, from the clock countdown to PyeongChang 2018 to the impressive ski jumps, the Olympic rings in the cross-country and biathlon stadiums and the stunning First Nations art pieces located in the Park. To fuel up, visitors can rest at the snack shack in the biathlon stadium, also souvenir merchandise is available here. For more information on opening hours and activities go to www.whistlerolympicpark.com.
Furthermore, Whistler Olympic Park is offering something special for children this summer: Organized jointly with Whistler Sports Academy, there will be four Olympic summer day camps staged at the Park (July 21-25, July 28-August 1, August 11-15 and August 18-22). Campers ages 8-15 will experience the thrill of Olympic winter and summer sports like biathlon, ski jumping, luge and archery. In addition to Olympic sports, other fun outdoor activities and games will be part of the 5-day programs (more information is available here or on www.whistlersportsacademy.com).
New summer bobsleigh experience “Rolling Thunder” to be launched this Saturday, June 28th
Whistler, BC – “The track is clear for Rolling Thunder” – on June 28th, these words will announce the official start of Whistler’s latest attraction when the Whistler Sliding Centre will launch its brand new summer bobsleigh experience “Rolling Thunder”.
Throughout the summer, residents and visitors to Whistler will be able to experience the thrill of racing down the Whistler Sliding Centre’s world-famous Olympic track, though not on ice, but in a bobsleigh equipped with rubber wheels. Four passengers and a trained pilot will reach speeds of up to 90 kilometers an hour – giving passengers the adrenaline rush and a sense of what sliding athletes experience on ice.
Bookings can be made online at www.whistlerslidingcentre.com or by calling (604) 964-0040. The price for one ride is $89 Cdn plus tax per person. Sliding sessions are offered Thursdays through Mondays between June 28th and September 1st. The activity is even suitable for adventurous families with children 12 years of age and up (guests between 12 and 13 years old will need to ride and be positioned in front of a parent or guardian in the sled, one adult for every child/ratio 1:1), participants under 19 years old need a parent or guardian present to sign their waiver when arriving at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Participants need to weigh between 85lb (39kg) and 285lb (129kg) and need to be between 4’6” (137cm) and 6’5” (196cm) in height.
Whistler Sliding Centre Introduces Summer Bobsleigh Experience “Rolling Thunder”
Whistler, BC - When Whistler visitors and residents hear the sound of thunder coming from the Fitzsimmons Valley this summer, it will not be weather-related. The rolling thunder will be bobsleighs, speeding down the Whistler Sliding Centre’s world-famous track on rubber wheels, loaded with four excited passengers!
This summer, the new public bobsleigh experience “Rolling Thunder” will enable four guests to try a bobsleigh run on the Whistler Sliding Centre’s track, though not on ice, but in specifically designed wheeled bobsleighs. Driven by trained bobsleigh pilots, the sleds will reach speeds of up to 80-85 kilometers an hour. While the summer sleds are a little slower than their winter counterparts, passengers will experience a similar adrenaline rush while rolling down Whistler’s Olympic sliding track. This thrilling activity will be offered from late June until early September. The price for one ride is $89 plus tax per person (participants must be 12 years or older) and online booking will be possible from June 1st onwards.
The summer bobsleigh experience is first of its kind in British Columbia, only the Calgary track offers a similar activity in Canada. “This experience is a unique addition to our region’s recreational productsand it cannot be compared to any other activity in Whistler. Summer bobsleigh will remind our guests that we are a leading venue for winter sports, and the proceeds from our summer program will help us grow sport in our winter disciplines,” explains Roger Soane, President & CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies, the organization that operates the Whistler Sliding Centre.
New summer camp opportunity: Olympic Combo Camps at Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler, BC: Kids in the Sea to Sky Corridor can look forward to a new, exciting summer camp opportunity: Together with the Whistler Sports Academy, Whistler Olympic Park will offer Olympic Combo Camps in July and August. The camps are designed to introduce children to Olympic winter and summer sports like biathlon, ski jumping, luge and archery. In addition to Olympic sports, other fun outdoor activities and games will be part of the program. Camp dates are July 21 - 25, July 28 - August 1, August 11 – 15, and August 18 – 22. The cost for a 5-day camp is $329 (plus GST), which includes transportation to/from Whistler Olympic Park, pickup and drop-off is at the Whistler Athletes’ Centre in Cheakamus Crossing.
“The kids will be able to try exciting Olympic sports which are only offered in a few places in Canada. This is a great opportunity to get more children involved with those activities, and some of our participants may even become future Olympic athletes!” says John Heilig, Sport Manager of Whistler Olympic Park. Jamie Grant, Director of Whistler Sports Academy, is looking forward to the camp period: “I am glad we partnered up with Whistler Olympic Park. The venue is simply beautiful and guarantees lots of outdoor fun. It gives the kids the unique opportunity to learn and train where Olympic Games actually happened.”
Vice President, Sport announced at Whistler Sport Legacies
Whistler, BC: Roger Soane, President and CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies announced today that Lucinda Jagger will join the organization as Vice President, Sport. The new position has been created to support the high performance sport and parasport community in Whistler, to place the town as the first choice of athletes to live, train and compete; and to make Whistler the preferred destination for national and international sport competitions. Whistler native Jagger has developed in-depth expertise in sport, from entry level to Olympic podium. As a graduate from the University of Victoria (Masters, Coaching Studies) and the University of Calgary (Physical Education), she has worked in a variety of leadership and coaching roles in Canada’s high-performance sport community.
“Having Lucinda in this role will directly contribute towards our organization’s mission, which is to grow sport. With her excellent reputation in the sport community, she will help take Whistler Sport Legacies and Whistler as a sporting venue to the next level,” said Roger Soane. Jagger is excited to take on the position and to return to her hometown: “It is an honor for me to help establish the resort community as a venue of choice for athletes of all disciplines and to lead the development of Whistler as a centre for sports excellence.” Jagger will not only work on the development and delivery of Whistler Sport Legacies’ core disciplines, but she will also support partnerships with other key stakeholders, organizations and sporting events in the Sea to Sky Corridor’s sport community.
Jagger has played an important role in the ongoing success of high performance programming for Canadian winter sport, as a coaching manager and development advisor for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) and as high performance advisor to six Own the Podium winter sport programs. More recently, she played a central role in the advancement of high performance sport in Whistler through the development of Canadian Sport Institute-Pacific’s Whistler campus and as Own the Podium’s lead for the Whistler State of Sport meetings. Lucinda Jagger will join Whistler Sport Legacies the first week of July, 2014.
Extended season at Ski Callaghan & Extra Early Bird Season Pass Sale
Ski Callaghan is excited to announce we will be open for seven extra days in April! Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can now enjoy an extended season with excellent Spring trail conditions.
Ski Callaghan, a joint venture between Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, was originally planning to close on April 6th. Now skiers will have the opportunity to enjoy two more weekends: April 11-13 and April 18-21. On these two weekends, skiers can access the trails of Callaghan Country plus some popular trails on Whistler Olympic Park’s venue such as Madeley Creek Loop, Madeley Road and the dog-friendly Porters Glide, for a total of almost 65km of ski trails for all ability levels (of which almost 30km are dog-friendly) and more than 12 km of snowshoe trails (all dog-friendly). After April 6th, access is possible through the entrance gate for Callaghan Country.
It’s also possible to ski all 13 days of April 2014 for free! With the purchase of an “Extra Early Bird” 2014-2015 Ski Callaghan Season Pass, customers will get free entry for the remaining days in April. The Extra Early Bird rate for adults (19+) is $275.00 for season passes bought until April 20th (vs. $350.00 regular season rate) and for Youth (7-18) & Seniors (65+, midweek pass) it is $135.00 (vs. $180.00 regular season rate). For more good deals, visit Ski Callaghan’s Totem Trading Post and Access Callaghan for the end of season sale on cross-country apparel, accessories and equipment.
For more information on the extended season and on the Extra Early Bird season ticket sale, visit www.skicallaghan.ca.
Aviva Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships at Whistler Olympic Park, March 28-29
On March 28th and 29th, Canada’s best ski jumpers and Nordic Combined athletes will compete in the Aviva Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships at Whistler Olympic Park.
Spectators will have the opportunity to cheer on Olympic ski jumpers Atsuko Tanaka, Taylor Henrich and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes and their fellow team mates in their fight for the titles. International athletes will also take part in the competitions: The Swiss ski jumping team World Cup athletes Gregor Deschwanden and Marco Grigoli will participate, and jumpers from the USA will compete on Whistler Olympic Park’s Normal Hill (hill size 106 metres) and Large Hill (hill size 140 metres).
On Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, ski jumping will take place in the morning from 9:30am until approximately 12 noon (9:30am start trial round, 10:30am start of the two competition rounds, subject to weather conditions). On Friday there will also be the cross-country race for the Nordic Combined National Championships in the afternoon (2:00-3:00pm). On the three days leading up to the Championships (March 25th-27th), the athletes will jump during a training camp (jumping times also approximately 9:30am-12noon).
A $10 admission fee per vehicle per day applies for spectators without a regular Whistler Olympic Park trail ticket or season pass. More information on the event is available on the website of the organizer, Callaghan Winter Sports Club www.callaghanwintersportsclub.ca.
Whistler Sliding Centre: Olympic Athletes to pilot public bobsleighs during Spring Break
Guests participating in the public bobsleigh experience “Thunder on Ice” during Spring Break will have the exciting opportunity to meet three of Canada’s Olympic bobsleigh pilots, Kaillie Humphries, Chris Spring and Lyndon Rush, who just returned from Sochi.
From March 17 – 23, 2014, the three Olympians will not only be available for photos, autographs and chats with the public participants, they will even join the Whistler Sliding Centre’s Pilot crew for the public bobsleigh sessions. Tracy Seitz, Director of the Whistler Sliding Centre, is thrilled about his guest pilots: “Having Olympic athletes pilot a public bobsleigh is a great honor both for us and for our guests. I can’t wait to hear all their Olympic stories!” Guests participating in “Thunder on Ice” will not only experience the unique adrenaline rush when going down the track with speeds reaching 125 km plus/hour, they will also be able to watch Kaillie Humphries, Chris Spring and Lyndon Rush drive down the fastest track in the world – and maybe even be among the lucky ones to ride in their bobsleighs!
The price for the public bobsleigh experience “Thunder on Ice” (as well as for the skeleton experience “Lightning on Ice”) is $169 plus tax. Advanced booking is required (online or by calling 604-964-0040). The sliding schedule and detailed program information are available on www.whistlerslidingcentre.com.
And the Whistler Sliding Centre wants to meet even more Olympians: Any Olympic athletes -past or present- living in or visiting the Sea to Sky corridor are invited to slide for free during Spring Break! If you are or were an Olympic athlete, summer or winter, contact the Whistler Sliding Centre or just come up and introduce yourself to book your slide!
Whistler Olympic Park becomes North America’s first location to offer Bromley Baseboard Experience
Whistler Olympic Park has partnered with Bromley Sports to provide guests with an exciting snow activity that is new to North America: Baseboarding. During Spring Break 2014, guests will have the opportunity to experience the new adrenaline sport, which is best described as bodyboarding on snow, where participants slide down a groomed run on a specifically designed board.
“We are thrilled to be North America’s first location to offer the Bromley Baseboard Experience. It is a great addition to our sport offerings and it’s highly addictive” says Roger Soane, CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies. Also Carson Hamm of Bromley Sports Ltd. sees the Bromley Baseboard Experience as a good fit for Whistler Olympic Park: “The Bromley Baseboard Experience complements the existing activities by providing an exhilarating gravity-fed activity that everyone can enjoy.”
The Bromley Baseboard has been developed by four-time Olympian, British skeleton racer and sled manufacturer Kristan Bromley. The patented board design provides optimal ride dynamics with a low profile that keeps the rider close to the snow with a low centre of gravity. Boards have a curved base design and parallel runners that allow for a highly maneuverable board that creates an intuitive riding experience. The Baseboard Experience takes place on a 600m long slope that starts near the top of the ski jumps. It is suitable for everybody over the age of eight and no prior sliding experience is necessary.
The Bromley Baseboard Experience will be offered daily from March 15th to 30th, 2014. Pre-booking is recommended by calling 604-964-0060 x 2460. Baseboarding times are for one hour, which will allow 7-12 runs, depending on group size. One hour time slots are as follows: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm. The cost, including Baseboard rental is $25 per adult and $20 per youth (8-18yrs), group of four: $75 (tax not included, $10 admission fee per vehicle applies without regular Whistler Olympic Park trail ticket or season pass). Sea to Sky residents receive a 20% discount (proof of residence required, not offered on group bookings). Helmets are mandatory and goggles are recommended, both are available to rent for $5 each.
Ski Jumping and Nordic Spring Break camps for children at Whistler Olympic Park
March will be an exciting month for children interested in Nordic winter sports: Whistler Olympic Park will offer ski jumping camps on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th and a five-day Nordic camp during Spring Break (17th until 21st).
The ski jumping camps will be one-day sessions on the first two weekends of March. Girls and boys will get introduced to the exciting sport, starting safely on small, manmade jumps. In one day (9:30am until 3:30pm), they will learn the basics of ski jumping through Nordic cross/ski play, dryland practice of takeoff/flying/landing positions and actual jumps on snow. The one-day program costs $30 per child (this includes trail fee, instruction, boots, helmet and ski rentals), the minimum age to participate is eight. With women’s ski jumping being part of the Olympic Winter Games for the first time this year, a very special surprise is in store for all girls that take part in the camps: They will get an exclusive invite to the Ski Jumping National Championships at Whistler Olympic Park at the end of March with a chance to meet Canada’s Olympic athletes Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich.
Whistler Olympic Park had just been appointed National Training Centre for Ski Jumping in January. John Heilig, Manager of Nordic Sports explains: “We have a lot of talented kids in the Sea to Sky corridor with regards to snow activities, so we are looking forward to introducing them to this exciting Olympic sport. We named our new jumping program “Flight 2022” because we believe that we can build young ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes who may be able to participate in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.”
Another Nordic event for children will take place from March 17-21: A five-day multi-sport camp during Spring Break will introduce kids to all facets of Nordic winter fun, including cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, ski jump activities, ski play and tobogganing. The program will start at 9:30am each day and end at 3:30pm and is offered for children from 8-13 years of age.
More information is available here.
50% Trail Ticket Discount on BC Family Day
Whistler, BC – BC Family Day is coming up, and is there a better way to celebrate it than spending it in the snow? Ski Callaghan is offering a 50% discount on trail tickets for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Monday, February 10th, 2014. The discounted tickets will be available at the Ski Callaghan gate houses on BC Family Day (discount does not apply to sightseeing and toboggan tickets/$10 per car).
Skis and snowshoes can be rented for all sizes from toddler to adult at Ski Callaghan’s rental locations. Furthermore, families can play on the toboggan hill at Whistler Olympic Park (free helmets and toboggans are available at the rental shop or bring your own). Also instructional programs will be offered on BC Family Day, for example the Discover Classic (1:30-3:00pm), Discover Skate (11:00am - 12:30pm), Discover Biathlon (2:00pm to 4:00pm) or Experience Biathlon (12:30-1:00pm) lessons.
Ski Callaghan will be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on BC Family Day. For more information and reservations for instructional programs or private lessons please visit www.skicallaghan.ca.
Whistler Olympic Park appointed National Training Centre for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
Whistler, BC: Whistler Sport Legacies, Ski Jumping Canada and Nordic Combined Canada announced today that Whistler Olympic Park has been designated as National Training Centre for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
Curtis Lyon, Chairman and High Performance Director of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Canada, stressed: “We are extremely excited and honored to announce Whistler Olympic Park as an official training centre of our National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined teams. The ski jump facilities in the Callaghan Valley are among the best in the world and the perfect place for our athletes to hone their skills and challenge the world’s best. We see the venue as integral part of the sport in this country and one of the keys to our success.” This appointment supports Whistler Olympic Park’s vision of becoming an international centre for sports excellence. Roger Soane, CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies explained: “This is a significant advancement of our journey to become a leader in the growth of sport. We are looking forward to working with Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Canada on the development of young athletes.”
The ski jumping venue for the Olympic Winter Games 2010 is well known for extremely stable wind conditions and a modern hill profile which is very similar to the jumps in Sochi. This is why from January 27th until February 1st, the National Ski Jumping Team will come to Whistler Olympic Park for their final training camp before heading to Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Spectators are welcome to cheer on National Team athletes like Atsuko Tanaka, Taylor Henrich and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (daily sessions Jan 27-Feb 1 at 10am & 1pm, subject to weather conditions; Park admission $10/car load).
Ski Jumping program “Flight 2022” to be launched in March
In conjunction with Whistler Sport Legacies’ longterm mission to grow sport, the ski jumping program “Flight 2022” will be launched in March 2014. Weekend ski jumping camps for children age 8-12 (March 1&2 and 8&9) will introduce kids to the sport on small snow bumps. Furthermore a 20 and 40 meter jump will be built this summer to enable beginner jumpers to get started. John Heilig, Manager of Nordic Sports explains: “We want to help build athletes for the future. Those small training jumps will provide safe and easy access to an exciting Olympic sport for local kids.”
Ski Callaghan receives 17cm of new snow
Whistler, BC – The New Year finally brought lots of snow to Ski Callaghan! After receiving a snowfall accumulation of 17cm on Thursday, cross-country skiers will be able to enjoy excellent conditions and bluebird skies this weekend.
About 60 kilometers of groomed and trackset trails suitable for beginners and experts, and 14 kilometers of snowshoeing trails will be available. With that, Ski Callaghan is the Nordic ski area with the best snow conditions in Southern British Columbia. Ski and snowshoe conditions are updated every morning on the Trail Conditions page of the Whistler Olympic Park website.
Trails, rental shops and Daylodges will be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and 9:00am - 4:30pm midweek until April 6th. Night skiing is offered on Wednesdays until 9pm up to and including February26th. For more information, ticket purchase, and lesson reservations for classic or skate skiing as well as biathlon please visit www.skicallaghan.ca.
Whistler Sliding Centre to host FIBT Skeleton Intercontinental Cup January 2-6, 2014
Whistler, BC: From January 2-6, 2014, the FIBT Skeleton Intercontinental Cup will be held at the Whistler Sliding Centre. The Intercontinental Cup is a series of eight international skeleton events in Europe and North America focused on the participating nations’ National B Team athletes. The series is the final stepping-stone for developing skeleton athletes before they participate in the World Cup circuit and on the Olympic level.
Spectators will have the chance to see the sliding world’s future top athletes compete on the world’s fastest skeleton track in Whistler. Over 50 athletes from 20 nations (men & women) will compete in the five-day event which is comprised of three training and two competition days. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (January 2-4) will be training days for all participants (starting at 9:30am), Sunday and Monday (January 5 & 6) will be race days with Intercontinental Cup competitions starting at 9:30am.
The entry to watch training and competitions is free on all five days. Spectators can use the Excalibur Gondola for free (provided they are not carrying any ski gear) to get up to the Sliding Centre. Public sliding (bobsleigh and skeleton) will also be available in the afternoons after the training/events, reservation is required under 604-964-0040, more information under www.whistlerslidingcentre.com.
About the Whistler Sliding Centre
The Whistler Sliding Centre (WSC) is operated by Whistler Sport Legacies, a non-profit organization funded by the Games Operating Trust and responsible for Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Sliding Centre, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. The WSC was the site of the bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.whistlerslidingcentre.com.
Ski Callaghan receives early Christmas present
Whistler, BC: Mother Nature and Santa Claus have combined forces to bring Ski Callaghan some white gold for the Holidays. 10cm have fallen overnight and it is snowing heavily in the Callaghan Valley today. This snowfall is enough for Ski Callaghan to open Saturday for the holiday crowd with over 40km of groomed and rolled terrain for cross country skiing. An additional 13.5km of trails are available for snowshoeing. Terrain offerings allow for both skiing and snowshoeing on our dog-friendly trails.
If we receive somewhat less than desirable weather and conditions later this weekend, Ski Callaghan has contingency plans in place to ensure a fabulous winter ski and snowshoe experience. The higher elevation trails already have a snow pack of about one meter – more than enough for classic and skate skiing, as well as for snowshoeing.
In total, there will be over 54 kilometers of trails available for Nordic activities, as follows:
40.8km of groomed trails for skate skiing with track set where possible:
- Mainline 7.4km
- Upper Wild Spirit 3.2km
- Lower Wild Spirit 4.1km
- Real Life 4.5km
- Meadows Loop 1.9km
- Parkway 1.8km
- Ski Jump Loop 1.0km
- Olympic Trails 3.0km
- Neverland 6.0km
- Madeley Creek Loop 3.9km
- Olympic Connector 1.0km
- Porter’s Glide 2.8km
- Outrun 0.2km
13.5 kilometers for snowshoeing:
- Mountain View 2.5km
- Lower Line Road 0.7km
- Around the World 1.8km
- Top of the World 0.6km
- Half Way Around the World 0.4km
- Inside Passage 1.0km
- Brandywine View 1.7km
- Real Life 4.5km
- Outrun 0.2km
- Over Easy 0.1km
10.8 kilometers will be open as dog-friendly trails:
- Porters Glide 2.8km (ski only)
- Real Life 4.5km (ski & snowshoe)
- Brandywine View 1.7km (snowshoe only)
- Around the World 1.8km (snowshoe only)
Tobogganing will be possible on the slopes at the base of Whistler Olympic Park’s ski jumps with six lanes suitable for beginners and advanced kids and adults.
Rental equipment will be available both at Whistler Olympic Park’s Day Lodge and at Access Callaghan, and lessons will be held as scheduled. Ski Callaghan will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm (Wednesday night skiing starts January 8th). For more information, ticket purchase, and lesson reservations please visit www.skicallaghan.ca
About Ski Callaghan
Ski Callaghan is a joint venture between Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL), the operator of Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures (CCWA). Nordic enthusiasts can enjoy the convenience of a single “Ski Callaghan” ski pass, allowing access to a combined trail system of 87 kms of groomed ski and 33.5 kms of snowshoe trails. Ski Callaghan is well positioned to become North America’s #1 Nordic ski destination. For more information, visit www.skicallaghan.com.
Whistler Olympic Park Open December 7th on Limited Terrain
Whistler, BC: While Nordic skiers anxiously await new snow, staff at Whistler Olympic Park have been making it! We are pleased to open for limited Nordic skiing on approximately 1 km of trail, thanks to cool temperatures and our Olympic ski jump snow making system. While the loop is not long, the conditions are great!
There isn’t enough snow in the woods for snowshoeing yet, but the toboggan hill is open for family fun. And our “Experience Biathlon” program is offered on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from noon to 1pm for $20.
Early season day rates are in effect …adult $10, child/youth $5, family $25, and tobogganing and general park access is $10 per car.
Private lessons are offered by request, and on Saturday and Sunday, our Snow School is offering a special “Intro and Tune-up” group lesson for skate skiers at 10:00am and classic skiers at 2:00pm. This early season lesson is offered at $10.00 and is the perfect way to start your season …call Recreation & Sport Services at 604-964-0060 Ext. 2460 to book!
The Day Lodge is also open for season pass holders to pick-up their pass, and all visitors can enjoy a hot meal and beverage at the Brandywine Café, or check-out the new Totem Trading Post retail store.
The park will be open 8:30am to 4:30pm weekends, and 9:00am to 4:30pm midweek starting Saturday December 7th. Wednesday night skiing starts December 18th. We look forward to seeing you there!
Whistler Sliding Centre designated as a Sliding Sports National Training Centre
Whistler, BC: Whistler Sport Legacies, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and the Canadian Luge Association announced today that the Whistler Sliding Centre is now officially considered a national training centre for sliding sports in Canada.
The Canadian Luge Association, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and Whistler Sport Legacies will combine resources to elevate the sport of sliding in Canada. The three parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which signified a commitment to comply with national training centre guidelines with the goal of increasing Canadian sliding sport’s capacity and competitiveness on the world stage. The two National governing bodies for sliding sports in Canada and Whistler Sport Legacies will share strategic long term goals for sliding, collaborate on financially sustainable strategic plans, and develop joint marketing initiatives all with the goal of promoting sliding sports in Canada.
“Developing a competitive culture of excellence where sliding sport partners at all levels can come together will be key to Canada’s future success,” said Don Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “The sliding sports recognize the importance of contributing to the Olympic and Paralympic medal count, and we believe our athletes deserve the opportunity to have access to all of the much-needed resources at home to compete and win against the world’s best. Having access to a national training centre on the west coast is critical to putting Canada’s sliding sports on the international podium, and in turn, growing the sport well into the future.”
“The 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the Whistler Sliding Centre, have played a critical role in developing Canada’s luge athletes from participants into medal contenders at all levels on the international stage,” said Tim Farstad, Executive Director, Canadian Luge Association. “Looking at our program, it is clear that having access to facilities and programs delivers more medal winners for Canada. This unique partnership will help fully prepare the Nation’s top luge athletes in their pursuit of excellence, not to mention, develop a new crop of young Canadian stars ready to take a shot at Olympic history.”
“Our three organizations working together will certainly help elevate sliding sports in Canada,” said Roger Soane, President and CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies, “we are pleased to make our commitment to sliding sports official.”
“Our Canadian sliding teams have had some great results since the facility was built,” said Tracy Seitz, Director of the Whistler Sliding Centre, “we believe the Whistler Sliding Centre is contributing towards the increase in the number of athletes in sliding sports, and their podium performances.”
The newly formed national training centre committee will be comprised of equal membership from all three organizations and will be responsible for exploring opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of the national training centre in a financially sustainable manner.
About Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton
Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in Canada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Adidas, Eurotech – Viking Engineering, BMW Canada, The Globe and Mail, Conceptum Sport Logistics, Therapeutica – along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and SAIT Polytechnic. Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton develops Olympic and world champions. Please visit us at www.bobsleighcanadaskeleton.ca.
About Canadian Luge Association
The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization responsible for governing the sport of luge across the country. With the financial backing of from the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, the Canadian Luge Association safely recruits and develops the nation’s current and future high-performance luge athletes with the goal of regularly climbing onto the international podium. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.
About the Whistler Sliding Centre
The Whistler Sliding Centre (WSC) is operated by Whistler Sport Legacies, a non-profit organization funded by the Games Operating Trust and responsible for Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Sliding Centre, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. The WSC was the site of the bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For more information, visit whistlerslidingcentre.com.
New President and CEO for Whistler Sport Legacies
Whistler, BC: Jim Godfrey, Board Chair of Whistler Sport Legacies, announced today that Roger Soane has accepted the role of President and CEO. Originally from London, England Roger Soane brings almost 40 years of international operational experience spanning the globe, managing iconic properties with complex operations and facilities. In Whistler, Roger was with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts as General Manager of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for three years, and for the past year, he has been the GM of the Nita Lake Lodge. Roger has also served as Chairman of the Board of Tourism Victoria and is currently serving his third year as Chairman of the Board of Tourism Whistler.
Jim Godfrey is very pleased about attracting one of Whistler’s most respected leaders: “Roger’s depth of experience will help lead Whistler Sport Legacies to achieve our Sport Vision of becoming one of the leading sport centres in Canada. The Board is very much looking forward to working with Roger,” said Godfrey. Roger Soane experienced the 2010 Olympic Winter Games first-hand, so he’s committed to ensuring Canadians continue to feel the pride and harness the energy needed to support the next generation of elite athletes by building partnerships for benefit of sport. Roger also believes in the importance of WSL facilitating competitions at all levels through event management support at world-class facilities for an enhanced spectator experience. Roger will lead WSL’s team as it contributes to the community through youth sport development, support for a variety of community groups, and activities and programs that enhance Whistler’s tourism product.
Roger Soane welcomes the opportunity to lead the WSL team: “sport has played a big part in my life and helped shape me as a person. I am excited to now be in a position where I can help others achieve their goals in sport, and lead a team to achieve operational excellence and fiscal sustainability,” said Soane. Roger will join Whistler Sport Legacies on February 18, 2013.
Roger is married to Karen and they have three young children Luke, Ella, and Darby. His favourite recreational activities are those he can do with his family.
Whistler Sport Legacies is a non-profit organization responsible for Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Sliding Centre, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. Each facility plays a unique role in inspiring sport excellence for the benefit of athletes, residents, and visitors.
"Ski Callaghan": Joint Venture Agreement Reached between Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country
Whistler, BC: Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures (CCWA) are pleased to announce a Joint Venture Agreement under the name “Ski Callaghan”. This agreement was reached through WSL and CCWA’s mutual belief that it is in the best interest of visitors to the Callaghan Valley to provide a seamless Nordic product.
The Joint Venture was established to provide the convenience of a single “Ski Callaghan” ski pass to customers, allowing them access to the combined trail system of the CCWA and WOP ski areas as though they were one ski area. This one pass will provide guests with access to a combined total of 87 kms of groomed ski and 33.5 kms of snowshoe trails. Ski Callaghan products include season passes and day passes for recreational use of the trail systems, including cross country skiing, light touring, backcountry skiing, and snow shoeing.
Ski Callaghan is well positioned to become North America’s #1 Nordic ski destination. Pricing for 2012-2013 Adult early bird season passes will be $250.00 and day passes will be $22.00, consistent with 2011-2012 rates. Passes go on sale September 15th and may be purchased online. For more information, visit www.skicallaghan.ca, www.whistlerolympicpark.com or www.callaghancountry.com.