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Please find below recent news releases for Whistler Sport Legacies.
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!
About Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler Olympic Park is operated by Whistler Sport Legacies, 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. Participation in WOP’s recreational activities helps support the growth of Nordic sport in the Sea to Sky corridor. For more information, visit whistlerolympicpark.com and facebook.com/whistlerolympicpark.
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.