WHISTLER BLACKCOMB’S KIDS, RIDE TRIBE AND PRIVATE PROGRAMS TO UTILIZE FLAIK GPS TECHNOLOGY THIS WINTER SEASON
flaik GPS provides real-time tracking information for additional safety while giving Whistler Blackcomb’s youngest guests a chance to track their day on the mountains
WHISTLER, BC, December 16, 2009 – This season, Whistler Blackcomb is outfitting guests of the Whistler Kids, Ride Tribe and private programs with flaik Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking tags, making it possible to locate children and guests on the mountain in real-time, while also recording information such as lifts used, runs explored and more.
Guests of Whistler Kids and Ride Tribe will wear the GPS tag during their lesson and as a result, will be traceable in real-time, while also being able to view interesting statistics from their day on the mountains, including average speed, how much vertical was achieved, number of trails explored and total distance accumulated. Considering Whistler Blackcomb has a total of 8,171 acres to explore and over 200 runs to navigate, there certainly is no shortage of statistics to track.
“Parents this season can look forward to a little more peace-of-mind knowing that we’ll be able to track their children, using flaik’s GPS system, no matter where they are on the mountains. So far, the response from parents and children has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Donna Kerr, General Manager, Whistler Kids. “Our goal at Whistler Kids is to give our young guests the perfect blend of skill development, mountain exploration and fun social interaction in the safest environment possible.”
Along with Whistler Kids and Ride Tribe, those enrolled in private lessons will have the option of wearing a GPS tag as well. The tag itself uses cellular technology via a Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) network and transmits information which is then collected by a central server, enabling flaik to not only pinpoint a guest’s exact location, but also his or her physical relationship to other guests or resort staff as well. Once registered on http://www.flaik.com, users can view statistics from their day on the mountains and share them with friends and family.
“As the consistently ranked No. 1 mountain resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb has always been an innovative technology leader and offers some of the best Ski and Snowboard Programs for children. As a result, our flaik GPS tracking system is the perfect fit,” says Norman Scott, Executive Vice-President, flaik Inc. “We’re thrilled to be able to enhance Whistler Blackcomb’s youth experience both on, and off the mountains, while giving parents a new tool that provides an additional layer of safety for their children.”
Whistler Kids offers group ski lessons for children ages three to 12, snowboarding lessons for ages seven to 12, as well as licensed childcare for children 18-48 months old. Ride Tribe on the other hand, gives youth, aged 13 to 17, the chance to learn how to ride and ski with a highly-certified professional coach who knows the mountains inside and out, top to bottom. Students are grouped in a session with their peers, based on their ability, and can either focus on the fundamentals, if they’re beginners, or take part in Halfpipe and Terrain Park clinics if they’ve got a little experience under their belt.
In addition to that, both Whistler Kids and Ride Tribe will be open and offering lessons, all season long. For more information about Whistler Kids, including helpful tips for parents wondering how to best prep their children for a lesson, visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/rentals/schoolkids/index.htm, or call 1-800-766-0449.
For more information regarding Ride Tribe programs, please visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/groups/youth/snow/index.htm
About Whistler Blackcomb
Consistently ranked as North America's top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests. With the landmark PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola opening in December 2008, the return of the popular Symphony Amphitheatre, and a host of other on-mountain improvements, this winter promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular 'Sea to Sky' Highway, this resort is home to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, which boast one vertical mile of incredible skiing. With over 17 alpine bowls, four glaciers, 200 trails, 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a one mile vertical rise, the choices of where and what to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb from beginner to advanced terrain are staggering. Joined at the base by a vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four season resort is spectacular. Check it all out at http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
About Intrawest ULC
Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in ten resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.intrawest.com.
flaik is revolutionizing the ski industry with it’s real-time location-based suite of solutions for ski resort management, including it’s ski school, groups, events, rentals, and vehicle applications. flaik’s advanced technology solution is based on a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and mobile phone (GSM) platforms. For more information, visit http://www.flaik.com.