WHISTLER BLACKCOMB WINS GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD FOR OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Named finalist in three Silver Eagle categories
WHISTLER, BC, May 7, 2010 – Clif Bar has honoured Whistler Blackcomb with the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence at the recent 2010 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Convention and Tradeshow. This is the third time Whistler Blackcomb has received this honour, which is considered the highest level of environmental achievement in the ski industry.
"It is profoundly inspiring for us to be recognized by our industry peers for overall environmental excellence as we continue to strive for improved performance,” says Arthur DeJong, Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager.
According to the NSAA, judges credited Whistler Blackcomb with its comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship, including its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy. Golden Eagle judges also recognized Whistler Blackcomb’s involvement in the development of the Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy project; a Run-of-River project that will produce enough power to match the company’s entire annual energy consumption, which includes snowguns, lift operation and on-mountain restaurants. The hydro-powered facility, which became operational in early 2010, is located entirely within Whistler Blackcomb’s operating area and was produced in partnership with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Ledcor Power Group.
Whistler Blackcomb also placed among the top three finalists in the following Silver Eagle categories: Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy, Excellence in Environmental Education and Excellence in Stakeholder Relations.
The last NSAA environmental award Whistler Blackcomb received was the 2007 Silver Eagle for Excellence in Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection for its environmental sensitivity during the development of the Symphony Amphitheatre and Symphony Express high-speed chairlift, which opened December 2006.
For more information on Whistler Blackcomb’s environmental programs and achievements, please visit the following link: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain/environment/index.htm.
About the NSAA
The National Ski Areas Association, headquartered in Lakewood, Colo., is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. It represents 329 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has over 400 supplier members who provide equipment, goods and services to the mountain resort industry. For further information on the Golden Eagle Awards or to learn more about environmental programs at ski resorts nationwide, visit The Green Room at http://www.nsaa.org.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Consistently ranked as North America's top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb welcomes the world in 2010 as a host venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With uninterrupted skiing, riding and sightseeing available throughout the winter, season two of the highly acclaimed PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, and the best deals of the season guaranteed before November 15, Whistler Blackcomb continues to raise the level of mountain excitement for its guests. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver, Canada up the spectacular, newly-finished Sea to Sky Highway, this resort is home to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, which boast one vertical mile of incredible skiing and riding. With over 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, 200 trails, and 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, 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 award-winning après bars, restaurants, patios, cafes, shops, galleries and spas, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this four-season resort is spectacular. For more information, visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has interests in 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 and at other third-party locations around the world. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and is a portfolio company owned primarily by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC. For more information, visit http://www.intrawest.com