La Niña Forecast Expected to Bring Heavy Snowfall to Whistler Blackcomb This Winter

WHISTLER, BC, August 25, 2011 - The long-range weather forecast calling for another La Niña weather system has skiers and riders antsy for Winter 2011.2012. Early Bird Season Passes are now on sale. From now, through to October 10 an Unlimited Adult Season Pass is available for the Early Bird price of $1,429 - a savings of $300 – offering the best value for guests looking to ski/ride at Whistler Blackcomb.

“People are still talking about the amazing season we had last year and we’re excited to hear that Mother Nature may outdo herself yet again this year,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “The season pass is the best option for avid skiers and riders who want to take advantage of the incredible, terrain snow and maximize their season. Not to mention the added benefit of exclusive offers and discounts both in the village and on the mountain.”

An Early Bird Unlimited Senior’s Season Pass is available for $739, a savings of $176. An Early Bird Unlimited Youth (13-18) Season Pass is $649, saving guests $63. Meanwhile, an Unlimited Child (7-12) Season Pass is priced at $399, saving $110 before October 10.

Children six and under ski for free and families can receive a 10 per cent discount. More information is available online or by phone.

The Early Bird Unlimited Season Passes are on sale now until October 10 and can be purchased by visiting whistlerblackcomb.com/early or calling 1-866-218-9687. Official Opening Day is scheduled for November 24, 2011.

Unlimited Season Pass Holder Benefits Include:

• 20 per cent off at select on-mountain food and beverage locations

• Save up to 20 per cent in Whistler Blackcomb retail stores

• $50CAD off select Snow School programs

• Fresh Tracks Mountaintop Breakfast ticket deals

• $100CAD off Whistler Heli Skiing

• Free PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience sightseeing access for Summer 2012

**for offer details and more information visit whistlerblackcomb.com/early

Guests who purchase their Season Pass before October 10 can opt in for the following:

• purchase a Whistler Blackcomb Gift Card valued at $500 for only $399

• purchase 3-Bring-A-Friend Lift tickets for only $149 (valued at $288)

• receive savings on Max 4 Snow School Lesson Pass and Memberships

New This Year

Guests purchasing their Adult Season Pass for the first time can upload their photo at the time of purchase online whistlerblackcomb.com/early and receive their pass in the mail.

Early Booking Lodging Offers

Early Booking packages available from just $81 per person per night when booked before August 31, 2011. For more information visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals or call 1-888-403-4727.

La Niña...

La Niña is an ocean-atmosphere climate pattern that brings high precipitation and cooler temperatures to the Pacific Northwest region. Last year’s La Niña weather pattern resulted in the second snowiest season on record, with a total of 1,579 centimetres or 51.8 feet. Whistler Blackcomb receives an annual average snowfall of 1,042cm or 34.1ft.

Whistler Blackcomb 2011/2012 Season Kick Off Video from Sherpas Cinema from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.