Annual Resort Rankings Recognize Whistler Blackcomb for “best” Terrain, Value, Après/Nightlife and Family offerings

WHISTLER, BC, October 24, 2011 – With four “best overall” wins and eighteen No.1 “category” wins, Whistler Blackcomb cements its position as the consistently ranked No. 1 mountain resort in North America.

“We are ecstatic to be recognized as one of the best mountain resorts by such a cross-section of sources: from ski and snowboard industry magazines, to travel experts,” says Stuart Rempel, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “We’ve got extraordinary natural assets and a robust infrastructure combined with staff that go the extra mile to make guests’ experiences at Whistler Blackcomb one of the best in the industry. This past season Whistler Blackcomb scored an 88 on our Net Promoter Score, the highest score for customer satisfaction in Canada and among the top scores in North America. We’re going to work hard this season to not only maintain, but surpass this score.”

“No. 1 Overall” rankings Whistler Blackcomb achieved:

• Freeskier - “The Best”

• Onthesnow.com – No. 1 Favourite North American Resort 2011

• Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine – No. 1 Overseas Ski Resort 2011

• Findthebest.com – Best Ski Resort in the World

Whistler Blackcomb “Top/Best” inclusions:

• Forbes.com – World’s Best Ski Resorts

• Yahoo.com – Top Five Ski Vacations in the World

• Powderhounds.com – Top Overall Resorts

• About.com – Top Ski Resorts

• The Independent – 50 Best Ski Resorts

Whistler Blackcomb Category Wins:

• Value Award Winner: Up! Magazine

• Best Terrain: onthesnow.com, Ski Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, Powderhounds.com, and National Geographic

• Best Après/Nightlife: Freeskier, onthesnow.com, Ski Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, and Powderhounds.com.

• Best Family Resort: SKI Magazine (Canadian Resorts)

Other “not too shabby” placing(s):

No. 2

Terrain parks – onthesnow.com

Family – onthesnow.com

Digital Programs – Ski Magazine

Best Steeps – Freeskier

No. 3

Resort in North America – Ski Magazine

Lifts – Ski Magazine

No. 4

Overall satisfaction – Ski Magazine

“Vibe” – Transworld Snowboarding

Top Destination in Canada – Trip Advisor

Best Powder – Freeskier

No. 5

Best Family Resort in North America – Ski Magazine (#1 in Canada)

Best Pipe – Transworld Snowboarding

To experience the best Whistler Blackcomb has to offer, guests can book by Nov 15 and save up to 36 per cent; packages start at $91 CDN per person, per night. Season long event and festival information is available online along with the most current weather and snow information.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com