Due to Whistler Mountain’s early opening, 20 finalists will compete for two season passes and a chance to head up the Wizard Chair first on Blackcomb’s Opening Day.

WHISTLER, BC, Friday, November 13, 2009 – Whistler Mountain’s early opening this Saturday has prompted the decision to run Whistler Blackcomb’s Pass-A-Mania Opening Day Competition on Wednesday, November 25, the day before Blackcomb Mountain opens.

The response to Pass-A-Mania was outstanding, and today, Whistler Blackcomb randomly selected 10 male and 10 female finalists to compete for the two season passes; those selected will be notified by end-of-day today. Meanwhile, the 24-hour battle of wits and attrition through more than 15 epic challenges will kick off at 8am on Wednesday, November 25 and will run for 24 hours. At the end of Pass-A-Mania, the female and the male with the most points will be awarded the season passes and the chance to ride up the Wizard Chair to access Blackcomb Mountain in all of its snowy glory first.

Whistler Blackcomb’s partners including Red Bull, Quiksilver, Nintendo and Nature’s Path will be joined by friends Voleurz, Sandbox and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to present challenges and contribute prizing throughout Pass-A-Mania, ensuring the competitors remain energized, stoked and rewarded for the entire 24 hour duration.

When not competing in challenges, participants will be confined to a PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Sky Cabin stationed at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. With 20 people in such close proximity for 24 hours, will love blossom? Will pet peeves be ignited? Will our competitors succumb to the dreaded lack of sleep? You’ll want to head over to Blackcomb Mountain’s base on Opening Day to find out.

For more information on Whistler Blackcomb, including additional upcoming winter events for the 2009.10 season, head over to http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com. And, while you’re at it, visit our Twitter page at twitter.com/WhistlerBlckcmb for regular tweets about anything and everything Whistler. And, if you’re a local tweeter you may want to mark your calendar for November 26 because Whistler Blackcomb will be hosting its first Après TweetUp. Details on location and time will be released via our Twitter feed.

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.