Whistler is well known as being one of North America’s premier skiing destinations, and the 2010 season is shaping up to be even more exciting with Whistler being the Official Alpine Skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic games.
While the 2010 Olympics in Whistler will add a new level of excitement for visitors to the region, this doesn’t mean keen skiers and snowboarders will miss out this season. Many visitors are afraid that with the Olympics, there will be less access to the mountain, and this has been demonstrated during other Olympic games with regular guests often staying away for fear of crowding and a less pleasant holiday experience.
How Will the Olympics Affect Visitors?
When it comes to Whistler 2010, nothing could be further from the truth. Although some of the mountain will be used for Olympic events, there’s still 7500 acres of available skiing terrain (which is more than most resorts can boast), and more groomed terrain than any other resort on North America. Access to the mountain will still be available during the Olympics, via the four base lifts (Whistler Village Gondola, Fitzsimmons Express, Excalibur Gondola, and Wizard Express) offering access to the runs of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
The area most affected by the 2010 Olympics in Whistler will be Creekside, which is home to the Alpine events. For this reason, the Creekside Gondola will be closed to the public for the month of February; however, the Peak to Creek run will still remain open during the games. Creekside residents and guests will still have access to lifts in Whistler Village and the Blackcomb Base, which will be enhanced by the improved Transit system. In fact, from February 1 all bus services will increase, servicing the Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton regions, and buses will be running 24 hours a day.
What Will Be Open in Whistler?
The majority of Whistler Blackcomb terrain will be fully open for the majority of the ski season, with over 90% of the area still available during the Olympic and Paralympic period, with only a few runs closed to the public.
What does this mean? It means Whistler is the ideal location for a visit during the 2010 Olympics. Not only will guests have access to some of the most brilliant skiing in North America, but they’ll also have the chance to view some of the Olympic events in person, making it a truly memorable experience.
There are plenty of accommodation deals available in Whistler during the 2010 Olympic season, but bookings must be made early to avoid missing the excitement.