For immediate release - February 7, 2007
Whistler celebrates the three year countdown to 2010
Whistler, B.C. - Whistler is in a party mood and it's not just because of the record breaking snowfall on the mountains. The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are now just three years away.
The countdown celebration hits high gear on February 12, with exactly three years to go to the Opening Ceremonies of the Games.
The Vancouver 2010 Information Centre in Whistler will host the ever-popular cutting of the countdown cake, now a well-loved community tradition, followed by an afternoon of music and laughter with performances by a host of local entertainers from 4 to 6:30 pm at the 2010 Info Centre.
The fun in Whistler continues February 13 through 28. Watch for the Sport of the Day where each day, a different Olympic or Paralympic sport discipline will be featured at the 2010 Info Centre, complete with sport demos, equipment displays, special guests and interactive fun for everyone.
On February 17 and 18, the paving stones outside the 2010 Info Centre in Whistler will be transformed into a street hockey rink for the 2nd annual 2010 Street Hockey Tournament. Eight teams of five will compete for prizes and bragging rights - a great spectator sport too.
February 18, the Whistler Film Festival presents Whistler Stories, six short films on a giant outdoor screen at the Whistler Village Gondola base. Whistler Stories is a commissioned film program by the Whistler Film Festival with the goal of building a legacy program for the Whistler area in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
February 22, the Whistler Museum and Archives presents the third part of a five-year series of featurette-films focusing on Whistler community members. The objectives of this project are to promote the 2010 Winter Games spirit, foster community pride in Whistler's history, heritage and culture, and create an archival record that visually documents Whistler's people and places leading up to 2010. A reception with entertainment follows the screening.
On March 12, its more countdown cake in Whistler celebrating the three year mark to the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games scheduled for 3 p.m. at the 2010 Info Centre followed by the Cultural Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of Whistler's Maurice Young Millennium Place.
Whistler's Celebration 2010 activities have been organized by the Whistler Arts Council, in partnership with the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC), the RMOW and other community partners.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is site of the alpine, nordic, sliding and Paralympic venues for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations totalling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more than 5,000 other tourist accommodation units including condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques, galleries and activities ranging from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. Whistler Blackcomb mountains feature 3,036 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and receives an average of 9.14 metres (30 feet) of snow per year. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.
Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, the Whistler Visitor Centres and tourismwhistler.com, as well as 1-800-WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.
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