Whistler, B.C. - With a 145 centimetre (57 inch) mid-mountain base, 5280 vertical feet of skiing and riding and more than 94 centimetres of new snow in the last week, Whistler's twin peaks, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, currently offer the biggest base, the most vertical and arguably the best early-season conditions in North America.
"Two weeks ago we were saying early season conditions were the best we'd seen in years," said Christopher Nicolson, Whistler Blackcomb Public Relations manager. "Since then we've received nothing but more snow. We meant what we said two weeks ago and we really mean it now, especially as more terrain opens. Early season conditions are the best we've seen in years."
Just in time for the Christmas season Whistler's weekly Fire & Ice Welcome Night kicks-off December 21 at the base of Whistler Mountain showcasing world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire, a pyrotechnic display and fire spinners. Every Sunday evening throughout the winter season, this event combines the atmosphere of Carnival and the excitement of the X-Games making it an action packed family event.
First Night, Whistler's annual celebration of the arts offers a family-oriented program featuring live, local and interactive entertainment. By focusing on local talent, Whistler shares its cultural scene with an international holiday season audience. Performances will feature local musical favourites the Hairfarmers; Whistler/Pemberton rock 'n' rollers, Still Smokin'; and après favourite Gordo and his backing band, May or May Not Contain Nutz. Local fire dancers, larger-than-life puppeteers and stilt-walkers will be performing throughout the village. Tickets are available December 12 and include access to all events.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia and site for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler Blackcomb Mountains have the most terrain (7,071 acres) and greatest vertical (5,280 feet or one mile) in North America with an average annual snowfall of nine metres (30 feet). Whistler has a range of accommodations with more than 5,400 rooms, and a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and galleries. Winter activities range from cross-country skiing and winter fishing to snowshoeing and heli-skiing.
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