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Five Whistler Mountain lifts to be running Nov. 19

Blog by Nick Swinburne | November 16th, 2010

Five lifts will be ready for use on Friday (Nov. 19) when Whistler Mountain opens six days ahead of schedule for the 2010-'11 season, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) announced Monday.

Access to the mountain will be available from both the Creekside Gondola and Whistler Village Gondola while the Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz Chair will all be operational for skiers and snowboarders.

"A collection of parks features will be at the top of Emerald as well as a beginner area for those guests in a lesson," Monday's release from WB stated.

More details about terrain and available services for opening weekend are expected to be released Thursday (Nov. 18).

Monday's announcement follows Friday's (Nov. 12), which revealed that WB would be opening up Whistler Mountain this week ahead of official opening day on Nov. 25, when Blackcomb Mountain is scheduled to open.

Heavy, La Niña-driven snowfall over the past week and in the short-term forecast plus the running of more than 180 WB snow guns made the early opening possible, say the two announcements made by WB since Friday.

"Couple the great natural snow with the truly incredible snowmaking infrastructure hosting the Games afforded us, we'll have a great opening weekend at Whistler," WB mountain manager Doug MacFarlane said in Monday's release.

"Though early-season conditions will apply, having those first few turns of the season is a great feeling and we're happy to make that happen for our guests six days earlier than planned," he said Friday.

Last year, some lifts on Whistler Mountain were opened on Nov. 14 — 12 days ahead of schedule.

This week, WB officials stressed that once the lifts do roar to life, skiers should exercise extreme caution; the terrain that will be open will be "best suited for intermediate to advanced riders and skiers," officials said. Guests are being urged to obey all on-mountain signage and stay within the marked ski-area boundary.