WHISTLER BLACKCOMB RETURNS TO ITS FULL SUMMER GLORY

15 April 2022

Cloudraker Skybridge & Ravens Eye reopen; Creekside construction sets the stage for trail expansion in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park 

Whistler, BC, April 15, 2022 – Whistler’s full summer program launches May 21, with hiking, biking and sightseeing open to a global audience as travel returns to the world stage. Its iconic Bike Park is set to open May 13, but will be conditions dependent.  
 
It’s been two years since mountain bike enthusiasts could experience the Peak Zone’s Top of the World bike trail to shred the 1500-metre descent to the valley below against the breathtaking backdrop of the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Back in daily rotation once snowmelts, the Peak Zone will return to its full glory with the trail and the Cloudraker Skybridge open. The 130-metre alpine suspension bridge leads to the Raven’s Eye lookout on Westridge and has developed a worldwide reputation in a short lifespan. 
 
“We’re very thankful we can bring Whistler Blackcomb’s summer experience back to its full glory. The mountain bike community travels from all over the world to make the drop into Top of the World, and the Cloudraker Skybridge is a huge attraction for guests—including many who are new to the alpine environment,” said Geoff Buchheister, Whistler Blackcomb COO. “Having missed two summers of full operations, it feels great to open our beautiful mountains, and this unique environment, once more.”  
 
This summer season will also include a major construction project to upgrade the Creekside Gondola and the Big Red Express Chairlift, both set for completion before Winter ’23. The project is part of the $320M Epic Lift Upgrade capital investment by Vail Resorts and will allow for exponential growth of the Creek Zone trail network in years to come. Stay tuned to Whistler Blackcomb’s social channels, as they will highlight all the big construction moments, listing daily trail closures and re-routes as needed for construction.  
 
The mountains are always a hot stop for a cool summer escape, and with all of the signature Coast Mountain experiences back, this is sure to be a summer to remember. Be sure to take in our giant snow walls, alpine meadow wildflowers, hike the Ascent Trails in our old growth forest, and more. Whistler Mountain is once again on seasonal extended hours with The Feast Barbeque taking over the Roundhouse Lodge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and riding to 8pm in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. 
 
Highlights for Summer ‘22 include: 
  • Coast Salish Art by Squamish Nation artist James Harry 
  • Stories from the Skwxwu?7mesh Nation and Líl?wat Nation, on whose unceded territory the mountains sit 
  • Explanations of the mountain’s man-made engineering feats and natural magic with detailed descriptions of the flora, fauna and alpine landscape viewpoints 
  • Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival returns Aug. 5-14, including the Enduro World Series and legendary Red Bull Joyride 
  • Increased capacity in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with earlier uploads in the Garbanzo Zone and more cabins dedicated to bike on the Whistler Village Gondola 
  • 50+ km of alpine hiking, beginning as snowmelt permits 
  • The Roundhouse Umbrella Bar, welcoming guests to raise a glass above the clouds (weekends through mid-June and then open daily) 
 
How to join us on the mountain: 
 
Please see the full hours of operation HERE. Purchase summer hiking and sightseeing via our 360 Experience HERE and bike park passes HERE.  

Photo credit: John Entwistle/Whistler Blackcomb
Photo cutline: The Cloudraker Skybridge sits at the Peak of Whistler Mountain, accessible via a 10 minute walk on a gravel trail from the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain.
Full size photo can be found here: Cloudraker Skybridge
 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) 
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts' subsidiaries currently operate 40 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the Rock Resorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com

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Jennifer Smith

Manager
Email: JASmith2@VailResorts.com
Phone: (604) 938-7382
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