Hit the Slopes in British Columbia

Opening day is coming up!

Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
With enlarged snowmaking capacity and summer trail maintenance and grooming programs happening at all of the major BC resorts, it's all systems go for Opening Day. The combination of snowmaking and annual snowfall makes operation by American Thanksgiving a virtual certainty at resorts like Whistler-Blackcomb, Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star, Apex Resort, and Panorama. Regional resorts will open as conditions permit.

www.whistlerblackcomb.com

www.sunpeaksresort.com

www.bigwhite.com

www.skisilverstar.com

www.apexresort.com

www.panoramaresort.com

www.skifernie.com

Silver Star ? Month of Nordic Promises Accommodation Specials, Demos, Training Camps and World Cup Racing Action: For Nordic skiers of all abilities, Silver Star Mountain Resort and the adjacent Sovereign Lakes Nordic trails are the place to be in late November. Excitement will be high when World Cup cross country racing returns to BC for the first time in over a decade. Resort guests can get in the action as well with a whole series of "Month of Nordic" events including Masters Racing camps, demo days, citizen races, and waxing and technique clinics. www.sovereignlake2005.ca, www.skisilverstar.com and www.xccamps.ca

Austrian Alpine Ski Team Signs Major Deal with Sun Peaks Resort for Early-Season Training at new Nancy Greene International Race Centre: Sun Peaks Resort has been selected by the Austrian National Ski Team as its North American early season training venue. The Austrian team will start training at Sun Peaks Resort on November 5, 2005 in preparation for the World Cup circuit that starts at Lake Louise and Aspen and then heads to Europe. The Austrian team will also be the first to train on the new Nancy Greene International Race Centre built this summer. The race center is one of very few Canadian venues that can offer suitable terrain above 1,600 meters. "Elevation means snow," explains Jamie Tattersfield, Mountain Operations Manager for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. "The combination of the centre's elevation, summer grooming, and expanded snowmaking makes it one of the premier race centers in the country." The Austrian team will train from early to mid November each year leading up the Winter Olympics and just prior to the Games in February 2010. www.sunpeaksresort.com

First, Second and Third Top Rankings, Four Seasons Resort Whistler offers More with Fourth Night Free Promotion: Experience true luxury in Canada's most exclusive mountain resort that's recently received three top accolades by discerning travellers. Whistler Blackcomb is Number One for True Village Atmosphere, Long Snow Season and Unparalleled Riding by TransWorld Snowboarding magazine, Four Seasons Resort Whistler is Number Two in the Continental US and Canada for Family Friendly Resorts by Travel + Leisure Family and Whistler Blackcomb is Number Three overall in the Top 50 Resorts by Ski magazine. Four Seasons Resort Whistler makes it easy to be on the slopes with its "Fourth Night Free" promotion that runs from November 24 - December 22, 2005/January 2 - April 15, 2006. Guests of Four Seasons who stay for three nights receive a complimentary fourth night's stay with an added bonus of a third complimentary day of skiing. Relax and enjoy spacious guestrooms, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, sumptuous spa treatments, scenic outdoor pool and whirlpools. Rates start at CDN$345 based upon single or double occupancy. www.fourseasons.com/whistler

Early Season Powder at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing: One place where guests never have to worry about lack of snow is at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in Blue River, BC. Most people think of heli-skiing or snowboarding during peak season, but the fact is that some of the deepest snow and most exhilarating skiing and riding can happen before the Christmas holidays. Now in its 36th season of operation, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing offers excellent early season deals ? right through to the first week in January. Packages can be booked from three to seven days in length, and include unlimited vertical, two guides per group, and Atomic powder ski or Burton snowboard rental. Unlike some other operations, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is not applying a fuel surcharge to their packages at this time. www.wiegele.com

Big White and Alaska Airlines Offer Awesome Deal for American Visitors: If you are from the United States and are looking for a great winter holiday, Alaska/ Horizon Airlines and Big White Ski Resort have the ultimate winter family vacation deal. Book a flight, accommodation and lift tickets through Big White Central Reservations and kids under 12 will fly, ski and stay for free. Flights must originate from any American destination served by Alaska / Horizon Airlines. Valid from December 1, 2005 to April 16, 2006 on travel from the US to Kelowna from Sunday to Thursday and on departures from Kelowna from Monday to Friday. Limit one free child's fare and lift ticket for each fully-paid adult fare and lift ticket. Minimum two-night stay. Call 1-800-663-2772, and please quote EA at time of booking. Offer subject to availability (some restrictions apply). www.bigwhite.com

Warren Miller's Higher Ground Movie Blitzes BC Ski Towns: You know it's ready to snow when the annual Warren Miller movie comes to your town. This year's movie is called "Higher Ground," and features sensational footage filmed in Blue River, BC, at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing with freeskiers Sarah Burke, Ingrid Backstrom, and Jeremy Bloom ? the football star turned freestyle skier. Whistler-based skiers Mark Abma and Chris Eby are also caught on film. If you're not able to see the film first-hand at your local theatres, take a trek to BC to check out the highlights for yourself. www.warrenmiller.com and www.skitheworld.com

Key BC dates for "Higher Ground" are:

November 3 and 4 ? McPherson Theatre ? Victoria

November 4, 5, 6 ? Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver

November 6 ? Cowichan Theatre, Duncan

November 12 ? Fernie Community Theatre, Fernie

November 12 ? Abbey Arts Centre, Abbotsford

November 13 ? Malaspina College Theatre, Nanaimo

November 17 ? Community Theatre, Kelowna

November 23 ? BCIT Telus Theatre, Burnaby

November 25 ? Key City Theatre, Cranbrook

November 30 ? Cleland Theatre, Penticton

December 1 ? Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon

December 3 ? Mount Seven Rec Complex, Golden

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