First Lift-Accessed Mountain Bike Park in the World to Reach This Feat
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted the millionth unique rider today. The first lift-accessed mountain Bike Park in the world to reach this feat, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is in its twelfth season of operation and is considered the No. 1 lift access mountain bike park in the world. To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chair lift, with a countdown to the lucky millionth visitor hosted by biking legend Brett Tippie.
The lucky millionth guest, Ryan Domm from Edmonton, Alberta, was greeted by confetti guns, and walked away with a prize pack including: a complimentary seasons pass for the remainder of the 2011 season, a seasons pass for the 2012 season, a custom Dakine Whistler Mountain Bike Park 1,000,000 Rider bike jersey, lift line priority for the remainder of the day, a fully guided bike tour from the Whistler Peak Chair, and an après bike celebration at the Garibaldi Lift Company. Riders 999,996 through to 1,000,001, also received prizing.
“Whistler Blackcomb is incredibly proud to reach this milestone,” said Rob McSkimming, Whistler Blackcomb’s vice president of business development. “We would like to thank every rider who helped us make it to one million and we look forward to hosting our next million riders.”
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the No. 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world, offering 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails for thrill seekers of all levels. The world-class Bike Park trail crew is constantly breaking new ground with its design innovation, including the Joyride Productions-designed Boneyard Slopestyle Course. Trails are labeled by level of difficulty from green runs for beginners to blue and black diamond trails for intermediate and advanced riders. Trails range from gentle banked cruisers through the Coastal forest to tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate and all-mountain riders. For more advanced gravity junkies, there are steep rock faces, gnarly root-strewn lines, drop-offs of all shapes and sizes and more. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open May to October.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit whistlerblackcomb.com