This might be the biggest ski resort investment ever. Whistler Blackcomb has announced a huge $345 million plan to improve its whole offering.
Known as the ‘Whistler Renaissance’ this will be the largest development in the history of the resort. Assuming that planning is approved, then the new plan will be introduced in three separate stages.
Initially the resort will spend around $100 million building ‘weather-proof’ attractions that will be available all year round. Phase 2 will see around $105 million spent on a new day lodge and a new snow school facility on the Blackcomb sector of the mountain.
Finally, the focus will move to the Blackcomb base area, where around $140 million will be spent on improving the facilities there.
Among the new year round developments, visitors to Whistler can expect a new indoor aquacentre, bowling alley and ‘surf centre’ complex to be located at the upper base at Blackcomb.
There will also be a new luge on rails, Go Ape-style ropes course and a brand new suspension bridge connecting the peaks of Whistler Mountain.
There will also be a new ‘action sports’ centre, to be known as ‘The Annex’, plus various improvements to lifts, snowmaking and restaurants.
Most lift improvements will be upgrades to new high-speed chairlifts, but there will be an additional gondola that will link Creekside to the top of Dave Murray Downhill.
Seven years until completion
It should take around seven years for the entire Renaissance to complete. You can find out more about it on the official website. Whistler is already one of the best ski resorts in the world – this will make it even better!
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