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Whistler Blackcomb Celebrates Milestone of Millionth Bike Park Visitor

Monday, August 15, 2011

Whistler Blackcomb Celebrates Milestone of Millionth Bike Park Visitor16:19 EDT Monday, August 15, 2011 First Lift-Accessed Mountain Bike Park in the World to Reach This Feat WHISTLER, BC, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced today that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted its millionth unique rider on Friday, August 12th. 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 # 1 lift accessed mountain bike park in the world. To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chairlift, 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 complimentary seasons pass for the remainder of the 2011 season, a season pass for the 2012 season and a prize pack from Bike Park sponsors. "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 # 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. 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. For more information about the Whistler Bike Park or to book a Whistler Bike Park experience visit MEDIA NOTES:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs and video available at the link below: Link: Username: wbbroll Password: blackcomb Embeddable Video Link: ABOUT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the Olympic 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 Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offers over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls and three glaciers. Whistler Blackcomb receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually and offers 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. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WB". For more information visit  CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release may contain forward-looking statements or information, within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including, but not limited to, the expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions, information or statements about future events or conditions which may prove to be incorrect. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because the Corporation can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and assumptions made by the Corporation in light of its experience and perception of current conditions and expected future developments, and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, general economic, business and market conditions and other risks as are detailed in the Prospectus. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Corporation has no intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable Canadian securities laws. SOURCE Whistler BlackcombFor further information: <p> <b>Jeremy R</b><b>oche</b><br/> <b>Senior Manager, Investor Relations</b><br/> <b>Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.</b><br/> <a href=""></a><b>     </b><br/> <b>Ph: 604-93</b><b>8-7376</b> </p>