Ski Callaghan to open November 26 - Snow activities for all ages, new shuttle bus

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Whistler, BC – Ski Callaghan will open its gates on November 26 for the winter season. The recent snowfall has provided an adequate base for the Nordic ski area, a joint venture between Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, to open as scheduled. “Our groomers have been very busy in the past weeks, and we are happy to say that we can offer both cross-country ski and snowshoe trails to the public, also our tobogganing hill will be open,” says Tim Hope, Managing Director of Whistler Olympic Park.

Depending on weather conditions, 20 to 25 kilometres of ski trails for skate and classic as well as snowshoe trails will be open. Dog-friendly trails will also be available. More trails will open as soon as conditions allow, guests are asked to check early season trail conditions online or on site with Guest Services. Whistler Olympic Park’s Day Lodge with snow school, rental/retail shop and restaurant will be open on Thursday and daily throughout the season. On Friday, also Callaghan Country’s base with rentals, shop and local eats bar will be open (Fridays to Tuesdays throughout the season).

Skiers are invited to celebrate the season’s start at the ‘Praise Ullr’ snow party at noon on Saturday, November 28, at Whistler Olympic Park. Those who dress up as the Nordic ski God Ullr or as a Viking get free admission!

Apart from cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biathlon and ski touring, visitors will have the opportunity to try many different snow activities for all ages this winter. Whistler Olympic Park’s tobogganing hill has been extended and an enhanced Nordic terrain park/ski play area has been finished. A big focus will lie on ski jumping this season, with introductory clinics and lessons for youth and adults on the Park’s new junior jumps. Also baseboarding, a new sliding activity and a hybrid of the sport of skeleton, bodyboarding and tobogganing will be offered in peak season. Bike enthusiasts can now bring their fat tire bikes and use them on select trails, or rent them from Whistler Olympic Park’s rental shop. A new snowcat shuttle will bring ski tourers to higher elevations for better backcountry access.

Starting December 19, a daily shuttle bus will connect Whistler Village with Ski Callaghan/Whistler Olympic Park and provide easy access for Nordic skiers without transportation, special packages for shuttle, lessons and rentals can be booked.

Skiing under the stars will be available at Whistler Olympic Park during the ‘$5 Wednesdays’ between December 6 and March 2. On Wednesdays from 3:00 and 9:00pm, visitors pay only $5 per person for trail tickets for skiing, snow shoeing or fat biking, also access for tobogganing is only $5 per carload. There are $5 deals on ski and snowshoe rentals and on restaurant products and the sport school will offer special programming for ski jumping and skiing.

Detailed trail conditions can be found here.