What's New on the Mountains
Summer 2023 Lift Upgrade Project
Whistler Blackcomb is planning to begin disassembling the Fitzsimmons Express Chairlift in late March 2023 as part of a scheduled lift upgrade, with construction set to begin shortly thereafter. Fitzsimmons Express will go from a 4-person high speed chair to an 8-person high speed chair and will not be available for access to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the 2023 summer season. More details will be available soon.
Vail Resorts to Launch Hands-Free Mobile Pass & Mobile Lift Ticket
Vail Resorts shared its upcoming Mobile Pass & Mobile Lift Ticket technology will be available to guests on a new My Epic app for the 2023/24 winter season at Vail Resorts’ U.S. resorts, with availability at Whistler Blackcomb to follow in future seasons. The new technology will allow guests to buy their pass or lift ticket online, activate and store it on their phone in the new My Epic app, put their phone in their pocket, and get scanned, hands free, via Bluetooth® technology designed for low energy usage. This reduces the need to visit the ticket window or wait to receive a pass or lift ticket in the mail. In support of the company’s Commitment to Zero sustainability commitment, this change over time will also reduce the waste created by plastic cards and RFID chips. Read more at vailresorts.com.
Vail Provides Fiscal 2023 Outlook and Announces Capital Plan
Upon releasing their most recent earnings, Vail also announced two new lift upgrades for Whistler Blackcomb, set to be installed summer 2023: Fitzsimmons Express and Jersey Cream will both be replaced, subject to approval, to improve the guest experience. Fitzsimons Express will go from a 4-person high speed chair to an 8-person high speed chair and the most popular lift on Blackcomb Mountain, Jersey Cream, will go from a high-speed quad to a high-speed 6-pack. Read full media release at vailresorts.com.
Epic Pass Expands its European Access
Next winter’s Epic Pass goes on sale on March 7, 2023 and will provide even more access in Europe. Almost a year after Vail Resorts announced it acquired a majority stake in leading Swiss resort Andermatt-Sedrun, the company is now proud to share that neighbouring Disentis Ski Area will join the Epic Pass as a partner resort, starting with the 2023/24 winter season. Further, the company shared it has extended its long-term partnerships with three destination resorts throughout Europe: Les 3 Vallées in France, Ski Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy. Read full media release at vailresorts.com.
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Rainbow Park Rejuvenation: Phase 2
After 35 years as one of Whistler’s most popular destination parks, the Resort Municipality of Whistler is about to begin Phase 2 of a refresh of Rainbow Park. The Province of British Columbia is investing Resort Municipality Initiative funds to upgrade the space for a wider variety of needs, activities and people. The project updates are taking place in three phases. Phase 1 was completed in 2022. The park will be closed to the public for safety while it is an active construction zone. The dates of the closure are still being determined. Learn more at whistler.ca.
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