Patrick Thorne reports Holidays in Whistler, British Columbia, are not available during the 2010 Olympic fortnight in February next year in the new editions of ski brochures published recently by the three biggest operators, Crystal, Inghams and Thomson.
The operators reported that sales were currently suspended during the Olympic period and were unsure if this situation might change closer to the event.
There may still be a chance to get on Whistler’s slopes during the Olympic period however. Ski Independence, who are officially, by volume, the largest UK tour operator selling Whistler said they, "Would never stop selling the resort".
"Our sales to Whistler are open throughout the 2009/2010 season and we will do our very best to accommodate clients before, during and after both the Olympic and Paralympics periods. For many, this will be a very exciting time to visit", said Managing Director, Michael Bennett.
All operators were keen to stress that most of Whistler Blackcomb’s huge ski area will be accessible before and during the Games and that package holiday sales resumed with holidays available to book now during the subsequent Paralympic Winter Games.
Over 90% of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains will be open to guests before and during the events. Only four runs on Whistler Mountain will be closed for races. With the newly opened Peak2Peak Gondola linking the two mountains, guests will be able to navigate around the mountains, making the most of their day before, during and after the Olympics. Off the slopes, visitors will be able to enjoy free festivals celebrating the best in British Columbia, Canadian and international arts and culture. These six live-site locations throughout Whistler’s village will feature aboriginal, classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, film, literary, visual arts, street entertainment and more.