Whistler Blackcomb will be the Official Alpine Skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Inspired by a trip to the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, Franz Wilhelmsen formed Garibaldi Lift Limited with the aim of building a ski area on London Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia. Building on the dream of one day hosting the Winter Olympics, it would take 50 years and four Olympic bids before Whistler would realize its Olympic dream.
Creekside Village will be a hub of activity during the Games. Whistler Creekside will host the disciplines of Men's and Women's Downhill, Super-G, Giant slalom, Slalom and Super combined. The Men's Skiing will take place on the well-respected Dave Murray Downhill run, while women's skiing will take place on Franz's run. The Dave Murray Downhill run has seen a number of World Cup Downhills and Super G races over the past 20 years. Perhaps the most notable was the 1989 World Cup during which young Whistlerite Rob Boyd stole the downhill gold on home soil, becoming not only a hometown hero, but a national legend.
Whistler Blackcomb is consistently Ranked the No.1 Ski Resort in North America. Whistler Blackcomb has more terrain than anywhere else in North America with 8.171 acres. During Games time, Whistler Blackcomb will be over 90 per cent open for skiers and riders to enjoy. That’s still more terrain than any other ski resort in North America!.The host venue for the men's and women's alpine skiing competitions is Games-ready with an unprecedented 10.2 metres of snow.
Whistler Olympic Park will host the Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon and Ski Jumping events. The compact, one-square-kilometre Olympic Games core area includes three separate stadiums for each event located about 400 metres apart. Approximately 15 kilometres of Olympic competition trails for cross-country skiing and biathlon have been built and tested through the 2007-08 opening season. Vancouver 2010 Games will be the first time in Olympic history that all four Nordic disciplines (biathlon, ski jumping, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing) are occurring at the same venue.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler is located within the scenic Cheakamus Valley and less than 20 minutes from all Whistler competition venues. A short shuttle ride will take athletes to the heart of Whistler’s town centre and the Whistler Celebration Plaza.