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Whistler Blackcomb Renaissance

Whistler Blackcomb has a $345 million plan to make Whistler a "weather independent" resort with new year-round attractions for non-skiers.

The proposal includes a massive indoor waterpark, more biking, hiking trails and luxury accommodations on Blackcomb.  These enhancements are to be rolled out in three phases in on-mountain improvements, to “further solidify and enhance the company’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest four-season mountain resorts.

Phase 1  - Will include a $90- to $100-million investment in the watershed located at Blackcomb base 2 area.  The main attraction will be the indoor adventure center, dedicated to a water play area that will include slides, a surf zone, a kids' splash area and hot and cold pools. The building will also feature a family entertainment centre, food and beverage options, an eight-lane bowling alley and, in Phase 2, will incorporate WB's existing Day Lodge facilities.  The Blackcomb Adventure Park, will offer a range of year-round family activities, such as a mountain coaster, rope course, winter tubing and the introduction of night skiing.

A new high-speed lift will replace the Magic Chair and connect Blackcomb’s upper and lower bases as well as a new children's learning area relocation to base 2 allowing for more terrain and the addition of a covered magic carpet.  Snowmaking on Blackcomb will be enhanced and a new night skiing zone.  

There will also be major improvements to Whistler Blackcomb’s existing sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking experiences, with the addition of a suspension bridge and viewing platforms at the peak of Whistler Mountain, and an expansion of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park into the Creekside zone, including 50 kilometers of new downhill mountain biking trails. 

The bike park will also undergo some improvements with plans to more than double the existing downhill terrain with the addition of 50 kilometres of new trails, primarily at Creekside.

With the continued growth in WB's summer business, the company has committed to improving the on-mountain hiking and sightseeing experience. Plans include the construction of a suspension bridge connection the peaks of Whistler Mountain, expanding hiking trails and the addition of uphill "grind" experiences.

Phase 2 - involves an estimated $105- to $115-million investment in a new day lodge and snow school facility within Watershed that is intended to become "the main portal for skiing and snowboarding" on Blackcomb.

A townhome complex called Blackcomb Terrace is slated for the development and sale of 60 high-end townhomes near the Watershed as a way for WB to help recoup some of its original capital investments.

Although it won't add to the existing 1,500 parking spots at Base II since WB intends to redevelop Lot 6, a new two-storey parking complex is also in the works.

Phase 3 - is all about revitalization, and the $140- to $150 million investment is aimed at transforming the Blackcomb base area into "a vibrant, upscale village community" in the heart of the Upper Village.

This phase is expected to include the completion of the Blackcomb Day Lodge, the new snow school facility and a complete redesign of Blackcomb Plaza.

Luxury real estate development One Blackcomb Place is being imagined as a boutique hotel, residence and private club, moving towards WB's goal of turning Blackcomb base into "an upmarket gateway."

The company is also looking at major on-mountain improvements in Phase 3, totaling roughly $40 million. Some of the plans being considered: a new facility in the Olympic Zone that could include a rental shop, restaurant offerings and a detachable lift; lift upgrades on the front side of Blackcomb; and The Annex, a 30,000-square-foot training centre for youth competing in various action sports.

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