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Ski with an Olympian at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb has expanded its Snow School offerings this season with the addition of the “Ski with an Olympian” program.The program is Whistler Blackcomb Snow School‘s most elite product and offers guests the opportunity to hear stories, get tips, and spend time on the mountain with an Olympic athlete as their own personal guide. This exclusive program includes a full-day of skiing or riding guided by an Olympic athlete, with capacity capped at five people per group. Like all other Snow School lessons, this program also gives guests lift line priority. Participating Olympians are based on availability and the program includes thirteen ski and snowboard athletes. Nearly all the Olympians originate from the lower mainland of BC, bringing with them superior instruction and in-depth local knowledge of Whistler Blackcomb. Each athlete has something unique to offer which helps to pair the Olympians skills to the needs of guests. With a Whistler street named after him, three-time Olympian and six-time World Championship athlete, Rob Boyd is one of the most decorated Olympians involved in the program. His extensive coaching experience, including his position as head coach for the Canadian Women’s National Ski Team, makes Rob Boyd the perfect choice for guests interested in improving their all-mountain skills. The two athletes headlining the programme are home-grown Whistlerites, World Champion medalists and 2010 Ski Cross Olympians, Davey Barr and Julia Murray. Julia is the daughter of ski legend, Crazy Canuck, and two-time Olympian Dave Murray, who has a run on Whistler Mountain named in his memory. The Dave Murray Downhill run was the Alpine skiing competition site for the 2010 Winter Olympics and is part of the Gold Medal Wonder Route, a suggested itinerary for skiers and riders designed to showcase all the Olympic legacy sites at Whistler Blackcomb. For more information about all The Whistler Blackcomb Wonder Routes. Other participating athletes include: Crispin Lipscomb, Halfpipe Snowboarder; Tara Teigenm, Snowboard Freestyle; Anastasia Skryabina, Alpine Skiing; Tami Bradley, Moguls; Britt Janyk, Alpine Skiing, Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom; Ryan Johnson, Moguls; Andra Nedelcu, Ski Cross; Kristi Richards, Moguls; Darren Chalmers Giant Slalom Snowboarder; and Mike Michalchuk, Freestyle Snowboarder.

Paul Johnson

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