Whistler, British Columbia is located about 125 kilometers north of Vancouver. Whistler offers world-class skiing in the Winter, and world-class mountain biking in the summer! During the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Whistler will host the Alpine and Nordic ski events. The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, took place in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games were organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC). The 2010 Winter Olympics was the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. These were also the first games to be held in an NHL market since the league allowed its players to participate starting in 1998.
The Whistler Sliding Centre hosted the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The venue is situated on Blackcomb Mountain. Post-Games, the facility will operate as a centre for high-performance development, youth and recreational club programming, and tourist and public admissions (passenger rides and tours), building the legacy of the 2010 Winter Games.
Venue capacity: 12,000
Elevation: Men’s luge handles: 939 metres
Bottom: 787 metres
Highest vertical drop: 152 metres
Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park
Olympic Winter Games venue capacity: 12,000 in each of three stadiums
Paralympic Winter Games venue capacity: 6,000
Elevation: 840 metres–930 metres
Olympic Venue — Whistler Olympic Park
The compact, one-square-kilometre Olympic Games core area includes three separate stadiums (cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping) 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. The biathlon stadium’s range consists of 30 lanes with a fully electronic target system able to detect and report the precise time and hit or miss of each bullet fired. The two ski jumps (normal hill and large hill) include one of the world’s most sophisticated ski jump snow refrigeration and track setting systems.
Paralympic Venue — Whistler
All Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon events used parts of both the Olympic cross-country and biathlon competition trails and stadiums. Competition courses include a 5-kilometre course for the standing classes and a specially designed 3.75-kilometre course for the sit-ski classes. A portable 10-metre air and laser rifle biathlon range will be set up in the cross-country stadium for the biathlon events.
Official site for Whistler Blackcomb Ski resort
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