Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6 p.m., Maurice Young Millennium Place
Whistler Olympic Park
The Whistler Olympic Park is one of many long-lasting legacies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the Games, it was the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping and biathlon.
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and pristine forest, Whistler Olympic Park will take your breath away. 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 have been built for athletes comprised of two five-kilometre loops for cross-country skiing and one four-kilometre loop for biathlon.
The biathlon stadiums range consists of 30 lanes with a fully electronic target system able to detect and report 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.
Canada’s first Paralympic competition course, specifically created for athletes with physical disabilities is also included in the Games core area. Among the many features is a 3.75-kilometre course for the sit ski classes and a portable 20-metre air and laser rifle biathlon range.
Everyone can also enjoy Whistler Olympic Park. The park features more than 50-kilometres of recreation and competition trails groomed for classic and skate skiers from beginner to expert. Visitors can also enjoy lit trails for night skiing, snowshoe trails, and access the biathlon range. Available amenities include cross-country ski rentals, lessons, trail passes, snack foods and beverages.
Season Passes for Whistler Olympic Park and a Dual Area Pass for Whistler Olympic Park and the Lost lake Trails in Whistler are available at Whistler Olympic Park and the Cross Country Connection (at the Lost Lake Trails in Whistler).
For more information, visit the Whistler Olympic Park website.