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Whistler Olympic Park opens for 2021-22 season

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A family enjoys a day of cross country skiing at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley.

One day after Whistler Blackcomb opened for the 2021-22 season, Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) is opening its doors to the public for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing season

Located about 30 minutes south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley, WOP will be open from today until April 3, 2022.

Thanks to great snowfall in the recent weeks, the facility will feature a variety of trails including dog-friendly trails and options for all abilities and skill levels. In the coming days and weeks, as snow continues to fall, more of the Olympic Park’s 120-kilometre trail network will be opening.

While WOP is open for self-guided snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, it also offers equipment rentals, guided snowshoe tours and private or group cross-country lessons.

Night skiing and snowshoeing is also returning this year every Wednesday from 3 until 9 p.m.

For cross-country skiing, rentals including boots skis and poles start at $11 for children 6 and under, $18 for youth between the ages of seven to 18, $23 for seniors 65 and over and $33 for adults. Day pass tickets cost $15.75 for youth, $15 for Seniors and $29.50 for adults, while children under six are free. Night skiing prices are $8 each for passes and rentals.

As for snowshoeing, rental prices are $10 for all youth up to 18 years old, $13 for seniors and $15 for adults with passes costing $16.50 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8.75 for youth and free for children six years of age and under.

Along with those activities WOP is also offering Biathlon lessons for ages 10 and up. No experience required. Lesson options include shooting only or shooting and skiing.

Shooting-only lessons cost $30 per person and take place at 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. daily and last about 40 minutes in duration.

The skiing and shooting option are also available daily and are approximately two hours in length. Time slots depend on instructor availability.

Pre-booking online or over the phone is required for all biathlon lessons.

More information on hours, conditions, trail availability and all other available services can be found online at whistlerolympicpark.com.

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sport events will also be returning to WOP this season. Events include many regional and provincial races, as well as international events like the FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined and the Nordiq Canada National Championships in March.