Enticing American visitors to Whistler this winter is going to
be a challenge but Intrawest is making an effort by adding a Whistler-Blackcomb
package to two of the passes the company offers at its Colorado resorts.
Intrawest announced Friday that two passes good at the
company’s Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park resorts will also include
two days of skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb and 20 per cent off lodging and
airfare from Denver. Airfare starts at $149 per person, one way, and additional
Whistler-Blackcomb lift tickets will be available for purchase at 50 per cent
off the window rate.
“With this limited time
skiers and boarders from the Front Range can spend the season exploring
the real Colorado winter experience at
Copper, Steamboat and Winter Park and
they're ready, we'll provide a free two-day lift ticket and the best
possible deals available on lodging and
airfare so they can experience
that Whistler-Blackcomb has to offer,” Intrawest’s chief marketing officer,
Andy Wirth, said in a release.
Skiers and boarders who purchase Intrawest’s Rocky Mountain
Super Pass Plus ($439 for an adult) or Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass ($1,404 for
an adult) by Oct. 12 will receive the Whistler-Blackcomb package.
Tourism Whistler last week suggested that U.S. visits could be
down another 15 per cent this winter, on top of a 15 per cent decline in U.S.
visitors last winter.
Whistler-Blackcomb is promoting the new Peak 2 Peak gondola and
the opportunity to ski the 2010 Olympic runs as part of the Colorado promotion.