Regional and local tourists keep Whistler busy 

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Good snow always helps too, said Rempel, who is forecasting lots thanks to another year of the El Nino phenomenon.

The resort is recognized in the UK as having the most reliable snow in North America

"The Brits come here year after year and they keep getting this great experience," said Rempel.

"Our research suggests that the travel intentions are really strong from the UK and we are working with Air Canada and Tourism Whistler and others to try and increase the air lift out of the UK so that the operators can get the seats they need on the planes out of the UK.

"They love the politeness, the on-mountain amenities. It offers them the immensity of the European resorts but with more reliable snow and a friendlier atmosphere."

Rempel said the mountains are also seeing strong bookings coming out of the Australian market and predict it will be a good year for Aussie tourists.

But much of the focus will be in the US market.

"The US is obviously a big market for us, particularly the Northwest," said Rempel.

"We are experiencing that this summer with a great number of on-mountain visits for the sightseeing, and the glacier and bike-park. We are seeing big regional traffic and that includes Washington and even Oregon.

"So we will have lots going on in Washington for the drive-in market and then the destination ski enthusiasts market all over the US will be done through marketing partnerships."

Already booked to ski the mountains are the National Brotherhood of Skiers, which should bring in about 3,000 individuals from all over the US.

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