13 February 2013 by Luke McCormick
Whistler Blackcomb has expanded its snow school offerings this season with the addition of the ‘Ski with an Olympian' programme.
The programme is Whistler Blackcomb Snow School's most elite product and offers guests the opportunity to hear stories, get tips, and spend time on the mountain with an Olympic athlete as their own personal guide.
"As a proud host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, we wanted to create a unique experience that revives the excitement the Olympics brought to Whistler," said Rob McSkimming, Vice President of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb.
"The opportunity to spend time exploring, learning and dining with Olympians is a fun and memorable way to celebrate the Olympic legacies at Whistler Blackcomb."
This exclusive program includes a full day of skiing or riding guided by an Olympic athlete, with a maximum of five people per group.
Like all other snow school lessons, this programme also gives guests lift line priority.
Participating Olympians are based on availability and the program includes thirteen ski and snowboard athletes. Nearly all the Olympians originate from the lower mainland of BC, bringing with them superior instruction and in-depth local knowledge of Whistler Blackcomb. Each athlete has something unique to offer which helps to pair the Olympians skills to the needs of guests.
With a Whistler street named after him, three-time Olympian and six-time World Championship athlete, Rob Boyd is one of the most decorated Olympians involved in the program. His extensive coaching experience, including his position as head coach for the Canadian Women's National Ski Team, makes Rob Boyd the perfect choice for guests interested in improving their all-mountain skills.
The two athletes headlining the programme are home-grown Whistlerites, World Champion medalists and 2010 Ski Cross Olympians, Davey Barr and Julia Murray.
"This program is so special because it gives us an opportunity to really connect with people and share what it's like to be an athlete at such a memorable event. I think Whistler Blackcomb is truly the best place on earth to ski and that's definitely why so many Olympians call Whistler home," said Murray.
Other participating athletes include: Crispin Lipscomb, Halfpipe Snowboarder; Tara Teigenm, Snowboard Freestyle; Anastasia Skryabina, Alpine Skiing; Tami Bradley, Moguls; Britt Janyk, Alpine Skiing, Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom; Ryan Johnson, Moguls; Andra Nedelcu, Ski Cross; Kristi Richards, Moguls; Darren Chalmers Giant Slalom Snowboarder; and Mike Michalchuk, Freestyle Snowboarder.