Tourism Whistler media release For immediate release â January 25, 2012 Live like an Olympian in Whistler; enter theWhistler Sabbatical Project Note to media: Images and BRollfootage for use in editorial coverage is available on Tourism Whistler's online media room.
Suggested Tweet: Visit http://bit.ly/xTqMFA for a chance to ski or ride with an Olympian at #Whistler.Whistler, B.C. â The Whistler Sabbatical Project wraps up withan experience of Olympic proportions.It's all about girl power as Olympians BrittJanyk, Mercedes Nicoll and Ashleigh McIvor share their experiences of growingup in Whistler and representing their community (and country) at the WinterGames. To watch the vignette featuring Janyk, Nicoll and McIvor and enter forthe prize, visit the Would You Do It website.For those who have fantasized about their ownOlympic experience, the answer to this week's question â Would You Ski or Ride with an Olympian â probablycomes easy.In 2010, with Whistler as the Host Mountain Resortof the Winter Games, Janyk, Nicoll and McIvor competed in their respectivedisciplines: Janyk in downhill skiing and super G, Nicoll in snowboarding(halfpipe) and McIvor in the inaugural ski cross event, where she brought homethe gold medal.Now, one lucky winner will havethe opportunity to ski or ride with one of these local Olympians. Experience#15 concludes the Whistler Sabbatical Project, Tourism Whistler's winter campaign offeringweekly prizes in addition to the ultimate grand prize of a month-long Whistlerstay â including accommodation, lift tickets, equipment, transportation, asalary and a series of amazing Whistler experiences. The Whistler SabbaticalProject launched October 17 featuring a new experience each week for a total of15 weeks. Each week contestants are presented with the experience and askedâWould You Do It?â Contest entries are earned each time the poll is answered. Not onlyis this the last experience, but users will receive four bonus entries into the grand prize for answering thepoll. While this is the last week of experiences, the contest remainsopen until noon on January 31; for those who haven't yet entered, simply watchthe previous vignettes and answer the poll, receiving a grand prize entryfor each poll answered.For an inside look at life as an Olympian, check out the newWhistler Insider blog post profiling Janyk, Nicoll and McIvor: Whistler's GoldenGirls â Three Local Olympians. To date, the contest has generated nearly 20,000entries. In addition, the contest continues to build awareness of the resortwith the number of GoWhistlerFacebook fans growing from nearly 9,000 at the launch of thecontest to more than 16,000 today. The list of GoWhistler Twitterfollowers also continues to grow and the weekly vignettes, featuring Whistler footage,have received nearly 35,000 views.In addition to the WhistlerSabbatical Project grand prize, a weekly prize is available on TourismWhistler's Facebook page. This week's prize includes a ski day fortwo with an Olympic athlete including lift tickets and lunch.TheWhistler Sabbatical Project and the weekly prize contests are open to residentsin North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. Contest rules andconditions apply. Weekly prize winners will be drawn randomly. The WhistlerSabbatical Project contest closes January 31, 2012 with 10 randomly-selectedfinalists drawn between February 1-10, 2012 and the grand-prize winner notifiedon or around February 13, 2012. The Whistler Sabbatical prize must be redeemedbetween March 1 - April 30, 2012. Contest entryfor the Whistler Sabbatical Project is available at whistler.com/wouldyoudoitThecontest concludes just as Whistler is in the midst of its winter season and byall accounts, the winner of the Whistler Sabbatical Project is going to enjoysome of the best snow conditions in the world when they arrive in Whistler. Todate, the resort has received more than 20 feet of cumulative snowfall with 93centimetres (37 inches, or more than three feet) in the last seven days, 20centimetres (8 inches) in the last 24 hours and up to an additional 13centimetres (5 inches) forecast for today and tomorrow. Visit www.whistler.com for the full weather forecast and webcam footage.Themicrosite for the Whistler Sabbatical Project is featured on the whistler.com website â Whistler'sofficial information site and the call to action for the resort, offering thelargest selection and one-stop shoppingwith no booking fee for accommodation, lift tickets or activities. Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize a vacation package, taking care offlights, transportation, accommodation and activities. Call 1.800.WHISTLER(1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit whistler.com for moredetails and offers.-30-Whistler is Canada's premier year-roundleisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres(75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated thetop ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive rangeof accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well astownhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity optionsfrom world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, tohiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler ishome to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.TourismWhistler is the member-based marketing and salesorganization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre,Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com â Whistler's official source for visitor bookings andinformation. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipalityof Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own,manage and operate properties or businesses on resort landsincluding hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters,local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll. Media Contact Patricia WesterholmSpecialist, Corporate CommunicationsTourism Whistler Phone: 604.938.2748E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.whistler.com/mediaT: www.Twitter.com/mediaTWhistlerF: www.Facebook.com/GoWhistler