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STORMBC and Whistler Announce Partnership

June 16, 2005 (Whistler, BC.) – Two leaders in the historical evolution of mountain biking in Whistler are collaborating to further encourage the growth of youth development in the sport. STORMBC and Whistler Blackcomb have announced a partnership to incorporate STORMBC’s programs into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park program lineup.

“We are really excited about this season,” says Chris Colbeck, founder and head coach of STORMBC. “Running programs with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will enable us to provide youth with access to the best downhill mountain biking terrain and skill development programs in North America.”

Through progressive skill development, quality coaching and a friendly club atmosphere, STORMBC’s programs have provided children and youth with a balance of training and recreation since 1998. Although STORMBC has produced national and provincial champions and is coached by two national team members, the programs are designed to meet all abilities and skill levels focusing on delivering a fun, positive learning environment while maximizing development.

“This partnership with STORMBC makes a lot of sense to Whistler Blackcomb as we continually strive to open the sport of mountain biking up to a greater range of riders,” says Rob McSkimming, VP Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “Chris (Colbeck) has built a phenomenal program and we intend to add to that with our marketing strength to make it even more successful.”

STORMBC’s successful programs range from the Weekend Warriors designed for 6-18 year-olds from BC and Washington State, to the locally-focused mid-week Epic Ride for beginner to intermediate riders, to the DFX program for the many young rippers in the corridor. Programs run throughout the summer between June 18 and October 9.

“Participants in the STORMBC programs will benefit greatly from the access to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and its myriad of beginner to expert trails,” Colbeck reinforces. “This access, when combined with the great mountain biking that our programs offer throughout the Whistler Valley, exposes the kids to so many more possibilities within the sport. They’re stoked to get out there!”

For more information on STORMBC programs visit <http://www.stormbc.com>www.stormbc.com

Whistler Blackcomb is an Intrawest resort. Intrawest Corporation (IDR:NYSE; ITW:TSX) is one of the world’s leading destination resort and adventure travel companies. Intrawest has interests in 10 mountain resorts in North America’s most popular mountain destinations, including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company owns Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, and a 67 percent interest in Abercrombie & Kent, the world leader in luxury adventure travel. The Intrawest network also includes Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest — a private resort club with nine locations throughout North America. Intrawest is developing five additional resort village developments at locations in North America and Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.

Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.





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