Snow sports continue on its glaciers for a few more weeks, but Whistler Blackcomb has reported its 2006-7 season concluded on June 3rd and that it was the world famous resort's second snowiest on record, receiving an accumulative snowfall of 1,416cm (46 feet).

"This has definitely been a season to remember," says Dave Brownlie, Chief Operating Officer, Intrawest Mountain Resorts Canada. "The phenomenal conditions were a big draw for visitors from around the world this season. We also shared in the excitement of the 1000 acre Symphony Express opening and finished with another ground breaking announcement, the Peak to Peak Gondola. This innovative project will be a year-round experience, linking the high alpine on both mountains for skiers and sightseers alike."

The snowfall was 40% above average and began well with a record breaking 416cm/14 feet of snowfall in November 2006. More than two million people visited during the season, with the highest number of visits in one day, 15,994 reported for Whistler Mountain on December 30th, 2006. The ski school also set records with 1,912 Whistler Kids lessons taught on April 3rd. But the resort's security are kererping the increasing numbers in good order, reporting 1,688 total lift ticket days suspended for safety violations.

The impetus is still building at Whistler, with less than 1,000 days to go now until the 2010 Winter Olympics and construction underway on the resort's $50 million Peak to Peak Gondola project, which is designed to unite the neighbouring mountains that have historically stared longingly at one another from afar. The gondola will span 4.4km in 11 minutes, with a highest vertical point of 415m (2.73 miles) above Fitzsimmons Creek. Linking the two mountains from Blackcomb's Rendezvous Lodge to Whistler's Roundhouse with only four towers, the Peak to Peak will be a year-round tourist attraction that set the world records for length and height. The project is slated for completion in December 2008.