[R493R, Whistler Blackcomb] prepares for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games just over one year away. The Olympics are scheduled for 17 days in February and the Paralympics for 10 days in March. Visitors to the resort this winter can ski the runs they will see featured in races for the gold next year.

Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to be the venue for the men’s and women’s Olympic and Paralympic alpine skiing disciplines--including Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Super Combined. The men’s downhill will take place on the traditional World Cup downhill course--the Dave Murray course. The women’s downhill and all Paralympic alpine skiing events will take place on a newly designed race course on Wildcard and Franz's Trail.

Both the men's and women's downhill courses are located on Whistler Mountain, ending at Creekside. Both downhill courses have also seen recent improvements in contouring, reshaping, and snowmaking.

Whistler also has two other 2010 Winter Games competition venues. The Whistler Sliding Centre will host bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events, and the Whistler Olympic Park will host the biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic Combined, and ski jumping.

All of Whistler's 2010 venues have been completed and are open to the public. Only the $600 million improvement to Highway 99, the road from Vancouver to Whistler, still needs to be finished.