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 Four Seasons Opens the 242-room
Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, B.C.


TORONTO, June 28, 2004 - Today, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts opened its first mountain resort in Canada, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia, site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  The new 242-room retreat is located in the heart of the largest ski area in North America, just minutes from the slopes, year-round outdoor adventures, fine dining, shopping and nightlife.
"Couples, families and business travellers can now experience the service, comfort and luxury of a Four Seasons Resort in the heart of Whistler," said Wolf Hengst, president worldwide hotel operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Most people probably know Whistler as a ski destination, but this time of year is truly magical in the mountains, with the wildflowers growing in the valleys and the picturesque lakes - a dramatic setting for the wide array of summertime activities that Whistler has to offer."
Swimming, canoeing, white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and golf are just some of the diversions that make Whistler a popular summer getaway. In the winter, the annual snowfall averages nine metres, so guests of Four Seasons will find a paradise of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, sleigh rides and more. The area boasts 3,307 hectares of skiable terrain, 33 lifts and more than 200 trails. Guests need only speak to the Concierge to plan an outdoor adventure, no matter what the season.
Although Whistler is appealing to the outdoor enthusiast, guests may be tempted to stay indoors to experience the luxury of Four Seasons Resort Whistler. The design and architecture of the Resort is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and its emphasis on high standards of craftsmanship and natural materials and finishes. Guest rooms and suites are contemporary, with a lodge-like feel and warm cherry-stained millwork, limestone floors and quartzite stone bath walls. High ceilings, captivating views of the natural surroundings and fireplaces make the guest room a welcoming retreat.
The Spa is designed as a relaxing oasis, decorated in natural maple with smooth white stone accents. Treatment rooms feature natural light in a private setting, and there is also a workout room, fitness studio with mirrors and ballet barre, whirlpools and a free-form outdoor pool that is open year-round.
The Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar has a warm, club-like atmosphere with wood floors and paneling, fireplace, and comfortable sofas and chairs. In summer and warmer days year-round, an adjacent terrace invites guests to dine in the sun or under starry skies. Guests can also enjoy complimentary coffee and tea every morning in the Library Lounge.
Just 80 miles or 120 kilometres from Vancouver, guests of Four Seasons Resort Whistler may wish to plan a holiday or business trip that also includes Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, located in the heart of the city.
With a history spanning four decades and a portfolio that extends worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is the world's leading operator of luxury hotels, currently managing 63 properties in 29 countries.

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Also See: Invitation-only Buyers Acquire All Freehold, Luxury Condominiums at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Scheduled for Completion in 2004 / Feb 2002
Four Seasons Expanding Brand by Focusing on Resort Destinations - 5 Resort, 2 City Developments Underway / Feb 2000

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