The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted its millionth unique rider on August 12, making it the first lift-accessed mountain Bike Park in the world to reach this number of riders. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is in its twelfth season of operation and is considered by many the number one lift access mountain bike park in the world. To mark this occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chair lift, with a countdown to the lucky millionth visitor hosted by biking legend Brett Tippie.
The lucky millionth guest, Ryan Domm from Edmonton, Alberta, was greeted by confetti guns and walked away with a prize pack, which included a complimentary seasons pass for the remainder of the 2011 season, a seasons pass for the 2012 season, a custom Dakine Whistler Mountain Bike Park one-millionth Rider bike jersey, lift line priority for the remainder of the day, a fully guided bike tour from the Whistler Peak Chair and a celebration at the Garibaldi Lift Company. Riders 999,996 through to 1,000,001, also received prizing.
"Whistler Blackcomb is incredibly proud to reach this milestone," said Rob McSkimming, Whistler Blackcomb's vice president of business development. "We would like to thank every rider who helped us make it to one million and we look forward to hosting our next million riders."
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced trails for riders of all levels. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open May to October.