It may only be October 1st but it sure feels like winter already at Whistler Blackcomb!

To celebrate the abundance of early season snow that has already fallen in the alpine, Whistler Blackcomb is inviting one lucky fan to jump in a helicopter to sample the goods!

This Thursday, October 3rd pro snowboarder Annie Boulanger, and pro skiers Mike Douglas and Eric Hjorleifson will be heading up with Whistler Heli-Skiing to get some first turns on Blackcomb Mountain and in the Whistler backcountry. All the while, legendary ski photographer Paul Morrison and Switchback Entertainment will capture the action on photo and film.

For the first time ever, Whistler Blackcomb is inviting one lucky person to join in on the early season mission and that person will be selected via the Whistler Blackcomb First Tracks Contest!

Here are the contest details:

Participants are asked to Tweet a photo or post their best Instagram shot with the hashtag #WBFirstTracks depicting the theme “First Tracks”! The contest starts NOW (October 1, 2013) and will end Wednesday, October 2 at 2pm PDT. The best photo will be chosen by 4pm PDT on October 2 and that skier or rider will get their own first tracks experience at Whistler Blackcomb on Thursday, October 3, 2013 with Whistler Heli-Skiing.

Full contest rules and regulations are available here: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/regs/firsttracks.aspx

 Photos and video of the First Tracks experience will be available on Friday, October 4th!