Westin Resort and Spa, Whister, British Columbia, Canada
June 18-22th, 2005
The 40th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, co-sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, will be held from June 18, 2005, through June 22, 2005, at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The resort is set in the town of Whistler against the backdrop of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. This idealic mountain setting will provide a spectacular venue for both scientific exchange and recreation. The town of Whistler is located approximately 75 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia along the Sea to Sky Highway. It has all the modern amenities including world class restaurants, award winning spa and health club, and high-speed Internet access. A range of accommodations are available including one- and two-bedroom suites.
Studio Jr. Suite – $189.00 (CAD)
One Bedroom Suite – $249.00 (CAD)
Two Bedroom Connecting Suite – $438.00 (CAD)
Two Bedroom Suite – $700.00 (CAD)
Whistler can be easily reached from either Seattle or Vancouver. From Seattle, it is about a four and a half hour drive along the scenic Interstate 5 North. From Vancouver, it is about a one and a half hour drive through fjord like mountain lakes. Both the Seattle and Vancouver airports are serviced by several major airlines. Be advised that due to heightened security, all passengers should have a passport including young children.
The meeting is structured to allow arrival on Saturday, June 18, 2005. The exhibit hall will be available in the afternoon for vendors to set up their booths. The Opening Reception will take place in the evening on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the Scientific Program will begin. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, the program will feature several historical perspective lectures on clinical topics. Dr. Jonathan White is this year’s Scientific Program Chairman and has secured Dr. Alex Valadka and Dr. Kim Burchiel as guest speakers. Sunday evening will be open for attendees to explore their own dining arrangements in Whistler. Each morning, breakfast will be provided for the attendees and their family members and their will be periodic coffee breaks during the scientific sessions.
On Monday afternoon, the annual golf tournament will take place at the nearby Whistler Golf Club. Monday night will also be open for the general membership to dine on their own. The President’s Dinner will also be held on Monday night. On Tuesday afternoon, the annual tennis tournament will be conducted at a venue to be determined. This year in lieu of a barbeque and a separate banquet, the two events will be combined into a resort casual banquet and awards ceremony. A kids’ party will also be available during the banquet. The final Scientific Session will be held on Wednesday morning. Those attending the meeting have the option of extending their stay at the negotiated rates. Please refer to the schedule of social and scientific events posted on the website.
The mountains, lakes, and rivers surrounding Whistler provide an unending range of recreational opportunities. World class fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all-terrain vehicle touring are just a few. There are four golf courses within the town of Whistler alone. The town has numerous boutique-style shops as well as bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel. It is also quite likely that the upper faces of Whistler and Blackcomb will still be open during the meeting for those interested in spring skiing.
June in British Columbia can be quite varied. Temperatures are usually in the 60s but rain and cooler temperatures are not uncommon.
The Government of Canada applies a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7% to items purchased in Canada and a Hotel Services Tax (HST) of 15%. Visitors to Canada are entitled to a tax refund upon leaving the country. To qualify, a refund claim must be in excess of $14.00 and must be comprised of original receipts in excess of $3.50. There are several agencies for processing the refund both in Whistler and at the airports.
Please register for the meeting online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org prior to May 1, 2005, to take advantage of the lowest registration rates. You will also be able to arrange your lodging reservation through the online system. If you need specific information regarding the accommodations at the resort, visit the website at http://westinwhistler.com. Payments for registration should be made by check to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society and mailed prior to the meeting to the following address:
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, Inc.
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, Suite 3B409 SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2303
We will not be able to accommodate credit card payments for registration.
The 40th Annual Meeting promises to be a special experience and will be commemorated for each attendee with a DVD containing photographs from each of the previous Annual Meetings. We sincerely hope to see you in Whistler.