Whistler Bear Smart Vacation Rentals by Owner

By Katharine Mills

Whistler is Bear Country. And with a standing population of around 50 bears in the local area, it is critical for those visiting Whistler to get clued up on bear awareness and safety.

Read on to find out about the types of bear found in Whistler and how to minimize bear-human conflict.

Species of bear in Whistler

Although there have been very rare cases of grizzly bears being spotted in the Sea to Sky area, Whistler is home only to black bears. Despite their name, black bears can come in all colors, from the white Kermode bear, to all shades of brown (cinnamon bears) as well as their namesake black. Some visitors encounter lighter colored bears and will mistakenly identify them as brown bears or grizzly bears – but there are some differences.

Test your knowledge of bear species with this test from Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks.

Cinnamon Bear in Whistler BC | How to stay Bear Aware in Whistler
A (brown colored) black bear on one of Whistler’s ski runs.

Bears can be seen in Whistler from April to November, depending on the yearly temperatures and snow. In early summer they are most likely to be found on the valley floor before they move up into the mountains for the berry season. The Whistler Golf course is a popular bear hangout, especially in early mornings and just before sunset.

The Bears of the Whistler Golf Club – Video from WhistlerGolfClub

How to be Bear Smart

The Bear Smart Whistler Visitor’s Guide gives 4 basic guidelines:

  1. Never feed a bear. This means intentionally OR unintentionally. Bears are attracted to human food as it is high in calories and easier to procure than picking berries or catching salmon. Bears that are accustomed to easily accessible human food, either from being fed or through raiding garbage, lose their wariness of humans and go to greater lengths to get their food. This can include breaking into people’s homes or cars, which results in the bear being killed. It’s the law in Whistler to dispose of all garbage in bear-proof containers.
  2. Give bears space. Never approach a bear, especially to pet them or for a better photo. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least 100 m (or about the length of 7 school buses) between you and the bear. Bears usually do their best to avoid people and it’s not a good idea to force them into an uncomfortable position.
  3. Watch out on the roads. It is not uncommon to see bears grazing on the side of the road on the Sea to Sky highway between Squamish and Whistler. Don’t stop on the highway to take photos and keep your eyes open for bears crossing the highway – unfortunately many are injured or killed by being hit by cars.
  4. Stay alert and aware. When out hiking in the mountains or biking through the trails, stay alert to the possibility of encountering a bear. Your goal is to avoid surprising a bear, so make your presence known by talking, singing or calling out every now and again. You can carry a bear bell attached to your backpack to warn bears of your approach. My go-to method is playing music through the speaker on my phone. If hiking with dogs, keep them on a leash or close to you, as they can often provoke bears more than the presence of humans.

What to do when you encounter a bear

If you see a bear in human territory, you should phone the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.

It’s important to make this call so that COS can act to remove the bear from any potential conflict with humans, steering it clear of homes, garbages etc so the bear does not become used to hanging around humans. The more accustomed bears become to people, the harder it is to change their behavior. Most of Whistler’s bear deaths take place because the bears are no longer wary of humans.

A bear on the Whistler Golf Course | How to stay bear aware in Whistler

A black bear on the Whistler Golf course.

If you encounter a bear in Whistler, Bear Smart recommends the following course of action.

Stop and assess.

  • Remain calm and do not approach the bear. In most cases, the bear will flee.
  • If the bear is still a distance away, turn back and return the way you came. If you must pass, keep your distance and give the bear a wide berth.

If you come across a black bear suddenly at close range.

  • This can happen when moving fast through the bike trails. Stand your ground and face the bear.
  • Identify yourself as human by talking in a calm tone of voice while backing away slowly.
  • Never run.

If a black bear approaches you.

  • It’s natural to be frightened, but don’t panic.
  • If you meet a bear in the woods, or in its territory, talk in a calm and respectful tone to let the bear know you are not threatening (particularly if the bear is defending cubs or a food cache).
  • If you encounter a bear in an urban area or human territory, use a loud, firm voice as though you are speaking to a dog that’s misbehaving. Say “No!” and repeat as necessary. Remove your sunglasses and make direct eye contact with the bear.
  • Sometimes a bear may try to motivate you to leave, through intimidation. It may “pop” its jaws or swat the ground while blowing or snorting. It may lunge toward you or “bluff” charge – run toward you and then suddenly stop and turn away. Although scary, you are not likely to be hurt. For your own safety, stand your ground until the bear turns away and then retreat.
  • You can carry bear spray as a precaution and use it if a black bear is persistent in approaching you or attacks.
  • If a black bear attacks you offensively making full physical contact, fight back with any weapon you can find, including rocks and branches. Do NOT play dead.

Whistler’s black bears are generally timid creatures that are tolerant of humans and human activity. Spotting a black bear is an exhilarating experience and can really enhance your trip to Whistler. Keep these tips in mind during your visit to have a happy and safe Whistler vacation!

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katharine millsKatharine Mills is a trail and ultra runner living in North Vancouver. Originally from the UK, she lived in Whistler for two years before making the move to the city. Compared to the UK, she thinks Canada has an incredible lifestyle, but terrible tea. Her favourite things are exploring the wilds of the BC backcountry, racing mountain bikers down the trails of North Vancouver, and Honey’s Doughnuts from Deep Cove.

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Whistler Vacation Rental Taxes and Guest Booking Fees

Avoid Whistler VRBO Taxes & Fees.

Ask about hotel taxes, parking and fees before booking your vacation rental.

It’s important to ask all the right questions about your Whistler vacation rental pricing before making your reservations and paying the rental deposit.

Two private homes may look the same and charge the same, but one may cost you quite a bit more in undisclosed taxes and fees.

Some—but not all—Whistler owners are required to charge tax, and some charge  separate cleaning, parking or guest fees that are not included in the nightly rate. 

It’s important to ask about taxes and fees in advance and get the terms of your rental contract in writing.

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And if you’re planning on bringing Fido, you will want to ask about any associated pet fees, some places will add an extra cleaning charge when bringing your furry friend.

Damage Deposits on Vacation Rentals?

Another area where travellers sometimes get blind sided is the damage deposit. Many owners require one, which is understandable, as they’ve likely invested $500,000 or more in their rental. However, it’s important that your contract includes a description of what constitutes “damage” and under what conditions the deposit will or will not be returned.

 

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One final piece of advice: if you’re driving to Whistler, be aware that some building complexes charge extra for parking your car—as much as $20 per night! Definitely ask the owner about these fees before you book, as they can have a substantial impact on the cost of your stay.

Bonus Tip… Guest Booking Fees

Just announced in 2016, all Expedia, HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals will have a 4% to 16% guest booking fee applied as the vacation rental payment is processed.

This new fee is labeled ‘Service Fee’ and it goes straight to Expedia, HomeAway, or VRBO.

To avoid booking service fees like these, search around for the rental property name or do a Google image search. You can likely find the same vacation rental on other websites that don’t charge guest fees. Connect directly with the owner and then book through the website without the fees.

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Whistler Resort Upgrades Announced for 2016

WhistlerBlackcomb Plans $8 Million Future Improvements.

Plans to update winter and summer facilities and trails.

Plans include enhancements to learning areas on Whistler Mountain, major upgrades to Roundhouse Lodge deck and Garibaldi Lift Company patio and improvements to summer hiking trails.

Awesome news for Whistler Resort tourists and locals. Personally, I really respect a company that re-invests profits back into improving quality for their customers. These sound like smart upgrades that will improve guest experience at the resort, summer and winter. Here are the details…

 

Dave Brownlie WhistlerBlackcomb“All of these projects demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our guests have the best possible experiences when they come to our mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “These plans are designed to improve guest experience, enhance our weather resiliency and contribute to the year-round growth of our business. Reinvesting in our operations and continuing to provide new offerings to guests year after year is something we are very proud of.”

Beginner Terrain & Lifts:

Enhancements to the ski and snowboard learning areas on Whistler Mountain will involve earthwork in the Olympic Station area to open up more beginner-friendly terrain, as well as re-grading the Olympic and Fantastic runs to make them more accessible to novice skiers and riders. Whistler Blackcomb will be installing two new covered magic carpet lifts at Olympic Station and 25 new energy efficient snow guns to ensure prime conditions for beginner skiers and riders all season long. Plans also include re-grading the Upper Whiskey Jack run above the Chic Pea Hut to make it less steep and to create a more positive experience for beginners, as well as adding four new energy efficient snow guns to the area.

Roundhouse Lodge Decks:

Upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck include the addition of 6,000sq feet of new space in the form of a new upper and lower deck and a new “umbrella bar” featuring a collapsible roof that can open and close like an umbrella depending on the weather. The upgrades will add approximately 160 new outdoor seats to the Roundhouse Lodge, 63 of which will be at the umbrella bar. The umbrella bar is heated and will be open during the winter season, along with the new upper patio.

Glacier Lift Company Patio:

The GLC upgrades include plans to renovate the section of the patio overlooking Skier’s Plaza with a small expansion, a new roof, heaters and fire pits. The renovation will increase the capacity of the GLC on a year-round basis with 90 outdoor covered seats, and will elevate the patio experience for guests at Whistler’s signature slope-side après restaurant.

Summer Trails:

Enhancement plans for the summer experiences at Whistler Blackcomb include improvements to the Harmony Lake, Peak Express Traverse, and Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk hiking trails on Whistler Mountain, and the Alpine Walk hiking trail on Blackcomb Mountain. Work such as resurfacing and widening will be done on each of the trails to improve their usability and make them more enjoyable for guests.

Alpine Theatre Moves to Rendezvous:

The Samsung Alpine Theatre, which has been a summertime favourite in the Roundhouse Lodge during recent summers, will be expanded and relocated to the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb. The theatre will continue to show visually stunning videos that touch on things like Whistler Blackcomb’s history and the construction of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

All of the projects included in the $8 million investment are expected to be complete by the start of the 2016-17 ski season.

Source: WhistlerBlackcomb.com Press Release

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Dog Sled Tours in Whistler

Winter Dogsledding Tours.

Dog Sledding is the classic Canadian winter experience.

Travel through Whistler’s pristine backcountry on a sled pulled by powerful sled dog Huskies.

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Enjoy the Canadian Wilderness Adventure at Callaghan… Let your eager and powerful dog team lead you into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. Stop for a rest at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake and learn about the history of our Canadian fur trappers and there dog sledding adventures. Join your professional musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the dog sledding commands and how to handle a dog sled. Relax with your family as you ride your dog sled along a mellow mix of open and winding trails for an unforgettable winter journey.

Or Blackcomb Dog Sled option in Soo Valley… This winter, reunite yourself with ‘man’s best friend’ as you experience the beautiful backcountry in pure Canadian style; by dogsled.

Join your musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the commands and brace yourself for an everlasting memory in the making. Grab yourself a blanket and snuggle up in our comfortable sleds– or step onto the musher’s runners if you’re feeling adventurous.

Sit back and enjoy your timeless ride as you’re whisked away under snow-covered alpines and unforgettable views of the Callaghan Valley, just south of Whistler. At the end of your journey, warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and snack, and get one visit in in with our dogs – this truly is a once in a lifetime adventure.

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • Learn about the history of dog sledding.Dog Sledding Tours Whistler
  • Learn about the unique physiology and incredible skills of the specially bredArctic sled dogs.
  • Drink and snack included.
  • Sleds can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Available December through April.

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Blackcomb Dog Sled

Offers 2 tours each 2.5 hours in duration, Mountain Mushing in the Callaghan Valley and Champagne and Moondogs, an evening tour.

Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Offers a 2.5 to 3 hour tour called Trapper’s Run in the Callaghan Valley.

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Whistler Beer Wine & Liquor Stores

Whistler BC Liquor Store Guide.

Foreign tourists might consider Whistler’s liquor laws, rules, and prices very different than home.

Without too much effort, you will find out where to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes and cigars in Whistler… and what hours the shops are open. If you prefer cold beer and wine, take note that only some stores offer chilled beverages.

Whistler BC Liquor Stores

BC Liquor Stores in Whistler Resort

BC Liquor Stores carry a full selection of wines from around the world, spirits, beers, ciders, and coolers, as well as some de-alcoholized products and bar accessories. Many of the sales associates have extensive wine, spirits, and beer knowledge and are available to provide assistance with selecting products for any occasion and budget.

Additionally, many sales associates have considerable knowledge on BC VQA wines. BC Liquor Stores offer free Wi-Fi to help you find your product on the go with the mobile app.

whistler marketplace liquor storeWhistler Village Location – 4211 Village Square across from the Whistler GroceryStore

Whistler Marketplace Location – 4360 Lorimer Road across from Marketplace IGA, now featuring a “Cold Zone” chilled beverages

Whistler Creekside Location – 2071 Lake Placid Road just down and around the corner from the Creekside Market

See Whistler Marketplace Liquor Store Reviews Here

Nester’s Liquor Store Delivers

Nester’s Liquor Store stocks cold beer and wines from all over the world.

Located in Nester’s Plaza in Whistler Resort, BC Canada.

Phone: 604.938.BEER

They deliver 604.938.BEER – 4PM – 10pm

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Blackcomb Liquor Store

Whistler’s home for the finest in local and international wines, beers, and spirits. Locally owned and operated since 1996, the Blackcomb Liquor Store has long been a destination for the best in British Columbian craft brewed beers, and boutique estate wines, and continue to be the exclusive retailer in the area for the most sought-after vintages from the Okanagan Valley. Alongside their regional focus they offer a wide array of chilled beers, fine spirits, and outstanding wines from all around the world.

blackcomb-liquor-storeFamous for quality and service, the sommelier-run store boasts over 125 different beer listings, and nearly 400 wine selections to choose from, as well as top quality spirits. With friendly, knowledgeable staff to offer assistance, and their range of in-store features each month, they confidently offer something for every taste, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Open every day from 9am to 11pm including Sundays and holidays, and have delivery service.

Located in The Glacier Lodge, across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel.

Phone: 604-932-9795 Delivery Service Available

See Blackcomb Liquor Store Yelp Reviews Here

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store

Roland’s Beer & Wine Store offering a great selection of wine, coolers, liquor and beer with friendly service.

Located next to the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler’s Creekside. 2129 Lake Placid Road, Creekside, Whistler

Phone: 604-932-5926


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Whistler Nordic X-Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing in Whistler.

Want to experience world-class nordic skiing? Head to Whistler, the official venue for Nordic events during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Whistler is a cross country skiing paradise where pristine mountain wilderness meets Olympic-rate trails.

Whistler Cross Country Skiing

Over 160 kms of trails for all ability levels and styles means plenty of variety for extended ski vacations. Bring your own skis or hop on a pair of rentals and get that heart pumping as you experience the wonders of Lost Lake, Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Valley Trail.

Nordic Skiing at Whistler Olympic Park

With access to almost 90km of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing — 30km of which are dog friendly — there’s no shortage of cross-country exploration at Whistler Olympic Park. Whatever your ability, scenic and legendary trails accommodate all levels of ambitions and enthusiasm. Get your endorphins going well into the evening (night skiing offered Wednesdays mid-winter).

Rent equipment on site and take a lesson in classic or skate skiing at a world class facility.

On Wednesdays until the end of February, the Park will be open until 9:00 pm,and trail tickets are only $5!

Whistler Fat Tire Bike on Cross Country Trails‘Fat Tire’ biking is now possible at Whistler Olympic Park!

During all normal operating hours, fat tire bikes are permitted on designated trails throughout Whistler Olympic Park, assessed on a daily basis. Check with the Guest Services team for the trails open for the day, as they may differ depending on weather, snow conditions and user compatibility. Access to Fat Tire Biking requires a valid season pass or a cross country day ticket.

Daily Whistler Village Shuttle Bus to Whistler Olympic Park

It operates daily between December 19, 2015 and April 3, 2016, Whistler pick-up is at 9:45am at the Gondola Transit Exchange loop (10:00am in Creekside/in front of Legends hotel), it leaves Whistler Olympic Park at 2:30pm to return to Whistler Village.

Lost Lake Cross Country and Snowshoe Trails

Whistler Nordic SkiingLost Lake offers 25 km of cross country trails and 15 km of snowshoe and Nordic hiking trails with incredible views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The cross country trails are groomed daily for classic and skate techniques, with four kilometres lit for night skiing.

The cross country ski season typically runs mid-December to the end of March, depending on weather. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with alternative hours on holidays.

Lost Lake Park is located a short walk from the Village, Day Lot 4 and 5 and can be accessed with the free Village Shuttle at the Day Lot 4 drop off.

604-935-PLAY(7529) for daily trail updates and conditions

Cross Country Skiing on the Valley Trail

Update December 15, 2015
The Valley Trail from Meadow Park to Rainbow Park is groomed and trackset  for cross country skiing this winter.

Dog owners are welcome to ski, snowshoe or walk the trail. There is no trail fee and the trails are groomed approximately every three days.

Ski Callaghan

North America’s most unique and diverse Nordic Center. Located close to Whistler BC, Ski Callaghan is your perfect cross country skiing get-away. With over 130km to explore by ski or snowshoe, a new snowy adventure awaits every time you visit!

Ski Callaghan offers many activities the entire family can enjoy, including many dog friendly trails, groomed trails for skate skiing and classic XC skiing, wilderness trails for backcountry ski touring access, and beginner to advanced trails for snowshoeing.

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Heli Skiing Whistler Heli Boarding

Whistler Resort Heli Boarding or Skiing.

Skip lift lines and Crowds. Access untouched mountains, untracked powder, and prime BC alpine terrain.

 

Whistler heli skiing companies have the highest standard of pilots. Professional guides are expertly trained with years of experience.

Whistler Heli Skiing and Boarding

It’s an exhilarating experience to rival all else – unadulterated skiing and uninterrupted snowboarding down 6000 feet of powder. That’s the way it should be.

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Transform your ski holiday into a dream holiday. If you can ski or ride blue runs (intermediate) then you can heli-ski in Whistler! No previous powder experience is necessary. With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing is Whistler’s most popular heli-skiing company.

  • All tours are led by certified guides.
  • Group, private and multi-day adventures available.
  • Tours include lunch, avalanche safety equipment and return ground transportation from Whistler Village.
  • Available December through April.

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Ice Skating in Whistler

Whistler Ice Skating :: Family Fun

A truly Canadian winter pastime, ice skating in Whistler is great winter fun for the entire family.

Glide along to music under sparkling lights at Whistler Olympic Plaza’s outdoor skating rink or head to the Meadow Park Sports Centre arena for indoor ice skating. When winter temperatures drop, experience jaw-dropping views while skating on one of Whistler’s beautiful lakes.
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Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Imagine skating outdoors with your family and friends, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the twinkle of festive lights and the Olympic rings.

Each winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, transforms Whistler Olympic Plaza into skating rinks. With room for 150 skaters at a time, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is as intimate as it is spectacular.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza usually opens early December, depending on weather & temperatures.

Olympic Plaza may need to close unexpectedly due to weather conditions. For up to date information, (604) 935-PLAY, press 3.

Whistler Ice Skating on Alta or Green Lake

When it’s cold enough, out come the snow shovels to clear a place for ice skating on Alta or Green Lakes in Whistler. Please note, there is no provider in Whistler whereby you can rent skates, so guests will have to use their own and everyone skates at their own risk.

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If visitors don’t have their own ice skates, there is another option. Whistlers Meadow Park Recreation Centre has public ‘drop-in’ skating times and skate hire. Public skating takes place on most afternoons and some Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings. Skate rentals are available and friendly and courteous employees are on hand to help.

Visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler website or call 604-935-7529 for more Whistler skating information.


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Your Whistler New Years 2016 Guide

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Whistler.

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve CelebrationsWhistler New Years Lights

A family-style celebration in Whistler Village, with lively entertainment, games, crafts and activities plus a special Fire & Ice Show and fireworks at midnight (tickets not required).

  • Ticket holders get six hours of exclusive, family friendly fun
  • Three different venues, full of lively entertainment, music, outdoor ice skating, games, crafts and activities
  • Special kids’ early countdowns
  • Activities and programming for kids ages 3 – 12 with parental supervision
  • A Youth Dance for ages 13 – 18

Venues

Join the fun at three different venues within Whistler Village. Bundle up the kids and explore what each venue has to offer. Venues are open from 6:00 PM until close, tickets required.

Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place): On New Year’s Eve all three levels of the Centre will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and two kids’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. Expect nothing short of bedazzlement and awe with an explosion of creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises – all in the name of family fun.

Whistler Conference Centre: The Whistler Conference Centre transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The Youth Dance is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it from 8:00 PM until midnight.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Outdoor Lounge: Open from 6:00 PM to Midnight, a great place to relax with the family.

Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink: Flash your ticket for free skate rentals, be dazzled by the twinkle lights and whimsical characters, enjoy a hot beverage and prepare to be entertained on and off the ice.

Where to Buy Whistler New Years Eve Wristbands

December 1 – December 30: Whistler Visitor Centre, Millennium Place and Meadow Park Sports Centre

December 20 – December 30: The Holiday Experience info desk in the Whistler Conference Centre

December 31: Last minute purchases can be made at Whistler Visitor Centre, the kiosk in front of the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink and Millennium Place.

Free Whistler Events (no wristbands required)

Special NYE Fire and Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza – 11:30 pm to midnight

Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners? Watch Whistler’s best skiers and riders hit a big air jump then fly through a blazing ring of fire

Fireworks at Skier’s Plaza – Starts at midnight

A fireworks display will ring in 2015. The fireworks are best viewed from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Free Transit on New Year’s Eve

There is no need to drive! Take advantage of the free, extended New Year’s Eve transit service from 6 PM until 4 AM, with extra buses from the Village home after midnight. Details Here.

The Hottest New Years Eve Parties & Events in Whistler.

Whistler New Years ShampagneNYE 2016 – Mojo’s Nightclub – Enjoy an amazing array of fun and talent. Get photos of your group, be amazed by the roving magician, or toast with your complimentary champagne before enjoying the scrumptious late night buffet. Remember your New Year’s Eve celebration with Maxx Fish in Whistler as being the best New Year’s Eve of your life!

Masquerade in the MountainsGarfinkel’s Whistler  –  Celebrate an amazing 2015 and welcome in the New Year with style.  DJ Shrew and DJ Turtle will be whisking up tunes to fill Whistlers biggest and best dance floor with all the Top 40 favourites, remixes, club hits and taking your requests. This event sells out every year, so get them while they’re still hot!

Uncorked! New Year’s Eve 2015Maxx Fish –  Well known as hosting the best NYE events in Whistler, you don’t want to miss out! Tickets include free champagne, an after midnight buffet, professional photos, amazing live entertainment, and much more! So ring in the New Year at Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve event!

NYE 2016 at Tommy Africa’s – Your ticket to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Whistler’s hottest nightclub, including appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress and join us as we ring in the new year by once again throwing the biggest year-end party anywhere in the village! Local DJs set the stage, along with the Tommy’s GoGo dancers and plenty of surprises.

New Years Eve Dance Party – Buffalo Bills – Ring in the New Year on Whistlers best dance floor. Join us for a night of straight up dance fun with DJ Peacefrog, champagne and glamour. Hors doeuvres will be served between 8 10pm. Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight. Dress to Impress!

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Longhorn Champagne SuperNova –  Think gold, glitter, fireworks and bubbles, and thats how the Longhorn Saloon are wrapping up their 2015. There are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne… and you’ll remember every single one as you enjoy a night of style, celebration and laughter. Enjoy a feature champagne bull dog or bottle of Prosecco on the famous Whistler Patio as you watch the festival fireworks erupt at Midnight. Dress to sparkly impress and join us for an unforgettable evening.

Roaring 20’s Party – Firerock Lounge – It’s the Roaring Twenties, the era of Prohibition, and we’re getting wild at the FireRock. Dress up as a flapper or dapper and dance your way in to 2016! Come and enjoy beautifully crafted 1920’s inspired cocktails, an amazing atmosphere… and the stylish side of Whistler. It’s sure to be the hottest party in town!

Ciroc Presents New Year’s 2015 at the GLC – Dance to DJ Kori K and Foxy Moron at the GLC. Tickets are $75 and include two welcome drinks plus a bubbly toast at midnight. The party goes until 3 AM – dress to impress.

Whistler New Years CelibrationNew Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Bearfoot Bistro – Celebrate the evening at a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Beafoot Bistro. Tickets are available for $298 per adult and include an exceptional five-course menu created by Executive Chef Melissa Craig, live music, party favours, champagne sabering in the wine cellar and dancing after midnight. Early seatings available for family groups.

Whistler New Year’s Eve Dinner

If you’re wanting a world class, exquisite dinner with your special someone these award winning Whistler Restaurants have  New Year’s Eve Menus

Grill & Vine – New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – New Year’s Eve Gala

Aura at Nita Lake –  New Year’s Eve Feature Menu

Bearfoot Bistro –  Extravaganza


 

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What’s New Whistler :: 2015-16 Winter

What’s New this Season in Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb to Celebrate 50th Anniversary.

Whistler Blackcomb is looking forward to the 2015.2016 winter season for many reasons, not the least of which is an upcoming 50th anniversary. The resort has been lauded for advancements in the skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking industries over the years; but this year, Whistler Blackcomb will let the accomplishments speak for themselves.

“Whistler Blackcomb has always been about pushing the envelope,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “We like to be first, to go big, and to surpass guest expectations over and over again. This season we want to showcase what we’ve achieved over the past 50 years while looking forward at what is yet to come.”

Whistler Blackcomb 50 Years

50 Years of Going Beyond

Originally opening for skiing in the winter of 1965-66 and founded on the dream of one day hosting the Olympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has been going beyond to leave its mark on the ski and snowboard industry since day one. This will be a celebratory winter season with a number of activations lined up to give Whistler Blackcomb the acknowledgment it deserves for 50 years of striving to be the best, including a 50th anniversary party at the Roundhouse Lodge on December 12 and a 30 minute short film documenting Whistler Blackcomb’s colourful past titled, 50 Years of Going Beyond. To learn more about Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary, please visit whistlerblackcomb.com/50

Newly Renovated Rendezvous Lodge

Guests visiting Blackcomb Mountain this winter season will notice the Rendezvous Lodge has had a bit of a facelift. The Rendezvous Lodge underwent a massive renovation this summer and will open its doors with an increased capacity and improved functionality. The building has a brand new look to complement the new and fresh customizable menu options in the food court, including Japanese ramen bowls and a Thai inspired wok station where flavourful rice or noodle dishes are finished with authentic sauces and garnishes. The Mexican Taqueria will offer made to order burritos, tacos and salads; and the grill is serving up naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers, Ocean Wise salmon sandwiches, as well as a plant-based option.

The New Christine’s on Blackcomb Restaurant

A total revamp of Christine’s restaurant was included in the Rendezvous Lodge renovation this summer, and it has elevated the fine dining experience on Blackcomb Mountain. Christine’s will open for the 2015.2016 winter season with a fresh new look, a new menu and a new chef, coming to Whistler Blackcomb this winter from Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. Steve Ramey, an avid climber, hiker, and snowboarder, is well suited to life in the mountains and will use his culinary prowess to reimagine the menu for Christine’s.

Whistler Apres Patio

WB+

Whistler Blackcomb will be introducing WB+ this winter season, a new online interactive platform connected to the ski resort’s RFID technology introduced last year, giving guests the option to create a personal profile in order to collect stats and data about their days on the mountains. By scanning lift passes at the RFID chairlift access gates located around Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, guests will be able keep track of personal stats including their number of days on the slopes and total vertical ridden. Customized privacy settings will allow users to make their WB+ profiles accessible to friends, family members and work colleagues, allowing groups to create goals and fun challenges throughout the winter.

New Snowmaking on the Horstman Glacier

This winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will conduct a new snowmaking pilot project aimed at preserving the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. The pilot project will involve the testing of four low-energy consumption snowmaking guns in the Horstman Hut area to determine if a full-scale snowmaking system is an option to prevent further recession of the Horstman Glacier. A snowmaking system on the Horstman Glacier could improve the early season access to glacier skiing and snowboarding during the winter and preserve our summer glacier experience for guests to enjoy in the future. If the pilot project is conclusive, this unique project will become a significant addition to Whistler Blackcomb’s list of adaptations to ensure long-term resilience against climate change.

New Whistler Blackcomb Website

Whistler Blackcomb will head into the coming winter season with a brand new website. This is the biggest overhaul whistlerblackcomb.com has ever seen and features a whole new look and feel with some exciting enhancements, including a new booking engine to enhance the guest experience, an improved photo, video and blog section, and a new winter/summer toggle so users can easily flip between seasonal content. The new site is also responsive, making it mobile and tablet friendly.

Rossignol Dynastar Lange (RDL) Rental Boutique

Located in the Blackcomb Daylodge at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the new RDL premium rental boutique offers guests a unique rental experience and exceptional service. The rental boutique offers personalized service from specialists who will guide guests through Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange ski equipment tailored to suit every need. The product offering is diverse and tuned to perfection, including race, powder and backcountry skis, and junior and high-end ski boots that offer support and comfort. The RDL premium rental boutique offers guests the flexibility to try different skis to suit various conditions and terrain.

No Smoking In WhistlerSmoke Free Whistler Blackcomb

This winter will mark the first smoke-free ski season at Whistler Blackcomb. The smoke-free policy, originally introduced in May 2015, was implemented to preserve the pristine alpine environment for all guests. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, valley base areas, parking lots and all Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations, including patios. It is important to note the smoke-free policy does not apply to all of Whistler. Smoking is still permitted in the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in areas that are in compliance with the Municipal Tobacco Control Laws. More information about the RMOW’s smoking policy can be found at www.whistler.ca/services/bylaws-and-regulations.

Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb Partner with Howe Sound Women’s Centre

The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® are back for another season at Whistler Blackcomb and this year have partnered with the Howe Sound Women’s Centre.

“The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® empower women through sport in a fun and supportive environment. The skills and friendships developed give women the confidence to thrive in all aspects of their lives,”

says Megan Reynolds Executive Director, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society

“In turn, the addition of the silent auction benefiting our women’s programs provides a platform for camp participants to help other women in need, when and where they need it most. We are so grateful to Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb for selecting the Women’s Centre as the partner charity for the camps.”

Tourism Whistler Press Release: What’s New for 2015-16 Season

Audain Art Museum

Whistler will soon host a permanent collection of British Columbia art from early times to the present day in the Audain Art Museum. Particular strengths will be an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, and a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art. Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa have chosen Whistler as the new home for their incredible art collection. The iconic 56,000-square-foot museum will house a unique collection of British Columbia art in the heart of Whistler Village, and will be a pillar of the cultural tourism experience in Whistler, British Columbia and beyond. The Audain Art Museum is expected to open early 2016.

Whistler Bar  OsoBar Oso and the Cellar

Toptable Group, owner of Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant + Bar, has announced the opening of a new venue in Whistler Village. Bar Oso and The Cellar a dual concept venue under one roof will open in Fall 2015.

Bar Oso being on the Village Stroll level and The Cellar being located on the lower level. Bar Oso, located on the Village Stroll level – ‘oso’ meaning ‘bear’ in Spanish – will offer a profusion of Spanish-influenced tapas, sharing and small plates whereas The Cellar, located on the lower level – will offer a unique and exciting setting for meetings and events. The Cellar will feature an impressive wine wall and show kitchen for interactive chef demonstrations. Bar Oso and The Cellar will be overseen by Araxi restaurant director Neil Henderson along with Chef James Walt.

Basalt Wine & Salumeria

Basalt is a new restaurant located in the Crystal Lodge buildings, along the Village Stroll in the centre of Whistler Village. This new eatery features European-style offerings of cured meats and cheeses, an international selection of wines, and a gourmet, artisanal plated menu. The space, designed by the acclaimed design team at Ste. Marie Art & Design, contains 65 seats inside and a 40 seat four-season patio complete with a fire pit.

Luxury Whistler Holidays

Whistler’s Latest Luxury Experiences

Take a moment and imagine yourself being whisked away in a helicopter to indulge in Arctic-like experiences just a few minutes from Whistler. Head-Line Mountain Holidays is Whistler’s latest luxury adventure and wilderness experiences provider who can make all your wildest dreams come true. Guests can enjoy half day to multi-day expeditions on the Pemberton Ice Cap where they can experience an exhilarating helicopter or ground based snowmobile adventures, explore natural and awe-inspiring ice caves, pamper themselves with spa packages at a natural hot spring, or delight in a gourmet meal complete with an overnight stay in a snow hotel. Customized special events and private experiences for groups as small as two are also available. Guests can build on activity ideas such as sled skiing/boarding, speed flying, mountain bonfire, wilderness yoga, hot springs, ice caves, heli-tobogganing, heli-rafting, paired with an exceptional six-course meal in the heart of an ice cave enveloped in live music and winter glamping with guides, naturalists, chefs and indigenous story telling.

Crystal Lodge Traditional Room Renovations

Other than the breathtaking mountain and village views, the remodeled Traditional guestrooms now have sophisticated bathrooms with deep soaker tubs, LED lighting with large mirrors, and contemporary vanities to ensure it is easy to get ready before heading out for the day.  The main bedding area has been enhanced with sound proof windows, efficient and modern heating and air conditioning systems, a new colour palate, soft furnishings, and décor.  Today’s traveler can now stay connected with ease as there are alarm clock data ports on the bedside tables making re-charging extremely convenient and combined with the complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, it is easier than ever to stay connected  while in the comfort of your hotel room.

First Tracks Video Nov 3 2015

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Christmas in Whistler 2015 :: Holiday Tips

Plan a Magical Whistler Christmas Vacation.

Whistler Holiday Events, Activities & Dining December 2015.

Spending Christmas Holidays in Whistler Resort can be an amazing experience for all. There’s something about being high up in the BC mountains, while still having the festivities of a world class resort… you can have your Christmas cake and eat it too! Here’s a schedule of Whistler Christmas Events to help you plan your trip.

THE WHISTLER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Whistler Conference Centre
This family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment! Kids can enjoy a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games free over the holiday season. Santa often makes an appearance before Christmas along with other performances and entertainers. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa while the kids play. Please note The Holiday Experience is usually closed December 25 and December 31 to prepare for the New Year’s Celebrations.

FAMILY APRES

Monday and Wednesdays, December 21 – March 30 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM (3:00 PM start February & March) | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Bring your family and friends for free outdoor Canadian winter fun at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with different activities and local entertainment every week. Family Après is weather dependent so please check in with the Village Hosts on the day to confirm if the event is going ahead. Please note Family Après will not run on New Year’s Eve, December 31 as the rink is open to ticket holders for the New Year’s Celebration only.

SKATING WITH SANTA

Whistler Chrstmas Skating

Sunday December 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Join your family on the ice and skate with jolly old St. Nick himself on the outdoor ice skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Santa will be available for photo opportunities and there will be hot chocolate, cookies and holiday crafts to celebrate this festive season. If you did not pack skates, rentals are available for $5.00.

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Multiple dates in December, January, March and April | 5:30 – 9:00 PM | Blackcomb Kids, Blackcomb Mountain Base II
An evening of non ski-based entertainment for the kids, including an activity, dinner, drinks and snacks. Kids should be dressed for outdoor winter fun, because activities include tubing, ice skating and cross country skiing (activities depend on weather conditions). Cost is $59.00 per child, for children age 5-12.

FIRE AND ICE SHOW – FREE!

Sundays starting December 13 – March 27, 2016 | Skier’s Plaza
Watch world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire and finish with a first class fireworks display. The Fire and Ice Show is performed by top members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Snowboard School. This free, legendary show kicks off Sunday evenings in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. Don’t miss the special Fire & Ice Show on New Year’s Eve!

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BONFIRE NIGHTS at WHISTLER OLYMPIC PARK

Mid-Winter | 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Whistler Olympic Park
Each Wednesday enjoy Bonfire Nights at Whistler Olympic Park. Pay just $5 for park access, and enjoy $5 trail tickets and rentals. Bring your marshmallows! Start date to be confirmed.

DRESS LIKE SANTA DAY

Whistler Christmas Santa Ski

December 19, 2015 | Whistler Blackcomb
Dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus and bring the festive fun to the slopes. A free lift ticket will be awarded to the first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company, at the base of Whistler Mountain, in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire. To qualify, skiers and snowboarders must arrive dressed in their very best Santa or Mrs. Claus costume. The costume must include red or black pants or a skirt for Mrs. Claus, a red jacket with white trim, a black belt, a beard for Santa and of course, a Santa or Mrs. Claus hat.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

December 24, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Our 32nd annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place at 6:30 pm in Whistler village at the Westin Resort & Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings by community members telling the story of the birth of Christ. Come and enjoy the sense of community and ‘peace and goodwill toward all’ that this carol service creates.

This event is by donation.  All proceeds go towards continuing to be able to provide this community service.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES FOR FREE!!

Whistler Christmas Holiday Tips

Make the most of the holidays with these helpful tips…

Book in Advance – The holiday season can sell out early, be sure to book in advance to get the property you want.

Come Early – Did you know that rates leading up to Christmas are generally less expensive than between Christmas and New Year’s?

Get Up Early – get up the mountains early and enjoy great morning conditions.

Stay Up – and don’t return back to the Village until after 11am to avoid lift lines.

Fresh Tracks – Breakfast at the top and fresh runs – go to Whistler Gondola at 7:15am.

Eat Smart – and have lunch on the mountains before 11:30am or after 1:30pm.

Free Mountain Tours – Get to know new areas – Daily at 11:15am on both mountains.

Magic Castle (Blackcomb) and Treefort (Whistler) – Kids will love it.

Coca Cola Tube Park – great evening activity (open until 8:00 nightly).

Rent Smart –  and rent your ski equipment the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning.

Take a Lesson – Nice way to get in on local secret spots and cut the line-ups.

Ski the Great Beyond – branch out and check out the far away spots on the mountain: Crystal Chair, Blackcomb Glacier, Garbanzo Zone, Peak to Creek Zone and the new Symphony Amphitheatre. You’ll be sure to find your own piece of Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb Snowphone: 604 932-4211.

Christmas Dinner in Whistler

Let someone else do the cooking this holiday!

Whistler Cooks Catering – Festive Dinner delivered to your home or chalet on December 24th 1.604.938.8835

Bearfoot Bistro  – Holiday Feast with all the trimmings. Grab the menu with prices: BBistro Turkey to Go 2015

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – It’s a holiday dream come true.  Pick up the phone. Place an order. Then put your feet up.

Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery in Whistler’s Upper Village takes all the hassle out of preparing a scrumptious Christmas feast by doing all the hard work for you. Our talented chefs will prepare your Christmas turkey, you just take it home. For menu and more details click here.

Get dressed in your holiday finest and dine out on the town…

Here is  USA Today 10 Best Top 10 Restaurants in Whistler

Aura Restaurant – Join them on December 24th and December 25th for a special four course Christmas dinner menu. $95 pp. Reservations are highly recommended. View the menu here.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Christmas Dinner and Dance is at the heart of the week’s holiday celebrations. Families and friends alike can immerse themselves in the joy of the season with a memorable evening of festive fine dining and dancing. The night will be capped by a professional stage show by Tony Barton.


 

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Whistler Blackcomb Official Opening Day

Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day 2015

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN OPENS EARLY – NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Whistler Mountain will be opening one week ahead of schedule. The early opening has been made possible thanks to favourable early season conditions, including natural snowfall and prime temperatures for snowmaking. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.

Whistler Mountain opens on November 19 with five lifts running, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair. More details about what guests can expect on November 19 will be available early next week.

Official opening for Whistler Blackcomb winter operations. Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola open officially on Nov 26, 2015.

Opening Day has always been something to write home about, fill up your thermos…(or your flask) and git in line, for the most exciting of all Whistler events!!!

Here’s some fun memories of opening days gone by…

Opening Day 2014

Whistler Line UpThere’s stoked, and then there are the Bathgate brothers, who, along with a few friends, camped out for over 40 hours this week to get first crack at the mountain on opening day.

Parked in a tent since 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, the teens have been coming early to camp out ahead of opening day for several years, and wanted to make sure they were first in line this time around.

“Everybody else comes one night (before opening) so we were like, ‘Well, let’s go two and one-up ‘em,” said Jackson, 15. “Show ‘em who’s boss.”

For the full Pique Newsmagazine article click here

Opening Day 2012

Lining up for opening day November 2012, Whistler Mountain opened 5 days early. With 10 cm’s of snow Friday night, another 15 cm’s falling during the day, and prizes given out to the first 1500 guests, the stoke for the winter was on!

Opening Day 2011

On The Snow Article November 22, 2011 shares the excitement of opening day, not just any day but a power day!

The line up at the gondola strung through the village long before daylight for opening day at Whistler Blackcomb last Friday. It wasn’t just the first day of the ski season, but a powder day.

With 39 centimeters of snow falling in the 48 hours prior to the opening of Whistler Mountain, skiers and riders were treated to packed powder on groomers and powder shots in the off piste. The line up at the gondola started at 10:30 a.m. the day before the opening. By the first gondola, skiers and riders were stoked to hit the slopes. Five lifts ran on opening day, and six park features at the top of the Emerald Chair kept jibbers busy.

Opening Day November 2009

An epic opening day, 560cm of snow fell during the month of November. the videos speak for themselves!!

 

Whistler Blackcomb is celebrating 50 years this season

Check out the newly released “50 Years of Going Beyond” to see much more of memory making moments skiing and riding.


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Whistler Blackcomb Lift Ticket Prices 2015-16 :: Best Deals

Whistler Lift Pass Discounts.

Where to Find the Best Single Day Lift Ticket Deals.

Discount Whistler lift ticket deals come and go with the seasons and are different every year. Finding out where to buy your tickets at the best price can be pretty tricky.

When I was the Blackcomb Sales Manager, we used to recommend the Edge Card for the best deal for BC and WA residents. I’m not so sure that’s still true today, especially when you consider all the websites that sell tickets online now. The intention of this article is to help you with your research and help you track down the best discount for your Whistler tickets.

Ski Family

Lift tickets are available November – April. Get huge discounts over ticket window prices at Whistler! Tickets are available to anyone, not just Capilano Students. Students also get a chance to buy their discounted Whistler/Blackcomb Season Pass through the CSU. More details on lift ticket deals at CSU.

DID YOU KNOW?
The CSU sells Whistler Blackcomb Adult Lift Tickets cheaper than 7/11.

Whistler discount lift tickets at 7-11 in Squamish

If convenience rules it is definitely easier to stop in at the 7-11 in Squamish on the way up to Whistler and pick up the next best single day whistler lift ticket deal, but BEWARE… Whistler ticket deals are not always available at 7-11. Check 7-11 ticket info on TripAdvisor here.Ski Yellow Jacket

NEVER PAY FULL PRICE :: 2015-2016 Edge Card

As a Canadian or Washington State resident you should never pay full price for a lift ticket. And you won’t find a better deal anywhere than the Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card.

Choose from a 1, 3, 5 or 10 day pre-loaded card.

You’ll receive the best deal on lift tickets valid any day, and can skip ticket booth line-ups with discounted Direct-to-Lift access. Add the Resort Charge option to link your pass and credit card for fast charging at restaurants and shops.

Bonus Add-Ons and Other Details

  • 5 + 10 Day EDGE Cards: FREE Early Season Bonus Day, for use from Opening to December 18, 2015.
  • All EDGE Cards: RFID Gated Lift Access. Enjoy the convenience of hands-free gate access to the lifts.

EARLY BIRD ENDS NOVEMBER 23rd – Until November 23rd, EDGE cards are going for the super-reasonable rate of $70 a day for 10-day cards, and $80 for five-day cards. As an added bonus, you will receive a free early season day (valid between Opening Day and December 18th) when you purchase a five or 10-day EDGE Card before November 23rd. EDGE Cards also nab you perks (up to 20% off rentals and shopping—hello!) and even some lodging deals. Plus, they facilitate your access to some of the coolest upgrades on the mountain this season. Order EDGE Cards here.

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the 2015.2016 season is Thursday, November 26, 2015.

EARLY BOOKING OFFERSki Family 2

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Whistler Blackcomb is offering early booking Ski & Stay Packages; guests can save up to 40% off before November 15, 2015. Learn more here: whistlerblackcomb.com/bookearly.

Whistler Blackcomb continues to offer early bird family pricing; for example, kids are FREE this winter. Children 12 and under stay, ski, rent and transfer free as long as they are with a paying adult. For more information and other family friendly deals, visit whistlerblackcomb.com/family.

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Whistler Blackcomb Rated No. 1 :: Ski Magazine

Whistler # 1 by SKI Magazine for 3rd time in 4 years.

Top of ranking in Terrain Variety, Off-Hill Activities, Après-Ski and Terrain Park.

Second Place for Lifts, Lodging, Scenery and Overall Satisfaction.

SKI Magazine’s reader’s poll has ranked Whistler Blackcomb (WB) as the No. 1 best ski resort in North America for the second year in a row. This is the third time in four years that the resort has been given the honour. The poll asks readers to rank 50 North American resorts in several different categories.

“Whistler Blackcomb offers today’s skiers and riders one of the finest resort experiences anywhere,” said Allen Crolius, publisher of SKI Magazine, in a release. “From big-mountain skiing to a base village that sets the standards for mountain resorts, Whistler Blackcomb earned its top ranking from our readers.”

 

No. 1 For Terrain Variety
No. 1 For Après-Ski
No. 1 For Off-Hill Activities
No. 1 For Terrain Park

See the full article in the Whistler Question.

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort is filled with private vacation rental homes of all shapes and sizes. Budget to Luxury options, built specifically for vacation rentals.

Not all resorts are built equally… Whistler Village was designed for tourists by smart resort planners.

Whistler’s founders & planners picked the best from international historic resorts, tossed in modern buildings & infrastructure,  then created the current award-winning year-round destination.

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Cornucopia :: Whistler Food & Wine Festival

Whistler Resort Food Extravaganza November 5 – 15.

Cornucopia 2015, a Foodie’s Utopia.

Cornucopia

Featuring an expansive variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winery dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties.

Serving up the finest talent in local Canadian and International food and drink Cornucopia offers something for both the experienced gourmet and those seeking to better appreciate the epicurean delights of wine and food.

Find the full Event schedule and all the details you need, at the Cornucopia website here.

Cornucopia Wine TastingTop 25 Wines

The Top 25 Reception celebrates the contributions of some of the region’s top wineries. An expert panel of 10 esteemed industry leaders has announced the Top 25 wines from Cornucopia 2015. See the Top 25 list.

Cornucopia at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

This years offerings from the Fairmont are nothing short of fabulous!! The food and wine events include:

More on the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Cornucopia

New for Nourish 2015

Cornucopia Nourish

Get nourished in two ways this fall. For 2015, Cornucopia launches the brand-new Nourish Retreat at Cornucopia, where you can commit, retreat-style to the first dynamic weekend of Cornucopia. This full package of Nourish programming gives you three nights and four days dedicated to your mind, body and spirit.

Or, choose your workshops a la carte with the Nourish: Health and Wellness Series and drop in to workshops and sessions that speak to your specific interests. There is something here to nourish everyone. From yoga to cooking demonstrations, join us in movement, breath, and farm-to-table dining as you’ve never experienced before. Emerge with an understanding of your personal wellness needs and a greater sense of your place in this vast, beautiful world.

To find out more or reserve your place click here.

Whistler Cornucopia Luncheon :: An Intimate Meal for 50!

This Chef Makes Gourmet Cooking a Spectator Sport!

Cornucopia 2014 Foodie Tips Video

From festive fondues to fabulous cocktails – we experience a sampling of the offerings of Cornucopia – Whistler’s premier food and drink extravaganza.

For the latest up to the minute information go to the Whistler Cornucopia face book page.


 

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Whistler Turkey Sale 2015 Survival Tips

Thanksgiving Sale 2015.

Tips to get the Best Deals on ski & snowboard gear.

Heading to the Turkey Sale this year? If you’ve ever gone before you know it can be a bit overwhelming as there is so much to choose from, not to mention the crowds and then well the deals that lure you in!

Things jump out at you from all over, or at least it seems that way. And then you get caught up in the moment and end up taking something home that stays in the closet all year.

Turkey Sale Coats

Whether you’re a veteran or it is your first foray into Whistler’s Turkey Sale jungle, here are some tips to survive the Turkey Sale and walk away with the best deals possible.

1. Get Educated

Do your research before you go. Find out what kind of gear you are looking for and why, also know what other deals are out there so you know how good the prices actually are.

2. Size up Before you Go

If you’re looking to buy new ski or snowboard boots, get your foot measured by a professional before you head to the Turkey Sale. Get them to recommend a brand and style that suits your foot and stance the best and which brand is the most adjustable to you. This will save you from getting a pair that you end of selling in the swap next year.

3. Have your Latte in Line

Things go quickly at the Turkey Sale so grab your hot chocolate or latte and get in line before the doors open especially if you’re looking for something specific.
Turkey sale List

4. Make a  list

And bring it with you! Decide what you want ahead of time and write it down. Bring you list with you and refer to it often, it will help you stay on task and not get overwhelmed in the heat of the moment.

5. Go Again

Just as any seasoned consignment store shopper knows, new gear is put out every day, so if you didn’t see what you were looking for the first time, go back and give it another go, it may just be it gets put out on the second or last day.

6. Make Room for New Gear

Clean out your closet to make room for the new gear you’re going to find.  Take your used quality equipment to the SWAP located at the base of Blackcomb.

Turkey Sale Gobble

7. Free parking

Parking in lots 4 and 5 are free, and located just a five minute walk from the Turkey Sale in the Blackcomb Daylodge. Whistler Blackcomb will be operating a free shuttle throughout the weekend from lots 4 and 5 to and from the Daylodge.

8. Get your Thanksgiving Turkey

$15 frozen turkeys will be on sale starting at 9am on Saturday, October 11. All proceeds from the Thanksgiving birds sold will go towards the Whistler Food Bank.

Where & When is the Turkey Sale?

The Legendary Turkey Sale, where you can shop for the top name brands in ski and snowboard equipment under one roof, at huge pre season savings. The main attraction is at the Blackcomb Daylodge, but the deals and activities don’t stop there.

Local retailers, accommodation and restaurants are all sharing in the Thanksgiving spirit.

The Turkey Sale, and all of the Thanksgiving activities that go along with it, starts at high noon Friday October 9, with a sale for locals and lasts through the weekend.

BLACKCOMB DAYLODGE AT THE BASE OF BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN
Friday – Locals / Pass Holders / EDGE Cardholders October 9 Noon – 9:00pm
Saturday October 10 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday October 11 9:00am – 6:00pm
Monday October 12 10:00am – 5:00pm

Don’t forget to pick up your Seasons Pass or EDGE Card while checking out the sale.

Whistler Turkey Sale & Ski Swap Video

 


 

Thanksgiving Vacation Rentals by Owner in Whistler…

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Whistler Bears :: Bear Safety Tips

Whistler Bears: Lets Keep People Safe & Bears Wild.

“The simplest way to put it is that the bears ate the fall crop in the summer…”

This time of year, bears throughout the province are out and about searching and competing for available food sources while gearing up for the winter months.

Bear StandingAs we move into late summer and early fall, human-bear conflicts will be on the rise. In Pique Newsmagazine Sept 8, 2015 article, Michael Allen, who’s been studying the region’s bears for over two decades, said that Whistler’s alpine berry crop – a vital food source for local bears as they fatten up for winter – has virtually disappeared after a hot, dry summer.

“The simplest way to put it is that the bears ate the fall crop in the summer,” Allen explained.

“Because it was hot and dry for so long, everything ripened three to five weeks earlier, so bears started in on the berry crop in the first week of July and it peaked in about the first week of August. Normally the berries peak about the first week of September.”

Knowing how to avoid bears and what to do when you see one will help keep you and the bears safe. Here are some key things you can do to help keep bears and people safe.

  1. Manage your garbage and recyling so that bears cannot access it. Put all garbage and recycling in wildlife-proof containers or enclosures. Do NOT leave garbage in your vehicle.
  2. Manage other attractants such as barbeques, bird feeders and fruit/berry bushes. Keep them clean or out of reach, so as not to tempt bears to hang around human-inhabited areas.
  3. Hike, bike and camp in a Bear Smart manner. Make lots of noise to avoid surprising bears, travel in groups, and always secure your food and other attractants well out of reach. Learn more.
  4. Keep your picnic or camp site attractant-free.
  5. Avoid bears. Never approach a bear.
  6. If you see a bear, keep your distance, back away slowly and leave the area. Report the sighting to theBritish Columbia Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.
  7. Know what to do in case of an encounter by learning more about bears and their behaviour. Learn more.
  8. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Learn more.
  9. Keep your dog on a leash. Dogs can provoke defensive and dangerous behaviour in bears.
  10. Stay clear of dead wildlife. Carcasses attract bears; leave the area immediately if you come across a dead animal.
  11. Slow down if you are driving and see a bear on the roadside. It’s tempting to stop and watch but moving on is safer for bears and other traffic.
  12. Never feed a bear, either intentionally or unintentionally, by being careless with your garbage or food scraps.

Visit the Bear Smart Whistler website.

Go on a Whistler Bear Watching Tour.Bear Climbing

Bear-watching tours provide the opportunity to watch the bears in their natural environment, while getting to know their personalities and even their names.

Whistler Activity Companies that offer Bear Watching Tours:

Whistler Discover Tours  – Daily Bear Viewing Tours website

Whistler Blackcomb – Trip Advisor Reviews

Whistler Bear Videos:

Video of a large black bear in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada.

These two black bears explore people’s backyards for food – be it garbage, berries or grass. While they’re at it, they take time to have some fun!

Getting into a sketchy mountain bike / bear encounter at whistler.

This hungry bear was walking in the village and smelled some good food behind a door. so what do you do? you ring the door bell!

Learn More about Bear Behaviour, check out the Alberta Bear Smart video: Think like a Bear!


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Whistler Accommodation Tips :: Find Best Fit for Your Group

An Insider’s Guide to Whistler Accommodations.

Ski In Ski Out in Winter. Golf Course or Mountain View in Summer.

Whistler Trail Map PhotoIf you’ve spent any time researching Whistler accommodations, you know you have an overwhelming number of choices to make.

Should you book a hotel or a chalet?

Should you stay close to the action or somewhere more serene?

Should you walk or take public transportation to the slopes?

Let’s make it easy by breaking it down into steps.

First let’s look at whether to book a Whistler hotel or chalet.

Whistler Log Cabin Photo

Book a Vacation Rental Chalet, Not a Hotel Room.

Vacation rentals are becoming savvy travellers’ first choice for accommodations, and for good reason.

The average vacation rental charges around the same price you would pay for a couple low- to mid-range hotel rooms. However, with a vacation rental, everyone can stay together, you get the luxury of an entire house, and you can save a little money by cooking a few meals yourself.

In Whistler, in particular, vacation rentals also offer more charm and comfort than a traditional hotel or lodge. Imagine going back to a cookie-cutter hotel room after a long day on the slopes. There’s no fireplace, you have to lock up your gear, and if you want to hang out together, you have to do so in the common area with all the other guests.

In a vacation rental, you have your own fire, a hot tub, a private space to store your gear, and a spacious lounge area where everyone can sip hot chocolate together while reliving the day’s adventures.

ResortAc.com presents more than 50 Whistler vacation rental owners, and our weight in the Whistler community allows us to offer incredible benefits to our guests, like discounted lift tickets and personal concierge services. We’re also available to answer any questions, and you can trust that when you rent from www.ResortAc.com, you’ll get what you see online. Scam-free guaranteed.

Of course, you will definitely want to pick the best Whistler location for your vacation rental. There are many neighbourhoods in Whistler, each with it’s own unique set of pros and cons. It pays to know where you are renting, before making your reservations, and especially before your arrival in Whistler Resort.

Check out our Whistler Accommodation Guide for more Insider’s Tips and detailed maps. Make sure you find the best accommodation for your group and make your next visit to Whistler the very best.

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Whistler Blackcomb Smoking Ban :: Smoke Free Resorts

Ski & Ride Whistler Smoke Free

Whistler Blackcomb Resort bans smoking, including marijuana, everywhere on its property.

This includes lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, hiking trails, valley base areas, parking lots, bike trails and all bar and restaurant locations, including patios.

whistler smoke free slopes

The Niagara Falls Review article May 15, 2015 quotes

The decision was made for health reasons and to reduce the risk of forest fires, Brownlie said.

The move immediately earned praise from physicians.

“By taking this important step, Whistler Blackcomb is demonstrating it is a strong ambassador for health. We know many young people ski and snowboard, and youth who haven’t started using tobacco by the time they are 26 years old will most likely never start,” Dr. Paul Martiquet, Vancouver Coastal Health’s medical health officer, said.

“Eliminating smoking in public places, such as on our mountains, creates healthy role modelling so youth, and others, are less likely to even consider using tobacco.”

Pretty bold move, but then again they are one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Are they alone in this decision or have other resorts taken the same stand…

smoke free skiingIn a rating of environmental friendliness in Canadian ski resorts by www.skiresort.info there are a handful of ski resorts who have also chosen to have smoke free slopes, namely Mont Saint-Sauveur, Cypress Mountain and Calgary/Canada Olympic Park.

In 2005, the New York Times story reports Black Mountain in Maine becoming the first ski resort in North America to ban tobacco use.

When Black Mountain opened for the season on Dec. 10, it became the first ski resort in the nation where tobacco use was banned everywhere, including the lodge, the alpine and cross-country trails, and the lifts, state and industry officials said.

Helen Coffey sums up the smoking and non-smoking resorts in a great article on May 28, 2015 in the Telegraph skiing news section, where you can also weigh in your opinion.

non smoking ski resortsWhere do I ski if I’m… a smoker?

Austria
Germany and Switzerland
Japan

Where do I ski if I’m… a non-smoker?

Italy, France, Andorra and Spain
North America
Scandinavia

A post in the Opinion section of The Kelowna Daily Courier favours the decision.

Who could ever forget the anti-smoking campaign in Alberta showcasing a waitress, who had never smoked a cigarette in her life, dying of lung cancer caused by years of working in smoke-filled taverns. It’s impossible to argue with that.

Penticton Lakeside Resort general manager Dave Prystay made headlines in 2012 when he challenged city officials to ban all smoking anywhere in the city, using as an example Hawaii, where all walkways and beaches are smoke free.

Smoking is still permitted in Whistler in designated smoking areas as outlined in the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Smoking policy. More information is available here: https://www.whistler.ca/services/bylaws-and-regulations

For more information about the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s smoking policy, visit https://www.whistler.ca/sites/default/files/bylaws/1884_2008.pdf.

Whistler Bans Smoking Video from Global News

Whistler Bans Smoking Video with Dave Brownlie


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Fall in Whistler – Top 10 Things to Do

Fall can be the best time to visit Whistler Resort.

Weather can be amazing, crowds less & deals plentiful.

Check out the top 10 things to do in Whistler in this fall.

Alpine Hiking

Whistler-Hiking-in-Fall

September and October have seen some of the most fantastic weather in past years, this coupled with the fact that the crowds are smaller in the fall months in Whistler, make it a real treat to get out to hike in the alpine. Take in the last of the alpine splendour and get started ski season on your fitness program. There are many epic hikes in and around Whistler and the Sea to Sky, check out some favourites here.

Get Fit for the Slopes

Autumn is a great time to get started on your pre ski season fitness regime so your legs are ready to rock and roll on opening day, and the best part is you’ll be able to get out of bed the next day! Starting early means you can build up slowly and maintain longer, and it is also a good way to prevent injury. Get 4 top tips in our ski fit post here.

Bike Like There’s No One Watching (because there probably isn’t)

Autumn mountain biking is known for tacky conditions, less dust, more comfortable air temperatures, “hero dirt,” and way lest people on the trails and in the park. Even in the rain (or sometimes snow) Whistler die-hards keep pedaling and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is usually open until mid-October. Mud rules, greasy corners are fun, and filthy clothes and a dirty face only prove how much fun you had.

Walk on Water

Or at least paddle on it. While Whistler’s lakes can be a bit chilly for swimming in the Autumn months they’re still perfectly good for floating upon. Mountain Life Magazine publisher Todd Lawson is one of Whistler’s premier Stand Up Paddleboard enthusiasts.

“Out on the lakes the autumn scenery is what it’s all about,” Todd says. “Especially those days when the winds are really calm, everything is quiet and you get a nice visual blast from all the fall colours in the trees and maybe a dusting of snow on the mountains. It’s totally serene.”

Fishy Business

Autumn brings salmon into the rivers south of town and the trout in the Whistler lakes start to get hungry and less picky about what they’ll bite. ”The lakes get good in the autumn because you have that sweet window where they go from too warm to too cold,” says Whistler Flyfishing’s Brian Niska. “So you get that magic temperature where the fish are feeding and they’re not too selective –you can put a leech pattern on and call’er good.”

Check out the Insider’s fishing post for a better look at local fishing.

Shop

The slower pace of autumn makes for perfect for shopping in Whistler. With winter approaching and all the latest ski and snowboard gear lining the shelves, you need to take a little time to try things on, test out multiple brands and models and basically get yourself as prepared as possible to rip that pow once it arrives. Check out the Whistler Insider’s Local Walk and Shop tour if you need more guidance but the best shopping often comes from wandering around and letting your instincts sniff out the best deals.

Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the annual Turkey Sale,a massive flea-market of winter gear that attracts thousands, happens every (Canadian) Thanksgiving Weekend. It’s mayhem, but it’s fun.

Pamper Thyself

Feeling creaky in the joints? Rainy day blues happening every day? Time to spa it up. Whistler has plenty of spas and wellness facilities. The Scandinave is always popular and I can personally attest that the Thai Stem Foot Massage at Avello is no joke either.

Insider tip from a girl here in the offices –“You can go to the Spa at the Four Seasons, or any other one, for a morning massage from a registered massage therapist (RMT) and then just relax there and enjoy the facility for the entire day.”
Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Dandelion Dog

Just because Summer is officially over doesn’t mean the pound dogs suddenly stop needing their daily walks. Head a few minutes north of the Village to WAG – Whistler Animals Galore and see if they have any puppies that need a stroll. Drop in walking hours are 1-4pm daily and few things help a person make friends in this town as quickly as a happy pooch.

Eat

Many of Whistler’s finest restaurants often reward their locals and autumn customers with fantastic deals and affordable set-menu specialties.With 100+ places to eat and some truly world class offerings autumn dining in Whistler has enough options to brighten even the greyest of days. (Combine this one with #2 Hit the Gym for guilt-free enjoyment of all those fantastic meal deals.)

Read, Learn, Get Cultured

Even though Whistler is an outdoor paradise there is lots happening inside and the rainy days of pre-winter are the best time to check out stuff you won’t have time for once the snow falls. “There’s tons of awesome stuff happening at the library,” says Nadine. The Whistler Public Library website has dozens of events listed and often has university professors speaking on top scientific topics and current events.

Not to be outdone, The Whistler Arts Council generally fires up the pre-winter stoke with their Out of Bounds:Tales from the Backcountry photography exhibit as well as an excellent live music performance series. Check their events listings.

Over at the Whistler Museum and Archives there’s always something cool happening there and its listed on theirevents page.They often host debates and lectures to coincide with the annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival which takes place each October and sees some of Canada’s top authors in town for a weekend of readings, workshops and parties.

Of course, sitting in your private vacation rental home reading books is never a bad idea either. Happy Fall season in Whistler.

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Fall in Whistler – Top 10 Things to Do

Fall can be the best time to visit Whistler Resort.

Weather can be amazing, crowds less & deals plentiful.

Check out the top 10 things to do in Whistler in this fall.

Alpine Hiking

Whistler-Hiking-in-Fall

September and October have seen some of the most fantastic weather in past years, this coupled with the fact that the crowds are smaller in the fall months in Whistler, make it a real treat to get out to hike in the alpine. Take in the last of the alpine splendour and get started ski season on your fitness program. There are many epic hikes in and around Whistler and the Sea to Sky, check out some favourites here.

Get Fit for the Slopes

Autumn is a great time to get started on your pre ski season fitness regime so your legs are ready to rock and roll on opening day, and the best part is you’ll be able to get out of bed the next day! Starting early means you can build up slowly and maintain longer, and it is also a good way to prevent injury. Get 4 top tips in our ski fit post here.

Bike Like There’s No One Watching (because there probably isn’t)

Autumn mountain biking is known for tacky conditions, less dust, more comfortable air temperatures, “hero dirt,” and way lest people on the trails and in the park. Even in the rain (or sometimes snow) Whistler die-hards keep pedaling and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is usually open until mid-October. Mud rules, greasy corners are fun, and filthy clothes and a dirty face only prove how much fun you had.

Walk on Water

Or at least paddle on it. While Whistler’s lakes can be a bit chilly for swimming in the Autumn months they’re still perfectly good for floating upon. Mountain Life Magazine publisher Todd Lawson is one of Whistler’s premier Stand Up Paddleboard enthusiasts.

“Out on the lakes the autumn scenery is what it’s all about,” Todd says. “Especially those days when the winds are really calm, everything is quiet and you get a nice visual blast from all the fall colours in the trees and maybe a dusting of snow on the mountains. It’s totally serene.”

Fishy Business

Autumn brings salmon into the rivers south of town and the trout in the Whistler lakes start to get hungry and less picky about what they’ll bite. ”The lakes get good in the autumn because you have that sweet window where they go from too warm to too cold,” says Whistler Flyfishing’s Brian Niska. “So you get that magic temperature where the fish are feeding and they’re not too selective –you can put a leech pattern on and call’er good.”

Check out the Insider’s fishing post for a better look at local fishing.

Shop

The slower pace of autumn makes for perfect for shopping in Whistler. With winter approaching and all the latest ski and snowboard gear lining the shelves, you need to take a little time to try things on, test out multiple brands and models and basically get yourself as prepared as possible to rip that pow once it arrives. Check out the Whistler Insider’s Local Walk and Shop tour if you need more guidance but the best shopping often comes from wandering around and letting your instincts sniff out the best deals.

Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the annual Turkey Sale,a massive flea-market of winter gear that attracts thousands, happens every (Canadian) Thanksgiving Weekend. It’s mayhem, but it’s fun.

Pamper Thyself

Feeling creaky in the joints? Rainy day blues happening every day? Time to spa it up. Whistler has plenty of spas and wellness facilities. The Scandinave is always popular and I can personally attest that the Thai Stem Foot Massage at Avello is no joke either.

Insider tip from a girl here in the offices –“You can go to the Spa at the Four Seasons, or any other one, for a morning massage from a registered massage therapist (RMT) and then just relax there and enjoy the facility for the entire day.”
Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Dandelion Dog

Just because Summer is officially over doesn’t mean the pound dogs suddenly stop needing their daily walks. Head a few minutes north of the Village to WAG – Whistler Animals Galore and see if they have any puppies that need a stroll. Drop in walking hours are 1-4pm daily and few things help a person make friends in this town as quickly as a happy pooch.

Eat

Many of Whistler’s finest restaurants often reward their locals and autumn customers with fantastic deals and affordable set-menu specialties.With 100+ places to eat and some truly world class offerings autumn dining in Whistler has enough options to brighten even the greyest of days. (Combine this one with #2 Hit the Gym for guilt-free enjoyment of all those fantastic meal deals.)

Read, Learn, Get Cultured

Even though Whistler is an outdoor paradise there is lots happening inside and the rainy days of pre-winter are the best time to check out stuff you won’t have time for once the snow falls. “There’s tons of awesome stuff happening at the library,” says Nadine. The Whistler Public Library website has dozens of events listed and often has university professors speaking on top scientific topics and current events.

Not to be outdone, The Whistler Arts Council generally fires up the pre-winter stoke with their Out of Bounds:Tales from the Backcountry photography exhibit as well as an excellent live music performance series. Check their events listings.

Over at the Whistler Museum and Archives there’s always something cool happening there and its listed on theirevents page.They often host debates and lectures to coincide with the annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival which takes place each October and sees some of Canada’s top authors in town for a weekend of readings, workshops and parties.

Of course, sitting in your private vacation rental home reading books is never a bad idea either. Happy Fall season in Whistler.

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Crankworx Whistler :: August 2015

Whistler Crankworx 2015 :: Fun for All Ages

crankworx whistlerBorn in Whistler BC, Crankworx is a 10-day multi-disciplinary mountain bike festival celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding.

This year, August 7-16, the downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends of the world return to Whistler to battle for freeride glory. Nowhere else will you see competitors of this caliber gathered in one place.

Combined with a weekend Concert Series, the GoPro Dirt Diaries, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, Kidsworx and Familyworx, exhibitions, demos and clinics, parties and après, Crankworx Whistler truly encapsulates the best of summer on the West Coast.

whistler family-events-crankworxHere’s a great shot of the kids giving it their all at Kidworx and Familyworx 2014.

To check out the full schedule of events for this year’s festival: Whistler Crankworx Schedule

And for the latest on Facebook : Whistler Crankworx on Facebook

 

 

 

Whistler Crankworx Video:

Enjoy a preview of the 2015 Whistler Red Bull Joyride course.

Crankworx Volunteers Needed

And what makes any event Fabulous is the VOLUNTEERS! Crankworx organizers are looking for additional volunteers this year.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and those who are between 16 and 18 must have a parent sign a waiver.

Those who volunteer with receive a Crankworx T-shirt, and for every 12 hours worked, a voucher for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. At the wrap-up party, all volunteers will receive the chance to win from a pool of draw prizes.

Those looking to help out can sign up at www.crankworx.com/whistler/volunteer.

Foodworx Returning For 2015

Foodworx is back for this edition of Crankworx to support the Whistler Community Services Society’s food bank.

Local businesses are being asked to solicit food or funds for the food bank, which typically experiences a lull in donations during the summer months.

The winning organization, determined by weight of food donated per employee, will receive a Call of the Wild ATV tour for four, which was donated by Canadian Wilderness Adventures.

Last year, the campaign brought in 755 pounds of food and over $7,000 to the food bank. Thornhill Real Estate Group topped all businesses in 2014.

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Whistler Village Beer Festival

3rd Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival.

Back again, bigger & better in Whistler Resort.

You thought last year was fun? Over 80 breweries, 6 seminars, 4 cask events and 7000 attendees are sure to make this year even better.

Here’s a teaser video to get you stoked…

This year’s main event will stretch over Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Whistler Olympic Plaza, doubling hosting capacity (3,500 per day) and the number of breweries (40 per day) on display.

Whistler Beer Festival Tickets:

There will be weekend passes for those who would like to attend both days, as well as the beer festival’s educational and culinary program that will stretch over a five-day period.  Liquor service will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. on both days.

beermebc.com press release June 9, 2015, highlights what new for this year:

whistler beer festival 2015The festival’s expansion doesn’t stop there; in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and Resort Municipality of Whistler,  the festival is hosting a brewing industry icon panel discussion called “Master Crafters”. This will be the kick off event of the festival, held on Friday September 18 at the Westin Hotel and Spa Whistler.

 

“Master Crafters” will be hosted by Destination B.C.’s beer blogger and author of Craft Beer Revolution, the Thirsty Writer – Joe Wiebe. Wiebe will be moderating a B.C. and American panel through topics such as expansion, difference in style, generational shift and the limitations of the industry.

Mini Beer Mugs Whistler

The B.C. panel includes Brent Mills of Four Winds Brewing Co. from Delta, Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers & Distillers from Surrey, and Sean Hoyne of Hoyne Brewing Co., from Victoria. The American panel consists of; Jamie Floyd, Co-founder and brewer at Ninkasi Brewing, from Eugene O.R., Kim Jordan, co-founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, from Fort Collins C.O., and Dick Cantwell co-founder and former Brewmaster at Elysian Brewing, from Seattle W.A. Once the talks are done, the Emerald Ballroom at the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, will transform into a reception style event with live local music and lots of mingling with the craft brewing industries A-list.

For a complete list of events and times and to buy tickets check out the Festival website.

Accommodations for Whistler Beer Festival…

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Wanderlust Whistler 2015

Find your True North at Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust is the mother of all yoga retreats and most definitely belongs on your summer bucket list.

Wanderlust Festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living. Combine that with one of the most spectacular places on the planet and you have an unforgettable weekend adventure!

wanderlust whistlerThis years event is no less amazing musically speaking, Michael Franti performs Saturday Aug 1 at Whistler Olympic Plaza at 7pm. Also performing during the festival is Nahko and Medicine for the People, High and Mighty Brass Band and MC Yogi.

Stephanie Florian sums it up in the Westender:

With so many amazing teachers on the roster like Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Ana Forest to name a few, you may also recognize a few of your favorite local lululemon ambassadors. Take your time planning and mapping your classes in order to enrich and embrace your overall Wanderlust experience. Hard core yogis will love the back-to-back classes offered all day (many of them outdoors) but don’t forget to mix in some chanting, lectures, hooping, hikes, runs, slackline and chill time. New this year are the Soulscape yoga classes accompanied by DJs and rocking playlists. Be prepared to experience a flashback, as this year’s playlists will include Pink Floyd and the Police. I highly recommend any class or event led by MC Yogi. Rumor has it he will be leading the Yogi Tribe celebration this year, a final wrap party to end the festival.

Unplug the ordinary and discover the extraordinary.

The Wanderlust Whistler experience includes:

  • Practice – Yoga & Mediatation
  • Listen – Music & Performances
  • Explore – Hikes, Runs, Biking, Outdoor Expeditions and more
  • Learn – Speakeasy Talks
  • Taste – Local and Sustainable Foods

Wanderlust Taste Local and Sustainable FoodsGrass-fed, cold-pressed, small-batch, gluten-free … if it’s got a hyphen and is good to eat, it’s likely at Wanderlust. Wanderlust offers healthy fare throughout the festival, whether you’re grabbing a quick bite from the hand-picked vendors in our Food Co-op or sitting down at the Farm to Table Dinner, our mountain top local food experience. For those with a wee bit of thirst, we also offer Wanderlust Uncorked, small gatherings featuring the best craft wine & beer and even better company.

To find out what may appeal to you check out the full schedule here…

Wanderlust Whistler 2015 Event Schedule

Whistler Wanderlust Video 2015

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Whistler Lakes :: Beaches & Swimming

Find Clean Mountain Water, Sun & Fun at Whistler’s Lakes.

Whether you’re into relaxing on the beach, soaking up the rays, or training for Whistler Ironman.

And you can bring your furry friend with you to the dog-friendly Whistler parks.

Hello BC says…

Whistler’s beaches are easily accessible and feature great amenities for families, including kids’ play areas, grassy fields and picnic tables. Many beaches offer kayak or canoe rentals, and some have volleyball and tennis courts.  

Read more and check out the list of local beaches below:

Whistler Summer Fun at Alta Lake
Alta Lake Whistler

Lakeside Park

This quaint beach makes a great get-away for the whole family. It’s equipped with a kids’ play area, picnic tables and barbecue. Dive into the warm waters or rent canoes, boats and windsurfers. Lakeside Park is on Lakeside Road at Alta Lake.

Lost Lake

Lost Lake isn’t really lost, but it is secluded. This popular sandy beach has a kids’ play area, picnic tables and a concession stand. The shallow swimming area is perfect for junior swimmers. Lost Lake is located just off Lost Lake Road, a short walk from Whistler Village.

Rainbow Park

This popular park has it all: a sandy beach, charming wharf and terrific amenities that include picnic tables, beach volleyball courts, barbecues and kids’ playground. A large dock floats offshore for swimmers. Rainbow Park is just off Alta Lake Road.

Summer Fun at Alpha Lake
Alpha Lake Whistler BC

Alpha Lake Park

Alpha Lake Park has a delightful beach on its north side, as well as picnic tables with elevated barbecues on a grass lawn. Have energy to burn? Play on the volleyball and tennis courts, or enjoy the kids’ play area. Canoe and dinghy rentals are also available. Alpha Lake Park is located at the south end of Whistler Valley near Creekside.

Meadow Park

This idyllic picnic spot is set on the banks of the River of Golden Dreams. From here, behold one of the valley’s most magnificent views of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. Meadow Park is located in Alpine Meadows.

Wayside Park

While Wayside Park’s beach may be small, it still has all the attractions: clear water, barbeques, picnic tables and kayak rentals. Wayside Park is just off Alta Lake Road.

And if you’re still not decided after checking out the list you can read what people are saying about Lost Lake on Trip Advisor.

Lost Lake Whistler
Whistler mountain looks so peaceful reflected in Lost Lake early in the morning.

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Whistler Hiking and Lakes :: Summer Fun in BC Mountains

Whistler Hiking Trails.

Photos & information about Whistler area lakes to hike to.

For novice to expert hikers looking to get some exercise and get off the beaten path, with or without their dogs. Escape the crowds in Whistler Village and check out Whistler’s alpine lakes for a peaceful tour or picnic paradise.

BC Parks  has great info on hikes up to beautiful alpine lakes in and around Whistler. If you haven’t been up to Joffre Lakes yet, here is an excerpt from the posting on the site, where you will find all the info you need to get up and get going…

Joffre Lake

whistler hiking to joffre lakes

Upper Joffre Lake

Steeply rising from Lower Joffre Lake, the glacier-laden peaks are visible from an easily accessible viewpoint 500 metres from the parking lot. If you carry on, the trail becomes a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain range.

A highlight of the park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, all three of which are located along the trail, and each more stunning than the last. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” – or glacial silt – that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing.

Dogs are allowed and must be kept on a leash at all times in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Please pick up after your dog and pack out all waste. There are no garbage facilities beyond the parking lot at Joffre Lakes.

To find out more first hand from those who have done the trek you can Read Joffre Lakes reviews here.

There are a multitude of alpine lakes to explore and many are dog friendly for all hikers from beginner to expert. Whistler Hiatus features an awesome “Best Of” list of hikes for all outdoor enthusiasts. From the well trodden to the remote lakes you will find something to please, here are a few to tempt you…

Rainbow Lake dog friendly hikingRainbow Lake Whistler BC

Rainbow Lake

The Rainbow Lake trail is a convenient and popular trail near Whistler Village.  It is a consistently uphill and very beautiful trail with several water (bridge) crossings and waterfalls on the way to the picture-perfect lake.

Beverly Lake

Beverly Lake is reached by following the trail toward Rainbow Mountain. Beverly Lake is about an hours hike from Rainbow Lake. The restrictions at Rainbow Lake for camping, swimming etc make Beverly Lake a great option.

Loggers Lake

Loggers Lake is an amazing little lake hidden up in the deep forest above the more well known Cheakamus River.  The lake, almost unbelievably exists in a long extinct volcano.

Find many more hikes here to keep you and your canine companion fit all summer long.

Hiking on Whistler Mountain

Yes there are lakes on Whistler Mountain. Several of them. Granted, there will be more tourists around, but you may be surprised how few actually hike away from the lifts and mountain-top restaurants.

It’s nice up there… and the lifts do most of the work for you. Check out this video for quick peak from The Peak of Whistler…

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Whistler Summer Events 2015

Events Calendar for Whistler Resort.

Looking for Whistler events schedule? You’re in the right place.

Summers in Whistler are quickly becoming as busy as winters. In fact, summertime hotel room nights have surpassed previous records.

It’s a common remark from Whistler locals,

“I came to Whistler for the winters, but stayed for the summers”.

Spend your 2015 summer in Whistler, checking out some of these awesome events, and you’ll soon see why locals and tourist rave about this great BC resort.

What’s Happening :: Arts

Whistler Presents Concert Series:

The Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 1st with free entertainment and live shows in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Designed as a lasting legacy, Whistler Olympic Plaza accommodateWhistlerfreeOutdoorConcertss audiences of up to 5,000 and is now a permanent venue for recreation, arts, and culture.

Artists coming to Whistler this summer include; the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, High and Mighty Brass Band, Nahko, Medicine for the Band and Michael Franti as well as many others playing throughout venues all around the village. See the full schedule of summer concerts.

Whistler Street Entertainment

Whistler Street Entertainment (WSE) presents free, family-friendly events, attractions and performances on major weekends (Friday to Monday) predominantly from May through to September. WSE animates the Whistler Village Stroll with fun and interactive entertainment including: live music, dance, circus & outdoor theatre shows, arts & crafts for kids, sporting displays, and live art competitions. It is a staple for visiting and local families, adding value to packed summer days and holiday itineraries.

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 whistler festivalsArtwalk 2015

Get ready for another incredible summer of art in Whistler.

Each summer,  Whistler’s artists and businesses pair up to create a series of pop-up galleries in Whistler village for two months. This allows the multitude of local artists to showcase their work in areas that get lots of traffic, and provides them the opportunity to make sales from their craft. By housing the artwork in local businesses, we’re also encouraging Whistler’s residents and visitors to shop local and support our small businesses. It’s a win-win for everyone.

ArtWalk 2015 will run from June 27th to August 31st.

For more info go to Whistler Arts Council website.

Whistler Races :: Back for Another Round

 Tough Mudder Whistler 2015

The video says it all….

whistler-ironmanSubaru IRONMAN® Canada in Whistler

Back again this year on July 26, 2015. For full details for competitors and spectators see the website.

Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race

One of the most beautiful point to point races in British Columbia, happens in Whistler on June 13, 2015.The 25km Comfortably Numb course is an internationally recognized mountain biking route, and it’s even more fun to run! See more here

North Face Whistler Half Marathon

Happening on June 6, 2015, the gently-rolling course also winds through nearby neighbourhoods and along Whistler’s already-popular running paths, offering spectacular mountain views throughout. Proving to be a hit with runners, this event sold out in 2014. Find out more.

BC Bike Race

BC Bike Race is far more than a race. While it may be the best seven days you’ve ever had on a mountain bike, that’s only part of the story. BC Bike Race is an adventure and an experience. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast – the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. There’s something different about BC, including how we get around. Our rugged coastline means you’ll be crossing mountains and oceans, by boats, planes, buses, and bikes. Friends and spectators will have an opportunity to congratulate the riders on their accomplishment on July 4 as they cross the finish line at Whistler Olympic Plaza. June 27, 2015 to July 4, 2015 – For details check out their website.

Whistler Summer Festivals 2015

Here are a few of the wonderful Whistler Festivals not to be missed in the summer months of  July and August.

whistler summer festivalsCanada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2015

Festivities for the day include: a Canada Day parade at 12:00 pm starting from Whistler Town Plaza to Mountain Square, a special performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 pm at Whistler Olympic Plaza and a Fireworks display at 10:15 pm (best viewed from Skier’s Plaza).

Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships

Incredible Food, Great Music and Live Entertainment. The Canadian National BBQ Championships competition is the highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s competitive BBQ circuit. Don’t miss Whistler’s tastiest summer event. Friday July 31st to Sunday August 2nd.

Crankworx Whistler Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

Crankworx Whistler has become the authoritative freeride mountain bike festival. A supercharged magnet for the world’s best riders and the definitive domestication of dirt in the service of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and gravity-fuelled mountain biking. Over ten fearless days in August, the venues at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park serve as a modern day Colosseum to the world’s best mountain bike athletes. Downhill, enduro, trials, pump track, whip-offs, music, art – this festival has it all. August 7, 2015 to August 16, 2015. Check out the website for full details.

whistler festivalWanderlust Whistler

Whistler celebrates wellness when yoga and music come together in the mountains for the annual Wanderlust Festival in Canada. Yogis from around the globe will be down-dogging, dancing, dining on organic delicacies and sharing their wisdom in an amazing event across the entire community. Drawing the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, Wanderlust Whistler is an event not to be missed. July 30, 2015 to August 3, 2015.

Whistler Children’s Festival

The Whistler Children’s Festival fills one weekend every year with art workshops, music, acrobatics, theatre, dance and fun that encourages kids to embrace their imagination! The Festival offers a range of workshops for kids, including pre-school activities for children aged 3-5, intermediate workshops for kids up to grade 8, and workshops for the whole family. July 10, 2015 to July 12, 2015.

 


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Travel to Whistler this Weekend :: Top Ten 48 Hour Cities

Whistler makes the top 10 list of cities to visit for the weekend.

Have just a weekend to spare?

There’s plenty to see within 48 hours in different spots across Canada! Chatham Daily News lists the top 10 48-hour cities across Canada, and Whistler is on that list.

Whether you’re visiting in summer or winter, you are a skier, boarder or neither, travelling with the family or travelling with your buddies, there is lots to see and do. And if its a relaxing or romantic Whistler weekend you’re looking for, there’s plenty to choose from.

For something a little different in the Arts and Culture category check out:

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

whistler activities2013 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler’s Aboriginal heritage through tours, singing & drumming, Native art, interactive & outdoor exhibits, crafts, food & film. The Centre features a Great Hall, museum, theatre, contemporary gallery, cafe offering infusions of First Nations indigenous fare & a spectacular gift shop showcasing authentic local art, jewellery, literature, housewares, clothing, etc.

To plan your visit and find out about events visit their website

Skandinave Spa Whistler

Located just a few minutes north of Whistler Village, this spectacular 1858 sq m (20,000 sq ft) outdoor spa offers the Scandinavian baths experience plus Swedish, Deep Tissue & Hot Stone massages. Renowned for their energizing & relaxing properties, the Scandinavian baths cleanse the skin, improve physical conditioning & promote a sense of well-being. Experience the benefits of hydrotherapy through wood-burning Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal & Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums, hammock & relaxation areas with outdoor fireplace.

massage whistlerDuo Massage – Enjoy some pampering time as a couple with a duo massage & baths package. The duo or couple massage is a treatment offered to two people simultaneously and in the same room – a unique way to relax and unwind with the person you love.

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Whistler Tasting Tours

Experience four of Whistler’s best restaurants in one night. Whistler Tasting Tours lead walk-about dining tours in Whistler, guiding groups to several gourmet restaurants for a delicious multi-course meal paired with fine BC wines.
Taste Whistler’s finest with lunch, dinner & dessert tours, ideal for individuals, couples, small groups, special occasions & corporate team building. Visit their website to learn more.

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Top 5 Free Things To Do In Whistler Resort

Whistler can be an expensive place to visit. For the most part that is justified. Skiing, Snowboarding, Biking, Golfing, ZipTrek, etc are all amazing in Whistler and well worth the cost.

Sometimes it is good, however, to get in your car and have a wonderful day out and spend nothing.

These places are all free, and because they are free, are not advertised, and generally overlooked. Three are north of Whistler Village and three are south and the Sea to Sky Trail is everywhere. Three can be done in a half day easily, though if you see all in one day, bring an extra battery for your camera!

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Whistler Blackcomb Lift Ticket Price Freeze

Lift Ticket Prices in Effect Until May 2015.

Lock In The Best Prices & Get Even More With Your 2015.16 Season Pass Or EDGE Cards.

Whistler Blackcomb Spring Deals are as follows:

Unlimited Winter Season Pass – $1399 CAD ($1166 USD*) until May 4, 2015

  • $199 CAD down, balance due September 9, 2015.
  • 50 per cent off lift tickets at Sun Peaks Resort and The Mountain Collective (TMC) resorts. New this year to TMC is Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • New! Adult, parent and senior passholders receive two bring-a-friend tickets for the 2015.16 ski season (blackout days Dec.27-30, 2015).
  • New! Two free tickets for night skiing at Grouse Mountain in 2015.16.
  • New! Free unlimited 2014.15 spring skiing from March 30 – May 18 for new Passholders.
  • Unlimited summer sightsee access in 2015 and 2016.

Ten Day EDGE Cards – $659 CAD ($549 USD*) until May 4, 2015

  • Available for residents of Canada and Washington State.
  • New! Payment plan: $199 down, balance due September 9, 2015.
  • Unlimited early season skiing from Opening Day to December 18, 2015.
  • New! Two free tickets for night skiing at Grouse Mountain in 2015.16.
  • Add unlimited 2014.15 spring skiing from March 30 – May 18 for $79(Adult).
  • One free sightseeing ticket for summer 2015.

Five Day EDGE Cards – $375 CAD ($313 USD*) until May 4, 2015

  • Available for residents of Canada and Washington State.
  • Unlimited early season skiing from Opening Day to December 18, 2015.
  • New! Two free tickets for night skiing at Grouse Mountain in 2015.16.
  • Add unlimited 2014.15 spring skiing from March 30 – May 18 for $79 (Adult).
  • One free sightseeing ticket for summer 2015.

Three Day EDGE Cards – $255 CAD ($213 USD*) until May 4, 2015

  • Available for residents of Canada and Washington State.

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Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival 2015

It’s GO FEST time in Whistler Resort.

 

The Great Outdoors Festival returns this Victoria Day‬ long weekend with even more on the ‪‎GO‬!

gofest whistlerCome out and play May 15-18, 2015 at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival!  With four days of events and activities celebrating outdoor recreation – the challenge starts with deciding what to do first.

GO Fest merges the interests of the outdoor festival enthusiast with those of the traditional and competitive sports crowd for four days of racing, learning new skills, celebration and culture designed to draw nature lovers to the mountains.

Find out how much you can squeeze in – here’s the GO Fest Event Schedule.

gofest free concerts whistlerFree Outdoor Whistler Concert anyone? Check out the line up here.

Discover the origins of Whistler GO Festival in the Video from 1988 Great Snow Earth and Water Race. Too much time on their hands!

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What’s On World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2015

It’s that time of year! The countdown to one of the greatest Whistler Festivals is on.

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival takes place April 10 – 19 and features Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series, amazing parties, contests, films, art, fashion shows, PLUS sweet spring skiing and sunny après sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and they sell out fast –  get your’s on the festival website.

There’s a BRAND NEW EVENT this year!

In the Beginning is the opening party, Monster Energy and the Bearfoot Bistro team up to host what will be an epic beginning to kick off this year’s festival in style. Get show details and tickets here.

What’s New Arts Events:

IntersectionNew Format for 2015 – this year, in celebration of the 20th Annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival, film crews will be able to bring their skiing and snowboarding footage from around the globe to Whistler’s big screens on Friday, April 17. With an extended timeframe and no limits to location, the chosen crews will put together a 5-7 minute film, unique to this competition, that incorporates artistic vision and a whole lot of shredding.

World Class Line up for 2015 Multiplicity

Like a TEDTalk on adrenalin, MULTIPLICITY is packed with adventurous visual storytelling from eight unique and passionate personalities in the mountain world. This event has become one of the crowd favorites in the WSSF’s line-up due to its huge entertainment and inspirational value.

THE 2015 line-up will feature world-class visual storytelling from:
KIRBY BROWN
DAVID MCCOLM
SUZ GRAHAM
DARCY TURENNE
CHRIS WINTER
JULIE ANGUS
TIM EMMETT

see full details here

Whistler Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The International Men’s March to End Gender Violence
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Registration 3pm, Walk 4pm
Meet outside Mogul’s Café: 4208 Village Square

Whistler Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an event to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women. Men of all ages will march a symbolic mile in women’s high heel shoes (that we provide) to raise funds in support of the Whistler Women’s Centre. Family and friends are encouraged to join in and march alongside in support of walkers in this fun, high-energy event. www.hswc.ca/walkamile

The Sports Highlights:

• The Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Tour Finals, featuring halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air.

• The Shred Show, featuring Boarderstyle, which pits four riders against each other at a time in a head-to-head boardercross-style race integrated with slopestyle terrain features, as well as invitational slopestyle and big air competitions.

• The Demo Park, which gives people the chance to test out skis and boards for free, including the latest from Artec, Atomic, Elan, Endeavor, Flow, Flux, Gnu, Head, Kastle, K2, Nordica, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon, Switchback, Volkl, and many other brands.

Party in April sleep in May….

Kudos to all who help to make this amazing event happen year after year!!

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Whistler Kids Ski School

Whistler Blackcomb Ski School for Kids 2015.

A New Whistler Kid’s Centre In Creekside & Family Friendly Activities.

Whistler Kids in Whistler Creek:

Known to harried parents (especially those from Vancouver) as the drop-off spot for Whistler Kids’ Camps, Whistler Blackcomb has officially opened a new Whistler Kid’s Centre in Creekside Village. The new Centre, for children ages three and four, is designed specifically with kids that age in mind; everything from a den for those who are homesick or not feeling well, to the size of the furniture, kid-sized comfort comes first.

See the rest of the Vancouver Sun article by Steven Threndyle.

Spring-break ski-school deals at Whistler:

Whistler Blackcomb is offering discounts on select group ski-school lessons now through to March 13.

That’s thanks to Discover Whistler Days, the mid-winter deal offers 25-per-cent off adults’ MAX4 group lessons; certain two-, three-, and five-day ski and snowboard camps for kids ranging in age from three to 12,; and teens’ ski and snowboard programs (two- and five-day Ride Tribe program for those aged 13 to 18).

Whistler Blackcomb Kid’s Ski School Locations Map:

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Whistler Kid’s Ski School Video:

Whistler Blackcomb Kids Ski Lessons – AltiTube EP14.

See the complete listing and details of Whistler child care, daily ski lessons & kid’s programs here on WhistlerBlackcomb.com. Check out TripAdvisor reviews to find out how lessons go for the little tykes.

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Whistler Vacation Tips and Tricks

8 Whistler Tips to Maximize Fun on your Vacation

1. Keeping a weather eye on the snow forecasts and webcams helps to plan your ski day in order to make the most of your time in Whistler. Of course, to ensure winter sports safety, it is also important to be aware of the avalanche forecasts during a stay in the resort.

2.ski whistler tips Beat the crowds – get up and out early! Do fresh tracks have your breakie on the top of mountain and get the first runs in. And since you’ve eaten breakfast early – go for lunch early too, heading in around 10:30 or 11:00 means you will get in and out without waiting in lines and standing while you eat!

3. Take a lesson – It never hurts to brush up on your tree skiing skills and if you’re looking for something really different you can ski with an Olympian.

4.whistler apres ski Apres early – since you’ve been on the hill since before sunrise, you’ve put in a full day by 3 and you’re good to go put those feet up and enjoy one of the epic Whistler Apres spots. If you’re not sure where to go check out the list of locals top picks here.

5. Check out the Top 10 Whistler Family Tips video.

6. Squeege – Whistler can be a bit wet at times…and this means those goggles will fog up! Pick yourself up a mini squeege to take care of this and if you’ve decided that you’d rather check out the village on a soggy day, have a look at the 10 Wet Weather Activities you can do to keep the fun factor up!

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10 Whistler Activities for Wet Weather

Enjoy Whistler Rain or Shine

Mother Nature doesn’t always go along with what we want! So you’ve planned your Whistler vacation and the weather is less than perfect…what to do?

Here’s a snippet from a great article by Steven Threndyle in the Vancouver Sun. Inspiring ideas to enjoy Whistler indoor activities on rainy days.

whistler wine tasting1. Hire TasteWhistler.com to come to your home/condo/chalet/suite for a personalized wine tasting. They bring the wines, glassware and a delicious charcuterie board from Bearfoot Bistro for a casual, informative and fun tasting. The wine is left behind for you and your friends to continue the night!!

 

spa whistler2. There are no fewer than nine spas that operate in Whistler and most of them are top-notch. It’s worth going to the baths at the top-rated Scandanave Spa. Experience the age-old Finnish tradition of soaking in soothing outdoor baths at Whistler’s most unique spa, which combines rustic elegance with majestic scenery in a tranquil, secluded setting.

 

yoga in whistler3. In a town that celebrates healthy living and physical activity, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of yoga studios. Locally owned Yogacara in Function Junction is a good bet; it’s a favourite with many Whistler residents, too.

Check out the full list and Steven’s article here. Have fun, regardless of the Whistler weather!

Find Whistler Weather Forecasts & Info at http://whistlercanadaweather.com

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Get Fuelled Up to Ski :: Whistler’s Best Breakfast Restaurants

Best Deal, Local’s Top Pick’s and more Insider Whistler Breakfast Tips.whistler-best-breakfastWhether it’s a quick, early, breakie before you hit the slopes or a full-on brunch after a night on the town you are looking for, here’s the lowdown on Whistler Breakfast Restaurants.

 

BEST BREAKFAST: WILDWOOD

Best Breakfast in Whistler Resort 2014
PHOTO BY COASTPHOTO.COM / BRAD KASSELMAN

Pique Newsmagazine Best of Whistler 2014 – Every year Whistler locals vote for their fav’s.

The vote wasn’t as tight as last year when Wildwood and Elements tied for top spot in this category, but the results were proof positive that morning diners are appreciating what Dixon and his team are doing.

“We take a lot of time to make sure we’re providing good value and quality food for a fair price, and that sells itself,” he said.

While Wildwood’s Function Junction haunt is something of a hidden gem, the second location just moved from its spot at the Whistler Tennis Club to a prime village location in the basement of the Crystal Lodge. See Pique Best of 2014 complete list

BEST DEALS for Breakfast in Whistler

Mount Currie Coffee Company
The Mount Currie Coffee Co offers one of the best breakfast deals in town. Before 10 AM five dollars scores you a small Americano and a tasty breakfast sandwich called a Stud Muffin (bacon, free-range egg, cheddar and sundried tomato aioli on an English muffin.) Veggies can opt for “Tree Huggers” which swaps out the bacon for tomato.

Gone Village Eatery
Gone Village Eatery, tucked away in the heart of the village, is a favorite spot of locals  looking for quick, fresh, healthy meals and tops the list for best most inexpensive breakfast in town. The menu changes frequently and whenever possible they use fruit and veggies from local sources.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH: INSIDER’S FAV’Swhistler-breakfastThe Alpine Cafe

North of the main village about 6k to Alpine Meadows is a local favorite, the Alpine Cafe. The cafe serves up food that is hearty and homemade and, wont leave you hungry. They get busy and seating is somewhat limited, you may want to get your breakie to go.

The Riverside Café
Located a few minutes drive north of the Village at the Whistler Campground, the Riverside can be a nice change of pace when the Village breakfast spots get toohectic. Locals love home-made flavours and organic specialty coffees. Eggs Benedicts are just $9 and the Riverside offers a daily $8 breakfast (includes coffee and juice) on weekdays.

The Southside Diner

A Whistler Creekside landmark, The Southside Deli was reincarnated in 2005 as the The Southside Diner. This is Whistler’s best kept secret, the little greasy spoon, without the grease that could. The diner’s the local’s favourite for breakfast, check out the signature B.E.L.T.C.H or huevos rancheros and a double bailey’s coffee (singles don’t exist).

NEWEST WHISTLER LOCAL’S BREAKFAST SPOT

Stonesedge Kitchen

The menu is a delicious & unique reinvention of traditional comfort foods with wholesome, nourishing & beautiful ingredients. Food that both deeply nourishes your body and indulges that delicious guilty pleasure seeking part of you.

TOP WHISTLER BRUNCH RESTAURANTS

Crepe Montagne

A trip to Whistler definitely isn’t complete without a visit to this delightful French crêperie. Until 2:30 p.m., you can choose from a variety of sweet crêpe masterpieces, pancakes and Belgian waffles. If savoury is more your fancy, be sure to order the homemade pesto and smoked mushroom eggs Benedict.

WHISTLER BRUNCH FOR HANGOVER CURES

White Spot
Stumbling into White Spot after a long night of partying is considered a Whistler rite-of-passage. Brunch is served until the glorious hour of 4 p.m.

WHISTLER BRUNCH FOR THE INSATIABLE

The Wildflower
You won’t need to dress in your Sunday best, but you will need to be prepared for a feast at The Wildflower’s famous Sunday brunch buffet, available 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The delectable spread includes all of your morning favourites, such as pastries and omelettes, as well as the things you never knew you’d love to eat for brunch, such as king crab, prime rib and dim sum. There’s even dessert. Cheesecake pops for brunch? Yes, please.

WHISTLER BRUNCH WITH AN IRISH TOUCH

Dubh Linn Gate
Forget the Lucky Charms: brunch at this authentic Irish pub includes hearty fare such as pancakes, egg scrambles and corned beef hash, served until noon. Each table is also given a basket of freshly baked Irish soda bread and Pemberton fruit jam, on the house. Bonus: be sure to ask for seating in “Arthur’s Breakfast Room,” named after Arthur Guinness. This space looks and feels like a cozy bed and breakfast, so you’ll be able to tuck into that tasty brunch by the warmth of the fire.

WHISTLER BREAKFAST TOP 10 BREAKFAST LISTS AND YELP RATINGS

Yelp Ratings – Breakfast & Brunch

USA Today 10 Best

7 Top Whistler Brunch Restaurants

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Whistler Awards & Accolades

Whistler Blackcomb & Whistler Resort Continue to Win Awards.

Awards from magazines, websites, TV stations pour in from around the world in 2015.

Whether you put a lot of faith into awards or not, you must admit that there’s some merit in paying attention to big trends or patterns.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for a decade, you must have noticed a fairly conspicuous trend at Whistler Resort. Trend might even be an understatement. An avalanche of sorts, really.

OK, I’ll just come right out and say it, already… Whistler Blackcomb wins tons of awards and accolades.

Whistler Blackcomb has been ranked number one on an Active Times list of the 50 best ski resorts in North America. The New York–based magazine had readers vote on 103 nominated resorts out of more than 600 ski areas across the continent.

Here are the winning B.C. spots, with their ranking:

Whistler Blackcomb (No. 1)
Big White Ski Resort (No. 18)
Revelstoke Mountain Resort (No. 22)
Red Mountain Resort (No. 31)
Fernie Alpine Resort (No. 39)

 

“With the most ski-able acres on the continent, Whistler Blackcomb is the full package of adrenaline, good snow-conditions, stellar dining and accommodation and proximity to the city (122 km).”

Recent Awards for Whistler…

In addition to this latest Award and SKI Magazine #1 Resort in North America 2015 award follows a series of impressive accolades bestowed upon the resort in recent weeks including:

TopEventsCanada.com: Top BC Events and Festivals (top 20):

Whistler Pride + Ski Festival
World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Cornucopia
Whistler Film Festival

Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: Top hotels overall (top 100):

Four Seasons Resort Whistler (81)

Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards: Top resorts in Canada(top 10):

Four Seasons Resort Whistler (2)
Fairmont Chateau Whistler 6)
Pan Pacific Mountainside (8)

Celebrated Living Magazine Platinum List: Top 10 Canadian Hotels:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler (6)
Westin Resort & Spa Whistler (8)
Four Seasons Resort Whistler (10)

The 2014 UltraTravel 100 Awards:

Best Ski Resort in the World

Condé Nast Traveller – Best hotels and Resorts of the Americas (Platinum Circle)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Hotels and Resorts of the Americas (Gold List)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Luxury Travel (Australia) – Best Overseas Ski Resort (Gold)

Whistler Blackcomb

TripAdvisor – Best Hotels in Canada

Nita Lake Lodge (13)
First Tracks Lodge (24)

Trip Advisor – Best Canadian Destination (top 10)

Whistler | Whistler Blackcomb
Where Magazine’s “Where to Dine” Awards
Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Formal Whistler

Vancouver Magazine Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Whistler – Gold Award
Bearfoot Bistro – Best Whistler – Silver Award
Sidecut – Best Whistler – Bronze Award
Alta Bistro – Honourable Mention
Mexican Corner – Honourable Mention

Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Gold Wine List Award
Alta Bistro – Gold Wine List Award
Rim Rock Café – Silver Wine List Award

The Georgia Straight’s 17th annual Golden Plates Awards

Araxi Restaurant + Bar – Best Whistler Restaurants (first place)
Bearfoot Bistro – Best Whistler Restaurants (second place)
Rim Rock Café – Best Whistler Restaurants (third place)
Whistler Brewing Company’s Bear Paw Honey Lager – Best BC Beer Brewed Outside Vancouver (third place)

US News, Travel: 2014 Best Hotels in Canada

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort
Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb’s Awards Page for 2014-15

Too long to publish here, this list of awards on the WhistlerBlackcomb.com website is impressive.

World Ski Awards Video


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Whistler Pride & Ski Festival Guide 2015

Whistler Pride January 24 to 31 2015.

More than just a gay ski week.

Whistler Pride is an 8-day festival that combines Sports, Culinary, Wellness and spectacular Social and Cultural events.

Whistler Winter Pride FestivalWith 8 days filled with over 60 events the energy and diversity of the festival is reflected in the calendar of events – click here to see festival and partner events happening throughout the week.

GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE has a fresh new name as we get ready to celebrate the 23rd annual Gay Lesbian Ski/Snowboard week at the award-winning Whistler Blackcomb mountains.

Last year’s festival highlights video – 2014 – compliments of Outlook TV…

For up to the minute Whistler Pride & Ski Festival info check out the Facebook page.

Whistler Pride DiningDining at Whistler Pride & Ski Festival

1. if its coffee you’re looking for to start your day, check out Whistler’s Best Coffee Spots 

2. after your full day of activities and events on hill and off – it’s apres you need – here’s the Whistler locals top apres ski choices

3. to balance it out with some healthy food and see Whistler’s Best Restaurant list click here

What to Do at Whistler Pride

There’s as much to do in Whistler for non-skiers as for snowboarding and skiing fanatics, during the annual Winter Pride and Ski Festival. Everything from cooking classes and blow-out parties to Ziptrek ecotours and dog-sledding.

Gay ski week events kick off in Whistler on Sunday, January 25, where guests pick up information and can buy tickets at WinterPride’s hospitality center and Pride House inside the hip Aava Whistler Hotel.

Throughout the week there’s skiing, apres ski hobnobbing, dances and parties (including the always-packed Splash Pool Party and a rollicking cowboy party), and a number of events appealing to nonskiers: snowmobile tours, dog-sledding, dine-arounds, tubing, a Zipline eagle tour, wine tastings, cooking classes, and plenty more – check out all the events, including a January 28 concert this year by queer comic legend Margaret Cho.

For all of the events, activities, and parties held throughout the week you can buy tickets online.


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Whistler New Year’s Eve Guide

5 Minute Guide to New Year’s Eve 2015 in Whistler

new years eve whistlerWhistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Join the fun at a ticketed, family-style celebration at three different venues within Whistler Village. Bundle up the kids and explore what each venue has to offer between 6 and 11 p.m.

The ticketed fun ends at 11 p.m. and then there is a free Fire and Ice Show that starts at 11:30 p.m. at the base of Whistler Mountain. Be amazed by the ski and snowboard athletes as they leap through two giant rings of fire.

There will be a firework display at Skier’s Plaza at midnight.

Tickets will be available online from December 1, as well as at the Whistler Visitor Information Centre, Millennium Place and Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Venues for New Years Eve

Millennium Place: On New Year’s Eve all three levels of Millennium Place will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and two kids’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. Expect nothing short of bedazzlement and awe with an explosion of creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises – all in the name of family fun.

Whistler Conference Centre: The Whistler Conference Center transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The teen dance, inside its own special dance hall at the Conference Center, is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it until midnight.

whistler-village-new yearsIce Skating in Whistler Olympic Plaza: Flash your wristband for free skate rentals, be dazzled by the twinkle lights and whimsical characters, enjoy a hot beverage and prepare to be entertained on and off the ice.

Free (no wristbands required)

Special NYE Fire and Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza – 11:30 pm to midnight

Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners? Watch Whistler’s best skiers and riders hit a big air jump then fly through a blazing ring of fire

Fireworks at Skier’s Plaza – Starts at midnight

A fireworks display will ring in 2015. The fireworks are best viewed from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Whistler Transit – 6pm to late (extended service)

Leave the car at home and take advantage of the free and extended Whistler Transit Service on New Year’s Eve.

Ticketed (wristbands are required for NYE Venues)

*Please note: You are not required to purchase a ticket to simply access Whistler Village on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are only required to enter the official Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve venues.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Show your wristband to receive free skate rentals.

Millennium Place – Open 6 to 11 p.m.

On New Year’s Eve Millennium Place will come alive with entertainment, live music and two childrens’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. The event includes creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises.

Whistler Conference Centre – Open 6 to 11 p.m.

The Whistler Conference Centre includes an indoor play zone with a variety of exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The teen dance, inside its own special dance hall at the Conference Centre, is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it until midnight.

Teen Dance at the Whistler Conference Centre – Open 8 p.m. to midnight – Much Music Dance Party for ages 13 to 18

The Much Music Dance Party comes to town with wicked sound, killer lighting and the hottest new and old school videos for youth’s ages 13 to 18 years old.

Whistler New Years Eve at GarfinkelsThe Hottest New Years Eve Parties & Events in Whistler.

NYE 2015Mojo’s Nightclub – Come along to this Whistler favourite and ring in the new year with a great live DJ, tasty drinks, and one of the best atmospheres in town! Moe Joe’s is well known around Whistler for hosting an awesome NYE party, and you definitely won’t wanna miss it!

Midnight in the MountainsGarfinkel’s Whistler  – Join a fabulous crowd at the best venue in town in waving goodbye to 2014 and celebrating the start of 2015! But be quick, tickets will not last! This event sells out every year, so get them while they’re still hot!

Uncorked! New Year’s Eve 2015Maxx Fish –  Well known as hosting the best NYE events in Whistler, you don’t want to miss out! Tickets include free champagne, an after midnight buffet, professional photos, amazing live entertainment, and much more! So ring in the New Year at Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve event!

New Year’s Eve – World Crawl Whistler Club CrawlBG Urban Grill – Start the night off at BC Urban grill with a few games, Whistlers best nachos, and a shot to start off the night. A great place to get to know fellow crawlers, have a few beers, and prepare for the night. Then its on to Cinnamon Bear and finish up the night at Tommy Africa’s…more details

New Year’s Eve at Tommy Africa’s – Your ticket to an unforgettable New Years Eve at Whistler’s hottest nightclub, including appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress and join us as we ring in the new year by once again throwing the biggest year-end party anywhere in the village!

Midnight in Moscow – Buffalo Bills – Featuring DJ Peacefrog, event ticket price includes access, hor d’oeuvres, and champagne toast at midnight. Considered as Whistler’s #1 dance floor and possibly even the best New Year’s Eve party in the village. For last minute tickets, contact the venue directly.

 “36 hours in Whistler” :: Video compliments of the New York Times


Longhorn Saloon’s Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party – Celebrate 2013 in spectacular style at the Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party. There will be a countdown, DJ, champagne toast at midnight and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Roaring 20’s Party – Firerock Lounge – The perfect themed event for The FireRock Lounge and New Years Eve. Join them for a fun filled night of dancing and welcome in the New Year with style. GA ticket guarantees entry, a champagne toast at midnight & dancing all night long to our special guest DJ. Tickets are $25.

Ciroc Presents New Year’s 2014 at the GLC – Dance to DJ Kori K and Foxy Moron at the GLC. Tickets are $75 and include two welcome drinks plus a bubbly toast at midnight. The party goes until 3 AM – dress to impress.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Bearfoot Bistro – Celebrate the evening at a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Beafoot Bistro. Tickets are available for $298 per adult and include an exceptional five-course menu created by Executive Chef Melissa Craig, live music, party favours, champagne sabering in the wine cellar and dancing after midnight. Early seatings available for family groups.

New Year’s Eve Party – Black’s Pub – Party at Black’s Pub with the BEST view in town for the Fire & Ice Show and midnight fireworks. Advance tickets from $45 including champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Music provided by Sean Rose and band playing into the wee, small hours.

Ruckus Deluxe at Dubh Linn Gate – Get ready to sing and dance all night long as Whistler’s Ruckus Deluxe perform innovative versions of current and classic covers.

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Pique’s guide to New Year’s Eve :: A round up of all parties in Whistler and beyond

Whistler New Year’s Eve Dinner

If you’re wanting a world class, exquisite dinner with your special someone these award winning Whistler Restaurants have  New Year’s Eve Menus

Edgwater Lodge

New Year’s Eve Early Seating Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
New Year’s Eve Late Seating Five Course Prix Fixe Menu

Grill & Vine – Westin Whistler – New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – New Year’s Eve Gala

Cinnamon Bear Grille –  Year End Celebration

Araxi Restaurant + Bar

As Whistler’s favourite destination for a memorable night of spectacular food and wine, New Year’s Eve at Araxi is no different. With lively music and midnight countdown to accompany your dinner, we offer two options – celebrate early before your night on the town, or later for a full gala celebration to ring in the New Year.

Bearfoot Bistro – Fine Dining Extravaganza

Join us on New Year’s Eve for the Bearfoot Bistro’s favourite festive celebration. Come early for a wonderful dinner with family and friends, or come later and ring in the New Year with us.

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Christmas in Whistler :: Holiday Ideas

Plan a Christmas to remember.

Whistler events, activities & deals.

Whistler Christmas Holiday Ideas

THE WHISTLER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

December 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015 (Closed December 25 & 31)
Hosted in the Whistler Conference Centre from December 19 to January 4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, this FREE family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment and festive activities! Enjoy mini-golf, bouncy castles and video games for the whole family to experience.

 FAMILY APRES

Monday and Wednesdays, December 22, 2014 – March 2015 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Bring your family and friends for free outdoor Canadian winter fun at Whistler Olympic Plaza, with different activities and local entertainment every week. Family Après is weather dependent so please check in with the Village Hosts on the day to confirm if the event is going ahead. Please note Family Après wil not run on New Year’s Eve, December 31 as the rink is open to ticket holders for the New Year’s Celebration only.

Whistler Skating at Christmas

SKATING WITH SANTA

Date TBD | Whistler Olympic Plaza
Join Santa on the ice at Whistler Olympic Plaza.  Santa will be handing out candy canes and will be available for photo opportunities. Hours of operation for free public skating are 11am – 9pm daily with exceptions on holidays.  Skate rentals are available for $5.00 from 11am – 2 pm and in the evenings from 6pm – 9pm.

 KIDS NIGHT OUT

Multiple dates in December, January, March and April | 5:30 – 9:00 PM | Blackcomb Kids, Blackcomb Mountain Base II
An evening of non ski-based entertainment for the kids, including an activity, dinner, drinks and snacks. Kids should be dressed for outdoor winter fun, because activities include tubing, ice skating and cross country skiing (activities depend on weather conditions). Cost is $59.00 per child, for children age 5-12.

 FIRE AND ICE SHOW – FREE!

December 21, 2014 – April 5, 2015
Watch world-class athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire and finish with a first class fireworks display. The Fire and Ice Show is performed by top members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Snowboard School. This free, legendary show kicks off at 6:30 PM every Sunday (7:30pm for New Year’s Eve Special Show) to March 30 in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. 

Whistler Fire & Ice Show Video:

BONFIRE NIGHTS at WHISTLER OLYMPIC PARK

Date and Times TBD | Whistler Olympic Park
Enjoy an evening outdoors exploring Whistler Olympic Park, with a blazing outdoor fire below the Olympic Rings. Parking is just $10 per vehicle

Whistler Christmas Caroling

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

December 24, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
The 30th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service takes place at 6:30 pm in Whistler village at the Westin Resort and Spa. Hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus, this interdenominational celebration features traditional carols, choral music sung by the choirs and readings. Come and enjoy the sense of community and ‘peace and goodwill toward all’ that this carol service creates. this event is by donation. All proceeds go towards continuing to be able to provide this community service.

Healthy Eating :: Whistler Style

Find Healthy Whistler Restaurants.

Are you on a healthy eating & lifestyle path these days?

It’s working. You’re loving it. And now you want to travel to a fancy resort… which usually means the healthy lifestyle and eating is out the window.

Well if you are heading to Whistler Resort for your vacation, get ready to be pleasantly surprised.

North America’s top Ski Resort has always been leading edge and that hasn’t changed when it comes to healthy natural alternatives.

Now you can have it all. If you want to indulge you can still do that. Go ahead. And when you want to return to a balance of healthy choices to go with your outdoor activities, you can have that too.

Healthy Eating Options in Whistler Resort:

Healthy Whistler Restaurants
Healthy Choices in Whistler BC

Top of the Earthsave healthy restaurant list:

Earthsave Whistler has a great listing of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan, organic and healthy conscious eating choices.

  • The Green Mustache
  • Naked Sprout
  • Solfeggio (Pemberton)

Check out the full Earthsave list here.

Whistler Organic Restaurants
Healthy Eating in Whistler

Urban Spoon rates Whistler Veggie Friendly Restaurants:

Splitz Grill 86%
$$$$ Whistler – Burgers, Desserts/Ice Cream, Vegetarian 4369 Main St

The Royal Taste of India 87%
$$$$ Whistler – Indian, International, Vegetarian 4370 Lorimer Rd

Ingrid’s Village Café 91%
$$$$ Whistler – Bakery, Sandwiches/Subs, Vegetarian #102 – 4305 Vlg Stroll

Mongolie Grill 70%
$$$$ Whistler – Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian 4295 Blackcomb Way

Fat Tony’s Pizza 69%
$$$$ Whistler – Pizza, Vegetarian 11-4122 Village Green

Aubergine Grille 73%
$$$$ Whistler – International, Vegetarian, Breakfast/Brunch 4090 Whistler Way

Naked Sprout Juice Bar
$$$$ Whistler – Smoothies, Vegetarian, Breakfast/Brunch #1- 4433 Sundial Pl

Whistler’s Best Restaurants list by 10best.com:

Breaks down Whistler restaurants into very helpful categories like “Best Breakfast”, “Best Lunch” and “Best Value”.

Whistler, being the world-renowned resort that it is, means the local chefs all cater to patrons making healthier choices while dining out.

eating healthy in whistler
Healthy Eating Whistler Style
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Olives Market Whistler BC

Stay In for Healthy Dinner with Self-Catering Vacation Rentals:

If you’re vacation flat has a kitchen, you can pick up premium ingredients to feed your body and soul at these local grocery stores:

  • Olives Market
  • Nestors Market
  • Whistler Grocery Store
  • Creekside Market
  • Whistler Upper Village Market
  • The Grocery Store
  • Marketplace IGA

To see how these stores rate (by locals and visitors) check Yelp’s Whistler grocery store reviews.

OR to find cheap Whistler food, go here.

Whistler Food Supplements:

And if you’ve run out of the protein shake, vitamins or supplements, replenish at Quantum Vitamins. Check out their facebook page for the latest info.

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Photo of Pinnacle Ridge :: Ski in Ski out, private hottub, slopeside

Are you Ready to Ski Whistler? Top 4 Ski Fitness Tips

Whistler & Blackcomb Are BIG.

Prepare to ski Whistler’s vertical mile with these top 4 fitness tips.

1. Work the Core

So what’s one of the best things you can do to get fit for the slopes? ski-fitness-whistlerConcentrate on the core, of course.

Vancouver registered physiotherapist Carl Petersen, author of Fit 2 Ski (www.fit2ski.com) adds

“By doing functional exercises, you help connect your upper and lower core muscles,”  

“Exercises that use multiple joints and groups of muscles in different planes of motion will improve stability of your hips, legs, trunk and shoulder girdle, giving you the dynamic strength and stability to perform.”

Check out two ski exercises Carl shares and  read more here.


2. Protect your Knees

Ski Fitness Alignment Balanced Core PowerABCs of knee protection:

Alignment of the knees. Improper tracking can contribute to ACL injuries.

 

Balanced strength. Skiers’ quadriceps tend to be more developed than their hamstrings, and muscle imbalance can increase the risk of getting hurt.

 

Core power. Developing deceleration strength, which involves learning to land softly and with proper knee alignment, is also important.

 

See the full Vancouver Sun article here.

Here are some early season DOs and DON’Ts from the veterans at the Whistler Real Estate Group.


fitness whistler3. For all you Snowboarders
It’s not too late.

For all you snowboarders out there looking to get fit to ride, take some preseason training tips from pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani. Get going on Fasani’s moves so that you’re good and ready when it’s your turn to go play in the snow.

 

 


 

4. What to do with sore muscles after a few days of skiing or ridingscandinave-spa-whistler

Check out the Scandinave Spa and soak those muscles so you’re good to go in the morning

And to stretch em out and oxygenate em check out a whistler yoga class at one of the local yoga studios:

  1. Yama Yoga – website, class schedule
  2. Loka Yoga – website, class schedule
  3. Yogacara – website, class schedule
  4. Yyoga –website and schedule
  5. White Gold Yoga – website, class schedule

 

Ski Muscles


 

Whistler Ski Fitness Video

This video, by On The Snow, is an awesome pre-season workout demonstrated by world cup winning moguls skier, Heather McPhie.

It pulls 3 gym exercises from the training program of the US Ski Team, and walks through the intensity and duration of each with the aim of improving your explosive strength (and ridding you of jelly legs) – vital for powering through deep west coast snow.

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Whistler What’s New for 2014-15 Season

New on Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains

High-Tech, Gondola Cabins, Grooming, and more…

NEW RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) WHISTLER BLACKCOMB LIFT TICKETS FOR 2014-2015

  • Integrated into your EDGE Card, the chip (RFID) will automatically register and open an access gate
    so that you can ride the lift.
  • Hands-free access means you can go straight to the lift – no fumbling for your pass with your gloves on.
  • We’re thinking of your privacy – the RFID chip contains a randomly generated number associated with
    each person and no personal information will be stored.
  • All pass, card and ticket holders will require a RFID chip – passes and cards will be mailed out prior to the start of the 2014.15 winter season.

Got Questions?? Find out more  about RFID – Whistler Blackcombs FAQ here

New Whistler Gondola CabinsNEW WHISTLER VILLAGE GONDOLA CABINS

  • Loading guests to the top of Whistler Mountain since 1988, Whistler Blackcomb will send its original
    cabins into retirement.
  • New ‘Diamond’ Cabins – designed by Sigma, a subsidiary of Leitner-POMA.
  • Capacity to comfortably seat 8 passengers at a time, with outside racks for gear.
  • Improvements to lift terminals at the base, at the “mid” Olympic Station and at the top by the
  • Roundhouse Lodge

More news on the Mountains…find out the details HERE

  • Trail Improvements in the CRYSTAL ZONE
  • Terrain Based Learning
  • Additions to WHISTLER BLACKCOMB Grooming Fleet
  • ICEBREAKER Partnership
  • Covered Magic Carpet Lift at the Children’s Learning Centre
  • New CAN-SKI Location in the WESTIN RESORT AND SPA

What’s New in Whistler Village?

What's New in Whistler Village

Whistler Activities… New for 2014

The Meadow Park Sports Centre Fitness Centre has received a number of new and exciting pieces of equipment, ranging from cardio machines to weight room upgrades… more

West Coast Float – Relax with Whistler’s only  Floatation Centre  – what’s floating?  Why Float?

New Whistler Restaurants… Food & Drink 2014

BOOMburger Whistler – a local burger concept restaurant that is dedicated to freshness, local quality ingredients and friendly service. Check out the YELP reviews

Stonesedge  – tucked away where Kypriaki Norte was for almost two decades is Stonesedge Kitchen gastropub for locals by locals read more see what guests are saying on Trip Advisor

Beacon Pub and Eatery – formerly Citta’s Bistro and one of the busiest patios in Whistler Village, is the Beacon Pub and Eatery. For the latest and greatest news on this hot new spot check out their facebook page.

Longhorn Saloon & Grill – iconic apres scene gets even better this ski season with the addition of a new patio for even better people watching or nacho eating and beer drinking.

Tourism Whistler Press Release: What’s New for 2014-15 Season

AUDAIN ART MUSEUM

Whistler will soon host a permanent collection of British Columbia art from early times to the present day in the Audain Art Museum. Particular strengths will be an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, and a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art. Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa have chosen Whistler as the new home for their incredible art collection. The iconic 56,000-square-foot museum will house a unique collection of British Columbia art in the heart of Whistler Village, and will be a pillar of the cultural tourism experience in Whistler, British Columbia and beyond. The Audain Art Museum is expected to open fall 2015.

STONESEDGE GASTROPUB

With close to 40 years in the industry between them, Whistler husband and wife team, Jim Button and April Solonyka, have joined forces to open StonesEdge Gastropub. After a complete overhaul of locals’ hangout Kypriaki, Whistler’s newest gastropub opened its doors July 2014. StonesEdge offers creative and elegant pub fare such as falafel bites with spicy ancho barbecue sauce and Greek yogurt and bacon-infused Caesars through a bacon straw, all served at budget-friendly prices. Open from 8 a.m. – 1 a.m., StonesEdge, located across from the Whistler Conference Centre welcomes locals and visitors alike on one of Whistler’s sunniest and largest patios.

LA CANTINA – URBAN TACO BAR

From the owner of the very successful Mexican Corner, La Cantina – Urban Taco Bar opened August 2014 as a gathering place to eat, drink and hang out with friends and family. It offers a selection of tacos that appeal to a wide audience. La Cantina tacos include, classic Mexican, vegan, vegetarian and the chef’s innovative fusions. All items are 100% gluten free (including a selection of beer!). La Cantina’s flavours from all frontiers will have you coming back for more.

BEACON PUB & EATERY

The Crystal Lodge & Suites is now home to a new neighbourhood pub. Beacon Pub & Eatery (formerly Citta Bistro) underwent renovations throughout the month of June 2014 to provide this prime location, in the heart of Whistler Village, with an updated look and atmosphere. The Beacon Pub & Eatery features a new menu and fresh selection of beer, wine and liquor.

DELTA WHISTLER VILLAGE SUITES FRESHENS UP

The Delta Whistler Village Suites is receiving a fresh new look in 2014. All 225 guestrooms are undergoing a $7 million renovation set to be compete late fall 2014. The hotel will also be home to The Brickworks Public House, a new 75-person neighbourhood pub with a BBQ/smokehouse theme scheduled to open spring 2014. One of Whistler’s all-suite full-service hotel, Delta Whistler Village Suites is located in the heart of Whistler Village, steps away from trendy shops, restaurants, exciting nightlife and more.

FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER CONDIMENT COCKTAILS

The team at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has taken familiar condiments and turned them into a quirky condiment cocktail series for 2014. It all began in 2013 with their mustard sensation, The Sinapis Alba. Now the hotel’s Mallard Lounge has launched a spring horseradish cocktail, which will be followed by wasabi in the summer, an autumnal jam (after the berry harvest) cocktail, and finishing the series with cranberry sauce for the Holidays.

Source: Tourism Whistler Press Release

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New Vacation Rental by Owner at The Aspens

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SKI Magazine Awards Whistler Top 10 Family Friendly Resort

Whistler Wins Awards

Whistler is family friendly for all ages. Outdoor & Indoor activities,  something for everyone.

Favourite family activities to do in Whistler VILLAGE:

Meadow Park Sports Centre – multi-purpose facility provides residents and visitors with a wide selection of services and amenities including a six-lane pool, kids’ pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. The complex also houses an arena, squash courts, weight room and a fitness studio.

The Core – Whistler’s indoor rock climbing centre, home to the “Kids Climb & Dine” program

The Sk8 Cave – check out the action:


Village 8 Cinema – Movie Theatre – drop the kids off and have dinner for two

Family activities in Whistler ResortWhistler Public Library  –  Open Monday to Thursday 11am to 7pm and Friday to Sunday 11am to 5pm

Youth Centre at Millennium Place – Offers computers, Nintendo, Sony Playstations, mini skateboard ramp, pool table, air hockey, TV lounge and a big screen projection theatre

Whistler Museum – Discover Whistler’s history, Olympic story and unique mountain lifestyle. The Museum offers a variety of programs, events and exhibits for all ages.

Bounce Acrobatic Academy – Bounce is Whistler’s Indoor trampoline park, featuring 21 trampolines, a foam pit, trampoline half pipe, and a brand new SUPERTRAMP! Designed for people of all ages and skill levels.

And to see what people are sayin about Bounce Academy check out the reviews on trip advisor.

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Family Friendly Whistler Restaurants:

See Urban Spoon Ratings for Family Friendly Whistler Restaurants: Source

Whistler family friendly restaurantsSplitz Grill 87%
Burgers, Dessert, Vegetarian 4369 Main St
Crêpe Montagne 93%
Breakfast, Dessert, French 116 4368 Main Street
21 Steps: Kitchen and Bar 84%
International, Italian 4433 Sundial Place
COWS Whistler 94%
Dessert 102-4295 Blackcomb Way
Ingrid’s Village Café 91%
Bakery, Sandwiches/Subs, Vegetarian #102 – 4305 Vlg Stroll
The Royal Taste of India 87%
Indian, International, Vegetarian 4370 Lorimer Rd
Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub 84%
Breakfast, Pub Food, Fish and Chips 4320 Sundial Cres
Creekbread 84%
Pizza 2021 Karen Cres
Moguls Coffee House 91%
Coffee, Dessert, Sandwiches/Subs 203-4204 Village Square
Southside Diner 89%
Diner 2102 Lake Placid Rd
Lift Coffee Company 93%
Bakery, Coffee, Sandwiches/Subs 102-4369 Main Street
Teppan Village 92%
Japanese, Seafood, Steakhouse Unit 304, 4293 Mountain Square
Nagomi Sushi 90%
Japanese, Sushi 4557 Blackcomb Way
Wild Wood Pacific Bistro 83%
American, Breakfast 4500 Northlands Boulevard
Caramba Restaurante 79%
Italian, Pizza 4314 Main St #12


 

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Whistler 2014 – 15 Lift Ticket Deals

cheap whistler lift tickets

Whistler Lift Ticket Prices

Where to Find the Best Whistler Single Ticket Deals

Capilano Students Union

Lift tickets are available November – April. Get huge discounts over ticket window prices at Whistler! Tickets are available to anyone, not just Capilano Students. Students also get a chance to buy their discounted Whistler/Blackcomb Season Pass through the CSU.

DID YOU KNOW?
The CSU sells Whistler Blackcomb Adult Lift Tickets cheaper than 7/11.

Whistler discount lift tickets at 7-11 in Squamish

If convenience rules it is definitely easier to stop in at the 7-11 in Squamish on the way up to Whistler and pick up the next best single day whistler lift ticket deal, but BEWARE… Whistler ticket deals are not always available at 7-11. Check 7-11 ticket info on TripAdvisor here.

whistler-blackcomb-lift ticket dealsNEVER PAY FULL PRICE :: 2014-2015 Edge Card

As a Canadian or Washington State resident you should never pay full price for a lift ticket. And you won’t find a better deal anywhere than the Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Card.

Choose from a 1, 3, 5 or 10 day pre-loaded card.

You’ll receive the best deal on lift tickets valid any day, and can skip ticket booth line-ups with discounted Direct-to-Lift access. Add the Resort Charge option to link your pass and credit card for fast charging at restaurants and shops.

Bonus Add-Ons and Other Details

  • 5 + 10 Day EDGE Cards: NEW – FREE Early Season Bonus Day, valid from Opening to December 15, 2014.
  • All EDGE Cards: NEW – RFID Gated Lift Access. Enjoy the convenience of hands-free gate access to the lifts.

SALE ENDS NOVEMBER 17TH – Until November 17th, EDGE cards are going for the super-reasonable rate of $70 a day for 10-day cards, and $80 for five-day cards. As an added bonus, you will receive a free early season day (valid between Opening Day and December 15th) when you purchase a five or 10-day EDGE Card before November 17th. EDGE Cards also nab you perks (up to 20% off rentals and shopping—hello!) and even some lodging deals. Plus, they facilitate your access to some of the coolest upgrades on the mountain this season. Order EDGE Cards here.

EARLY BOOKING OFFERwhistler discount lift tickets

Guests can save up to 42 per cent on their ski vacation with five night stay and ski packages available from $99 per person per night. The Early Booking Offer is valid through to November 15, 2014 with details available at whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Whistler Vacation Rental

Planning your Whistler vacation?

More and more people are choosing vacation rentals rather than hotels these days.

Are you new to this way of home away from home? Not sure where to start or what to look for?

You will be pleasantly surprised and potentially overwhelmed at the variety of choices & deals in Whistler nowadays.

No worries, make a list of the features and amenities you are looking for and go from there!

And once you have found a place you want to check out, here’s the 10 questions you will want to ask to have your bases covered to have a stress free, most excellent vacation!!

1. What is your cancellation policy?

2. How do you check in?

3. What is your definition of child- or pet-friendly?

4. How many cars are allowed?

5. How many keys are issued?

6. What happens if something breaks or there is a problem?

7. How does cleaning work?

8. What equipment is available for use?

9. What’s open nearby?

10. Are there any additional perks?

wpid-relaxation-at-skiing-woman-mountains-150762.jpgUnderstanding all the details will help to avoid unnecessary costs and help you to pack for your trip. Lots of vacation rentals have all the amenities you will need, which means you can just show up and be ready to have fun!

Just a little bit of time spent before you leave will make all the difference when you are there! AND give you more APRES time!

To read the full article in US News click here

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Cornucopia :: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine & Food

Whistler loves to party & Cornucopia schedule delivers.

Originally created to fill hotel rooms in the shoulder season, Cornucopia has evolved into a bursting horn of plenty in 2014.

Whistler Wine Party November
Cornucopia – Whistler’s Premier Food and Drink Extravaganza

Featuring a sumptuous variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winery dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties.

Cornucopia offers something for both the experienced gourmet and those seeking to better appreciate the epicurean delights of wine and food.

Find the full Event schedule and all the details you need, at the Cornucopia website here.

Whistler Festivals
Whistler Cornucopia

Top 25 Wines

The Top 25 Reception celebrates the contributions of some of the region’s top wineries. Check out Blue Star Financial Top 25 from last years expanded event featured at canada.com

Cornucopia at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

This years offerings from the Fairmont are nothing short of fabulous!! The food and wine events include:

NEW! The Art of the Holidays

A collection of ‘How-To’ demonstrations the weekend of November 15 & 16, 2014 featuring:

More on the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Cornucopia

Whistler Cornucopia
Whistler Cornucopia

“Nourish” comes back

And in keeping with the healthy lifestyle trend happening now, the festival includes more seminars and events with a focus on healthy eating. So now you can pair your favourite beverage with something that adds nutrients and cuts calories!

“Our mission is to create a space for anyone and everyone to explore and enjoy sustainable food and lifestyle choices, enhance our health, and deepen our connection to the earth that feeds us.”

Health, wellness, and sustainability-seekers will find just what their minds, bodies, and spirits are hungering for. Nourish Retreat includes a cooking series, informational seminars and movement and meditation find out more.

Breakfast Television Live at Whistler Cornucopia

Here is a video showcasing another use for nutritious food! Organic cosmetics!

Bubbles and Brunch

And if you’re interested in indulging, because you’ve been waiting for the opportunity, check out “Bubbles and Brunch”

For the latest up to the minute information go to the Whistler Cornucopia face book page.

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Whistler Film Festival

Whistler’s Best Arts & Cultural Festival Schedule

Whistler Film Festival

This December The Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 14th edition as one of Canada’ s leading film festivals.

The Whistler Film Festival is renowned by filmmakers and film lovers alike, and is a place where artists are celebrated, audiences are inspired, and new ideas enter the cultural dialogue.

Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who created them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with more premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives.

Important Whistler Film Festival DatesWhistler Film Festival tips

October 31, 2014 :: Early Bird Pass Sales End so mark that day on your calendar!

November 5, 2014 :: The festival schedule will be announced when the box office opens for individual tickets and regular priced passes sales, available online and by phone.

November 28, 2014 :: Festival Box office opens for walk up sales.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Theatres up to an hour before show time.

Whistler Film Festival Schedule Changes that are Making Headlines:

Female Film makers initiatives – Georgia Straight

Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab – an intense four-day business and marketplace immersion experience

Whistler Film Festival Awards

Cinematic excellence is at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2014 Whistler Film Festival features six juried competitive sections and one Audience Award. The Festival culminates with the Awards Brunch on the last day of the Festival. Comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, the Festival’s competition juries will select films from the dramatic, documentary and short form categories to receive the following designated awards.

For the full description and more details visit the Festival Website

  • BORSOS AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE: ($15,000 cash award) Presented by: Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia
  • WORLD DOCUMENTARY AWARD Presented by: Super Channel
  • SHORTWORK AWARD  A jury of three will award the International ShortWork Award as well as $1,000 CDN prize to the top Canadian ShortWork entry
  • MOUNTAIN CULTURE AWARD Presented by Whistler Blackcomb
  • BC STUDENT SHORTWORK COMPETITION: ($500 cash reward) Presented by Capilano University Film Centre
  • AUDIENCE AWARD: (non-cash prize) Presented by Pandora
  • MPPIA SHORT FILM AWARD: ($15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in-kind services) Presented by MPPIA and Creative BC

WFF Youtube Trailer Video

For the latest buzz on the Whistler Film Festival & Schedules check out facebook and twitter

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Dog Friendly Whistler Parks & Lakes

Dog friendly beaches in Whistler Resort…

Being that Whistler is a very dog friendly town, there are a few!

Just so you know the do’s and don’t’s when travelling with your pet to Whistler you can read the Resort Municipality of Whistler rules here.

Dog Beach Whistler
Happy at the Dog Beach – Rainbow Park

The following Whistler parks have off-leash areas:

  • Alpha Lake
  • Bayly Park
  • Rainbow Park
  • Lost Lake Park

Click here for a complete list of Whistler Parks

 

Whistler swimming
Dog Beach at Lost Lake Whistler

 

Dogs are allowed on-leash on the trails around Lost Lake but are not permitted on the main public beach. There is an off-leash dog beach on the east side of the lake known as Canine Cove. Please ensure to pick-up after your dog.

Another is Barking Bay, you will find it at the south end of Rainbow Park. Keep your dog leashed as you travel through the park to Barking Bay. Off leash, your dog must be in your control at all times and remain in the Barking Bay area.

And there is Arfa Lake Dog Area at Alpha Lake Park where dogs are allowed off leash any time of day, once again keep your dog on leash through the park area between the hours of 10am and 8pm.

And to make things better, according to the Whistler Question,  the Alpha Lake dog park is slated to receive $125,000 in upgrades to realign the valley trail to help avoid and reduce conflicts. Read more.

Whistler Dog-friendly Video Including Lost Lake Doggie Beach

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Whistler Village Beer Festival

Whistler Beer Tasting

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, the second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival is back September 11 – 14, 2014.

A festival celebrating the awesome talents of the Canadian and Pacific Northwest craft brewing industry, will be held at the beautiful Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village.

Whistler Beer FestivalBeing a newbie to the whole craft beer scene, I am stoked to be able to check out some of the finest in the area and right in the heart of Whistler Village, it just doesn’t get any better!

Some of the beers you may know at the festival are:

Red Truck Beer

Vancouver Island Brewery

Red Racer Beer (winner of 2013 Best in Fest Award)

Granville Island Brewing

Whistler Brewing

Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Bomber Brewing

Russell Brewing Company

Click HERE for a full list of breweries participating this year.

The festival’s signature tasting event on September 13 from 1 to 5 pm offers a chance to sample more than 150 beers from 53 B.C., Canadian, and international breweries. 

This year’s festival has expanded to four days and includes cask nights, parties, and brunches. There are also educational seminars such as Beer 101, Craft Beer Revolution, and History of Beer.

Event organizers are expecting 4,000 people this year, double the amount who attended last year.

Whistler Beer Tasting at Whistler Beer FestivalSome of the festival’s highlights:
Friday, September 12
Triple B – Beer, BBQ at Brickworks; 7 pm, Brickworks Public House
A night of craft beer and BBQ

Best in BC – The Mainland; 8 pm, Firerock Lounge, Westin Whistler
Tickets: $15
Sample from five casks of carefully selected ales, talk with the brewmasters, and vote for your favourite cask of the night.

Saturday, September 13
Best in the West; 5 to 8 pm, Garfinkel’s
Tickets: $15
An American cask/small batch battle featuring casks and small-batch brews from Oskar Blues, Lost Coast, Deschutes, and Gigantic.

Whistler Village Waitresses Serving Beer FestivalBRICKöbertest; 5 pm, Brickworks Public House
Tickets: $15
Bratwursts, beer maidens, and beer! Prizes for the best dressed. Ticket includes first beer and snack.

Each $35 ticket for the Saturday, September 13 tasting includes a four-ounce WVBF sampling mug, five beer tokens, and a $5.00 food voucher for use at participating Whistler restaurants.

For those looking for a more exclusive experience, a limited number of $45.00 Gate Crasher tickets will give beer lovers a one-hour jump on the afternoon event ahead of the crowds.

 Whistler Beer Festival Video

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Articles about Whistler Beer Festival

Whistler Beer Fest rolls out the casksThat’s why this weekend might be the perfect opportunity to get out of town while the weather’s still nice and sink your liver into the Whistler Village …Another Round For Whistler Village Beer Festival

Fun times for everyone at the 2013 Whistler Village Beer Festival during the warm and sunny Summer season at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Photo by: …

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Whistler’s Second Ironman a Success

Whistler Volunteers Make Ironman

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Whistler’s Second Ironman

Having run my first and last marathon in Portland, I remember how grateful I was to have the many volunteers everywhere helping make the gargantuan task at hand possible.

The community of Whistler came out full force to show support for Whistler’s second Ironman.

“We’d ask for 10 volunteers and 30 would show up” says Evan Taylor, race director in Whistler Question article July 27, 2014.

After running the 42 km part of program, I couldn’t even imagine swimming 3.86 kilometres through chilly mountainous waters, cycling 180 km over coastal mountains AND running 42 km in 30 C weather to finish your 10-hour day with a sprint to the finish for a place on the podium. Just under 2,000 athletes lined up at the start line this year down from 2,300 last year.

Whistler Ironman 2014
Whistler Ironman 2014

Some athletes are calling it the hardest Ironman ever, noting the climb back to Whistler from Pemberton as the crux of the course. However Taylor claims it is on par with other Ironman courses.

The fastest Whistlerite on course this year was Adam Ward at 10:20:49. Behind him was Mike Edwards, finishing at competitive time of 10:26:41. Marla Zucht, a four time Ironman finisher crossed the finish line on Sunday evening July 27, 2014 with a time of 11 hours 45 minutes.

And as noted in Pique Newsmagazine – triathlon world – Marino Vanhoenacker is back.

The Belgian triathlete conquered the Subaru Ironman Canada course in Whistler on Sunday, July 27 in a blazing time of eight hours, 16 minutes, 10 seconds, leading wire-to-wire to claim the pro men’s title.

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Bree Wee captured the pro women’s victory after making up some ground over the run course, earning the second full-distance Ironman win of her career in a time of 9:46:58.

IRONMAN is about persevering, enduring and being a part of something larger than ourselves. It shows the heights that can be achieved when we push beyond our boundaries and go the distance to earn the title… IRONMAN.

Congratulations to all who raced at the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada!

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Perfect accommodation for your race training & event day. Many homes feature private hot tubs and secure ski, snowboard, bike and golf equipment storage.

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