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Vacation, Ironman Style

Guest review by Brenda Arechiga


Six months ago when my husband told me he wanted to do an Ironman Triathlon, I insisted we pick a top destination for his first full Ironman.  I had always wanted to visit Whistler, B.C. so despite the formidable cycling course, Whistler it was.

My husband is a visually impaired distance runner and endurance athlete. We typically use his races as fun long weekends for both of us. We have flown to Boston and Chicago for World Majors and taken road trips to St. George, Utah and Santa Cruz for smaller events. With 10 years of race travel under our belts, we have a pretty clear idea of what kind of experience we like to create for ourselves. So, as soon as he began his grueling training schedule, I began researching hotels in Whistler.

VRBO and AirBNB was not an option for us. We tried it last summer on a trip to Santa Cruz for a half Ironman and I quickly learned I did not enjoy stripping beds or doing other housework on my vacations. I wanted a cozy but modern hotel within walking distance of the Ironman Expo and Finish Line. Since we were also considering bringing our two dogs, we also needed a pet friendly hotel.

With the help of some favorable reviews on Ironman blogs and chats, we zeroed in on The Summit Lodge.  Based on the website photos, I was sold! It had the cozy, lodge like feeling I was looking for. It was dog friendly and it was literally across Main Street from the Ironman Expo and finish line. The hotel also had a spa which was another bonus.

We arrived on an unusually warm Thursday afternoon. We were already mesmerized by the drive up to Whistler. Turquoise blue lakes on one side of the highway and a few waterfalls on the other. I was immediately charmed by the hotel’s large wrap around porch that offered seating at tables and chairs.  The lobby which had two large seating areas on either side of the front desk was buzzing with great energy.

Our room was the perfect size and had was decorated with beautiful, elegant furnishings. There was even a cozy throw for the couch tucked away in the stylish armoire. The small kitchen was stocked with everything we might need. Keurig coffee maker, teas, electric stove top along with basic cookware, mini refrigerator and a microwave. 

The location was actually better than I expected. In addition to being just a short walk from the Ironman Expo and Finish Line, we were also very close to a large super market where we made frequent shopping trips. We were also just across the way street from the pubs, shops and restaurants. Our favorites were The Creperie Montagne, Elements and we also had loved the lively energy of The Brewhouse at Happy Hour.  My husband’s guide for the Ironman and his girlfriend who also stayed at Summit Lodge, thoroughly enjoyed the hotel’s weekend wine tasting hosted in the lobby.

We had considered renting a car but found we didn’t need one. Everything we needed was within walking distance. When we decided to go for a swim at Alta Lake’s Rainbow Park, the staff at the hotel was always happy to call a Resort Taxi for us.  There were always fluffy beach towels available at the front desk. Alta Lake was also accessible via the Valley Trail but I decided to save the long walk for race morning when I went out to Rainbow Park to watch the swim.

It was thrilling to watch my husband and his guide Loren cross the Ironman finish line just as the sun was setting in 13:48:22. After halfheartedly attempting to eat a slice of pizza in nearby Olympic Plaza, I escorted them back to the Summit Lodge. As they stumbled along, Loren, who is now an Ironman 11 times over said it best when he said, “Aw man, I’m so glad the hotel is right across the street.”

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Every April, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) takes Whistler by storm. Over 250,000 fans flock to the world-renown mountain resort each year to witness North America’s largest annual snowsport, music, and mountain culture celebration.  No matter how you do it – by boat, by plane, by train – just get to Whistler from April 11-20, 2014 and get involved!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Here’s the full 2014 Schedule – we’ve highlighted and linked Summit’s top event choices for you to check out. And remember the World Ski & Snowboard Festival asks you to embrace the Festival’s motto: Party in April, Sleep in May! Buy your tickets and book your accommodation today!

Exciting WSSF EventsMusic

Outdoor Concert Series – Daily from 2:30-5:30PM at Skiers Plaza for FREE
► Bud Light Freeride Club Series – Various Clubs & Bars in Whistler for FREE
► SILENT DISCO – Friday, April 18 from 9PM-1AM at GLC for $20.00
The END – Saturday, April 19 from 10PM-4AM at Whistler Conference Centre for $35.00

Arts

Intersection – April 16 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown – April 15 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker ENCORE – April 18 at 7PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
► Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown – April 17 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre – SOLD OUT
State of the ART – April 11 to 20 at Whistler Conference Centre for FREE
► 2nd Cuts Filmmaker Screening – April 16 at 12PM-3PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $10.00
Best of the Fest
– April 20 at 8:30PM at GLC for $25.00

Sports

Big Air – April 19 at Skiers Plaza for FREE
The Shred Show – April 11-13 on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for FREE
► Demo Park – April 12-13 and 19-20 on Whistler Mountain (Outside Roundhouse Lodge) for FREE
► Mascot Mayhem – April 19 at 11AM-12PM at Whistler Village for FREE – Kid Friendly
Whistler Dogfest
– April 20 at 12PM-2PM at Village Common for FREE
Super BRAWL Sunday: Roller Derby
– April 20 at 6PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $15.00

Fabulous WSSF Facts

  • The average temperature in Whistler Village during the WSSF in April is 11oC.
  • Over the past three years, WSSF has helped contribute over $28,000 to the Playground Builders, an organization that builds playgrounds for children in war-torn areas.
  • On average, the WSSF sees over 300 volunteers log more than 3000 hours every spring.
  • Over 50 musical acts played at two outdoor stages and 9 different indoor venues in 2013, offering more than 100 hours of free music to festival-goers. Last year’s award-winning artists included The Arkells, Swollen Members, Nas, and K-OS.
  • A number of Olympians have competed at various WSSF ski and snowboard events, including: Gus Kenworthy, Sage Kotsenburg, Mike Riddle, Sebastien Toutant, Yuki Tsubota, Roz Groenewoud, and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.

 
Now in its 19th year, the WSSF continues to grow in scope and popularity. WSSF is voted Whistler’s “Event of the Year” every year by Whistler locals and it is the perfect showcase of the resort’s diverse personality and energy. For those who can’t make it to Whistler, they can join the international television audience in over 122 countries!

For more information give the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge a call at 1.888.913.8811. They’ll be more than excited to tell you more about the amazing events going on during the WSSF.

Whistler’s Fire & Ice Show

Sunday nights start with a bang when fireworks light up Whistler’s winter sky. Magical, spectacular fireworks burst and pierce the darkness, illuminating Whistler Mountain. The oo’s and awe’s of the admiring crowd are swept away by the winter wind. Sounds pretty picturesque, eh? But wait, we’re just getting started!

Fire & Ice Show

Visitors and locals alike who gather aren’t just awaiting the fireworks display. They’ve meet to watch Whistler’s elite skiers and snowboarders burst through the three-metre, gas-fed flaming hoops. Soaring above Whistler Village, the riders throw down stylish flips, spins and grabs for the cheering crowd below! My friends, this is the legendary Fire & Ice Show.

Top members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Snowboard School perform extraordinary feats of anti-gravity through rings of fire. Dancers and fire spinners move to the beats showcasing amazing talent, coordination and obviously no fear of the flame! The show finishes off that magical, spectacular display of fireworks that is sure to delight. The buzzing crowd then disperses throughout Whistler Village’s restaurants, pubs and clubs and cafes and shops, chatting about the astonishing performance and scrolling through snapshots of the evening.

The Fire & Ice Show is a free event that happens every Sunday night at 6:30PM during the winter months until March 30. Visiting families and friends and diehard locals watch in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. The crowd tends to gathers at the base, but there are a few bars from which to watch the show – GLC, Longhorn Saloon and Black’s Pub. The GLC offers the best view from the outdoor heated patio, and is kid friendly until 8PM.

If you prefer be up close and want the chance to watch the performers expressions when they land an epic trick, then be sure to arrive 30 minutes early and head to the base of the massive snow jump. If you get up close enough, the lively announcer might even call your kids up to answer some easy trivia questions for some pretty epic prizes.

The Fire & Ice Show is definitely a Whistler Winter Must Do. It couldn’t get any better than spending an evening with family and friends, while catching free live entertainment, all happening within a few minutes’ walk from your suite at the Summit Lodge & Spa. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate from a local coffee shop on route to the show!

For more information on the Fire & Ice Show and other Whistler winter activities, talk to our friendly staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Winter Whistler Activities

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1) Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Sign your kids up for ski and snowboard lessons! Whistler Blackcomb groups 3 to 6 and 7 to 12 year olds together, to ensure that your kids are learning with friends their own age and skill level. Tots and Kids Lessons and Camps are designed for kids, and are taught by instructors who are kids at heart. By signing your children up for Snow School, you’re not only investing in future pathfinders, explorers and trailblazers, but ensuring your child develops confidence, and understands the importance of safety on the mountain.

2) Magic Castle & Tree Fort

“Na-na-na-na-boo-boo, I’m the King of the castle!” Your kids can be Kings and Queens of the Magic Castle on Blackcomb Mountain, and explore the tree tops in the enchanted Tree Fort on Whistler Mountain. These outdoor play areas provide a little magic for families to explore while taking a break from skiing and snowboarding. Your kids will keep busy, climbing, sliding, and exploring in these made-for-kids mountain feature.

3) Coca-Cola Tube Park

The family fun doesn’t have to end when the lifts close, because the Coca Cola Tube Park, located at Base 2 Zone of Blackcomb Mountain is open seven days a week, until 7PM. Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise down the exhilarating, multi-lane tubing hill. The lanes are 1,000 ft long, but fear not, there’s no way we’d expect the kids to walk back up the hill – no, no. A state-of-the-art carpet style conveyor transports you effortlessly back up for another run. The Coca Cola Tube Park is a Whistler Winter Must Do! Adults, you’ll be surprised by how much this winter activity brings the kid out in you!

4) Ziptrek Ecotours

Watch the kids soar to new heights this winter with the amazing Ziptrek tour guides and other adventurous Ziptrek tour-goers. Be a sport, and earn major Mum and Dad points for putting on the harness and tackling an extreme ziplining adventure. Your kids will love having you on board! Minimum age for tour is 6 years old, and kids must be a minimum weight of 65 pounds. Kids under the minimum weight can ride tandem on the Bear Tour with a professional Ziptrek guide.

5) Bounce – Whistler’s Indoor Trampoline Park

If the kids want to change their snowpants for shorts, jumping on massive trampolines is a great addition to all outdoor activities. Located in Function Junction, just 8 minutes South of Whistler Village, Bounce Acrobatic Academy is an extravaganza of fun! Intended for kids 8 and older, this acrobatic activity is one way to ensure the kiddies burn some energy – especially after a long drive! Drop in 7 days a week from 11AM – 9PM, but be sure to call ahead as Bounce does rent out the entire facility for birthday parties and private functions.

For more information on these family-friendly Whistler winter activities, talk to our friendly staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

TEDActive 2014 in Whistler

2014 marks TED’s 30 anniversary and the celebrations will be going down in arguably two of the most active and healthy cities in Canada – Vancouver and Whistler, BC.

Whistler will be host to TEDActive, a simulcast experience that runs in parallel to the TED conference held in Vancouver on March 17-21, 2014. Whistler’s environment will inspire exploration, creativity and connections – core to the TEDActive experience.

Ted Active 2014

The “Active” in the name comes from the observation that when you get a bunch of doers together in the same room and throw in a catalyst as powerful as TED talks, things start bubbling like a chemistry experiment. What happens at the conference inevitable results in an action, big or small – whether it is a change in the way of thinking, a locally organized vents or a new start up.

TEDActive is about finding opportunities to awaken latent creativity and to rediscover the joy of making something with your own hands. Think bike repair, hacking, sculpting in cardboard, 3D printing, homebrewing and more – a lot of which is already happening in our culturally vibrant town.

A standard registration for TEDActive 2014 in Whistler costs $3,750, and only a limited number of TEDActive registrations are available each year, so for those interested, it’s suggested that you take your essay questions seriously.

For some that price may be hard to swallow. But for those who can afford to experience this once-in-a-lifetime conference, here are a few tips from past attendees that will help you get the most out of TEDActive. And hey, even if you aren’t attending, these are great tips to consider!

  • Only ask people what they are passionate about and not about their job. – John Marston.
  • Roll with everything, don’t analyze. – Rachel Langdon
  • Do not miss a speaker (to work out, sleep in, make a call) because it will end up being the one everyone talks about. – Felicia Kamriani
  • Remember that nobody is a pure extrovert or introvert. We are all somewhere in between … in my experience, TEDActive provided a warm and safe environment to explore my own personal limits, and stretch them a bit … – Chadburn Blomquist
  • Dive head first into all the new ways to greet one another. When we’re from all over the world, we can handshake, hug, kiss each other 1,2, or 3 times, bump fists bump elbows or hip bump! Do it all! – Kelsey Rhodes
  • Put. Down. The PHONE! Look up, look around, look into things, and dive into any experience and opportunity you see. Serendipity abounds at TEDActive! – Grace Rodriguez

For more information, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable Summit Lodge Staff. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Dining in Whistler

Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination. Whistler features two majestic mountains with a vibrant base Village, epic skiing, snowboarding, hiking trails, four championship golf courses, unbeatable shopping, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. Clearly, Whistler’s got it all, naturally attracting over two million people each year. This of course, transcends into over two million hungry tummies. Dining in Whistler can be overwhelming, especially with all the great choices – so we’ve broken it down into bite-size-pieces so it’s easier to digest!

Dining in Whistler

So, once you’ve worked up an appetite, where do you go to satisfy your craving? Heck, there are over 70 restaurants and pubs in Whistler to choose from! Let’s start simple. The Summit Lodge & Spa boasts two of Whistler’s best restaurants – Elements Urban Tapas Parlour and Sachi Sushi, both local favourites.

Accessible from the Summit Lodge lobby, Elements never disappoints with ever-changing menus created with a commitment to local meats, produce and seafood, and BC VQA boutique wines. Elements has been voted Best Tapas since 2005! Local tip: Try the Eggs Benedict.

Just around the corner from Elements, is Sachi Sushi, where the atmosphere is always upbeat, with energetic servers and creative sushi chefs to make your dining experience unforgettable. Owner and Head chef Toshiyuki Kobayashi has over 30 years experience, and has been making Whistler’s Best Sushi for 25 years!

Now that you’ve nailed down two of the best restaurants in Whistler, why not dabble in a few more. During Whistler Tasting Tours walking tours, guests enjoy a fantastic multi-course meal with local wine pairings, where each course is provided at different Whistler restaurant. The blind wine tasting and tasty treats are a definite highlight, and nothing beats sabering a bottle of champagne in Whistler’s largest wine cellar. With lunch, dinner and dessert tours, Whistler Tasting Tours will help you discover the best in the Whistler dining scene.

Pique’s Best of Whistler 2013 – Food & Drink

Best Pasta – Pasta Lupino Gourmet
Best Soup, Stew and Chilli – Gone Village Eatery
Best Pizza – Creekbread
Best Beer – Brewhouse
Best Hot Chocolate – Blenz
Best Quick Lunch & Best Vegetarian Food – Ingrid’s
Best Dessert – PureBread and Araxi
Best Value – El Furniture Warehouse – Everything on the menu is $5.00
Best Burger – Splitz Grill
Best Steak – Hy’s Steakhouse

Whistler’s award winning restaurants and chefs offer appetizing food and drink from different ethnicities and regions, with many featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients – for those seeking a truly Canadian dish. For more information on any of the restaurants listed, please call the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

AltiTube – Whistler Weekly News

Summit is excited to announce a new partnership with AltiTube, a weekly news show that highlights that week’s events, festivals, activities, mountain conditions, weather and anything else happening in Whistler that week!

Hosted by Whistler locals, Liz Hammond and Adam Kaye, AltiTube will give guests and locals alike all they need to know about what’s going on that week in Whistler.

The show is embedded on our homepage as well as throughout the site. Be sure to check back every Monday for a new episode.

Zipline: A Year Round Activity

Soar to new heights this winter with friendly and knowledgeable zipline tour guides and other adventurous zipline tour-goers. Ziptrek Ecotours and Superfly Ziplines, Whistler’s Zipling Tour Companies, are open year-round — offering their guests a chilly but cheerful winter experience, with views like no other. Experience the exhilaration of bravely stepping to the platform edge, lifting your feet, then soaring above the forest floor, reaching speeds up to 100km/hour!

Whistler Zipline

While both Ziptrek and Superfly deliver a product that approximates the feeling of flying, there are subtle differences to their tours that make for a completely unique experience. I was lucky to do both Ziptrek and Superfly tours this summer, and here are some differences worth mentioning.

Ziptrek

Combing ziplining with education about Whistler’s centuries-old rainforest ecology, the importance of sustainability, and precisely how the company practices what it preaches, Ziptrek provides unparalleled adventure in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

The tour area now boasts 7 suspension bridges, 2 rigid aerial bridges, 10 treetop viewing platforms and a total of 10 ziplines. Ziptrek offers 3 tours — Bear, Eagle, and Mammoth — that are suitable for first-time ziptrekkers (ages 6 and up), veteran adventurers, and full on adrenaline junkies.

At Ziptrek, the harness system allows you complete freedom to move, take a look around (if you can keep your eyes open!), and even enjoy your zipline ride hanging upside down! No doubt you’ll describe your experience in one word, make that sound, “WHOO-HOO!”

Superfly

Superfly is all about length, height and speed! Superfly boasts Canada’s longest ziplines, at well over a kilometer long, 600 feet off the forest floor, and clocking speeds of 100km/hour. You’ll certainly have enough time to take in the views as you soar between two mountains! With your arms spread wide, it’s as if you’ve strapped on a pair of wings.

To follow up the longest ziplines, you’ll be clipped on to the fastest of all ziplines, “Godzilla,” In the “torpedo position,” I reached speeds of close to 90km/hour! The custom-built trolley rigs, comfortable harnesses and revolutionary braking system, make flights safe and smooth. At Superfly, your harness, fitted with a backpack, allows you to bring valuables and keep them safe.

Locals and tourists can become zipliners year-round, day or night, soaring in the summer breeze or crisp winter air. No matter the weather or temperature, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience. With heated and sheltered platforms to minimize exposure to the elements, you’ve got no excuse not to go ziplining this winter!

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to help you plan your ‘Ziplining Adventure’ in Whistler. For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Must Do Whistler Blackcomb Runs: Interview with Feet Banks

Mount Currie Coffee Company, Whistler — While most people who have been in Whistler for longer than six months wouldn’t need to be told who Feet Banks is, there still may be a question of what he actually does… Feet is an author, a magazine editor, a filmmaker, and an in-demand host/emcee. He has worked with Tourism Whistler, Whistler Film Festival, Whistler Blackcomb and the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

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Feet moved to Whistler at the age of 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. Growing up in Whistler, Feet worked jobs that would allow him to ski all day and eat free food (ie. busboy at Sushi Village). Lucky for Feet, he’s been able to avoid the 9-5 lifestyle, by choosing a career path that allows him to romp around Whistler digging up all the great stuff about this resort town and sharing it with locals and visitors alike.

Between writing blog posts for The Whistler Insider, finishing off pending work before his Christmas holiday, and getting in a few runs, Feet found the time to sit down with Summit Lodge & Spa to discuss the Must Do Whistler Blackcomb Runs.

Interview conducted by Liz Hammond for Summit Lodge & Spa

Summit Lodge: What is your favourite run?

Feet: I’ve been skiing Whistler and Blackcomb since 1988, and one that I always enjoy is School Marm on Blackcomb — it’s a lower mountain classic. It’s often over looked because it’s the bottom half of the mountain, but it’s steep and fast, and it stays in the shade, so it keeps snow late in the year. It’s kind of tucked away so you can really open ‘er up and let ‘er go!

Summit Lodge: What can you recommend for powder runs on Whistler Mountain?

Feet: There are very few places in North America like the Harmony Zone on Whistler Mountain, just because it’s huge and open, and as you’re riding the lift you can see where you want to go, you can see where it’s been tracked, you can see where people are getting deep, and where the wind pockets are. The fact that you get to see everything before you rip it in Harmony, makes it an epic powder zone.

Summit Lodge: What about powder zones on Blackcomb Mountain?

Feet: It’s not on the map, but there’s an area called High Test and Low Test — my old man’s favourite secret powder stash. When we were kids and it’d be near the end of the day, my old man would always say “Well, there are always good tracks in High Test!” You kind of have to cut under 7th Heaven a bit and dip through the rocks, and then it opens up into a nice field of pow. You’ve got to find it. If you’re just a regular pow ripper, you can always find stuff in Xhiggy’s Meadow and Lakeside Bowl.

Summit Lodge: What’s the best cruiser run?

Feet: Obviously the best cruiser is Dave Murray Downhill on Whistler Mountain, which has been used for the World Cup and Olympic downhill races, is named after a local legend, and if you want speed, you can get it on Dave Murray Downhill. It’s a popular run, and you have to be careful of other people, but when conditions are good, you can go all the way down to the Valley like they do in the Olympics and that’s freaking awesome!

Summit Lodge: What’s the best cruiser run on Blackcomb?

Feet: On Blackcomb, the classic cruiser is Ross’ Gold/Gandy Dancer — you know it’s a good one because that’s where all the Ski Clubs used to train their gate racing. It’s the perfect fall line with lots of rollers.

Summit Lodge: What’s the best green run?

Feet: Burnt Stew Trials on Whistler Mountain — high alpine, meandering, very easy. Not for beginning snowboarders, because it’s too flat at the end.

Summit Lodge: What’s the best blue run?

Feet: Blackcomb has the best blue runs — Blackcomb Glacier and anything on 7th Heaven. On Whistler, the best blue is The Saddle; it’s nicknamed “Run of the Day.” You’re high up, you can see everything, and it feels like you’re in riding big mountains.

Summit Lodge: What’s the best single black?

Feet: Secret Bowl is the best black on Blackcomb. It actually lives up to its’ name, not many people go in there. You have to stay aware, because you might find yourself in a double black and trying to get out of it can be a challenge. On Whistler, the best black is Bagel Bowl, or anything off the peak.

Summit Lodge: What about skiing and riding backcountry?

Feet: The only way you should do it, is with Extremely Canadian Backcountry Tours. Don’t ever go by yourself. They’ll take you to the stops that even long time locals don’t know about, and they’ll get you there safe. They’re a one stop shop, Extremely Canadian.

Summit Lodge: Thanks Feet! Anything else you’d like to add?

Feet: The most important thing to remember about Whistler Blackcomb is there is something for everyone. No matter how extreme you are, or how beginner, you’re going to find something that blows your mind and tests your abilities, and gets the stoke high to get you back up there doing something a little bit harder the next day. If you don’t fall, you’re not learning, so don’t be afraid to take a chance and wipe out because that’s part of the game.

Christmas Festivities

Whistler Christmas

With fresh snow settling on the slopes and more on the way, Whistler is definitely turning into a Winter Wonderland, and is the perfect setting for all the holiday festivities coming down the pipe.

Dress Like Santa Day

December 14, 2013 marks Whistler Blackcomb’s annual “Dress Like Santa Day.” A free lift ticket will be awarded to the first 75 people to arrive in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire at 8AM sharp at the GLC located at the base of Whistler Mountain. Regardless if you get a free lift ticket or not, you’ll want to be a part of this festive event, because the Christmas spirit will certainly be running high on the slopes.

Fire and Ice Show

If you’re coming to Whistler for the weekend, you’ll want to extend your stay until Monday, because you don’t want to miss the legendary Fire and Ice Show at Skiiers Plaza in Whistler Village. Starting Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:30PM, the Fire and Ice Show is a Whistler Winter Must Do, and it runs every Sunday until March 30, 2014.

There is something truly magical about watching fire spinners and hula-hoop dancers performing, while Whistler’s best skiers and riders jump and flip through a blazing ring of fire! And once the DJ and fireworks kick in, well you’ve got yourself and electrifying evening of free, live entertainment to watch with family and friends.

Skate with Santa

Santa is traditionally seen travelling in his sleigh pulled by nine reindeer, but in Whistler, Santa likes to strap on a pair of ice skates and zip around an outdoor rink. Only in Canada eh? On December 22, 2013 from 1PM to 4PM at the Whistler Olympic Plaza, join old St. Nick himself on the outdoor rink, where he will be handing out candy canes and will be available for photo opportunities. If you didn’t pack skates, rentals are available for $5.00.

The Whistler Holiday Experience

We all know the holidays can be expensive, so when good FREE fun is made available, it is important to gather up your family and friends and enjoy it! You can do precisely this at the Whistler Holiday Experience, which runs from December 20, 2013 to January 2, 2014 at the Whistler Conference Centre. This indoor family fun zone provides entertainment for kids and parents alike during the holiday season. How does mini putt, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games sound? Amazing, we know! And parents, you can relax in the lounge area and enjoy coffee or hot cocoa while the kids play.

We’d be more than happy to see you and your family over the holidays! So give our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge a call at Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.