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Whistler Film Festival

5 days. 84 films. Special guests from 14 countries. And a flurry of events only Whistler can deliver. The Whistler Film Festival is back in town. Prepare to be inspired.

The 13th annual Whistler Film Festival will take place December 4 to 8, 2013. The Festival will present a selection of fresh and innovative films from Canada and around the world, and will award over $30,000 in prizes and commissions to those who illuminate cinematic excellence.

2013 Whistler Film Festival

The five-day extravaganza also features lively festive celebrations, tributes to distinguished talent, unique industry initiatives, and the annual Celebrity Challenge ski race. Wondering who might be on the slopes and around town? Vancouver born actor, director and Beverly Hills 90210 babe, Jason Priestly and Richard Dreyfuss, a legend in the film and TV industry, will be out and about in Whistler.

The festival kicks off with Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut Cas & Dylan, a darkly comic road-movie follows what happens when a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) winds up on the run with a 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany).

Other selections include:

• Michelle Ouellette’s Afterparty, starring West Coast talent Ali Liebert, Emma Lahana, and Jodi Balfour in a drama about a reunion of high school friends at a post–wedding reception party

• Barry Avrich’s documentary, Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione, about the founder of Penthouse and producer of Caligula

• the Vancouver-shot Chinese romcom blockbuster Finding Mr. Right, about a woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to her married sugar daddy but runs into a string of problems

The Festival has been so well received over the years, and it’s no surprise that the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) plans take over the Rainbow Theatre and make it the permanent home of the Festival. The theatre – in need of some serious updating – will undergo desperately needed upgrades. The plan for a $2.7-million renovation to create a spiffy, world-class theatre operated by the WFFS – a grand entrance, revamped lobby, new washrooms – has been scaled back to about half that amount. But the renovation will make the theatre a great place to show a movie, and that is exactly what the WFFS is looking for. Work will begin after this year’s festival wraps up on December 8, and is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.

Click here for Whistler Film Festival tickets. If you’re finding the choices overwhelming online, don’t hesitate call our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Don’t Suck at Skiing

Some people are naturally excellent skiers. I’m sure that, like me, you’ve seen them whizzing past after yet another blunder has left you lying in the snow. You’ve been “doing the pizza” to help you keep control, but you’re quickly losing confidence on the hill. Humph!

If this sounds familiar, fear not! This checklist is designed to help you prepare for the upcoming ski season, and in no time, you’ll become a great skier blazing down the Whistler Blackcomb slopes!

Summit’s Guide to Success Skiing

1. Be prepared for the weather

It’s recommended to wear layered ski clothes that maintain the heat you produce when skiing. Avoid cotton, instead wear thermal materials like polyester and polypropylene as a basic layer; these materials absorb moisture and provide full dryness. For the mid layer, wear anything that is insulating like a sweater or a turtleneck, designed to keep you warm and comfortable. The final layer is the outer layer, which is in contact with your environment i.e. ski jacket and ski pants. This layer will provide you with protection from external forces and cushion inevitable falls.

2. Take Lessons

Take it from Virginia who says “Even though I don’t totally suck, I’m a burden to ski with. So, I signed up for a Max 4 Ski Lesson with Whistler Blackcomb. A maximum of 4 people per instructor means you get some great one-on-one ski instruction. For anyone relatively new to Whistler Blackcomb, a ski lesson can be so much more than just a technical adjustment or skills refresher. It can be an opportunity to get to know the mountain on a more personal, comfortable level.”

3. Know you way around the mountain

It’s such a pain to pull out that big awkward paper trail map that gets wrinkled and soggy or caught in the wind. Google Maps now has ski mountain maps, including Whistler Blackcomb. Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid coloured lines and ski lifts are red dotted lines. The maps are comprehensive and accurate, helping you to find the best route down the hill.

This season, don’t stifle your inner-skier. Use these helpful tips to prevent you from crashing and burning in front of your holiday friends. Remember, have fun! The friendly staff at Summit Lodge & Spa is eager to help you plan your stay and day out on the slopes. Call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Whistler Cornucopia 2013

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” Well said Paulo Coelho. We couldn’t agree with you more!

Year-round in Whistler, locals and visitors have every opportunity to try their hand at world-renown outdoor sports, and take part in legendary festivals and activities. Whether you’ve come to ski or snowboard, bike or hike, or eat, drink and be merry, there is plenty to see and do. We’ve got another Whistler Must-Do to add to your list, and trust us when we say; you’ll take more than just one sip!

whistler cornucopia festival

Whistler Cornucopia, an annual celebration of food and wine takes place from November 7-17, 2013, and we couldn’t be more excited! Food and wine lovers will unite, and take part in interesting seminars, marvel at the masterpiece on the end of their forks, and attend gala tasting events and legendary after parties. Much more than just wine-swirlers declaring “my Pinot Noir is fruity on the nose, with notes of stewed rhubarb, fig, dried rose petals, and orange,” Cornucopia has something for everyone.

House Party is a perfect entry level event, and will kick off the Festival on November 7, 2013 at the Whistler Conference Centre from 6PM-9PM. Now recognized as one of the hottest events of the year, House Party combines live music with local foods and domestic wines. It’s a bit more casual, like a backyard BBQ, but with home-grown vodka, mico-brewed beer and much more from our land of plenty.

Looking for something more intimate? Choose one of four Chefs Table Luncheons, hosted at private Whistler mansions, and carefully prepared by acclaimed chefs. You could join award winning españa restaurant and Chef Neil Taylor for a 5 course culinary journey into the flavours of Spain. Click here for the Chef’s Table Luncheon schedule.

Each year, Cornucopia lives up to its’ name; cornucopia symbolizes abundance and nourishment. No doubt, you will stroll or perhaps stumble away feeling full to the brim with gourmet food, delectable wine, knowledge of both, and great memories of an awesome time.

Click here for the full Cornucopia schedule and tickets. If you’re finding the choices overwhelming online, don’t hesitate call our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Shoulder Season Events

Shoulder Season Events Round-up

It is 2PM, the rain is teaming down outside, and Whistler Village is damp and quiet. It’s Shoulder Season, the big break between the two influxes of sports addicts. The rubber tire enthusiasts have completed their last ride, and now flee Whistler, leaving their tiny rentals and staff-housing encampments for the incoming flood of powderhounds.

whistler shoulder season events

Life in Whistler has completely slowed down, until the end of November when Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain re-open. In these months, locals and visitors take advantage of the relaxed Whistler vibes, and enjoy heaps of great events and activities.

Whistler Turkey Sale and Ski & Snow Board Swap

A pre-winter Whistler tradition, the Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale returns October 8-11, 2013. With over 20,000 square feet of ski and snowboard gear for sale at up to 70% off, the Turkey Sale marks the unofficial start to winter. Located in the Blackcomb Daylodge in the Upper Village, there is no better way to gear up for the upcoming ski season. Official opening day at Whistler Blackcomb is set for November 28, 2013.

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds: Tales From The Backcountry offers 33 days of powerful imagery by local and international photographers and filmmakers. From September 23 to October 25, 2013 drop by the Whistler Arts Council Millennium Place to view the Photography Exhibit, and vote for your favourite backcountry imagery. Voters have the chance to win PRIOR skis or a snowboard!

Performance Series

From October 2013 to May 2014 the Whistler Arts Council Millennium Place will host the Performance Series, the perfect mix of music, theatre, magic, comedy and dance. Commit to seeing them all, or just one. It’s all up to you. Upcoming shows include International Guitar Night on November 6, 2013, the British Columbia Boys Choir at December 13, 2013, and Royal Wood on February 1, 2014. Check out the full listing of this year’s performances.

Bizarre Bazaar

Handmade arts and crafts such as ceramic, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewellery, candles and Christmas decorations all under the same roof?! You can find this and more at Whistler’s annual Holiday craft fair, Bizarre Bazaar at the Whistler Conference Center from November 20 to December 1, 2013. Entry is by donation. All proceeds support the flourishing arts and culture scene in Whistler.

Cornucopia

Wine and Food lovers unite each year at the Whistler Cornucopia festival from November 7-17, 2013. Take part in fascinating seminars hosted by renowned industry professionals, enjoy wine makers’ dinner, attend gala tasting events and dance the night away at the famous after parties. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Whistler Cornucopia.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to help you plan your Whistler getaway including these great shoulder season events! For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Whistler Beer Festival

Whistler Village Beer Festival is Coming to Whistler. Bottoms Up!

A new festival is coming to Whistler. This mountain town has hosted a variety of exciting festivals over the years, and now it’s time to celebrate beer. Yes, that’s right, beer. The 45 participating micro-breweries bring the gift of great tasting beer to share with Whistler’s finest folk.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

The Whistler Village Beer Festival will take place on September 14, 2013 at the Whistler Olympic Plaza from 1PM to 5:30PM.

The festival will showcase the talents of the Canadian and Pacific Northwest craft brewing community and a few international breweries to add flavour to the mix. Lighthouse Brewing and Phillips Brewing will be traveling from Victoria, BC. Hopworks Urban Brewery and Deschutes Brewery will be joining from Oregon, USA. While Brouwerij De Molen and Samuel Smith Brewery will be trekking all the way to Whistler from Europe! Check out a full list of participating breweries.

Beer enthusiasts will be educated on the art and craft of brewing and tasting this many-splendored thing. They’ll be given a chance to ask questions about the appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel of the sample beers, while gaining appreciation for the devotion that goes into perfecting a pint.

While visitors and Whistler locals sip samples, the brewers will be in the hot seat, as they answer ‘beerqueries’ and share stories of their brewing passion, ultimately hoping to receive the “Best in Fest” title for most favoured brew!

If this sounds up your alley, then grab your tickets today! Tickets are $35 and include a souvenir sampling mug, 5 beer sampling tokens, a $10 coupon redeemable at a number of Whistler restaurants and bars, and a “Best in Fest” beer ballot to cast for your favourite brew. Additional tokens will cost $1.25.

While all the action takes place from 1-5:30PM on Saturday, September 14, there are various evening events that will take place throughout the weekend. View Schedule. Beer related or not, Whistler has it all! Enjoy the last days of the summer while hiking, biking, golfing, zip-lining and sightseeing! Check out all the amazing Whistler activities.

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

 

Whistler Crankworx 2013

Whistler Crankworx

Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival: Physics, Gravity, Legends and Facts

“I am so pumped for Crankworx!” exclaimed my co-worker.

“What is Crankworx?” I asked. I then received what felt like the longest blank stare ever.

“Are you serious? Crankworx is the event of the summer! It is the world’s largest mountain bike festival!”

I quickly realized that I had better get my facts straight about 2013 Crankworx Whistler. If you’re in the same boat, not really knowing what Crankworx is all about, or you simply need more information about this year’s festival, then read on!

Crankworx 101

What is Crankworx?

From August 9 to 18, 2013, bikes and their owners will take over Whistler during the ultimate Freeride Mountain Bike Festival to compete in downhill, enduro, slopestyle, trails and more. And this event isn’t just for the pros. Riders of all skill-level get the unique opportunity to compete alongside some of the world’s top professional athletes. So long as you have two wheels, bike gear, and no fear, Crankworx promises to be an awesome time!

Where and when do the events take place?

Check out the Crankworx Whistler 2013 Schedule.

Where can I watch the events from?

Events in the Boneyard or Whistler Mountain Bike Park, are best viewed from Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler Village. There you can watch all events on the jumbotrons, see live timing of the races and listen to the announcers.

Is there anything else other than mountain bike events taking place?

It wouldn’t be a festival without free music concerts, photo and video demos and a bumping nightlife. The Whistler Olympic Plaza will showcase the GoPro Dirt Diaries video contest on August 13 and the Deep Summer Photo Challenge on August 14. Don’t miss the Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series held at the Olympic Plaza.

Is Whistler Mountain Bike Park open to public during Crankworx?

Yes, the bike park is open to public every day during Crankworx, however, certain runs will be closed at times to allow for race training and the actual race runs.

Do you need to pay to go up the mountain?

Yes, for bike park ticket rates and information, please click here. For sightseeing/hiking ticket rates and information, please click here.

How do I register for an event?

Click to register for Crankworx events.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to give you more information about Crankworx. Remember, we offer free Guest Bike Rentals! Rent a bike and head over to watch the events, be sure to stay clear of the race and jump tracks, as you don’t want to get muddle up with the competitors! For more information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Expert: From August 9-18, bikes and their owners will take over Whistler during Crankworx. So long as you have two wheels, bike gear, and no fear, Crankworx promises to be an awesome time!

Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more — all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and gettin’ your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances – it’s an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. For more details on the other workshops and Wanderlust events or to buy tickets please visit the Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust Schedule:

Thursday, August 1

1:30-2:30pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
2:00 – 4:00pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
3:00 – 4:00pm Mountain Square Hannah Thiem
9:00 – 10:00pm  Whistler Olympic Plaza Marchfourth Marching Band
10:30pm – Midnight Whistler Conference The Wanderlust Spectacular

 
Friday, August 2

12:00 – 1:00pm Mountain Square Marchfourth Marching Band
1:30 – 2:30pm
Mountain Square Quixotic
1:30 – 5:30pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
3:00 – 4:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
7:00 – 8:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Mohamed Assani & DJ Fabian Alsultany
8:30 – 10:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Quixotic
10:30pm – Midnight Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Caravan Palace

 
Saturday, August 3

12:00 – 12:30pm Mountain Square DJ Drez
1:00 – 2:00pm Mountain Square Natasha Blank
1:30 – 5:30pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
2:30 – 3:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
3:30 – 4:30pm Mountain Square Hannah Thiem
7:00 – 8:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza MC Yogi
8:30 – 10:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Trombone Shorty
10:00 – 10:30pm Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Caravan Place (DJ Set)
10:45 – 12:15am Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Moby (DJ Set)

 
Sunday, August 4

12:00 – 1:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
12:00 – 2:00pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
1:30 – 2:30pm Mountain Square Natasha Blank
4:00 – 5:15pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Moby (Acoustic Set)

 

Whistler Must-Do: Superfly

TAG’s launches new zipline, Superfly: An account from a first time Superflyer

The Adventure Group (TAG) celebrated Canada’s 146th birthday in style. July 1st 2013, marked the opening of Canada’s longest ziplines, at well over a kilometer long, 600 feet off the forest floor, and clocking speeds of 100km/hour. And let me tell you, as a first time Superflyer, I can confidently say that TAG’s Superfly Ziplines has much to boast about!

If I had to describe my experience in one word, make that sound, it would have to be “YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!” In fact, as I rewatch video footage from my flights, that is precisely what I was yelling as I soared above the tree tops.

My trip began at the Superfly Clocktower Office, where I was greeted by the super friendly staff. The soon to be Superflyers and I then hopped on the shuttle bus, and within ten minutes we arrived at the Superfly adventure base, located in Whistler’s stunning mountain wilderness. Shuttle transportation is provided from Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons offices – how convenient eh?!

Our amazing guides explained Superfly safety and procedures, as we stepped into our harnesses, fitted with backpacks for the safe keeping of valuables. We were each given trolley rigs, and then we set off for the two warm-up lines, which gets flyers into the zone before heading way up the mountain to reach new heights.

While standing on the platform that connects Rainbow Mountain to Cougar Mountain, I could hardly fathom that I’d soon be suspended hundreds of feet above the valley floor. I took a deep breath, and with a “Ready Spaghetti?!” from the guide, I was launched and screaming “YIPPEEEEEEEE!” It was if I’d strapped on a pair of wings.

Superfly did exactly what it set out to accomplish — develop a product that approximates the feeling of flying. Custom-built and using comfortable harnesses and a revolutionary braking system, my flight was smooth and safe. To follow up the longest ziplines, I then clipped on to the fastest of all ziplines, “Godzilla.” In the “torpedo position,” I was reaching close to 90km/hour!

Superfly takes their name seriously, and boy did they deliver. Locals and tourists can become Superflyers year round, soaring in the summer breeze or crisp winter air. Zipline tours are open to guests aged 7 and up. For more information call the super helpful Superfly staff at +1 604 932 0647 or inquire at info@superfly.com.

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

Whistler Presents

Enjoy music in the mountains when you stay in Whistler this summer. This year’s summer concert series lineup includes exciting musical acts from a range of genres, many of them playing for free in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Find information on concert dates, times and feature artists below.

The 2013 Whistler Presents Summer Concert Series line-up includes:

Friday, July 26 | The Boom Booms, Hey Ocean! | 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 27 | Dessy Di Lauro, Maestro | 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 1 | Wanderlust Concert Series | Various Times

Friday, August 2 | Wanderlust Concert Series | Various Times

Saturday, August 3 | Wanderlust Concert Series | Various Times

Sunday, August 4 | Wanderlust Concert Series | Various Times

Friday, August 9 | Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series | 7:45 PM

Saturday, August 10 | Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series | 7:45 PM

Sunday, August 11 | Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series | 7:45 PM

Friday, August 30 | The Once, Ashley MacIsaac | 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 31 | Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas | 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 1 | Jeremy Thom, Animal Nation, Ali Milner, Current Swell | 1 PM

ArtWalk 2013

whistler artwalk 2013

With over 80 artists in 45 venues, Whistler’s most expansive Art Exhibit, from Function Junction to Alpine, is a must see. The roaming ArtWalk Exhibit, presented by the Whistler Arts Council, transforms businesses and streets into makeshift art galleries.

This year, artists from the Sea to Sky corridor will be displayed for the months of July and August. Venues like banks, real-estate offices, cafes and hotel lobbies capture a lot of people from out of town, giving visitors a chance to see what Whistler’s talented artists are up to.

Taking part in this exhibit is as simple as picking up a map at participating venues, or by downloading the Digital Catalogue 2013. Just look for the red ArtWalk flags, and guide yourself through this intimate creative crusade, covering 40 arches of more than 40 temporary galleries. You’ll know you’re on the right track, when you come across brightly coloured Ladies in Red, cartoon-like characters, and the odd human-barn owl on stilts.

This summer, the streets will be speckled with tents and booths filled with artists painting, knitting, sculpting clay, playing music, firing glass, making balloon animals and painting faces. The ArtWalk is for all ages, and is sure to inspire visitors and locals alike. Take in the sights and sounds for as little or as long as you’d like, between the hours of 6:30 – 9:30 pm in Whistler Village.

This year Summit Lodge is participating and are really excited to showcase local artist, Allee Wells. Her work has been described as stunning, lovely, whimsical, playful, and thought provoking. Allee’s main practice involves drawing and mixed media, using materials such as pencil, pencil crayon, oil pastel, marker, pen, paint, collage papers and sparkles. Allee’s work can be found in the Summit Lodge lobby.

Summit Lodge is proud to support local artists, and we’d be more than happy to provide you with more information about the ArtWalk! For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.