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Summit Lodge Whistler Raises Over $11k for Charity at Annual Party

It was a wild, wild affair Friday May 10th at the Summit Lodge Whistler, as we transformed the hotel into the “Wild West” to host our annual charity fundraiser.

To be exact, it was the “Wild, Wild, Pacific NorthWest” – because we think Whistler’s coastal geography is worth celebrating.

Now in its third year, Summit’s annual fundraiser has quickly become an anticipated tradition, raising money in 2017 and 2018 to build schools in Mexico and Africa, respectively.

Guests mingled in the ornately decorated lobby to the sounds of The Tequila Monkeys while our resident DJ Duo Badge and Bobs bumped beats by the pool. Local brewers The Beer Farmers and Pemberton Distillery were in the house serving drinks, while food was catered by chef Adam Protter.

A fan favourite, the silent auction took place in the hotel cafe, EightyOne, featuring dozens of epic prizes from local businesses. Other festivities included pin the tail on the donkey, piñatas, balloon popping, and an inflatable “mechanical” bull.

Proceeds from this year’s party are being put into familiar hands. In 2017 we partnered with The Rock Church in Squamish to build a classroom in San Quentin, Mexico, and in 2018 we partnered with the Pemberton Lions Club to provide infrastructure for the Phelisanong Centre in Lesotho, Africa. This year, we’re partnering with both organizations to provide further support for these initiatives.

For example, the Phelisanong Centre, which provides housing, education, and therapy for children living with disabilities, wishes to own more chickens in order to sell eggs to cover teacher wages and other valuable expenses. As such, attendees had the option to donate chickens and other livestock to provide Lesotho locals with sustainable food and income sources.

Summit General Manager Tony Medd is thankful for the support the party received:

“We’d like to thank all our sponsors and friends who took part in the third annual Summit Lodge Fundraiser. Our Wild, Wild Pacific NorthWest themed party was a hit with over 400 attendees showing up to support.

As a family, we at the Summit Lodge have chosen to tackle poverty as our part in making the world a better place. We believe that education is a key part in breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Thank to the tremendous support of all attendees and sponsors, we will be able to donate more than $11k as a result of this year’s party.

If you’d like to learn more about these initiatives and how you can get involved, please email tony@summitlodge.com

We’d like to especially thank Vancouver’s Holborn Group for their generous contribution, as well as all the local businesses who supported the party with silent auction prizes and other goodies: Audain Art MuseumAraxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar, BAR HOP WhistlerBC Ferries, Bodyshop, Be Beauty Spa & Tanning LoungeBrittania Mine MuseumCanadian Wilderness AdventuresCOWSCrepe Montagne, Escape WhistlerFarfalla Hair & EstheticsLong Beach Lodge ResortRope Runner Aerial ParkRuby Tuesday Accessories LtdSundance Guest Ranch, The Sutton Place HotelThe Adventure Group WhistlerVallea Lumina, Whistler Dog WalkersWhistler Year-Round FishingZiptrek Ecotours Inc., Stuf’dPureBread BakeryAndrea Mueller ArtUnderground TuningSan Juan CruisesCopper Cayuse OutfittersPortage Station RestaurantEightyOne WhistlerMott 32 VancouverThe Circle, Trek Dirt Series, The Rock Church, Squamish Detail Centre, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Aava Whistler Hotel, Image of the Invisible, Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, Gibbons Whistler

For media, a folder of high resolution images from the party can be accessed here.

The Summit Lodge is Whistler’s award-winning boutique hotel, with multiple accolades including 5x “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel”, “Canada’s Best Hotel Service”, “North America’s Most Unique Guest Experience”, and the 2019 TripAdvisor “Travellers’ Choice” Award as one of the top 25 hotels in Canada.

Our Recent Trip to Lesotho, Africa: Recap and a Big THANK YOU to our Supporters

We’d like to express our deepest thanks to TA Global and Holborn Group for supporting us in our recent philanthropic endeavour. Thanks to them and a number of generous donors and volunteers, we were able to build a therapy building at the Phelisanong Children’s Centre in Lesotho, Africa.

The Phelisanong Centre provides schooling and housing for hundreds of children. The Centre provides support for a number of orphans, children with physical and mental disabilities, and children struggling with HIV and other chronic illnesses. 

Previously, therapy for disabled children was given in the living quarters so every day the beds would have to be moved out of the way. Now, thanks to the proceeds from our recent fundraiser party and the hard work of our general manager Tony and other kindhearted volunteers from the Sea-to-Sky, the Centre has a dedicated space for therapy. 

During their visit, Tony and the other volunteers were inspired by the children’s fun-loving spirit and the kindness of the workers and volunteers who care for them. Through dust storms and dance parties they worked away, making friends and memories to last a lifetime.

We’re privileged to live in communities where children have access to food, shelter, healthcare, education, friendship, and other necessities for a good life. Unfortunately, this still isn’t the reality for children everywhere. Initiatives like the Phelisanong Centre are the backbone of a world in which all children have the opportunity to thrive. It was an honour to offer our modest help to their noble cause.

Thank you Phelisanong Centre for your wonderful hospitality and all that you do! To those reading this, stay tuned for details on our next fundraising initiative. We’d love for you to be involved.


Our 5th World Ski Award + A Two Night Giveaway [Contest Closed]

*The contest is now closed. Thank you to everybody who entered 🙂

The results are in… we’ve won our fifth consecutive title of “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel!”

And we couldn’t have done it without your votes.

To celebrate and say thank you, we’re giving away a two night stay at the Summit Lodge!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page
  2. Like this post (also embedded below) and tag your travel buddy in the comments
  3. To have your name entered TWICE, follow the instructions on this Instagram post.

That’s it! Winner will be announced December 7th, 2018



  • Winner is responsible for their travel to and from Whistler/the hotel
  • Blackout dates apply

November & December 2018 Call-In Promotion

For all call-in bookings before December 18th, 2018, receive a complimentary room upgrade!

Call now: 1(888)-913­-8811

HOPtober & NovemBEER & The Summit Lodge

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Craft beers, ciders, and spirits take over the hotel. Sample the finest brews from across the Sea-to-Sky. Learn about brewing techniques, food pairings and more.

All month long, with brewer-hosted tasting workshops every Thursday night and food pairings every Sunday.

The Beer Farmers, Coast Mountain Brewing, Sons of Vancouver, Pemberton Brewing Company, AFrame Brewery, Whistler Brewing

The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel and EightyOne Cafe.

All tastings and workshops are free for guests of the Summit Lodge. Non-guests are welcome to attend the Thursday tasting workshops.

>> Book your Autumn stay at the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

The Beer Farmers are a 4th generation organic family farm on a mission to create the 100% local pint. One of only a handful breweries in North America that grows their own barley, they create a regional terroir in their farmhouse beers. The Beer Farmers know that farmhouse beer is process, not a style, so they let their quality, homegrown ingredients stay in the spotlight of their stripped back – approachable beers.

Coast Mountain Brewing opened it’s doors late summer 2016 joining an incredible craft beer scene right here in beautiful British Columbia. Designed and built by the Winter family and friends, Coast Mountain focuses on complex, flavourful & sessionable beers. Initially brewing North American influenced ales and lagers, with a passion to explore beyond to historical recipes from traditional brewing regions across Europe.

Sons of Vancouver is a really, really small batch distillery on Vancouver’s North Shore. It was born out of a young, foolhardy desire to follow passions and contribute to a growing community of independent distillers. James and Richard are the guys behind the curtain, who have created this selection of dynamic BC spirits using really, really local grains.

Here at the Pemberton Brewing Company we are passionate about craft beer and our local community. Our philosophy towards brewing is straight forward – Beer First. The focus at Pemberton Brewing is always on what’s in the tanks and coming out of the taps so we give our customers the best possible brews. We are a craft brewery located in the Pemberton Industrial Park with a comfortable tasting room where you can check out everything going on at the brewery, try our beers, fill your growlers and pick up packaged products. Come out and try some great beer from beautiful Pemberton!

Our beer philosophy is this; make clean, sessionable beers, with the purest ingredients we can source. That way, whether you’re enjoying a flight in house, or picking up a growler for a family BBQ, you can enjoy every bit of it; from the aroma and flavor, to the integrity of the ingredients and the sustainability of our growers. We play the long game here, and the quality of our beer is a big part of that.

Whistler Brewing is not the next big thing. Far from it. We’re trailblazing, modern day pioneers of BC craft brewing. We’re malt-forward-thinkers who don’t rely on computers to tell us how to brew beer. Instead we rely on experience and our own two hands. This is not another hit-you-over-the-head-with-hops flavour of the week. This is authentic craft beer built on a tradition of progression. And it’s been that way for a long time.

Thursday October 4th – Workshop

Where the worlds of beer and farming overlap, by The Beer Farmers

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Come meet The Beer Farmers, sample some brews, and learn about where the worlds of beer and farming overlap.

*Sunday October 7th – Food Pairing

Fresh Hop Golden Ale x Squash soup with corn and garlic, by The Beer Farmers and chef Adam Protter

*This may be rescheduled due to Thanksgiving

Thursday October 11th – Workshop

Sour Beer 101, by Coast Mountain Brewing

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Come meet Coast Mountain Brewing and learn all about sour beers (and try some samples, of course).

Sunday October 14th – Food Pairing

First Aid Kit Pomegranate Sour x borscht and clafoutis, by Coast Mountain Brewing and chef Adam Protter

Thursday October 18th – Workshop

How to mix better cocktails than all of your friends (after practicing for 10 minutes), by Sons of Vancouver

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Sunday October 21st – Food Pairing

Amaretto x Zabaglone, by Sons of Vancouver and chef Adam Protter

Thursday October 25th – Workshop

Brewing With Fruit, by Pemberton Brewing Company

Come meet Pemberton Brewing Company and learn about brewing with fruit. This short presentation features their Watermelon Sour and Strawberry Pale Ale.

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Sunday October 28th – Food Pairing

Fruit beers x charcuterie, by Pemberton Brewing Company and chef Adam Protter

Thursday November 1st – Workshop

Mock beer competition, by A-FRAME Brewing

Learn how to taste beers like a certified beer judge, sample a few beers and vote on your favourites!

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose the Summit Lodge over AirBnb Whistler

We love AirBnb Whistler but there are just some things the popular vacation rental service can’t offer. If you’re deciding where to stay during your Whistler vacation, here are some reasons why the Summit Lodge Whistler is the perfect place for you.

  1. Friendly, personalized service

    At the Summit Lodge, you’re never without a helping hand. Our professional front desk agents know Whistler inside-out and are ready 24 hours a day to accommodate your needs. If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, we’re here for you.

  2. Free coffee, snacks, drinks, candy, and other surprise perks in the lobby

    There’s always something going on in the lobby. Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available 24 hours a day. In the afternoon you can stop by “Candy Corner” for a handful of goodies. And weekly surprise popups offer wine, beer, cocktails, and accompanying snacks during après hours.

  3. In-house hot tub, sauna, heated pool, and spa

    Relax and refresh with our sauna, hot tub and pool (which is heated year-round). If you feel like being pampered, you can book a treatment at the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, our onsite authentic Javanese spa.

  4. Onsite cafe and coworking space

    eightyone Cafe is a bright, relaxed environment to get work done or just hangout. Free WiFi, ample seating space, and everything you’d expect from a cafe. And the food is AMAZING!

  5. Complimentary bike and snowshoe rentals for guests (depending on the season)

    Whatever the season, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy free bike rentals in the summer and free snowshoe rentals in the winter. Bike and ski/snowboard storage is always free, and you can get your gear tuned up at Underground tuning, located in the hotel entrance.

  6. Pet friendly

    We know that pets are part of the family too and Whistler is a beautiful place to explore with your furry (or scaly, or feathered) friends. That’s why pets are always welcome at the Summit Lodge. If you’re bringing you pet, let us know ahead of time so we can leave some treats in your room!

  7. Seasonal discounts and discounts for returning guests

    Whistler can be pricey but we do our best to make your trip affordable. The earlier you book and the longer you stay, the bigger your discount will be. And if you’re a returning visitor, we apply an additional discount to your booking – just be sure to let us know when you call us at 1(888)-913­-8811 🙂



Help Us Build A School: About Mission San Quintin

Our 2016 mission to build a school in Baja California

Last year, a small group from the Sea-to-Sky corridor, including two Summit Lodge team members, helped to build a school in the San Quintin Valley, Mexico. Having seen the work of the organization firsthand and how it helped to break the cycle of poverty and abuse in the area, the Summit Lodge is now part of a 30-strong team from the Sea to Sky with the goal of build another two schools that will serve over 120 children.

The 2017 mission to the San Quintin Valley

The valley where the school will be built is the world’s largest producer of tomatoes, but also grows strawberries, chili peppers, cucumbers, and green beans which are mostly exported to the US and Europe. Much of the population is made up of migrants from the state of Oaxana who moved in hopes of a better life for their families. But many now live in unsanitary living conditions and homes that are shelters made of discarded cardboard and plastic.

“Whistler has strong links with Mexico,” explains Tony Medd, General Manager of the Summit Lodge. “A lot of our food comes from Mexico and it’s one of the most popular places we go when we need a break from the snow. However, it doesn’t have some of the social infrastructures that we benefit from. When I visited San Quintin last year I was shocked at the working conditions at some of the farms, the persistence of rape culture and abuse of women, and lack of access to education. I couldn’t forget the people I met when I returned to Whistler, and neither could my team.”

More often than not, their children are forced to drop out of school before they can complete their education, either to join their parents in the field or to care for younger siblings. This early drop-out rate is especially the case with girls who become pregnant in their teens. The lack of education then ensures that they have little, to no, choice but to follow the same path as their parents. The goal of the Mission San Quintin Dream Center is to help give these workers the resources they need so their children can remain in school and become educated. In this way, they aim to break the extreme cycle of poverty.

Find out how you can help by joining in out Sleepover Fundraiser

Help Us Build A School: Cinco De Mayo Fundraising Party & Sleepover

We Raised $15K on Cinco de Mayo

The dancing is done, the piñatas are empty, and we’ve just about finished saying thank you to everyone who helped us raise a massive $15,000 towards our goal of $40,000 by fall 2017.

The San Quintin build-a-school fund has had a huge kick start and we’ll be announcing more summer fundraisers in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the Summit Lodge Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for details of the next event.

Full photo Cinco de Mayo fundraiser photo album is here. We’d love for you to download or share images via Facebook.

Muchas gracias from everyone at the Summit Lodge!

Crowd cheering at the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at the Summit Lodge

Help Us Build A School on May 5th: Cinco De Mayo Fundraising Party & Sleepover

Last year, a small group from the Sea-to-Sky corridor, including two Summit Lodge team members, helped to build a school in the San Quintin Valley, Mexico. Having seen the work of the organization firsthand and how it helped to break the cycle of poverty and abuse in the area, the Summit Lodge is now part of a 30-strong team from the Sea to Sky with the goal of build another two schools that will serve over 120 children.

On Friday May 5th, we’re hosting a fundraising Cinco de Mayo party and sleepover at the Summit Lodge to raise money so that we can return to Mexico and build another school in October 2017.

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser

Lorraine and Tony Mexican Costumes

This Mexican fiesta is the first in a series of events that will raise over $40,000 by the fall of 2017. To build the school we’ve partnered with the Mission San Quintin Dream Centre, a non-profit organization who has been working with the community for over ten years. If we reach our goal the school will be built as early as October 2017.

There are two types of tickets available for the evening: “Cinco de Mayo Sleepover” and “Cino de Mayo Party”

Dress code: Mexican Black Tie or Charro y China Poblana

Cinco De Mayo Party + Sleepover

Price $150 + tax

$85 of each ticket is going straight to our school-building fund


+ A room for two at Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel on Friday, May 5
+ Tickets for two to our exclusive Cinco de Mayo Party
+ Access to the pre-party wine & cheese reception
+ Two tickets for the El Furniture Warehouse Cinco de Mayo After Party
+ Waffle Breakfast for two on Saturday, May 6
+ Great prize opportunities at our Silent Auction

Buy your sleepover ticket here: https://cincodemayofundraiserwhistler.eventbrite.com

Cinco De Mayo Party

Price $25 + tax

100% of ticket price is going straight to our school-building fund


+ One ticket to our exclusive Cinco de Mayo Party,
+ One tickets for the El Furniture Warehouse Cinco de Mayo After Party
+ Great prize opportunities at our Silent Auction

Buy your party only ticket here: https://cincodemayofundraiserwhistler.eventbrite.com

Learn more about the sustainable work of Mission San Quintin and how a school build helps break the cycle of poverty here

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Whistler Underground: Grassroots Lectures & Talks You Need to Know About

On the surface, this not-so-little mountain town is pretty awesome. Monolithic mountains. Adrenaline-fueled activities. An après scene surely to spark some “This one time, in Whistler…” stories.

But beneath the surface, Whistler is actually even more incredible than first meets the eye. Quietly, members of our community gather to exchange ideas, expand horizons, and debate subject matter both funny and serious.

Community-driven lectures and talks offer the perfect opportunity to get to know Whistler—the real Whistler. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, a regular Weekend Warrior, or a through-and-through local, you should definitely check out the following events:

The Green Moustache’s Talks and Workshops

Fuel for your mind and body: that’s what the Green Moustache is all about. They whip up some mean juices and salads, but this local business also hosts talks, workshops, and events to bring the community together at their nourishing educational experiences.

From workshops in the kitchen to lifestyle makeovers—and everything in between—the Green Moustache’s events are sure to leave you feeling greener and meaner—or at least more inspired than ever.


Whistler Public Library’s Quest Lecture Series

Whistler might not have its own university as of yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a little intellectual discussion.

Throughout the academic year, faculty from Quest University down in Squamish trek up to our beautiful library (seriously, it’s an architectural masterpiece) to enlighten the audience on a variety of topics. Past lectures have ranged from understanding the science of sleep to the philosophical aspects of happiness to the hunt for planets in our galaxy.

Swing by the library to find out when the next talk is. Oh, and don’t worry—there aren’t any pop quizzes.

Whistler Museum’s Inspired Events

Yes, Whistler has a museum—and it just so happens to be the unofficial local authority on everything that’s going on around town.

You never know what you’ll get at an event hosted by the Whistler Museum. One week, you might encounter a local skier presenting his research on the powers of collaboration; the next, it could be a packed house ready to debate whether or not the snowboard industry has sold out. One thing that is consistent: the members of the audience often have as much to contribute as the leader of the session. This is the place to come to meet some of Whistler’s most brilliant minds.


The Mountain Multiplicity Show

This once-a-year event takes place during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival every April. It essentially represents everything that’s amazing about mountain culture, condensed into just a few hours.

We used to say that the Mountain Multiplicity Show was the most underrated event of WSSF, but the truth is that the word is starting to spread. People are starting to pay attention to this show, which puts eight (or so) individuals in the spotlight, each with incredible stories to share about living in the mountains.

Photographers, filmmakers, writers, athletes, and otherwise unclassifiable adventurers give short presentations about something that’s usually one part utterly insane, one part completely aspirational, and one part explosively brilliant.


Keen on learning more about Whistler’s underground knowledge-sharing scene? Ask around: check out the local papers, chat up a bartender, or scan bulletin boards to see what’s going on around town—and come participate!