PSA: Whistler Road Cancellations July 29th, 2018

To accommodate the Subaru IRONMAN Canada, sections of highway 99 in and around Whistler will be closed on July 29th, 2018.

Whistler has issued traffic and transit guides to help you plan your travels on this day.

You can view the guides here:

 

We’re hosting another fundraiser party!

Remember last year when we hosted a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser party to build a school in Mexico?

This year, we’re building a school in Africa! So of course the party is AFRICAN JUNGLE themed.

On May 25, 2018, the Summit Lodge is transforming into a lush jungle, hosting a party of epic proportions to raise funds for the building of a school in Africa.

Come celebrate with food, drinks, live music, art exhibits, dazzling performances, games, prizes, and a silent auction.

Also, there will be a mechanical water buffalo 🙂

$150 admission includes: overnight stay at the Summit Lodge for 2, party entry for 2, overnight parking, complimentary breakfast.

(or $50 for party entry only)

Call the hotel 1(888)-913-8811 to reserve your ticket.

Summit Lodge Voted Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Summit Lodge has captured the title of “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel” at the World Ski Awards.

Needless to say, we are honoured to receive this prestigious award!

At the awards gala, Summit Lodge’s Director of Operations, Lorraine Yeung, expressed her gratitude for the recognition:

“Oh my goodness! I’m totally overwhelmed. It feels silly but our team have worked so hard so it’s been really amazing to represent all that hard work. We really love what we do – welcoming guests from all around the world in a unique, fun and playful way – so I’m just happy to be recognized for that.”

Lorraine speaks for all of us. We love what we do and it fuels our passion when we’re recognized for providing a great guest experience.

Thank YOU for casting your votes and helping us once again claim this award 🙂

About the World Ski Awards:

“World Ski Awards – the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry – is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media – and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes are submitted online at the World Ski Awards website.”

 

Summit Lodge named Best Boutique Hotel in North America, Best Lifestyle Hotel in Canada


We are delighted to announce that Summit Lodge has once again been honoured at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM, this year with the titles of “Best Boutique Hotel in North America” and “Best Lifestyle Hotel in Canada“.

A hotel is a uniquely human operation. Our team works tirelessly to create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere where people can relax and be themselves as they enjoy their Whistler adventures.

Being recognized with this prestigious award affirms our efforts and deepens our commitment to our beloved guests. To everybody who’s stayed with us and helped us grow over the years, 1000x thank you!

Summit’s Lorraine accepting the award at the Haute Grandeur Awards Gala Ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa AwardsTM 

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa AwardsTM is a leading, respected and globally trusted Awards initiative, honouring remarkable contributions by outstanding luxury establishments; hotels, lodges, casinos, resorts, private island retreats and spas worldwide.

Winners are those hotels and spas that set themselves apart through excellence on all levels, discerning between hospitality and luxury – offering inspiring guest experiences that are incomparable and truly memorable.

Association with Haute Grandeur guarantees recognition, credibility and influence. The Awards are regarded as the highest accolade in the hotel and spa industry – a promise of quality, a distinct symbol of excellence.

Building a school in San Quintin, Mexico [Photo Recap]

Back in May, we hosted the “Build-A-School Fiesta” to raise 💰 to build a school in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley 🇲🇽️

This past week, #MissionSanQuintin came to fruition and Summit Lodge’s Lorraine, Tony, Marco, and Joanna ventured south to aid in the school build and learn about local culture.

Lorraine kept a detailed photo diary of the eye-opening journey.

Check out her photos and descriptions below.


Day 1: In transit, San Diego Coronado, Old Town.

Featuring – Yellow, 1am start, more yellow.

Day 2: Part I – Tijuana Border Crossing to Ensenada

Featuring: The staggering shift from wealth to poverty and crime, several dozen members of biker gang members lining the entrance entering the US, the current wall that spans between Mexico and the US, the juxtaposition of destitute shelters comprised of metal sheeting, plastic, wood and tarp with serene ocean views, abandoned towers by thriving apartment blocks, condemned buildings next to mansions, families who seem to be walking miles upon miles along the stretch of highway.

Day 2: Part II – Ensenada to Vincente Guerrero

Featuring – Tourist traps, fish markets, fish tacos, shark heads, cruise ports, windy mountain roads, tequila farms and cactus galore, incredible Mexican landscapes, cinder block buildings, bright buildings, wall murals, more driving, more poverty, queso-tacos at Pollo Loco, Basecamp, bed.

Day 3: First Day of Build

Featuring – Framing, framing, framing, last minute un-cancellation of second build, prepping the second concrete pad, adorable little ones, electrolytes, crashing the school’s dance and sing-a-long class, erecting walls, pre-nailing in the soffits and roof for assembling, puppies.

Day 4: Part I – AM School Build

Featuring – Some goofing, more framing, concrete pouring, hammer-time, getting the oil’ roof on, being super helpful, story time, and a boo boo.

Day 4: Part II – Women’s Transition House, La Dolceria, Thrifty’s Icecream

Featuring – Bacon making , a mini BJJ self defense demo and workshop, piñata, piñata, ice cream and prep for tomorrow’s garbage dump visit.

Women are still considered to be merely property in this part of Mexico, young girls are sold into prostitution and, when considered to be no longer profitable, are discarded. It’s not uncommon for these women to become pregnant in such circumstances, and will end up raising their children without basic parenting skills.

Dorothy take these women in and teaches them hi to be mothers, shows them what love looks like, and in turn teaches them to love the same. She teaches them basic skill, like cooking, and means to make a living. The more incredible work she does is helping restore these women to know that they are valued, of great dignity and worth because they are made in the image of God. Many women have been healed, transformed and restored through her work.

It was a joy today to participate in a basic self-defense demo to help empower these women and reinforce the truth that they are of value and worth, that the abuse that happened and still happens in the area is wrong and worth fighting against. Needless to say, Marco and Joanna led this out and were incredible in using their skills and talent to inspire hope to these women! Love them!

A small team in the evening prepped some food bags for a visit to the garbage dump where we anticipate to meet some people in abject poverty and need.

Day 5: Part I – Third Day Building

Featuring – Early morning bonding with Dakota, sandwich making, loving up some Mexican pups, getting the roof on the second build, lizards, inside walls, Jenga

Day 5: Part II – Abject Poverty in San Quintin’s Garbage Dump

Featuring – Burning refuse and waste, diseased dogs, crude shelters comprised of plastic sheets, tarp, cardboard or whatever can be salvaged from the garbage piles, hopelessness, despair and shame.

This is not just a wasteland or garbage dump, but “Home” to some of the most desperate people in the area. The people here survive from scavenging and salvaging what they can to attempt and sell elsewhere. We walked among flaming piles of garbage and through perpetual fumes of burning plastic searching for the people here to provide them some food and water. We wanted to meet them and show them that they are valued and not forgotten; they too are people made in the image of God, of value, worth and dignity. We wanted to hear their stories and understand the situation they were in.

The biggest thing to hit me was the shame that the people had who lived here. We introduced ourselves providing them with a bag of food and fresh burritos. Their blackened hands were happy to receive ours. All were glad to receive what we had for them, but it was quickly apparent that many felt a heaviness of shame for the situation they were in. They expressed little hope for their lives.

Some of these people spoke English, which meant that they had a reasonable education. It’s likely that a mix of drugs, crime, unfortunate circumstances or mental health issues have forced the people to the point where their only means of survival is to scavenge and salvage materials from the piles of refuse and garbage.

Worse still, we know that there are women who have been forced into prostitution who live here. We know that there are children who are raised in these horrific conditions.

Let’s make no mistake, what we did was not a humanitarian effort to make us feel like we did something good. The problems here are beyond simply providing people with meals. MSQ is working on establishing relationships with the people here with a long term hope of creating a program to free people from this kind of poverty.

Day 6: Fourth and Final Build Day

Featuring – A division of wealth, interior siding, roofing, trim, painting touch ups, clean up, adorable kindergardeners, a thank you feast, street soccer, happy birthdays.

Day 7: Our free day

Featuring – Communal nausea and cramping, awesome team members and nurse love , electrolytes, gravol, charcoal, foetal positions, an orphanage tour and trip to the market (that a couple of us sickies missed ) fish tacos, beach, dinner and sunsets… (and more nausea)

Day 8: Travel Day from Vincente Guerrero to Ensenada

Featuring – Goodbyes, long windy roads, police federale stops, sickies, Mexican mountains, wineries, quick taco stop at Ensenada, stunning desert landscapes, zero wait times at the Tecate border, antics back at Old Town, dance party, lobster, rock’n’roll, and a cigar with whiskies with “tight” friends 

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