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Get Above The Clouds With Whistler Blackcomb This Summer

Alpine hiking at Whistler Blackccomb in the golden hour
photo: Andrew Strain

Whistler Blackcomb is going above and beyond this summer with new and improved summer activities aimed at elevating the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience. Guests will see upgrades at every turn, from food and beverage events to hiking and sightseeing.

“After a record breaking winter season, we want to keep the momentum going through the summer,” says Rob McSkimming, vice president of business development at Whistler Blackcomb. “Guests will notice a lot of action on the mountains throughout the summer months as we begin a number of a notable projects. We are excited to upgrade existing facilities as well as add new experiences, like the finished Blackcomb Ascent Trails.”

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience, which includes summer sightseeing, hiking and alpine dining, is Saturday, May 27. Here are some of the changes guests can expect to see at Whistler Blackcomb this season:

Completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails

This summer will see the completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails with the addition of Heart Burn, the final section which links to the two previously completed trails. The finished Blackcomb Ascent Trails will give guests access from the valley bottom to the Rendezvous Lodge and will travel a total of 5.2 kilometres (3.2 miles) with a total elevation gain of 1,200 metres (3,937 feet). The Blackcomb Ascent Trails will be fully open in July through September. For more information, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/blackcomb-ascent-trail

There will be timed hiking check points at each of the three sections on the Blackcomb Ascent Trails with leaderboards available for guests to track their time and compare to others on Whistler Blackcomb’s interactive social platform, WB+. For more information about WB+, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/tickets-and-passes/wb-plus

New Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck

Last summer, renovations began on Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge, and this summer will see the completion of the Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck. The new upper terrace will be open to the public in July, and the lower deck will be open in August. The two new patios will add an additional 555 seats to the Roundhouse Lodge.

Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar will be complete fall 2017 and add 63 year-round patio seats overlooking Whistler Village at the Roundhouse Lodge. Construction of the new umbrella bar will take place throughout the summer.

Mountain Top Summer Feast

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night all summer long, the Mountain Top Summer Feast takes place at 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Beginning June 23 through September 3, with seatings at 5:30pm and 7:00pm, each night will be a selection of the chef’s choice dishes paired with live music and incredible mountain top views. Saturday-only seatings will take place on June 17, and from September 9 until October 7. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/search?q=mountain+top+summer+feast

Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Shack

Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Shack, in the Fitzsimmons Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, will be open during the peak summer months of July and August to feed hungry bikers and GMC Pump Track spectators. Guests will be able to fuel up with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee, waffles and more. For more information, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-village/dining/ollies-grilled-cheese-shack

Winemaker’s Dinner Series at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar

The popular Winemaker’s Dinner Series returns this summer to Steeps Grill & Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. On July 29, the dinner features Nk’Mip with winemaker Randy Picton and on September 2, it will feature Sumac Ridge with winemaker Jason James. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/on-mountain-dining/winemaker-dinner

Construction of the Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint

Guests riding the Peak Express to the summit of Whistler Mountain will notice construction through the summer months on the Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint. These exciting new lookouts will be finished in the fall and open to the public for the winter season.

For more information about the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/discover/360-experience/tickets-and-passes

For live updates on the Whistler weather, take a look at our Whistler webcams page.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Open, Early Bird Season Pass $639

Riders at golden hour in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

feature photo: Whistler Mountain Bike Park

The long awaited countdown to the first chair of the 2017 season will come to an end on May 19, when the Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens. The Fitzsimmons Express will spin from 10am to 5pm from May 19 until June 9, with Extended Play until 8pm on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Fitzsimmons Zone hours will be extended daily to 8pm on June 10. Dependent on weather conditions the Creek Zone and the Garbanzo Zone are slated to open on June 17. The Creekside Gondola’s operating hours will be from 10am to 5pm and the Garbanzo Express will run from 11am to 7pm.

“Thanks to the extremely hard work of our trail crew, conditions are lining up to be great for opening day,” says Brian Finestone, bike park manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “We expect to have 90% of the Fitz zone open for riders starting Friday including A Line, B Line, Crank It Up, Ninja Cougar, Karate Monkey, Smoke & Mirrors, Afternoon Delight and many more.”

GT Bicycles Riders Lounge at the base of Whistler Bike Park

Brand new Whistler Mountain Bike Park partner, GT Bicycles will be kicking off the season with a riders lounge at the base of the Fitzsimons Express on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend. Visitors to the bike park will be welcomed to relax in the lounge, meet GT athletes Hans Rey, Tyler McCaul and local ambassador Ian Morrison, eat and drink, and have an on-site mechanic work on any minor bike tune ups to be sure their rigs are ready for the weekend. GT Bicycles will also be hosting its SRSLYFun Party on Saturday night at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC).

Whistler Bike Park Season Passes and Top of the World Tickets

Purchase an Unlimited Season Pass before May 21 and get a free Top of the World and Bring-A-Friend ticket. Early Bird pricing is available now until June 9on Unlimited, Ten Day, Five Day, Twilight and Top of the World passes, offering riders the chance to save up to $111 on their 2017 Whistler Mountain Bike Park passes.

The Early Bird options include the Unlimited Season Pass for $639, a Ten Day Pass for $430 and a Five Day Pass for $269. The Twilight Pass, which offers bikers unlimited riding after 4:30pm, is available for $259. The Top of the World Pass, available for $259, allows bikers one ride up to the highest elevation per day.

Summit Lodge raised $15K to build a school in Mexico

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

On Friday May 5th 200 guests and members of the Whistler community came together at the Summit Lodge to kick-start our summer-long fundraising series for Mission San Quintin.

Our goal is to raise $40K by fall 2017. That’s enough money to send a team and supplies to the San Quintin Valley in Mexico to build a school in a rural town.

Thanks to our silent auction partners including the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, Sunwolf, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, Black Tie Ski Rental, Opus Hotel, Mountain Home Decor and more who donated thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

See the full list of amazing silent auction donors and prizes here

Plus a very special thank you to Mountain FM for being our official radio sponsor, and to Whistler FM for giving us a Tuesday Takeover slot to share out story.

And last, but not least, thank you to El Furniture Warehouse Whistler for hosting the official Cinco de Mayo fundraiser afterparty.

Stay tuned on our Facebook Page for announcements of our full list of summer fundraisers.

Want to come to Mexico with us? You can buy a place on the school build team for a donation of $1400 CAD. That includes flights, accommodation, meals, transport, and a donation to the build-a-school fund. For more details email tony@summitlodge.com

Photos from the night

The Big Idea: Big things brewing at Whistler’s co-working cafe

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When Heidi Lidholm left Whistler after a season working for Whistler Blackcomb in her early 20s, she knew she would return.

Living proof that a season spent in this resort can lead to a world-class career, Lidholm is a leader amongst the next generation of Whistler entrepreneurs with creative startups that contribute to their community.

While on hiatus from Whistler, Lidholm honed her marketing and branding chops as a digital strategist working with big brands like Mini and BMW. After building a successful business offering online marketing and brand strategy, she returned with a dream to open a co-working space.

Sharing her idea with an old-coworker, Adam Vavrik, who had success building and selling businesses in Whistler, the two friends spotted an opportunity to combine their skill sets in a space in the Summit Lodge that Vavrik had been using for a catering contract.

“That’s where catering met co-working and we decided to fuse,” said Lidholm.

81 Whistler opened its doors as an inspiring work environment, fuelling their professional patrons with healthy food and quality coffee. The two friends have found a balance with Vavrik’s operations and catering experience and Lidholm’s vision and marketing expertise. Together, they have created a collaborative space for a thriving community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, artists and remote workers.

Read the full article here at www.whistlerquestion.com

Snow Forecast: 68cm to fall at Whistler Blackcomb

Snow covered gondolas at Whistler Blackcomb

feature image: Coast Mountain Photography

There’s a storm brewin’ and it’s heading straight for Whistler, BC.

According to snowforecst.com Whistler Blackcomb is set to get just under 70 cm of snow in the next four days, between February 3rd and February 6th, 2017.

Full Snow Forecast report for Whistler: snow-forecast.com/resorts/Whistler-Blackcomb/6day/mid

Snowforecast.com for Whistler BC


Whistler Blackcomb Snow Forecast

The official Whistler Blackcomb forecast, provided by RWDI – Consulting Engineers and Scientists, is calling for anywhere between and 32 and 70 cm over the same four day period.

Full Whistler Blackcomb snow report: whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report 

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Forecast

Everyone has their own favourite forecasting method; and whether yours is the official Whistler Blackcomb website, the Farmer’s Almanac, or folklore about how many crows are gather together in the morning, it certainly looks like Whistler’s in for a fun few days.

See you on the hill!

Summit Lodge Helps Whistler’s Newest Cafe & Co-Work Space Become A Reality

Whistler is known for its healthy lifestyle and outdoor adventure. But, what many people don’t know is that there is a thriving community of freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs, artists, and remote workers who all call Whistler home – and that’s just the locals. On top of that, many of our guests regularly mix business and pleasure in the mountains.

The popularity of people seeking a healthy and exciting work-life-balance is what lead us to upgrade our guest wifi to fibre optic in 2016, and to work with Whistler local’s Adam and Heidi to open a sweet co-working space slash vegan cafe in our building for 2017.

Summit Lodge x EightyOne

One of our core missions as a Whistler hotel (and we also see it as our duty as member of the community) is to support and mentor small local businesses. One of the largest hurdles facing small business in a resort town is the cost of commercial rent, and as a property owner in the centre of the village we had the ability to make affordable space available to EightyOne.

We’re proud that we’ve been able to help EightyOne become a reality for Adam and Heidi and are excited for what the future will bring. The cafe is open to the public and guests of the hotel 7 days a week from 7.30am – we hope to see you there!

In Photos: EightyOne cafe and co-working space

The best vegan breakfast in Whistler at EightyOne in the Summit Lodge

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Sandwich and coffee for lunch at EightyOne Whistler

EightyOne general store in the Summit Lodge Whistler 81 Cafe - 1-2




Summit In The News: Sachi Sushi Restaurant Named In Vogue Magazine Online

Sachi Sushi Whistler

Fresh Powder and Thermal Waterfalls: Whistler BC Has Everything You Need for a Dreamy Ski Trip

Canada has a lot going for it right now: Justin Trudeau, universal health care, and an exchange rate that will get Americans close to 30 extra cents on the dollar. It was also just named the number one place to visit in 2017 by the New York Times. Embrace the winter season in the Great White North by heading to Whistler, the picturesque ski town that offers a little something for everybody. Here, a look at what to do, where to eat, and where to sleep in the famed Canadian mountain village that’s located just a few hours north of Vancouver, BC.

Where to eat:
You won’t want for good food while in Whistler. You will, however, want to make reservations. Start with a midday ski-break one at Christine’s on Blackcomb, a sleekly designed and exceptionally executed fine-dining option situated atop Blackcomb mountain. (Why not kick things off with a bottle of Champagne while you’re at it?) Check Araxi, known for its seasonally focused menu made with locally sourced ingredients, off your list with an 8:00-p.m.-or-after booking to give yourself enough time for a pre-dinner drink at its sibling restaurant Bar Oso. (The cocktails there hold their own against any in New York and you wouldn’t be wrong for losing track of time, eating there, and re-booking Araxi for another night.)

Soak up your hangover the next day with a slice of fresh bread or still-warm pastry from purebread bakery in the village, or do penance with a grain bowl and Dr. G’s Ultimate Green juice from The Green Moustache.

And for a real under-the-PR-radar hit, head to Sachi Sushi for some of the freshest no-frills sushi in the province, including in-season-only British Columbia uni, from everybody-knows-how-good-he-is-but-no-one-wants-to-spoil-the-secret Chef Toshiyuki Kobayashi. (Sorry!)

This article originally appeared in Vogue Magazine online on January 17th, 2017.

You can read the full piece here: http://www.vogue.com/13522813/canada-vacation-ski-guide-whistler-british-columbia/

In Photos: Sachi Sushi, Whistler, our award-winning in-house sushi restaurant

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Summit Lodge Whistler Wins 3rd World Ski Award In Kitzbühel, Austria

Victoria Farrand accepting the 2016 World Ski Award on behalf of the Summit Lodge Whistler

Last night, on the other side of the world in historic Kitzbühel, Austria we won our 3rd World Ski Award in a row.

The Summit Lodge was awarded Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and and we can still hardly believe it happened. What an amazing night!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated in our category. It filled us with pride to see that five of the nine nominees were from Whistler. We’re obviously doing something right in our small town to all be recognized on the world stage.

Nominees in the category of Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2016

  • Nita Lake Lodge
  • Adara Hotel
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
  • Sundial Boutique Hotel
  • Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

Winner: Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

This award means a lot to us, not because of the title, because it’s voted for by guests, staff, and peers from around the world. The people who we strive to impress the most, day after day, have cast their vote to say that Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel should receive this award, and that really warms our hearts.

Here’s a quick photo recap of the award’s ceremony at the A-Rosa Kitzbühel.

If you voted let us know next time you come and stay with us, we’d love to give you a big hug!

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Whistler Blackcomb Opening For Winter On November 23rd 2016

Deep December powder turns at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Mountain will begin operations for the 2016.17 winter season one day ahead of schedule on Wednesday, November 23. The head start has been made possible by recent colder temperatures and natural snowfall at lower elevations over the past week. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on Thursday, November 24.

On November 23, guests will have the option to upload Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside Gondola. First upload will be at 8:30am with last upload from the valley at 2:00pm. The lifts will be spinning until 3:00pm with a mandatory download in effect on both gondolas. There will be limited terrain open and early season hazards will exist.

With lots of early season snow, conditions are looking great for opening day.

Blackcomb mountain opening day, November 24th

On November 24, Blackcomb Mountain will open with uploading via the Excalibur Gondola and Excelerator Express as well as the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express. First upload will begin at 8:30am with last upload from the valley at 2:00pm and skiing and boarding until 3:00pm. Mandatory download will be in effect with limited terrain open and early season hazards.

For live lift status throughout the day, guests are encouraged to check the on mountain lift status boards or the Whistler Blackcomb website at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/lifts-and-grooming.

Guests can also download the free Whistler Blackcomb Live powered by Telus app or follow Whistler Blackcomb’s Twitter feed for operational updates using #WBops.

“We would like to remind guests to ski and ride safely as early season conditions will apply, especially off of marked trails,” says MacFarlane. “Please obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by ‘Boundary’ signage.”

Early season on-mountain restaurant hours


The Roundhouse Lodge will be in operation for opening day including Seppos Bar. The newly renovated Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (GLC), located in Skier’s Plaza at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola, will be open from 11:00am to 1:00am beginning on November 22. Garbo’s Grill & Espresso Bar and Essentially Blackcomb Coffee will both open at 7:00am. Dusty’s Bar & BBQ will be open from 11:00am until 1:00am and Dusty’s Backside will be open for breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00am at the base of the Creekside Gondola. The Creekside Starbucks location will be open from 6:30am until 7:00pm.

For opening day on Blackcomb Mountain, The Rendezvous Lodge will be open as well as the Glacier Creek Lodge. The Wizard Grill will be open for breakfast and lunch beginning at 7:00am and Merlin’s Bar and Grill opens at 11:00am at the base of Blackcomb.

Early season ticket prices at Whistler Blackcomb

Special early season pricing will be in effect for both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain opening days. Adult full-day lift tickets will be $79 (CDN) for November 23-24 and $89 (CDN) beginning on Friday, November 25 through the weekend. Edge Card Direct-to-Lift Rates for adults will be $77 (CDN) on the November 23-24 and $87 (CDN) on the Friday, November 25 through the weekend. More information is available at https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/tickets-and-passes/winter-lift-tickets.

For Canadian, Washington State and Oregon State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $73 (CDN) per day with a ten day card. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long and are available at early bird pricing until November 21. Guests can choose from one, three, five or ten deeply discounted days. Five or ten day EDGE Cards purchased before November 21 also come with a bonus day valid for use until December 16. More information is available atwww.whistlerblackcomb.com/edge.

Avoid the rush on opening day by picking up your passes and cards ahead of time. The Hours of Operation for all Guest Relations locations can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#hours-of-operation.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Whistler


As a reminder, Whistler Blackcomb is now included in Avalanche Canada’s Sea-To-Sky region. Daily backcountry avalanche bulletins will be issued by Avalanche Canada beginning November 21. More information about backcountry safety at Whistler Blackcomb, including the latest avalanche bulletin for the Sea-To-Sky region, is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/backcountry.

Summit Lodge Wins “Most Unique Guest Experience” At Global Awards

The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel was awarded “Most Unique Guest Experience” in North America at the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards in Abu Dhabi this fall.

Thank you to our guests for keeping us awesome (and kinda’ quirky) all these years!

See the full photo album from the awards here on our Facebook page.



About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

“The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry in 2014, recognizing exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels with Marinique De Wet as CEO at the helm. This prestigious Awards system is exclusive to the Haute Grandeur brand, and considered without equal because of its method. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public.” – hautegrandeur.com