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Look What’s New at Whistler Blackcomb Summer 2016

Peak2Peak Gondola Paul Morrision

This summer Whistler Blackcomb in unveiling a number of new offerings to make its signature PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience even more unforgettable. A few of the exciting new additions includes:

WB+ Alpine Hiking Checkpoints
Guided Whistler Lakes Bike Tours
Expanded Mountain Education Speaker Series

Plus a whole lot more, below.

“Summer is a whole other world at Whistler Blackcomb. We are always looking for new ways to enhance our summer experiences so every guest who visits Whistler during the summer months is inspired to get up into the alpine,” says Rob McSkimming, Vice President of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “This summer we will be introducing WB+ checkpoints to our hiking trail network and we will be expanding our Mountain Education Speaker Series in the Samsung Alpine Theatre, to name a few of the highlights.”

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience, which includes summer sightseeing, hiking and alpine dining, was Saturday, May 21. Here are some of the changes guests can expect to see at Whistler Blackcomb this season:

New WB+ Alpine Hiking Checkpoints

This summer, Whistler Blackcomb’s web and mobile platform, WB+, will be available for Season Pass holders to track their alpine hiking adventures. Six new WB+ checkpoints will be introduced on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, including one at each PEAK 2 PEAK station, one at the Peak on Whistler Mountain and three solar powered scanners on the High Note Trail by Flute Bowl, at the end of Overlord Trail, and on the Alpine Walk on Blackcomb Mountain. The new WB+ summer checkpoints will allow guests to time their hikes, track distances, and collect badges all season long. More information about Whistler Blackcomb’s WB+ summer functionality is coming soon, but for now, Season Pass holders not already registered for WB+ can sign up at: https://plus.whistlerblackcomb.com/welcome.


Samsung Alpine Theatre and Mountain Education Speaker Series

The Samsung Alpine Theatre is being expanded to accommodate even more guests this summer and it is being relocated to the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb. The theatre will see the addition of tiered seating and will feature new visually-stunning video content throughout the day showcasing topics such as Whistler Blackcomb’s history and efforts to preserve the pristine alpine environment. The Samsung Alpine Theatre will also screen 50 Years of Going Beyond, the 30 minute short film produced by Switchback Entertainment and TELUS to celebrate Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary.

Whistler Blackcomb will also be expanding its Mountain Education Series held in the Samsung Alpine Theatre this summer. The Mountain Education Series is a dynamic speaker series that looks at environmental, geological, and biological experiences and events in and around Whistler. The series will feature speakers such as photographer David McColm, bear expert Michael Allen, geologist Graham Sinclair, and biologist Bob Brett, and will be held every Sunday afternoon from June 19 to September 4.


New Activities in the Family Adventure Zone Presented by Nintendo

The Family Adventure Zone presented by Nintendo, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village, is getting a boost this summer with the introduction of two new attractions: the Mighty Jump Air Bag and the Water Wars Water Balloon Game. The Mighty Jump Air Bag offers kids the chance to jump off a platform onto a zero-shock air bag, and the Water Wars Water Balloon Game sets players up safely in individual battle stations where they will be able to launch water balloons at their opponents. More information about the Family Adventure Zone presented by Nintendo is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/family-adventure-zone.


Mountain Top Dining at The Rendezvous Lodge and Christine’s on Blackcomb

The newly renovated Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb will be open for summer operations this year beginning June 11, offering hungry hikers and sightseers the chance to enjoy delicious menu items such as Japanese ramen bowls, made to order burritos and tacos, and hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers.

Those guests looking to enjoy a fine dining experience in the mountains this summer can visit the new Christine’s on Blackcomb, which features a menu of contemporary Canadian cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers. Christine’s on Blackcomb will open for summer operations on June 25. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 1-604-938-7437.


Mountain Top BBQ at the Roundhouse Lodge

Whistler Blackcomb’s signature Mountain Top BBQ Series will return this summer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the Roundhouse Lodge. Guests ride up the Whistler Village Gondola to enjoy a mouth-watering BBQ buffet at 6,000 feet while listening to live music and taking breathtaking mountain views. The Mountain Top BBQ Series runs from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, September 4 with seating times at 5:30pm and 7pm. New this summer, the Mountain Top BBQ Series will add additional Saturday-only BBQ dates on June 18, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, and October 8. More information about the Mountain Top BBQ Buffet Series is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/mountain-top-bbq.


Whistler Lakes Bike Tours

This summer Whistler Blackcomb will be offering guided bike tours along Whistler’s Valley Trail network. Knowledgeable guides will take guests on a tour of Whistler’s beautiful lakes and beaches while providing details on Whistler’s history along the way. The three hour tours will operate daily from May 20 to October 10 and will depart from the Salomon Store in the Pan Pacific Mountainside at 10am and 2pm. Valley Trail bikes and E-Bikes are available to rent.

For more information about all the summer activities available at Whistler Blackcomb and the benefits of purchasing a PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Season Pass, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/discover/whistler-in-summer.


Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.

Explore Whistler With Us: Book A Full Day of Ice Fishing For Two


ice fishing with pemberton fish finder

At the Summit Lodge we believe that the true meaning of travel is to experience things that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. Cultural adventures that will be with you, always, from that point; and ice fishing is a tradition that has been in these parts for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. From the First Nations and Inuit, to the first European settlers and now to you – we’ve partnered with Pemberton Fishfinder to pass on local experience and knowledge.

Our Ice Fishing Excursion Includes:

+ Full Day of Ice fishing with Pemberton Fishfinder
+ All of your fishing equipment
+ An expert local guide
+ Lunch
+ Recipe for delicious pan-fried fish
+ A gourmet food basket to cook your fish
+ Transport to and from the Summit Lodge

Cost: $460 for 2 people

To book please call our front desk team, toll free on 1 (888) 913-8811

A one day freshwater fishing licence is required, but it can only be bough by the person who will be fishing. You can easily buy your licence online for $10 for BC residents and $20 for non-residents.
Buy your freshwater fishing licence here at the British Columbia government website: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/

Ice fishing in Pemberton, BC is a feast of adventure

Imagine this: you’re in the wilds of British Columbia in a town that was only accessible by train until the 1960’s; fishing for rainbow trout, bull trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout and pike minnows in the shadows of mountain ranges that are so spectacular they’ve appeared in Hollywood blockbuster movies. If you want to know what it feels like to be lost in nature, this is it. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

the incredible mountain views from ice fishing with pemberton fish finder

Ice typically forms on the lakes in Pemberton around November and remains there until March. Most ice fishing is done in Pemberton because the fish there are much larger. Trout from the Pemberton area easily reach upwards of 10lbs and large trout (like the one Brad is holding below) could feed you for a whole week! All of the full day ice fishing trips come with Pemberton Fishfinder’s very own “fish catch guarantee”.

What you’ll need for ice fishing in Pemberton

  • Warm clothing: hat, boots, gloves and thick socks!
  • You should be prepared for subzero temperatures. Wearing old ski pants is a great way to keep your legs warm.
  • Valid BC Freshwater Fishing License 

About Your Guides At Pemberton Fishfinder

You’re in good hands with the team at Pemberton Fishfinder, their guides are all super-friendly and busting at the seams with local fishing knowledge for Whistler and Pemberton. Brad and his team have a combined knowledge of over 100 years fishing the local lakes and streams.

Brad Knowles – Head Guide

Brand Knowles Pemberton Fishfinder
Brad was born and raised in Pemberton, British Columbia Canada. As a young boy, the small town of Pemberton didn’t offer Brad and his friends many things other than great fishing. So every waking moment Brad would be seen fishing the local rivers and lakes on a daily basis with his farther and siblings.

Brad’s years of hands-on experience lead him to become an angling guide and it was his reputation as “the man to see if you want to catch fish” that eventually lead to Brad hosting is own fishing show called ELITE FISHING – seen by 100,000 people a week on Whistler Cable. Brad’s ability to catch fish makes him one of the best guides in Canada. His passion for fishing is only matched by his love for seeing other people catch fish!

“We do not just provide a scenic adventure for the whole family and friends, we want you to catch fish! Our Ice fishing season books very quickly, do not miss out on this extraordinary fishing adventure while visiting Whistler and Pemberton this Winter.” – Brad

To book your day of ice fishing please call our front desk toll free on: 1 (888) 913-8811