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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

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 

Meet our Crankworx Rider

Meet Honza, part of our Summit Family, who is competing in Crankworx 2017. We sat down to chat with him about his upcoming event, as well as why he travelled over 8000km from his hometown of Pardubice, Czech Republic to come and live in Whistler.

When asked how he thinks he’ll do, he answered “I think I can win it! If not, I’ll never hear the end of it!”. Read the rest of the interview below.

Summit Lodge: Thanks for sitting down with us Honza. It must be coming up to almost a year that you’ve been with us at the Summit Lodge?

Honza: Yeah, nearly a year. Its flown by!

SL: It certainly has. What’s your favourite thing about the Summit Lodge?

H: My old room in staff housing! Haha, but seriously, I like room 301, it has a really cool Whale rug.

SL: So this will be your 5th Crankworx, which event are you entering into?

H: I’m entering into the Enduro Challenge for the second time. The format of the event means you get to compete alongside the professionals, which really adds to the atmosphere.

SL: How do you think you’ll do?

H: I think I can win it! If not, I’ll never hear the end of it!

SL: How long have you been biking?

H: 30 years

SL: What are your three favourite events at Crankworx?

H: Enduro Challenge, Whip Off and Pump Track

Whip Off. Photo by Justa Jeskova

SL: Sounds pretty exciting. What are you doing to prepare for the race?

H: I’m riding as much as I can, keeping my fitness level high so that I’m in the best shape for race day.

SL: What are your top 3 bike trails to ride?

H: Hawaii in Pemberton, Original Sin in the Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park and Out There near Wedge Mountain

SL: And your favourite hiking trail?

H: Black Tusk. I love the views you get from the top, and it is one of the quieter trails in the area.

SL: Favourite restaurant?

H: Rim Rock

SL: What’s your favourite beach in Whistler?

H: Lost Lake (when its quiet) because of how close it is. It is also smaller than the other lakes, which means its warmer! I also like Hippie Lake because its so secluded and has a slide.

View over Lost Lake. Photo by Mike Crane

SL: What is the best bike shop in town?

H: Evolution

SL: What is the best way to experience Crankworx?

H: As a volunteer

SL: What are your top three hangout spots around Whistler?

H: 1. The skate park and dirt jumps near Rebagliati Park
2. Lost Lake
3. Cal-Cheak recreational campground

SL: When you go biking, what do you never leave the house without?

H: A pump and a spare tube

SL: Finally, what has kept you in Whistler so long?

H: My friends and the mountains

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

Slow pouring coffee is a science at EightyOne Whistler in the Summit Lodge 81 Cafe - 12-2

Sandwich and coffee for lunch at EightyOne Whistler

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