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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

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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.