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Craft beers, ciders, and spirits take over the hotel. Sample the finest brews from across the Sea-to-Sky. Learn about brewing techniques, food pairings and more.

All month long, with brewer-hosted tasting workshops every Thursday night and food pairings every Sunday.

The Beer Farmers, Coast Mountain Brewing, Sons of Vancouver, Pemberton Brewing Company, AFrame Brewery, Whistler Brewing

The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel and EightyOne Cafe.

All tastings and workshops are free for guests of the Summit Lodge. Non-guests are welcome to attend the Thursday tasting workshops.

>> Book your Autumn stay at the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

The Beer Farmers are a 4th generation organic family farm on a mission to create the 100% local pint. One of only a handful breweries in North America that grows their own barley, they create a regional terroir in their farmhouse beers. The Beer Farmers know that farmhouse beer is process, not a style, so they let their quality, homegrown ingredients stay in the spotlight of their stripped back – approachable beers.

Coast Mountain Brewing opened it’s doors late summer 2016 joining an incredible craft beer scene right here in beautiful British Columbia. Designed and built by the Winter family and friends, Coast Mountain focuses on complex, flavourful & sessionable beers. Initially brewing North American influenced ales and lagers, with a passion to explore beyond to historical recipes from traditional brewing regions across Europe.

Sons of Vancouver is a really, really small batch distillery on Vancouver’s North Shore. It was born out of a young, foolhardy desire to follow passions and contribute to a growing community of independent distillers. James and Richard are the guys behind the curtain, who have created this selection of dynamic BC spirits using really, really local grains.

Here at the Pemberton Brewing Company we are passionate about craft beer and our local community. Our philosophy towards brewing is straight forward – Beer First. The focus at Pemberton Brewing is always on what’s in the tanks and coming out of the taps so we give our customers the best possible brews. We are a craft brewery located in the Pemberton Industrial Park with a comfortable tasting room where you can check out everything going on at the brewery, try our beers, fill your growlers and pick up packaged products. Come out and try some great beer from beautiful Pemberton!

Our beer philosophy is this; make clean, sessionable beers, with the purest ingredients we can source. That way, whether you’re enjoying a flight in house, or picking up a growler for a family BBQ, you can enjoy every bit of it; from the aroma and flavor, to the integrity of the ingredients and the sustainability of our growers. We play the long game here, and the quality of our beer is a big part of that.

Whistler Brewing is not the next big thing. Far from it. We’re trailblazing, modern day pioneers of BC craft brewing. We’re malt-forward-thinkers who don’t rely on computers to tell us how to brew beer. Instead we rely on experience and our own two hands. This is not another hit-you-over-the-head-with-hops flavour of the week. This is authentic craft beer built on a tradition of progression. And it’s been that way for a long time.

Thursday October 4th – Workshop

Where the worlds of beer and farming overlap, by The Beer Farmers

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Come meet The Beer Farmers, sample some brews, and learn about where the worlds of beer and farming overlap.

*Sunday October 7th – Food Pairing

Fresh Hop Golden Ale x Squash soup with corn and garlic, by The Beer Farmers and chef Adam Protter

*This may be rescheduled due to Thanksgiving

Thursday October 11th – Workshop

Sour Beer 101, by Coast Mountain Brewing

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Come meet Coast Mountain Brewing and learn all about sour beers (and try some samples, of course).

Sunday October 14th – Food Pairing

First Aid Kit Pomegranate Sour x borscht and clafoutis, by Coast Mountain Brewing and chef Adam Protter

Thursday October 18th – Workshop

How to mix better cocktails than all of your friends (after practicing for 10 minutes), by Sons of Vancouver

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Sunday October 21st – Food Pairing

Amaretto x Zabaglone, by Sons of Vancouver and chef Adam Protter

Thursday October 25th – Workshop

Brewing With Fruit, by Pemberton Brewing Company

Come meet Pemberton Brewing Company and learn about brewing with fruit. This short presentation features their Watermelon Sour and Strawberry Pale Ale.

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Sunday October 28th – Food Pairing

Fruit beers x charcuterie, by Pemberton Brewing Company and chef Adam Protter

Thursday November 1st – Workshop

Mock beer competition, by A-FRAME Brewing

Learn how to taste beers like a certified beer judge, sample a few beers and vote on your favourites!

7pm at EightyOne Cafe, located at 4359 Main St (entrance just to the right of the Summit Lodge).

Feel the wind in your hair with Spitfire Rentals’ new eBikes: The next best way to see the sights of Whistler

My initial reservations had we worried at first, but they quickly vanished

When I first found out that eBikes were a thing, I have to admit, I had a few reservations. I was sceptical, having owned one too many failed battery powered remote-controlled cars in my childhood, that there existed a battery with enough capacity and power to move a bike, with me on top of it, faster than a crawl and further than a couple of hundred metres. Secondly, the presumptive feeling of shame that would occur as I wheeled the bike back to the shop after it had, inevitably, ran out of battery. And finally, the thought that, having never ridden a motorcycle in my life, I would instantly fall off and injure myself.

These reservations began to melt away as I spoke to Yohann, owner and operator of Spitfire Rentals in the Summit Lodge. He explained that his 10 new Evox City780 electric bikes were top of the range cruisers, designed to be used by anyone who could ride a conventional push bike. With two modes, one for assisted pedalling and one ‘full throttle’ electric mode, he said you can do as much or as little work as you want, all whilst cruising at over 30km/h on flat, and over 12 km/h on the steepest of hills. After a short explanation of the controls of the bike, I donned my bike helmet, climbed on and set off.

The wind rushing in my ears made for an exhilarating ride

The first few pedals felt like any other bike that I had ridden, until the assisted pedal mode activated, the battery kicked in and I pulled away up to 20km/h with minimal effort from my legs. The feeling was exhilarating, I could feel the wind rushing past my ears as I easily made my way to the valley trail, my reservations of falling off or being hit by a car forgotten as I effortlessly reached 32km/h along Lorimer Road.

I decided to jump onto the valley trail alongside Blackcomb Way towards Nesters to test the eBbike’s full electric mode. The long straight section of cycle path was deserted so I pulled over, switched modes with the push of a button and began to pedal to activate the battery. After a couple of cycles, the electric motor engaged with a click and the eBike pulled away easily up to max speed with just a twist of throttle. The effortlessness of being able to zip along the valley trail was truly special, and within minutes I was on the promenade across Green Lake with an exceptional view of the mountains and the Harbour Air Seaplanes taking off.

Increased speed made for more time to take in the view

As the valley trail began to wind its way around the stunning Whistler scenery, I found myself with a sense of inner calm. I was able to concentrate more on how beautiful this bike ride was, stopping whenever I wanted to take in the views from both North and South of the village. Even when I hit the inevitable hills, I just gave the eBike a couple of pedals to help the electric motor along, and it hardly broke its stride.

In a couple of hours I had managed to visit Lost Lake, Green Lake and Alta Lake in my 38km bike ride without even breaking a sweat, despite it being over 30 degrees out. Doing this on a conventional push bike would have taken me more than twice the time and definitely 10 times the effort and, without the ability to stop and go with such ease, I would have been less inclined to stop and take in the dramatic lake views with mountainous back drops.

Truth bombs about the true power of the electric bike

Returning back to the store, I told Yohann the truth, that it was the most fun I had had on a bike for as long as I could remember. We discussed how, with a range of over 200km on assisted pedalling, the eBikes could travel the vast extent of the valley trail on a full charge. I asked Yohann what made his bikes so popular vs. the electric mountain bikes that other stores offered. He explained that the eBike’s cruiser style was designed to make them accessible to anyone who may have difficult getting onto a conventional mountain bike, as well as being far comfier and able to tow a chariot for your kids. I had to admit, the cruiser design of the bikes made the feeling of powering past everyone else on the uphill all the more satisfying.

It really is the next best way to explore Whistler.

For more information on Spitfire Rentals, visit their website: http://spitfirerentals.ca/ and their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpitfireRentalsWhistler/

Help Us Build A School: About Mission San Quintin

Our 2016 mission to build a school in Baja California

Last year, a small group from the Sea-to-Sky corridor, including two Summit Lodge team members, helped to build a school in the San Quintin Valley, Mexico. Having seen the work of the organization firsthand and how it helped to break the cycle of poverty and abuse in the area, the Summit Lodge is now part of a 30-strong team from the Sea to Sky with the goal of build another two schools that will serve over 120 children.

The 2017 mission to the San Quintin Valley

The valley where the school will be built is the world’s largest producer of tomatoes, but also grows strawberries, chili peppers, cucumbers, and green beans which are mostly exported to the US and Europe. Much of the population is made up of migrants from the state of Oaxana who moved in hopes of a better life for their families. But many now live in unsanitary living conditions and homes that are shelters made of discarded cardboard and plastic.

“Whistler has strong links with Mexico,” explains Tony Medd, General Manager of the Summit Lodge. “A lot of our food comes from Mexico and it’s one of the most popular places we go when we need a break from the snow. However, it doesn’t have some of the social infrastructures that we benefit from. When I visited San Quintin last year I was shocked at the working conditions at some of the farms, the persistence of rape culture and abuse of women, and lack of access to education. I couldn’t forget the people I met when I returned to Whistler, and neither could my team.”

More often than not, their children are forced to drop out of school before they can complete their education, either to join their parents in the field or to care for younger siblings. This early drop-out rate is especially the case with girls who become pregnant in their teens. The lack of education then ensures that they have little, to no, choice but to follow the same path as their parents. The goal of the Mission San Quintin Dream Center is to help give these workers the resources they need so their children can remain in school and become educated. In this way, they aim to break the extreme cycle of poverty.

Find out how you can help by joining in out Sleepover Fundraiser

Help Us Build A School: Cinco De Mayo Fundraising Party & Sleepover

We Raised $15K on Cinco de Mayo

The dancing is done, the piñatas are empty, and we’ve just about finished saying thank you to everyone who helped us raise a massive $15,000 towards our goal of $40,000 by fall 2017.

The San Quintin build-a-school fund has had a huge kick start and we’ll be announcing more summer fundraisers in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the Summit Lodge Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for details of the next event.

Full photo Cinco de Mayo fundraiser photo album is here. We’d love for you to download or share images via Facebook.

Muchas gracias from everyone at the Summit Lodge!

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

Help Us Build A School on May 5th: Cinco De Mayo Fundraising Party & Sleepover

Last year, a small group from the Sea-to-Sky corridor, including two Summit Lodge team members, helped to build a school in the San Quintin Valley, Mexico. Having seen the work of the organization firsthand and how it helped to break the cycle of poverty and abuse in the area, the Summit Lodge is now part of a 30-strong team from the Sea to Sky with the goal of build another two schools that will serve over 120 children.

On Friday May 5th, we’re hosting a fundraising Cinco de Mayo party and sleepover at the Summit Lodge to raise money so that we can return to Mexico and build another school in October 2017.

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser

Lorraine and Tony Mexican Costumes

This Mexican fiesta is the first in a series of events that will raise over $40,000 by the fall of 2017. To build the school we’ve partnered with the Mission San Quintin Dream Centre, a non-profit organization who has been working with the community for over ten years. If we reach our goal the school will be built as early as October 2017.

There are two types of tickets available for the evening: “Cinco de Mayo Sleepover” and “Cino de Mayo Party”

Dress code: Mexican Black Tie or Charro y China Poblana

Cinco De Mayo Party + Sleepover

Price $150 + tax

$85 of each ticket is going straight to our school-building fund


+ A room for two at Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel on Friday, May 5
+ Tickets for two to our exclusive Cinco de Mayo Party
+ Access to the pre-party wine & cheese reception
+ Two tickets for the El Furniture Warehouse Cinco de Mayo After Party
+ Waffle Breakfast for two on Saturday, May 6
+ Great prize opportunities at our Silent Auction

Buy your sleepover ticket here: https://cincodemayofundraiserwhistler.eventbrite.com

Cinco De Mayo Party

Price $25 + tax

100% of ticket price is going straight to our school-building fund


+ One ticket to our exclusive Cinco de Mayo Party,
+ One tickets for the El Furniture Warehouse Cinco de Mayo After Party
+ Great prize opportunities at our Silent Auction

Buy your party only ticket here: https://cincodemayofundraiserwhistler.eventbrite.com

Learn more about the sustainable work of Mission San Quintin and how a school build helps break the cycle of poverty here

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Whistler Film Festival

5 days. 84 films. Special guests from 14 countries. And a flurry of events only Whistler can deliver. The Whistler Film Festival is back in town. Prepare to be inspired.

The 13th annual Whistler Film Festival will take place December 4 to 8, 2013. The Festival will present a selection of fresh and innovative films from Canada and around the world, and will award over $30,000 in prizes and commissions to those who illuminate cinematic excellence.

2013 Whistler Film Festival

The five-day extravaganza also features lively festive celebrations, tributes to distinguished talent, unique industry initiatives, and the annual Celebrity Challenge ski race. Wondering who might be on the slopes and around town? Vancouver born actor, director and Beverly Hills 90210 babe, Jason Priestly and Richard Dreyfuss, a legend in the film and TV industry, will be out and about in Whistler.

The festival kicks off with Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut Cas & Dylan, a darkly comic road-movie follows what happens when a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) winds up on the run with a 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany).

Other selections include:

• Michelle Ouellette’s Afterparty, starring West Coast talent Ali Liebert, Emma Lahana, and Jodi Balfour in a drama about a reunion of high school friends at a post–wedding reception party

• Barry Avrich’s documentary, Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione, about the founder of Penthouse and producer of Caligula

• the Vancouver-shot Chinese romcom blockbuster Finding Mr. Right, about a woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to her married sugar daddy but runs into a string of problems

The Festival has been so well received over the years, and it’s no surprise that the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) plans take over the Rainbow Theatre and make it the permanent home of the Festival. The theatre – in need of some serious updating – will undergo desperately needed upgrades. The plan for a $2.7-million renovation to create a spiffy, world-class theatre operated by the WFFS – a grand entrance, revamped lobby, new washrooms – has been scaled back to about half that amount. But the renovation will make the theatre a great place to show a movie, and that is exactly what the WFFS is looking for. Work will begin after this year’s festival wraps up on December 8, and is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.

Click here for Whistler Film Festival tickets. If you’re finding the choices overwhelming online, don’t hesitate call our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more — all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and gettin’ your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances – it’s an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. For more details on the other workshops and Wanderlust events or to buy tickets please visit the Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust Schedule:

Thursday, August 1

1:30-2:30pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
2:00 – 4:00pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
3:00 – 4:00pm Mountain Square Hannah Thiem
9:00 – 10:00pm  Whistler Olympic Plaza Marchfourth Marching Band
10:30pm – Midnight Whistler Conference The Wanderlust Spectacular

Friday, August 2

12:00 – 1:00pm Mountain Square Marchfourth Marching Band
1:30 – 2:30pm
Mountain Square Quixotic
1:30 – 5:30pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
3:00 – 4:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
7:00 – 8:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Mohamed Assani & DJ Fabian Alsultany
8:30 – 10:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Quixotic
10:30pm – Midnight Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Caravan Palace

Saturday, August 3

12:00 – 12:30pm Mountain Square DJ Drez
1:00 – 2:00pm Mountain Square Natasha Blank
1:30 – 5:30pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
2:30 – 3:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
3:30 – 4:30pm Mountain Square Hannah Thiem
7:00 – 8:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza MC Yogi
8:30 – 10:00pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Trombone Shorty
10:00 – 10:30pm Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Caravan Place (DJ Set)
10:45 – 12:15am Whistler Conference Centre *Tickets Required Moby (DJ Set)

Sunday, August 4

12:00 – 1:00pm Mountain Square Acroyoga Performance
12:00 – 2:00pm Town Plaza Elvolutionaries
1:30 – 2:30pm Mountain Square Natasha Blank
4:00 – 5:15pm Whistler Olympic Plaza Moby (Acoustic Set)


Whistler’s First Night – 0% Alcohol 100% Fun!

The event will be an evening of fun and fantasy, featuring an inspiring program of great live music, storytelling, art workshops and street entertainment for people of all ages. This showcasing of talented musicians, actors and comedians as well as the creativity of local artists blends into a fun and exciting mix of performing and participatory arts.

The lively energy that is First Night gets underway @ 6:30pm on December 31st which leaves enough time to explore and experience the celebration in its entirety before the new year is upon us. First Night promotes the “family friendly message” and is proudly an alcohol-free evening. Whistler Village’s perimeter is secured and for the nominal entry advance ticket fee of $15 adults/ $8 – 12 years and under, or evening fee of $20 adult and $10 – 12 and under, 2 years and under are FREE.

Whistler provides a safe, secure and creative alternative to alcohol-based New Year’s celebrations.

Keeping in line with the “there’s something for everyone” theme, First Night offers a 9:30pm countdown for the younger participants in the crowd that can’t quite last until the actual stroke of midnight.

Of course a New Year’s celebration cannot exist without fireworks! Locals and visitors alike ring in the New Year sound-tracked by live performances on two stages and memorable fireworks display lighting up the mountains.

Come and enjoy the memorable events with your entire family! Stay at The Summit Lodge four nights and get your fifth night free! Or stay with us for nine nights and get your fifth AND tenth night free! Two free nights! Get your tickets for Whistler’s First Night at our front desk.

Happy New Year!

Whistler Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival

Coming to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park August 2009:
Kokanee Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival

Whistler Mountain Bike Park will be transformed this August 8th to 16th as it hosts both pro-riders and amateurs for the Kokanee Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival .  This action packed festival is sure to please, featuring world class competition and a prize purse exceeding $100,000.

This year’s festival will include past crowd pleasers such as the dual slalom, where competitors face off in head-to-head races, as well as two new events; a Best Trick competition and a dual Giant Slalom.  With pro-riders competing for over $80,000 in cash and prizes, this year’s event is sure to bring out world class competition.

Check out the latest gear at the Expo and Demo areas

The Expo is the place to be if you are interested in picking up some new gear, or seeing the latest from industry reps and event sponsors.  The Expo will start at the base of the mountain and wind its way through Whistler Village.  Demos of the latest XC, Freeride and Downhill bikes and components will also be available for anyone with a driver’s license and credit card.

The opening of the Festival will be celebrated with a community kick-off party featuring a free screening of Radical Film’s latest Kranked-Revolve.  Other non-biking events to look out for are the Canadian Cheese Rolling Championships on August 15th, and the Deraylor Music Festival from August 13th to 15th.

A Whistler Hotel Central to Crankworx

The Summit Lodge and Spa is ideally located for Whistler’s Crankworx mountain bike festival. We’re close to the action within easy walking distance to the event from our Whistler Village location. Check out our Whistler hotel accommodation and contact us if you have any questions or are ready to reserve your lodging.

The countdown to 2010 has started in Whistler

Thursday February 12th, 2009 starts a one year countdown with many events taking place.

Celebration Plaza – The Fact. The Fun. is a free event with guests including Pamela Martin, from CTV and Juno award winner, Jully Black. The lineup also includes top, medal winning Canadian athletes.

The Olympic Torch has been lit and Whistler celebrates the countdown along with the many Canadian communities joining in the fun.

Live music performances this month include the Paperboys, Joel Plaskett, Wide Mouth Mason, George Leach and many more.

The excitement grows this month in Whistler and Summit Lodge and Spa is proud to provide convenient luxury accommodation close to all the action.

With the countdown to 2010 events and the World Cups events, Whistler is the place to be.