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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.

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

Announcing Whistler Snowshoe Adventures With West Coast Wonders

Snowshoeing in the Callaghan Valley with Canadian Wilderness Adventures

We’re very excited to announce that we’re partnering with West Coast Wonders to offer our guests exclusive snowshoe tours to Shadow Lake and the Parkhurst Ghost Town for just $49 + tax per person.

The snowshoe adventures will run almost every Sunday (starting January 17th 2016, see events page for all tour dates) exclusively for Summit Lodge guests and include a guided tour with Sean (owner and lead guide at West Coast Wonders), transportation, and snowshoe rental.

The tours are small and intimate to give you the best experience. Places are limited to 6 people per tour so be sure to book early.

Book your place on the Shadow Lake snowshoe adventure, January 17th 2016

Out of courtesy to your guide we have a 48 hour cancelation policy, please see below.

[su_tabs][su_tab title=”Tour time:”]9am – 1pm.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 8.50am or 8.45am if you’re playing by credit card before the tour. [/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Cost:”]$49 (usually $105 + tax)[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”How to book:”]Book once you’re in Whistler: Stop by the front desk and let one of our agents know which tour date you’d like to attend and the number of places you’d like to reserve on the tour.

Book before you arrive: To book your place before you arrive in Whistler please email our front desk directly at frontdesk@summitlodge.com with the number of places you wish to reserve and which tour date you’d like to attend.

See all Whistler Snowshoe Adventure tour dates: summitlodge.com/event

A minimum of two guests must be booked on the tour for it to run.

All reserved places will be added as a note to your room booking and a 48 hour cancellation policy applies.
[/su_tab][su_tab title=”How to pay:”]Your guide, Sean, will be able to process payments of cash or credit. Please pay Sean on the day.

No-shows: We really appreciate West Coast Wonders offering these tours at this very special rate and we’d like to keep this wonderful experience for you and the rest of our guests. If you book a place and do not show up without giving 48 hours notice you will be charged full price for the tour on checkout.[/su_tab][su_tab title=”Level:”]All abilities are welcome (expect 2.5 hours of easy – moderate walking in deep snow).[/su_tab][su_tab title=”What to bring & wear:”]You’re going to be out in the snow for a few hours so ski gear is a good idea. Ski pants, ski jacket, layers (decide what layers to wear on the day, it’s best to look at valley temperatures on the morning of the tour), hiking/waterproof boots, and warm socks. Bring a backpack with water and snacks, as well as gloves, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.

No denim. Snow sticks to denim and makes you cold, wet, and uncomfortable. [/su_tab][/su_tabs]

Why West Coast Wonders?

Founded by Sean Boyle in 2013, West Coast Wonders is local adventure guiding company forged from a love of the natural world and run with a passion to help people of all abilities experience the wild wonders of British Columbia.

We chose to partner with West Coast Wonders for our guest-only snowshoe tours because of their commitment to promoting and practicing leave-no-trace hiking and camping techniques. In 2015, West Coast Wonders were awarded the Green Tourism Award for their contribution to sustainable tourism in British Columbia.

For more info on all the wonderful reasons we love West Coast Wonders see: westcoastwonders.ca/ethics

Snowshoeing Whistler with Green Tourism award winner, West Coast WondersSean, owner and head guide at West Coast Wonders

 

Whistler Concert Series: Free Pemberton Music Festival Taster, Wednesday July 15th

Pemberton Music Festival starts this Thursday: a full four days of music and good times in one of the most beautiful settings in BC.

But don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, the awesome folks at Pemby Fest (as it’s affectionately known as to locals) are putting on a whole day of free concerts in Whistler at the Olympic Plaza open-air stage, as part of the summer’s “Whistler Concert Series”.

These bands will be playing at Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend, too. But they’ve also agreed to play for everyone in Whistler, as well. What nice people, they are!

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Watch The Whole TED Conference Live With Us

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re going to be streaming the entire TED conference live, for you to come and watch. On top of that, we’re also going to host two TED-themed parties showing the most inspiring, fascinating and ingenious talks from the days before as well as a couple of classic TED crowd favourites.

The live stream from TED Vancouver

Showing all week from 6pm on Monday March 16th – 12pm on Friday March 20th, 2015.

When: March 16th – 20th at the times shown for each session
Where: Our lobby, full of comfy sofas and free coffee!

Summit Lodge Presents TED: An Evening Of The Best Talks – guests only

An exclusive, guest-only, free night of TED talks, inspiration and conversation. We’ll be playing a curated recap list of the best TED talks from the conference so far and a few TED classics, as we aim to spark your inspiration with meaningful conversation!

When: Wednesday March 18th

Time: 7.30pm – 10pm

Where: Summit Lodge Conference Room + snacks and beverages

Brown Owl + Summit Lodge Presents: An Evening Of The Best TED Talks – Public

We’ve partnered up with the Brown Owl Social Club for a unique night of creativity, inspiration and conversation. The Brown Owl will be curating a list of the week’s most fascinating, jaw-dropping, persuasive and funny talks from TED Vancouver, moderating short open discussions, and encouraging you to share your own ideas and thoughts on how any of the talks could be applied to Whistler.

The Brown Owl Social Club: “Creative meetups to educate and inspire. We organise events that connect the bright minds
and beautiful people of Whistler, BC”

When: Friday March 20th

Time: 7.30pm – 10pm

Where: Summit Lodge Conference Room

Keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates and check out brownowlsocialclub.com

TED Schedule

Session 1: Opening Gambit

Hosted by Chris Anderson

Monday, March 16, 2015

6:00pm-8:00pm PDT

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Session 2: What Are We Thinking?

Hosted by Chris Anderson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8:30am-10:15am PDT

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Session 3: Machines That Learn

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am-12:45pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 4: Out of This World

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2:15pm-4:00pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 5: Life Stories

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 6: Radical Reframe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

8:30am-10:15am PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 7: Creative Ignition

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11:00am-12:45pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 8: Pop-Up Magazine

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by Douglas McGray and Pat Walters

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Session 9: Just and Unjust

Thursday, March 19, 2015

10:30am-12:30pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 10: Building From Scratch

Thursday, March 19, 2015

2:15pm-4:00pm PDT

Hosted by Helen Walters

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Session 11: Passion and Consequence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 12: Endgame

Friday, March 20, 2015

9:30am-12:00pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson and June Cohen

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Win 2 Deep Winter Tickets + 1 Night Stay…for someone else

Win Deep Winter Tickets and Stay

What is a GIFTaway?

To us Christmas is about the joy of sharing what you have with others, so this year we decided to run a slightly different Holiday contest: The Christmas GIFTaway! Instead of just having a regular old sweepstakes, here you’re gifting this prize to someone else (and hopefully if they win they’ll bring you too).

What will they win?

2 tickets to the (always sold out) Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge
1 night stay for 2 people (sharing a room) at the Summit Lodge

How to enter?

1. Share a photo of what “deep winter” means to you both and tag the person who you want to win

2. Like, follow or check-in (add Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel as your location on the post) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all of them for extra entries)

3. Add both hashtags #XmasGIFTaway & #Whistler

4. Poke the person you tagged and get them to do the same for you

Whether it’s your best friend, spouse, brother, sister, dog sitter or neighbour you can share lots of photos and enter as many times as you like.

Summit Lodge #GIFTaway

Contest rules

We don’t like it when things get complicated so there’s only one rule: you cannot nominate yourself. 

Legal stuff: Winner will be chosen at random and notified on Dec 24th at 6pm PT, via the social media channel on which they entered. Reserve the right to cancel or change the contest at anytime and without notice.

Good luck and happy gifting!

P.S. Take a look here at the amazing photographer line-up for the Deep Winter Photo Challenge

#SummitCulture: Pecha Kucha Whistler Oct 17th 2014

Whistler's only Pecha Kucha night is back on Oct 17th 2014

After a two year break, Pecha Kucha Nights are set to return to Whistler on October 17th 2014, and we can’t wait!

If you’re familiar with the original Pecha Kucha Nights (here or anywhere else) you’ll know why they’re now becoming known as “that thing that’s kind of like TED”. It’s not the most glamorous description in the world, but it’s pretty accurate given that this humble little night of intellectual and creative presentations has now grown to become an international network.

Thanks to pechakucha.org there are now 778 cities (and counting) around the world, each with their own Pecha Kucha “Chapter”.

The new Whistler Pecha Kucha nights are being organized by the Brown Owl Social Club, who have arranged some great local speakers. Volume #7 is themed “trepidation” and will have presentations covering a range of topics from mountaineering, to engineering, to photography.

To come and watch, tickets are by free or by donation at http://pechakuchawhistlervol7.eventbrite.ca

So. What is a Pecha Kucha?

Pecha Kucha is the Japanese “art of precise presentation” where you present your idea with only 20 slides and 20 seconds to talk per slide. Each Pecha Kucha talk will then last about 7 minuets, so if you’re new to it you don’t have to be up there for very long!

Here’s a couple of examples of our faves, just click the images to watch the Pecha Kucha:

1. Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time                                     2. Transformer Apartment

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The format was invented by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham from Klein Dytham architecture for one simple reason: “architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect (or most creative people for that matter) and they’ll go on forever!”.

During a Pecha Kucha talk the images advance automatically, so there really is no way you can get suck rambling on one point for too long.

What are Pecha Kucha Nights?

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Photo courtesy of Pecha Kucha Tokyo

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, work, thoughts, projects, adventures – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. Presenters are arranged before hand to keep everything running smooth and on time, and there are typically between 5 – 10 different presentations in one night.

These nights are super casual, anyone can join and anyone can present. If I’d like to talk at the next Pecha Kucha please send a quick email to vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com.

Who can talk at a Pecha Kucha Night?

Anyone, that’s the beauty of it. Whether you’re 5 or 75 if you’ve done something rad, learned something new or made something you’re really proud of you can come and share it.

The key to a Pecha Kucha slideshow is just to talk about something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Nights to present their latest creative projects or work, but some people share their passion and show off their prized record collections, while others share their latest holiday photos, adventure journals, artwork, favourite recipes or even new inventions. The youngest person to do a Pecha Kucha was a 5 year old girl who talked about her drawings!

“We’re always looking for people to tell their stories. We have such an incredible community of creative and intelligent people in Whistler. This is a great way for us all to get together and discover what projects eachother is working on, and maybe find new like-minded friends.” – Victoria, Founder, Brown Owl Social Club

Victoria recommends that new presenters watch a few Pecha Kucha presentations online first to get a good feel for what it’s all about.

Sign-up to talk at a Whistler Pecha Kucha Night: email vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com

Is Pecha Kucha like TED?

It’s kind-of like TED in that you’ll learn a heck of a lot from the super smart, adventurous and creative people in your community in short, sharp shots of inspiration.

But at the same time it’s not like TED at all, because with a Pecha Kucha night you can get up from behind your computer screen and actually meet, make friends with, and share a beer with the people who present.

Come and join a real social network for the creative and curious!

Introducing #SummitCulture: Events, Activities, People and Good Vibes

Images supplied by event producer (Upswell) and event host (Garfinkel's)
Images supplied by Art Throw Down event producer (Upswell) and event host (Garfinkel’s)

Whistler is awash with adventurous activities and interesting people to invigorate your body and mind…but would you believe us if we told you there’s more to Whistler than meets the eye? And that, if you really try, you can experience a whole new creative subculture that most don’t even know exist?

Well, we’re proud to say you can and we’re inviting you on a journey – through our new blog series #SummitCulture – that we promise will change your perception of Whistler, forever!

Follow the#SummitCulture hashtag across our social media platforms to discover the unique Whistler events, activities, social scene and awesome local people that typically pass under the radar of 90% of visitors and 60% locals, and it’s our goal to get you involved, and having a great time.

To get in amongst the good stuff, though, you’ll have to venture off the beaten path, most likely learn how to read the bus schedule, and be comfortable getting to know new folks. Sounds fun, right?

Yeah, it does.

Tell Me More I Want to Get To Know #SummitCulture!

Awesome. We’re glad you’re in, welcome to the club.

Now, to stay ahead of the curve we recommend you sign up to our newsletter at the top right of the page. Each newsletter will contain (amongst other great tidbits) the latest Secret Whistler entry as we create them roughly every 2 weeks.

Alrighty, now the introduction is out of the way let’s move on to our first #SummitCulture posting.

In honour or National Coffee Day on September 29th we’re going to answer a question that we always get asked by guests: “Where is the best coffee in town?”. To find out our secret java weapon, check out our post: #SummitCulture #1: Best Coffee In Whistler Is Not What You’d Expect

Enjoy!

Whistler Underground: Grassroots Lectures & Talks You Need to Know About

On the surface, this not-so-little mountain town is pretty awesome. Monolithic mountains. Adrenaline-fueled activities. An après scene surely to spark some “This one time, in Whistler…” stories.

But beneath the surface, Whistler is actually even more incredible than first meets the eye. Quietly, members of our community gather to exchange ideas, expand horizons, and debate subject matter both funny and serious.

Community-driven lectures and talks offer the perfect opportunity to get to know Whistler—the real Whistler. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, a regular Weekend Warrior, or a through-and-through local, you should definitely check out the following events:

The Green Moustache’s Talks and Workshops

Fuel for your mind and body: that’s what the Green Moustache is all about. They whip up some mean juices and salads, but this local business also hosts talks, workshops, and events to bring the community together at their nourishing educational experiences.

From workshops in the kitchen to lifestyle makeovers—and everything in between—the Green Moustache’s events are sure to leave you feeling greener and meaner—or at least more inspired than ever.

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Whistler Public Library’s Quest Lecture Series

Whistler might not have its own university as of yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a little intellectual discussion.

Throughout the academic year, faculty from Quest University down in Squamish trek up to our beautiful library (seriously, it’s an architectural masterpiece) to enlighten the audience on a variety of topics. Past lectures have ranged from understanding the science of sleep to the philosophical aspects of happiness to the hunt for planets in our galaxy.

Swing by the library to find out when the next talk is. Oh, and don’t worry—there aren’t any pop quizzes.

Whistler Museum’s Inspired Events

Yes, Whistler has a museum—and it just so happens to be the unofficial local authority on everything that’s going on around town.

You never know what you’ll get at an event hosted by the Whistler Museum. One week, you might encounter a local skier presenting his research on the powers of collaboration; the next, it could be a packed house ready to debate whether or not the snowboard industry has sold out. One thing that is consistent: the members of the audience often have as much to contribute as the leader of the session. This is the place to come to meet some of Whistler’s most brilliant minds.

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The Mountain Multiplicity Show

This once-a-year event takes place during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival every April. It essentially represents everything that’s amazing about mountain culture, condensed into just a few hours.

We used to say that the Mountain Multiplicity Show was the most underrated event of WSSF, but the truth is that the word is starting to spread. People are starting to pay attention to this show, which puts eight (or so) individuals in the spotlight, each with incredible stories to share about living in the mountains.

Photographers, filmmakers, writers, athletes, and otherwise unclassifiable adventurers give short presentations about something that’s usually one part utterly insane, one part completely aspirational, and one part explosively brilliant.

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Keen on learning more about Whistler’s underground knowledge-sharing scene? Ask around: check out the local papers, chat up a bartender, or scan bulletin boards to see what’s going on around town—and come participate!

Whistler Underground: Grassroots Lectures & Talks You Need to Know About

On the surface, this not-so-little mountain town is pretty awesome. Monolithic mountains. Adrenaline-fueled activities. An après scene surely to spark some “This one time, in Whistler…” stories.

But beneath the surface, Whistler is actually even more incredible than first meets the eye. Quietly, members of our community gather to exchange ideas, expand horizons, and debate subject matter both funny and serious.

Community-driven lectures and talks offer the perfect opportunity to get to know Whistler—the real Whistler. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, a regular Weekend Warrior, or a through-and-through local, you should definitely check out the following events:

The Green Moustache’s Talks and Workshops

Fuel for your mind and body: that’s what the Green Moustache is all about. They whip up some mean juices and salads, but this local business also hosts talks, workshops, and events to bring the community together at their nourishing educational experiences.

From workshops in the kitchen to lifestyle makeovers—and everything in between—the Green Moustache’s events are sure to leave you feeling greener and meaner—or at least more inspired than ever.

Green-Moustache-talk

Whistler Public Library’s Quest Lecture Series

Whistler might not have its own university as of yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a little intellectual discussion.

Throughout the academic year, faculty from Quest University down in Squamish trek up to our beautiful library (seriously, it’s an architectural masterpiece) to enlighten the audience on a variety of topics. Past lectures have ranged from understanding the science of sleep to the philosophical aspects of happiness to the hunt for planets in our galaxy.

Swing by the library to find out when the next talk is. Oh, and don’t worry—there aren’t any pop quizzes.

Whistler Museum’s Inspired Events

Yes, Whistler has a museum—and it just so happens to be the unofficial local authority on everything that’s going on around town.

You never know what you’ll get at an event hosted by the Whistler Museum. One week, you might encounter a local skier presenting his research on the powers of collaboration; the next, it could be a packed house ready to debate whether or not the snowboard industry has sold out. One thing that is consistent: the members of the audience often have as much to contribute as the leader of the session. This is the place to come to meet some of Whistler’s most brilliant minds.

Whistler-Museum

The Mountain Multiplicity Show

This once-a-year event takes place during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival every April. It essentially represents everything that’s amazing about mountain culture, condensed into just a few hours.

We used to say that the Mountain Multiplicity Show was the most underrated event of WSSF, but the truth is that the word is starting to spread. People are starting to pay attention to this show, which puts eight (or so) individuals in the spotlight, each with incredible stories to share about living in the mountains.

Photographers, filmmakers, writers, athletes, and otherwise unclassifiable adventurers give short presentations about something that’s usually one part utterly insane, one part completely aspirational, and one part explosively brilliant.

mountain-multiplicity

Keen on learning more about Whistler’s underground knowledge-sharing scene? Ask around: check out the local papers, chat up a bartender, or scan bulletin boards to see what’s going on around town—and come participate!