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Summer Music: Whistler’s Live Music Scene

Photo Courtesy of Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

There’s something about summertime that makes live music that much better.

Maybe it’s the outdoor venues, the festival wardrobe, or the fact that you don’t need to wait in a coat check line up at the end of the show. Whatever it is, there’s something positively magical about live music in the summer.

Despite being a small-ish town, Whistler’s live music scene is brag-worthy, to say the least. Case in point: there is some kind of live music event happening nearly every weekend in the summer. Here’s a highlight reel of Whistler’s best summer acts.

The Outdoor Concert Series

Free outdoor concerts at sunset? Yes, please!

Whistler is completely spoiled by the outdoor concert series that takes place throughout the summer. Shows take place throughout the season, usually on weekend evenings—check out the schedule here.

Artists range from up-and-coming indie bands to established classics, and each concert features two back-to-back artists, so you’ll get a little bit of everything.

Bring: A blanket to sit on, a sweater for when the sun goes down, and some spare change for a DQ ice cream (pre-sunset) and a latte (post-sunset).

The Music Festivals

We’re lucky to have fabulous neighbours: Squamish to the south and Pemberton to the north. We’re even luckier that both of these towns happen to host major multi-day music festivals in the summer.

Check out some of these bands from the 2014 line ups: Outkast, Metric, Modest Mouse, and Justice (at the Pemberton Music Festival); and Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Serena Ryder and Eminem (at the Squamish Valley Music Festival).

Bring: Cheap sunglasses that you don’t mind losing, an empty water bottle, and your cell phone—pre-download the relevant festival apps.

Bars, Pubs, and Clubs

The beauty with Whistler is that you just never know what you’ll encounter—a casual weekday night about town can easily transform into an unexpected live show featuring Swollen Members or Hilltop Hoods in a teensy, tiny venue.

Even if there are no big acts in town, our local talent will keep you plenty entertained. Swear you’re not the “dancing type”? I challenge you to head to the Dubh Linn Gate on a night where Ruckus Deluxe is playing and not make your way to the dance floor—impossible. From afternoon piano crooners at the Fairmont’s Mallard Lounge to open mic nights at the Crystal Lounge, there’s pretty much always something going on in Whistler’s establishments.

Grab a free copy of our local paper, the Pique, and flip towards the back to see the weekly musical events happening around town—or just wander in the Village and see what you stumble across.

Bring: ID, tip money, and your dancing shoes

Whistler’s Bonus Shows

Summer in Whistler is nuts: there’s a major sporting event, festival, or race of sorts happening nearly every weekend from the May Long Weekend to Labour Day. Every so often, one of these major events will feature some live concerts throughout Whistler Village. Even if you’re not partaking in the event itself, you’re usually more than welcome to drop in on the shows.

Keep your eyes open for live concerts at GO Fest (May), the Wanderlust Yoga Festival (August) and Crankworx (August), and you just might find yourself face-to-face with Moby, The Sheepdogs, or Five Alarm Funk.

Bring: A piece of clothing that will allow your friends to spot you in the crowd and a big bag (these events usually have tons of booths with free samples)

Whistler Beer 101

Everything in Whistler just seems to go better with beer.

Long day playing in the powder? Head straight to après and order a beer. Sweltering summer day? Grab a spot on a patio and get thee a pint. Filling time during shoulder season? Better pair those back-t0-back ski flicks with a cold one.

Since Whistler and beer fit oh-so-perfectly together, it simply makes sense that the local beer culture is strong and proud. In fact, there’s more to beer in Whistler than you might know:

Case One: The Whistler Brewing Company

whistler beer

Tucked away south of Whistler Village in Function Junction is Whistler’s own brewing company, where beers with locally inspired names (like Black Tusk Ale and Powder Mountain Lager) are being brewed seven days a week. For 25 years, this craft brewery has been supplying Whistler’s pubs, bars, and liquor stores with some incredibly flavourful suds.

To get the full Whistler Brewing Company experience, head down at 2:30 PM or 4:00 PM on Tuesdays through Sundays for a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory capped off with a sampling of the brewery’s creations. You can also pop by any time to grab a pint and a bite to eat at the on-site Tap House.

Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal concoctions, like the summery Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale (complete with dried grapefruit rind) or the infamous Whistler Winter Dunkel (it’s not ski season without it). Even those who claim not to like beer will be seduced by the Valley Trail Chestnut Ale– but you’ll have to wait until fall to try it.

Case Two: Whistler Brewhouse Restaurant

whistler beer

As you meander down the Whistler Village stroll, take note when you spot the infamous Olympic Rings: you’re right at the front door of one of Whistler’s best spots to grab a beer. The Whistler Brewhouse Restaurant (or, simply, the Brewhouse) brews its beer right on site– the tough part is deciding which one to order.

If you’re struggling to choose between the Grizzly Brown Ale, the Lifty Lager, the 5 Rings IPA, or any of the other tasty selections on tap, not to worry: you can always order a flight to sample them all.

As a bonus, the food at the Brewhouse is top notch, and it’s the perfect place to be no matter the season: in the summer, grab a spot on the huge, sunny patio; and in the winter, nestle up close to the wood-burning fireplace. It only makes sense that a four seasons resort would have a four seasons brew house.

Case Three: Whistler Village Beer Festival

whistler beer

After you’ve sampled the best of Whistler’s beer, you’ll be ready for the Big Leagues: that, of course, would be the Whistler Village Beer Festival. The four-day Festival, spanning from September 11 to 14, features 50 breweries and more than 150 different beers. Attendees can sample beers from near (26 British Columbia breweries are featured) and far (Italy, Belgium, Netherlands—the list goes on).

Taking place right in the Village, the Whistler Village Beer Festival will be the perfect way to cap off a summer of enjoying brews under the sun. Tickets are on sale now—act fast to snipe up a pair of Gate Crasher tickets, which will get you access to all of the beer an hour before the event opens to the general public.

Cheers!

[Interview] with Artist Andrea Mueller

Andrea Mueller Contemporary Whistler Artist

Maybe it’s the incredible scenery that surrounds us. Maybe it’s fueled by the action sports we play. Maybe there’s just something in the water.

Whatever it is, there’s something about Whistler that inspires creativity. From photographers to filmmakers, painters to writers, there is no shortage of talented people in our mountain town.

Andrea Mueller is no exception: this local Whistler contemporary artist has had her work displayed in countless venues and art shows around town and her work has certainly caught the eye of the public. In 2013 Andrea was voted the Best Local Female Artist by Pique Newsmagazine’s annual Best Of Whistler Awards (winners are chosen based on public votes).

Andrea’s dedication to the local arts community, both as an artist and in her role as Visual Arts Programmer with the Whistler Arts Council, has helped Whistler’s art scene flourish.

So what’s it like being an artist in Whistler? Here’s what Andrea had to say.

Andrea Mueller Contemporary Whistler Artist

Summit Lodge: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Andrea! How long have you been living in Whistler now?

Andrea Mueller: I’ve been coming to Whistler since 1996, and I’ve been living in Whistler for ten years.

Summit Lodge: How do you think living in Whistler has helped shape you, as an artist?

Andrea Mueller: Whistler is a little pond, so you can find a way to be a big fish really easily. There’s a lot of support in the community for up-and-coming and emerging artists. You can stand out and get the confidence that you wouldn’t necessarily get in a larger community, and then build form there.

Summit Lodge: Tell me about the first painting you ever sold. What was that like?

Andrea Mueller: I honestly don’t remember the first painting I ever sold!

Summit Lodge: What about the most recent one?

Andrea Mueller: The most recent ones that I have been doing have been commissions. That’s been really great—I love doing commissions for people. It’s fun! You get to collaborate a little bit.

Most recently, I did the graphic for a Roxy snowboard. That was taking it to a new medium, which is really interesting for me.

Andrea Mueller Contemporary Whistler Artist

Summit Lodge: Animals are a recurring theme in your work, and you’re not afraid to use colour. How would you describe your style? What is it about animals that you like to capture?

Andrea Mueller: I used to actually paint with more muted colours– a lot of navy blues and browns– when I was back in Toronto. For some reason, moving to Whistler gave me this new vibrancy in my colour palette. I don’t know if that’s because of the natural surroundings or the beauty of the town or the vibrant people—I’m not really sure how that happened, but it did! I find that interesting when I look back on my work.

I would like to think that I’m ever evolving as an artist. I don’t particularly want to stay with one specific style or genre. I really like to play and I like to try new things. Right now, I’m actually working on a new style again.

The animal imagery: for me, I like talking about inter-connectivity. A lot of the time, we get caught up in the hubbub of what the newest gadget is, but we forget about the simple things that really make the world a beautiful place.

Summit Lodge: Your art is instantly recognizable to anyone who’s been living in Whistler long enough, and you’ve had you work featured all around town, from local galleries and shops to festival exhibits. What’s your advice to an artist trying to make it in Whistler?

Andrea Mueller: Get out and come to as many art events as you can!

Talk to people. The artist community in Whistler is really open. They’re willing to share their knowledge. As long as you are approachable and can come up and have a conversation with people, they will definitely be willing to take you under their wing. Get involved! Do something! Think outside of the box! Be creative—if you’re an artist, you should be able to do that!

Summit Lodge: You went to school in Toronto, a huge city with a thriving arts scene. What was it like going from that to a smaller town like Whistler, which obviously has a smaller arts community?

Andrea Mueller: When I first got here, Whistler was a lot different to what it is now, even. It was slower than it is today, as far as pace is concerned.

Coming from Toronto where everything is go-go-go, I actually did get really frustrated when I first moved here. I found that people were taking their time, taking in the scenery, smelling the roses—and I couldn’t understand it at first.

I’ve mellowed out for sure since I first moved here, but I still take the drive and the “go go” attitude from Toronto and apply it to Whistler. If you have the energy and you want to make something happen in Whistler, it’s a place where you can still do that. I appreciate that about Whistler.

Andrea Mueller Contemporary Whistler Artist

Summit Lodge: What role do you see the arts playing in Whistler’s future?

Andrea Mueller: Right now, I think the arts in Whistler are very integral. People are taking more notice. I’ve noticed that people are talking about the things that are happening, anything from the Whistler Arts Council to what Stephen Vogler is doing at The Point, the more grassroots things. People are actually noticing all the arts in town.

Moving forward, I’m hoping that it gets woven into the whole adventure sports aspect of Whistler a little bit more. We have the Audain Art Museum coming, which is fantastic. I’m hoping for good things for the arts community in Whistler—some more publicity and hopefully some more funding!

Summit Lodge: Where is your favourite place in Whistler to check out the works of local artists?

Andrea Mueller: In the summertime, Art Walk for sure because there are so many different artists that are in the different cafes in town, and there is a huge variety. It doesn’t just focus on one genre, whereas a lot of the galleries in town have more a specific feeling and are interested in a specific type of work.

I also like the underground art parties—you have to look for those, though!

State of the Art is another good event. It’s always a good night and it brings out a lot of people. It depends on the season, really.

Summit Lodge: Thank you so much for your time and insight, Andrea!

To learn more about Andrea, check out her website: Andrea Likes Art.

Are You Tough Enough for Tough Mudder in Whistler?

Tough-Mudder

Think you’re tough?

It’s time to put it to the test: for the third year in a row, Whistler will soon be welcoming back thousands of racers ready to conquer the Tough Mudder obstacle course.

Tough What?

On June 21 and 22, 2014, teams of athletes will set off to tackle the endurance event. Though the course comprises 16 to 20 kilometers of running (the exact course for this year’s event has yet to be released), Tough Mudder is so much more than a running race. In fact, it’s not a race at all: it’s an untimed challenge designed to push boundaries, test strengths, and help people overcome fears.

Overcoming Obstacles

Participants will have to stop periodically to maneuver over, under, and occasionally through some pretty spectacular obstacles. From scaling walls to army crawls, from electric shocks to giant rocks, there’s always a surprise around the corner ready to challenge those brave enough to participate in the event.

To overcome these tests, individuals will have to learn to rely on those around them—sometime teammates, and sometimes perfect strangers. Teamwork, along with courage, personal accomplishment, and – of course—fun, are the core values built around each and every Tough Mudder event.

Can You Handle Whistler?

Whistler’s Tough Mudder course is one of many worldwide. Events take place in the United States, Australia, and Germany, among other places. Whistler’s course, located just south of town in the Whistler Olympic Park, is known for its signature steep, rocky terrain and dense forests, and features a balance of both natural and man-made obstacles sure to send shivers down anyone’s back.

Take the Leap of Faith, for instance: participants will need to perfect their running-leap as the attempt to grasp onto, and navigate along, suspended cargo net. Coming short of the net results in an icy plunge into the pool below. Or why not try to Mud Mile, a fitting obstacle given the name of the event: athletes plod through waist-deep mud, careful not to misstep at the risk of getting a mouthful of mud.

No, They’re Not Crazy!

You might be wondering why a person would voluntarily put himself or herself through such an event. The orange finisher headband provides bragging rights, but the real prize is that feel-good buzz that can only be earned by pushing yourself to your absolute limits, and then some. More than a million people have participated in Tough Mudder races (last year’s Whistler event drew 25,000 people to town), a testament every person’s internal glutton for punishment.

If you’re ready to prove yourself, head over to the Tough Mudder website to get signed up—spaces are limited, so act quickly! If you are not able to nab and entry, or you’re not quite convinced that Tough Mudder is up your alley, you can still join in on the Tough Mudder spirit: spectator tickets are available. Believe us when we say, it’s quite a show. Spectators will also get a chance to wander the grounds, which hosted Olympic events like biathlon and ski jumping in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Stay at Summit

Whether you participate or simply watch the action, come join us at the Summit Lodge for an unforgettable Tough Mudder weekend. There’s no better place to rest your head (and body) after a demanding day. A soak in our hot tub and a quick sauna session will do wonders to restore sore muscles, and hey– why not book in a post-event massage to reward yourself for your hard work? Even tough muscles need a little TLC!

Get Outside at GOFest, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival

Whistler-GOFest

Trying to decide what to do for the May long weekend?

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, look no further than Whistler’s first annual GO Fest. From May 16th to 19th, the Great Outdoors Festival will be taking Whistler by storm. From a glow-in-the-dark run to the Slush Cup to film competitions to free live music, there is definitely no shortage of things to do. The festival’s tagline says it all: “the challenge starts with deciding what to do first”!

Now is the time grab your fellow outdoor-loving friends and start studying up on the schedule of events. We’ve done a little legwork for you to help you plot out your GO Fest Must Dos. Check it out:

For the Adventurous Athlete: The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race

Though this marks the first year of GO Fest, the Great Snow-Earth-Water Race is actually the revival of a popular team relay race from the 1980s. Groups of five to seven athletes will compete in a multi-stage race that encompasses some of Whistler’s greatest activities, from ski touring to mountain biking to paddling down the River of Golden Dreams.

For the Creative Competitor: The GoPro GOShow

Give a filmmaker a GoPro Hero 3+, and tell them to capture the essence of May in Whistler—that’s the idea behind this creative filmmaking competition. The GoPro GOShow will showcase the final productions, and will single out one filmmaker as the GoPro GOShow’s Champion, who will walk away $2,500 richer. Creative competitions always bring out the best talent in Whistler, so you won’t want to miss this event.

Summit-Lodge-Whistler-GOFest-Retro

For the Fun-Loving Family: The AlpenGlow Fun Run

Grab your bright clothes, slather on some neon paint, and gather the family (pets and strollers are allowed) for the AlpenGlow Fun Run. This all-inclusive race takes runners and walkers around Lost Lake, with tunes and entertainment throughout the route.

For the Film Buff: The WFF Adventure Film Series

Adventure films have a way of pulling the viewer right into the movie, leaving them feeling like they experienced the extreme sports in exotic locales for themselves. If you love watching ski and snowboard movies, be sure to check out at least a few of the 20 films being featured throughout the weekend at the Adventure Film Series. Topics range from sailing to extreme marathon running to rock climbing to surfing—and, of course, Whistler’s most popular sports: skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.

For the Four-Season Skier: The Great Slush Cup

It’s like a pool party on the mountain: watch skiers and snowboarders attempt to glide across the huge slush pit without getting totally soaked. The competition takes place on Blackcomb Mountain is open to anyone up to the challenge. Don’t forget to abide by the dress code: think neon ski onesies from the 80s.

For the Musical Mountaineer: The Sheepdogs Concert

Do yourself a favour and head to the GO Fest mainstage to catch The Sheepdogs’ show on Friday night. If you like what you see (and hear), you’ll want to head back Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings for more free concerts, featuring bands like the Boom Booms and She Stole My Beer.

 

PS: Looking for a place to stay for the weekend? We can help with that!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Every April, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) takes Whistler by storm. Over 250,000 fans flock to the world-renown mountain resort each year to witness North America’s largest annual snowsport, music, and mountain culture celebration.  No matter how you do it – by boat, by plane, by train – just get to Whistler from April 11-20, 2014 and get involved!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Here’s the full 2014 Schedule – we’ve highlighted and linked Summit’s top event choices for you to check out. And remember the World Ski & Snowboard Festival asks you to embrace the Festival’s motto: Party in April, Sleep in May! Buy your tickets and book your accommodation today!

Exciting WSSF EventsMusic

Outdoor Concert Series – Daily from 2:30-5:30PM at Skiers Plaza for FREE
► Bud Light Freeride Club Series – Various Clubs & Bars in Whistler for FREE
► SILENT DISCO – Friday, April 18 from 9PM-1AM at GLC for $20.00
The END – Saturday, April 19 from 10PM-4AM at Whistler Conference Centre for $35.00

Arts

Intersection – April 16 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown – April 15 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker ENCORE – April 18 at 7PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
► Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown – April 17 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre – SOLD OUT
State of the ART – April 11 to 20 at Whistler Conference Centre for FREE
► 2nd Cuts Filmmaker Screening – April 16 at 12PM-3PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $10.00
Best of the Fest
– April 20 at 8:30PM at GLC for $25.00

Sports

Big Air – April 19 at Skiers Plaza for FREE
The Shred Show – April 11-13 on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for FREE
► Demo Park – April 12-13 and 19-20 on Whistler Mountain (Outside Roundhouse Lodge) for FREE
► Mascot Mayhem – April 19 at 11AM-12PM at Whistler Village for FREE – Kid Friendly
Whistler Dogfest
– April 20 at 12PM-2PM at Village Common for FREE
Super BRAWL Sunday: Roller Derby
– April 20 at 6PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $15.00

Fabulous WSSF Facts

  • The average temperature in Whistler Village during the WSSF in April is 11oC.
  • Over the past three years, WSSF has helped contribute over $28,000 to the Playground Builders, an organization that builds playgrounds for children in war-torn areas.
  • On average, the WSSF sees over 300 volunteers log more than 3000 hours every spring.
  • Over 50 musical acts played at two outdoor stages and 9 different indoor venues in 2013, offering more than 100 hours of free music to festival-goers. Last year’s award-winning artists included The Arkells, Swollen Members, Nas, and K-OS.
  • A number of Olympians have competed at various WSSF ski and snowboard events, including: Gus Kenworthy, Sage Kotsenburg, Mike Riddle, Sebastien Toutant, Yuki Tsubota, Roz Groenewoud, and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.

 
Now in its 19th year, the WSSF continues to grow in scope and popularity. WSSF is voted Whistler’s “Event of the Year” every year by Whistler locals and it is the perfect showcase of the resort’s diverse personality and energy. For those who can’t make it to Whistler, they can join the international television audience in over 122 countries!

For more information give the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge a call at 1.888.913.8811. They’ll be more than excited to tell you more about the amazing events going on during the WSSF.

Whistler’s Fire & Ice Show

Sunday nights start with a bang when fireworks light up Whistler’s winter sky. Magical, spectacular fireworks burst and pierce the darkness, illuminating Whistler Mountain. The oo’s and awe’s of the admiring crowd are swept away by the winter wind. Sounds pretty picturesque, eh? But wait, we’re just getting started!

Fire & Ice Show

Visitors and locals alike who gather aren’t just awaiting the fireworks display. They’ve meet to watch Whistler’s elite skiers and snowboarders burst through the three-metre, gas-fed flaming hoops. Soaring above Whistler Village, the riders throw down stylish flips, spins and grabs for the cheering crowd below! My friends, this is the legendary Fire & Ice Show.

Top members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski & Snowboard School perform extraordinary feats of anti-gravity through rings of fire. Dancers and fire spinners move to the beats showcasing amazing talent, coordination and obviously no fear of the flame! The show finishes off that magical, spectacular display of fireworks that is sure to delight. The buzzing crowd then disperses throughout Whistler Village’s restaurants, pubs and clubs and cafes and shops, chatting about the astonishing performance and scrolling through snapshots of the evening.

The Fire & Ice Show is a free event that happens every Sunday night at 6:30PM during the winter months until March 30. Visiting families and friends and diehard locals watch in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain. The crowd tends to gathers at the base, but there are a few bars from which to watch the show – GLC, Longhorn Saloon and Black’s Pub. The GLC offers the best view from the outdoor heated patio, and is kid friendly until 8PM.

If you prefer be up close and want the chance to watch the performers expressions when they land an epic trick, then be sure to arrive 30 minutes early and head to the base of the massive snow jump. If you get up close enough, the lively announcer might even call your kids up to answer some easy trivia questions for some pretty epic prizes.

The Fire & Ice Show is definitely a Whistler Winter Must Do. It couldn’t get any better than spending an evening with family and friends, while catching free live entertainment, all happening within a few minutes’ walk from your suite at the Summit Lodge & Spa. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate from a local coffee shop on route to the show!

For more information on the Fire & Ice Show and other Whistler winter activities, talk to our friendly staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

TEDActive 2014 in Whistler

2014 marks TED’s 30 anniversary and the celebrations will be going down in arguably two of the most active and healthy cities in Canada – Vancouver and Whistler, BC.

Whistler will be host to TEDActive, a simulcast experience that runs in parallel to the TED conference held in Vancouver on March 17-21, 2014. Whistler’s environment will inspire exploration, creativity and connections – core to the TEDActive experience.

Ted Active 2014

The “Active” in the name comes from the observation that when you get a bunch of doers together in the same room and throw in a catalyst as powerful as TED talks, things start bubbling like a chemistry experiment. What happens at the conference inevitable results in an action, big or small – whether it is a change in the way of thinking, a locally organized vents or a new start up.

TEDActive is about finding opportunities to awaken latent creativity and to rediscover the joy of making something with your own hands. Think bike repair, hacking, sculpting in cardboard, 3D printing, homebrewing and more – a lot of which is already happening in our culturally vibrant town.

A standard registration for TEDActive 2014 in Whistler costs $3,750, and only a limited number of TEDActive registrations are available each year, so for those interested, it’s suggested that you take your essay questions seriously.

For some that price may be hard to swallow. But for those who can afford to experience this once-in-a-lifetime conference, here are a few tips from past attendees that will help you get the most out of TEDActive. And hey, even if you aren’t attending, these are great tips to consider!

  • Only ask people what they are passionate about and not about their job. – John Marston.
  • Roll with everything, don’t analyze. – Rachel Langdon
  • Do not miss a speaker (to work out, sleep in, make a call) because it will end up being the one everyone talks about. – Felicia Kamriani
  • Remember that nobody is a pure extrovert or introvert. We are all somewhere in between … in my experience, TEDActive provided a warm and safe environment to explore my own personal limits, and stretch them a bit … – Chadburn Blomquist
  • Dive head first into all the new ways to greet one another. When we’re from all over the world, we can handshake, hug, kiss each other 1,2, or 3 times, bump fists bump elbows or hip bump! Do it all! – Kelsey Rhodes
  • Put. Down. The PHONE! Look up, look around, look into things, and dive into any experience and opportunity you see. Serendipity abounds at TEDActive! – Grace Rodriguez

For more information, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable Summit Lodge Staff. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

5 Tips to Avoid Traffic at Squamish Valley Music Festival

How to Avoid the Squamish Valley Music Festival Traffic | Stay in Whistler

If you remember last year, many of us were delayed up to four hours in baking-hot and stagnant traffic backed up at far back as Britannia Beach, 12kms south of Squamish. This year, don’t be that guy. With the incredible line-up including Eminem, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys and more, you can expect that this party is going to be BIG! Planning ahead can save you some time, and maximize your festival experience.

For those of you who are well acquainted with the mass exodus of people entering and leaving Squamish for the Squamish Valley Music Festival, here’s a couple of tips to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic jams.

1. Head up a day or two early

Get ahead of the crowd and arrive a day or two early in Squamish. There are a number of hotels and campsites in the Squamish and Whistler area for you to stay, and plenty of attractions to explore. Here you can not only beat the crowds, but make friends and get the inside scoop with the locals.

With over 35,000 people moving in to this tiny town, you’ll want to grab all the supplies you need and scout for where you’ll need to go. Heading there a day or two early gives you ability to scout around the town for some places to acquire adequate camping supplies, food and beverages for your three day music intensive. That way, you will be to go-to-guy for the local lowdown.

2. Ninja Attack from the North

Maybe consider doing a road trip with your favourite festival besties and take a trip north of Squamish. For folks entering Squamish south bound from Pemberton and Whistler you’ll be breezing through on the highway smoothly. Barely 1% of any of the festival goers enter Squamish from the north, so this will be plain sailing.

3. Stay in Whistler with and arrive by Shuttle Bus

No really! With shuttle buses running for the festival, you’ll get the best of both worlds when you stay in Whistler! Avoid crazy line-ups at the festival food trucks, get a warm shower, no scary late night portable toilet experiences, just hop on the bus and head to your hotel room.

4a. Head over to the Whistler after-party

With nearly 99.9% of the 35,000+ festival go-ers travelling southbound at the end of the festival, how about go against the grain?  Spend a couple days in Whistler for the after-party or just to relax and unwind. Whistler in the Summer offers heaps of activities such as biking, ATVing, canoeing, bear viewing, lake parties and so much more.

4b. Detox at the Scandinave Spa

This is more of “Tip 4 part B”, but on the same reasoning as going against the grain, head north to a spa!

Let’s be honest, after three days of camping in the West Coast’s largest and loudest music festival, and eating festival food, you may want to cleanse and detox. Scandinave Spa will offer you a haven to relax any achy camping muscles and sweat out your pores, and rest your ear drums. Plus, Scandinave Spa have a delicious cafe with lots of raw, green organic goodness to restore you from the inside out! Lovely jubbly.

5. Road Trip to North for a West Coast Tour

The beauty in Squamish does not just stop there. There are lots of places, provincial parks, activities to be done north of Squamish, up through Whistler and all the way up to Pemberton, Lilloette and all the way back down through Hope or Kamloops

And there you have it! Don’t be that guy stranded in the backed up traffic jam, keep it moving and spend more time enjoying this music fest!

Find out more about the Squamish Valley Music Festival on our Events Page.

AltiTube – Whistler Weekly News

Summit is excited to announce a new partnership with AltiTube, a weekly news show that highlights that week’s events, festivals, activities, mountain conditions, weather and anything else happening in Whistler that week!

Hosted by Whistler locals, Liz Hammond and Adam Kaye, AltiTube will give guests and locals alike all they need to know about what’s going on that week in Whistler.

The show is embedded on our homepage as well as throughout the site. Be sure to check back every Monday for a new episode.