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Summit Lodge Whistler Raises Over $11k for Charity at Annual Party

It was a wild, wild affair Friday May 10th at the Summit Lodge Whistler, as we transformed the hotel into the “Wild West” to host our annual charity fundraiser.

To be exact, it was the “Wild, Wild, Pacific NorthWest” – because we think Whistler’s coastal geography is worth celebrating.

Now in its third year, Summit’s annual fundraiser has quickly become an anticipated tradition, raising money in 2017 and 2018 to build schools in Mexico and Africa, respectively.

Guests mingled in the ornately decorated lobby to the sounds of The Tequila Monkeys while our resident DJ Duo Badge and Bobs bumped beats by the pool. Local brewers The Beer Farmers and Pemberton Distillery were in the house serving drinks, while food was catered by chef Adam Protter.

A fan favourite, the silent auction took place in the hotel cafe, EightyOne, featuring dozens of epic prizes from local businesses. Other festivities included pin the tail on the donkey, piñatas, balloon popping, and an inflatable “mechanical” bull.

Proceeds from this year’s party are being put into familiar hands. In 2017 we partnered with The Rock Church in Squamish to build a classroom in San Quentin, Mexico, and in 2018 we partnered with the Pemberton Lions Club to provide infrastructure for the Phelisanong Centre in Lesotho, Africa. This year, we’re partnering with both organizations to provide further support for these initiatives.

For example, the Phelisanong Centre, which provides housing, education, and therapy for children living with disabilities, wishes to own more chickens in order to sell eggs to cover teacher wages and other valuable expenses. As such, attendees had the option to donate chickens and other livestock to provide Lesotho locals with sustainable food and income sources.

Summit General Manager Tony Medd is thankful for the support the party received:

“We’d like to thank all our sponsors and friends who took part in the third annual Summit Lodge Fundraiser. Our Wild, Wild Pacific NorthWest themed party was a hit with over 400 attendees showing up to support.

As a family, we at the Summit Lodge have chosen to tackle poverty as our part in making the world a better place. We believe that education is a key part in breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Thank to the tremendous support of all attendees and sponsors, we will be able to donate more than $11k as a result of this year’s party.

If you’d like to learn more about these initiatives and how you can get involved, please email tony@summitlodge.com

We’d like to especially thank Vancouver’s Holborn Group for their generous contribution, as well as all the local businesses who supported the party with silent auction prizes and other goodies: Audain Art MuseumAraxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar, BAR HOP WhistlerBC Ferries, Bodyshop, Be Beauty Spa & Tanning LoungeBrittania Mine MuseumCanadian Wilderness AdventuresCOWSCrepe Montagne, Escape WhistlerFarfalla Hair & EstheticsLong Beach Lodge ResortRope Runner Aerial ParkRuby Tuesday Accessories LtdSundance Guest Ranch, The Sutton Place HotelThe Adventure Group WhistlerVallea Lumina, Whistler Dog WalkersWhistler Year-Round FishingZiptrek Ecotours Inc., Stuf’dPureBread BakeryAndrea Mueller ArtUnderground TuningSan Juan CruisesCopper Cayuse OutfittersPortage Station RestaurantEightyOne WhistlerMott 32 VancouverThe Circle, Trek Dirt Series, The Rock Church, Squamish Detail Centre, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Aava Whistler Hotel, Image of the Invisible, Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, Gibbons Whistler

For media, a folder of high resolution images from the party can be accessed here.

The Summit Lodge is Whistler’s award-winning boutique hotel, with multiple accolades including 5x “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel”, “Canada’s Best Hotel Service”, “North America’s Most Unique Guest Experience”, and the 2019 TripAdvisor “Travellers’ Choice” Award as one of the top 25 hotels in Canada.

Our Recent Trip to Lesotho, Africa: Recap and a Big THANK YOU to our Supporters

We’d like to express our deepest thanks to TA Global and Holborn Group for supporting us in our recent philanthropic endeavour. Thanks to them and a number of generous donors and volunteers, we were able to build a therapy building at the Phelisanong Children’s Centre in Lesotho, Africa.

The Phelisanong Centre provides schooling and housing for hundreds of children. The Centre provides support for a number of orphans, children with physical and mental disabilities, and children struggling with HIV and other chronic illnesses. 

Previously, therapy for disabled children was given in the living quarters so every day the beds would have to be moved out of the way. Now, thanks to the proceeds from our recent fundraiser party and the hard work of our general manager Tony and other kindhearted volunteers from the Sea-to-Sky, the Centre has a dedicated space for therapy. 

During their visit, Tony and the other volunteers were inspired by the children’s fun-loving spirit and the kindness of the workers and volunteers who care for them. Through dust storms and dance parties they worked away, making friends and memories to last a lifetime.

We’re privileged to live in communities where children have access to food, shelter, healthcare, education, friendship, and other necessities for a good life. Unfortunately, this still isn’t the reality for children everywhere. Initiatives like the Phelisanong Centre are the backbone of a world in which all children have the opportunity to thrive. It was an honour to offer our modest help to their noble cause.

Thank you Phelisanong Centre for your wonderful hospitality and all that you do! To those reading this, stay tuned for details on our next fundraising initiative. We’d love for you to be involved.


Our 5th World Ski Award + A Two Night Giveaway [Contest Closed]

*The contest is now closed. Thank you to everybody who entered 🙂

The results are in… we’ve won our fifth consecutive title of “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel!”

And we couldn’t have done it without your votes.

To celebrate and say thank you, we’re giving away a two night stay at the Summit Lodge!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page
  2. Like this post (also embedded below) and tag your travel buddy in the comments
  3. To have your name entered TWICE, follow the instructions on this Instagram post.

That’s it! Winner will be announced December 7th, 2018



  • Winner is responsible for their travel to and from Whistler/the hotel
  • Blackout dates apply

November & December 2018 Call-In Promotion

For all call-in bookings before December 18th, 2018, receive a complimentary room upgrade!

Call now: 1(888)-913­-8811

HOPtober & NovemBEER & The Summit Lodge

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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).

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose the Summit Lodge over AirBnb Whistler

We love AirBnb Whistler but there are just some things the popular vacation rental service can’t offer. If you’re deciding where to stay during your Whistler vacation, here are some reasons why the Summit Lodge Whistler is the perfect place for you.

  1. Friendly, personalized service

    At the Summit Lodge, you’re never without a helping hand. Our professional front desk agents know Whistler inside-out and are ready 24 hours a day to accommodate your needs. If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, we’re here for you.

  2. Free coffee, snacks, drinks, candy, and other surprise perks in the lobby

    There’s always something going on in the lobby. Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available 24 hours a day. In the afternoon you can stop by “Candy Corner” for a handful of goodies. And weekly surprise popups offer wine, beer, cocktails, and accompanying snacks during après hours.

  3. In-house hot tub, sauna, heated pool, and spa

    Relax and refresh with our sauna, hot tub and pool (which is heated year-round). If you feel like being pampered, you can book a treatment at the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, our onsite authentic Javanese spa.

  4. Onsite cafe and coworking space

    eightyone Cafe is a bright, relaxed environment to get work done or just hangout. Free WiFi, ample seating space, and everything you’d expect from a cafe. And the food is AMAZING!

  5. Complimentary bike and snowshoe rentals for guests (depending on the season)

    Whatever the season, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy free bike rentals in the summer and free snowshoe rentals in the winter. Bike and ski/snowboard storage is always free, and you can get your gear tuned up at Underground tuning, located in the hotel entrance.

  6. Pet friendly

    We know that pets are part of the family too and Whistler is a beautiful place to explore with your furry (or scaly, or feathered) friends. That’s why pets are always welcome at the Summit Lodge. If you’re bringing you pet, let us know ahead of time so we can leave some treats in your room!

  7. Seasonal discounts and discounts for returning guests

    Whistler can be pricey but we do our best to make your trip affordable. The earlier you book and the longer you stay, the bigger your discount will be. And if you’re a returning visitor, we apply an additional discount to your booking – just be sure to let us know when you call us at 1(888)-913­-8811 🙂



Vacation, Ironman Style

Guest review by Brenda Arechiga

Six months ago when my husband told me he wanted to do an Ironman Triathlon, I insisted we pick a top destination for his first full Ironman.  I had always wanted to visit Whistler, B.C. so despite the formidable cycling course, Whistler it was.

My husband is a visually impaired distance runner and endurance athlete. We typically use his races as fun long weekends for both of us. We have flown to Boston and Chicago for World Majors and taken road trips to St. George, Utah and Santa Cruz for smaller events. With 10 years of race travel under our belts, we have a pretty clear idea of what kind of experience we like to create for ourselves. So, as soon as he began his grueling training schedule, I began researching hotels in Whistler.

VRBO and AirBNB was not an option for us. We tried it last summer on a trip to Santa Cruz for a half Ironman and I quickly learned I did not enjoy stripping beds or doing other housework on my vacations. I wanted a cozy but modern hotel within walking distance of the Ironman Expo and Finish Line. Since we were also considering bringing our two dogs, we also needed a pet friendly hotel.

With the help of some favorable reviews on Ironman blogs and chats, we zeroed in on The Summit Lodge.  Based on the website photos, I was sold! It had the cozy, lodge like feeling I was looking for. It was dog friendly and it was literally across Main Street from the Ironman Expo and finish line. The hotel also had a spa which was another bonus.

We arrived on an unusually warm Thursday afternoon. We were already mesmerized by the drive up to Whistler. Turquoise blue lakes on one side of the highway and a few waterfalls on the other. I was immediately charmed by the hotel’s large wrap around porch that offered seating at tables and chairs.  The lobby which had two large seating areas on either side of the front desk was buzzing with great energy.

Our room was the perfect size and had was decorated with beautiful, elegant furnishings. There was even a cozy throw for the couch tucked away in the stylish armoire. The small kitchen was stocked with everything we might need. Keurig coffee maker, teas, electric stove top along with basic cookware, mini refrigerator and a microwave. 

The location was actually better than I expected. In addition to being just a short walk from the Ironman Expo and Finish Line, we were also very close to a large super market where we made frequent shopping trips. We were also just across the way street from the pubs, shops and restaurants. Our favorites were The Creperie Montagne, Elements and we also had loved the lively energy of The Brewhouse at Happy Hour.  My husband’s guide for the Ironman and his girlfriend who also stayed at Summit Lodge, thoroughly enjoyed the hotel’s weekend wine tasting hosted in the lobby.

We had considered renting a car but found we didn’t need one. Everything we needed was within walking distance. When we decided to go for a swim at Alta Lake’s Rainbow Park, the staff at the hotel was always happy to call a Resort Taxi for us.  There were always fluffy beach towels available at the front desk. Alta Lake was also accessible via the Valley Trail but I decided to save the long walk for race morning when I went out to Rainbow Park to watch the swim.

It was thrilling to watch my husband and his guide Loren cross the Ironman finish line just as the sun was setting in 13:48:22. After halfheartedly attempting to eat a slice of pizza in nearby Olympic Plaza, I escorted them back to the Summit Lodge. As they stumbled along, Loren, who is now an Ironman 11 times over said it best when he said, “Aw man, I’m so glad the hotel is right across the street.”

PSA: Whistler Road Cancellations July 29th, 2018

To accommodate the Subaru IRONMAN Canada, sections of highway 99 in and around Whistler will be closed on July 29th, 2018.

Whistler has issued traffic and transit guides to help you plan your travels on this day.

You can view the guides here:


We’re hosting another fundraiser party!

Remember last year when we hosted a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser party to build a school in Mexico?

This year, we’re building a school in Africa! So of course the party is AFRICAN JUNGLE themed.

On May 25, 2018, the Summit Lodge is transforming into a lush jungle, hosting a party of epic proportions to raise funds for the building of a school in Africa.

Come celebrate with food, drinks, live music, art exhibits, dazzling performances, games, prizes, and a silent auction.

Also, there will be a mechanical water buffalo 🙂

$150 admission includes: overnight stay at the Summit Lodge for 2, party entry for 2, overnight parking, complimentary breakfast.

(or $50 for party entry only)

Call the hotel 1(888)-913-8811 to reserve your ticket.

Summit Lodge Voted Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Summit Lodge has captured the title of “Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel” at the World Ski Awards.

Needless to say, we are honoured to receive this prestigious award!

At the awards gala, Summit Lodge’s Director of Operations, Lorraine Yeung, expressed her gratitude for the recognition:

“Oh my goodness! I’m totally overwhelmed. It feels silly but our team have worked so hard so it’s been really amazing to represent all that hard work. We really love what we do – welcoming guests from all around the world in a unique, fun and playful way – so I’m just happy to be recognized for that.”

Lorraine speaks for all of us. We love what we do and it fuels our passion when we’re recognized for providing a great guest experience.

Thank YOU for casting your votes and helping us once again claim this award 🙂

About the World Ski Awards:

“World Ski Awards – the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry – is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media – and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes are submitted online at the World Ski Awards website.”