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Snow Forecast: 68cm to fall at Whistler Blackcomb

Snow covered gondolas at Whistler Blackcomb

feature image: Coast Mountain Photography

There’s a storm brewin’ and it’s heading straight for Whistler, BC.

According to snowforecst.com Whistler Blackcomb is set to get just under 70 cm of snow in the next four days, between February 3rd and February 6th, 2017.

Full Snow Forecast report for Whistler: snow-forecast.com/resorts/Whistler-Blackcomb/6day/mid

Snowforecast.com for Whistler BC

 

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Forecast

The official Whistler Blackcomb forecast, provided by RWDI – Consulting Engineers and Scientists, is calling for anywhere between and 32 and 70 cm over the same four day period.

Full Whistler Blackcomb snow report: whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report 

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Forecast

Everyone has their own favourite forecasting method; and whether yours is the official Whistler Blackcomb website, the Farmer’s Almanac, or folklore about how many crows are gather together in the morning, it certainly looks like Whistler’s in for a fun few days.

See you on the hill!

Summit Lodge Helps Whistler’s Newest Cafe & Co-Work Space Become A Reality

Whistler is known for its healthy lifestyle and outdoor adventure. But, what many people don’t know is that there is a thriving community of freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs, artists, and remote workers who all call Whistler home – and that’s just the locals. On top of that, many of our guests regularly mix business and pleasure in the mountains.

The popularity of people seeking a healthy and exciting work-life-balance is what lead us to upgrade our guest wifi to fibre optic in 2016, and to work with Whistler local’s Adam and Heidi to open a sweet co-working space slash vegan cafe in our building for 2017.

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One of our core missions as a Whistler hotel (and we also see it as our duty as member of the community) is to support and mentor small local businesses. One of the largest hurdles facing small business in a resort town is the cost of commercial rent, and as a property owner in the centre of the village we had the ability to make affordable space available to EightyOne.

We’re proud that we’ve been able to help EightyOne become a reality for Adam and Heidi and are excited for what the future will bring. The cafe is open to the public and guests of the hotel 7 days a week from 7.30am – we hope to see you there!

In Photos: EightyOne cafe and co-working space

The best vegan breakfast in Whistler at EightyOne in the Summit Lodge

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Sandwich and coffee for lunch at EightyOne Whistler

EightyOne general store in the Summit Lodge Whistler 81 Cafe - 1-2

 

 

 

Summit In The News: Sachi Sushi Restaurant Named In Vogue Magazine Online

Sachi Sushi Whistler

Fresh Powder and Thermal Waterfalls: Whistler BC Has Everything You Need for a Dreamy Ski Trip

Canada has a lot going for it right now: Justin Trudeau, universal health care, and an exchange rate that will get Americans close to 30 extra cents on the dollar. It was also just named the number one place to visit in 2017 by the New York Times. Embrace the winter season in the Great White North by heading to Whistler, the picturesque ski town that offers a little something for everybody. Here, a look at what to do, where to eat, and where to sleep in the famed Canadian mountain village that’s located just a few hours north of Vancouver, BC.

Where to eat:
You won’t want for good food while in Whistler. You will, however, want to make reservations. Start with a midday ski-break one at Christine’s on Blackcomb, a sleekly designed and exceptionally executed fine-dining option situated atop Blackcomb mountain. (Why not kick things off with a bottle of Champagne while you’re at it?) Check Araxi, known for its seasonally focused menu made with locally sourced ingredients, off your list with an 8:00-p.m.-or-after booking to give yourself enough time for a pre-dinner drink at its sibling restaurant Bar Oso. (The cocktails there hold their own against any in New York and you wouldn’t be wrong for losing track of time, eating there, and re-booking Araxi for another night.)

Soak up your hangover the next day with a slice of fresh bread or still-warm pastry from purebread bakery in the village, or do penance with a grain bowl and Dr. G’s Ultimate Green juice from The Green Moustache.

And for a real under-the-PR-radar hit, head to Sachi Sushi for some of the freshest no-frills sushi in the province, including in-season-only British Columbia uni, from everybody-knows-how-good-he-is-but-no-one-wants-to-spoil-the-secret Chef Toshiyuki Kobayashi. (Sorry!)

This article originally appeared in Vogue Magazine online on January 17th, 2017.

You can read the full piece here: http://www.vogue.com/13522813/canada-vacation-ski-guide-whistler-british-columbia/


In Photos: Sachi Sushi, Whistler, our award-winning in-house sushi restaurant

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Summit Lodge Whistler Wins 3rd World Ski Award In Kitzbühel, Austria

Victoria Farrand accepting the 2016 World Ski Award on behalf of the Summit Lodge Whistler

Last night, on the other side of the world in historic Kitzbühel, Austria we won our 3rd World Ski Award in a row.

The Summit Lodge was awarded Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and and we can still hardly believe it happened. What an amazing night!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated in our category. It filled us with pride to see that five of the nine nominees were from Whistler. We’re obviously doing something right in our small town to all be recognized on the world stage.

Nominees in the category of Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2016

  • Nita Lake Lodge
  • Adara Hotel
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
  • Sundial Boutique Hotel
  • Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

Winner: Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

This award means a lot to us, not because of the title, because it’s voted for by guests, staff, and peers from around the world. The people who we strive to impress the most, day after day, have cast their vote to say that Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel should receive this award, and that really warms our hearts.

Here’s a quick photo recap of the award’s ceremony at the A-Rosa Kitzbühel.

If you voted let us know next time you come and stay with us, we’d love to give you a big hug!

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Whistler Blackcomb Opening For Winter On November 23rd 2016

Deep December powder turns at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Mountain will begin operations for the 2016.17 winter season one day ahead of schedule on Wednesday, November 23. The head start has been made possible by recent colder temperatures and natural snowfall at lower elevations over the past week. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on Thursday, November 24.

On November 23, guests will have the option to upload Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside Gondola. First upload will be at 8:30am with last upload from the valley at 2:00pm. The lifts will be spinning until 3:00pm with a mandatory download in effect on both gondolas. There will be limited terrain open and early season hazards will exist.

With lots of early season snow, conditions are looking great for opening day.

Blackcomb mountain opening day, November 24th

On November 24, Blackcomb Mountain will open with uploading via the Excalibur Gondola and Excelerator Express as well as the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express. First upload will begin at 8:30am with last upload from the valley at 2:00pm and skiing and boarding until 3:00pm. Mandatory download will be in effect with limited terrain open and early season hazards.

For live lift status throughout the day, guests are encouraged to check the on mountain lift status boards or the Whistler Blackcomb website at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/lifts-and-grooming.

Guests can also download the free Whistler Blackcomb Live powered by Telus app or follow Whistler Blackcomb’s Twitter feed for operational updates using #WBops.

“We would like to remind guests to ski and ride safely as early season conditions will apply, especially off of marked trails,” says MacFarlane. “Please obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by ‘Boundary’ signage.”

Early season on-mountain restaurant hours

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The Roundhouse Lodge will be in operation for opening day including Seppos Bar. The newly renovated Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (GLC), located in Skier’s Plaza at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola, will be open from 11:00am to 1:00am beginning on November 22. Garbo’s Grill & Espresso Bar and Essentially Blackcomb Coffee will both open at 7:00am. Dusty’s Bar & BBQ will be open from 11:00am until 1:00am and Dusty’s Backside will be open for breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00am at the base of the Creekside Gondola. The Creekside Starbucks location will be open from 6:30am until 7:00pm.

For opening day on Blackcomb Mountain, The Rendezvous Lodge will be open as well as the Glacier Creek Lodge. The Wizard Grill will be open for breakfast and lunch beginning at 7:00am and Merlin’s Bar and Grill opens at 11:00am at the base of Blackcomb.

Early season ticket prices at Whistler Blackcomb

Special early season pricing will be in effect for both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain opening days. Adult full-day lift tickets will be $79 (CDN) for November 23-24 and $89 (CDN) beginning on Friday, November 25 through the weekend. Edge Card Direct-to-Lift Rates for adults will be $77 (CDN) on the November 23-24 and $87 (CDN) on the Friday, November 25 through the weekend. More information is available at https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/tickets-and-passes/winter-lift-tickets.

For Canadian, Washington State and Oregon State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $73 (CDN) per day with a ten day card. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long and are available at early bird pricing until November 21. Guests can choose from one, three, five or ten deeply discounted days. Five or ten day EDGE Cards purchased before November 21 also come with a bonus day valid for use until December 16. More information is available atwww.whistlerblackcomb.com/edge.

Avoid the rush on opening day by picking up your passes and cards ahead of time. The Hours of Operation for all Guest Relations locations can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#hours-of-operation.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Whistler

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As a reminder, Whistler Blackcomb is now included in Avalanche Canada’s Sea-To-Sky region. Daily backcountry avalanche bulletins will be issued by Avalanche Canada beginning November 21. More information about backcountry safety at Whistler Blackcomb, including the latest avalanche bulletin for the Sea-To-Sky region, is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/backcountry.

Summit Lodge Wins “Most Unique Guest Experience” At Global Awards

The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel was awarded “Most Unique Guest Experience” in North America at the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards in Abu Dhabi this fall.

Thank you to our guests for keeping us awesome (and kinda’ quirky) all these years!

See the full photo album from the awards here on our Facebook page.

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About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

“The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry in 2014, recognizing exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels with Marinique De Wet as CEO at the helm. This prestigious Awards system is exclusive to the Haute Grandeur brand, and considered without equal because of its method. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public.” – hautegrandeur.com

Whistler Blackcomb Pass Holders Get 5 Free Days At Vail Resorts

Powder Day at Whistler Blakcomb

On October 17, 2016 Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that the deal to acquire Whistler Blackcomb had completed; and that the Number 1 Resort in North America for 2016 is now part of the Vail family.

Although Whistler Blackcomb won’t officially join the Epic Pass program until the 2017.18 winter season, Vail isn’t leaving us out of the party this year. For the 2016.17 winter season Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited season pass holders (including the Spirit Passes and Sea to Sky Passes) can get five days of complimentary skiing and snowboarding at any of Vail Resorts’ U.S. resorts.

Vail Epic Pass US Resorts

Good to know

The five complimentary days at Vail Resorts’ U.S. resorts do not have to be used consecutively and have a handful of restricted holiday dates, including Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 26-31, 2016; and Jan. 14 and Feb. 18-19, 2017.  For a limited time, through Oct. 30, Whistler Blackcomb is bringing the Unlimited Pass back on sale at the early bird rate for skiers and snowboarders who want to take advantage of this opportunity.

Early Bird: Whistler Blackcomb season pass sale

Whistler Blackcomb season passes were on sale at the early bird rate of CAN$1,499 through October 10 and have been extended at the early bird offer through Oct. 30, 2016. Whistler Blackcomb season passes are available online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

 

Save $150 & Pay 50%: Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass 2016.17

Deep powder on March 11th at Whistler Blackcomb

Featured photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

The Whistler Blackcomb Early Bird Season Pass is on sale now, offering guests the chance to save up to $150 (CAD) off a regular priced Unlimited Season Pass if purchased before October 10th, 2016.

Until October 10th buyers can also take advantage of the 50% down payment option, by paying half the total cost of their pass now and the remainder any time before January 23rd, 2017.

Whistler Blackcomb is proud to remain part of The Mountain Collective for the 2016.2017 winter season. This winter The Mountain Collective is happy to announce the addition of Telluride Ski Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort to the alliance’s impressive roster.

“The addition of Revelstoke Mountain Resort to the Mountain Collective is big news for our 2016.2017 Unlimited Season Passholders. Revelstoke is known for big snow and big terrain, something our passholders have grown well accustomed to here in Whistler.” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Blackcomb  Season’s Pass Prices 2016.17

  • Adult (19-64) Early Bird Unlimited Pass is available for $1,499 (CAD) + tax.
  • Senior (65-74) Early Bird Unlimited Season Pass for $899 (CAD) + tax.
  • Youth (13-18) Early Bird Unlimited Season Pass for $769 (CAD) + tax.
  • Child (7-12) Early Bird Unlimited Season Pass for $469 (CAD) + tax.

Buy your 2016.17 Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass, here before Oct 10th 2016.

 Additional Early Bird Unlimited Season Pass Perks Include:

  1. 50% off lift tickets during the 2016.2017 winter season at 13 Mountain Collective destinations, including Aspen Snowmass, AltaSnowbird, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (NEW), Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Sun Valley, Stowe, Taos, Telluride (NEW), Thredbo in Australia and Coronet Peak / The Remarkables in New Zealand
  2. 50% off lift tickets at Sun Peaks Resort for the 2016.2017 winter season
  3. 25% off lift tickets to Silver Star for the 2016.2017 winter season
  4. Discounts on food, shopping, rentals, lessons and lodging at Whistler Blackcomb
  5. Unlimited PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience access in summer 2017

Guests who purchase their Early Bird Unlimited Season Pass before October 10, 2016 can opt in for the following:

  • 50% down payment (administration fee of $25 (CAD) plus tax applies)
  • $399 (CAD) for a $500 (CAD) Whistler Blackcomb Gift Card (offer only available until December 15, 2016)
  • Three Bring-A-Friend tickets for $209 (CAD) (offer only available until December 15, 2016) – available for Adult, Parent, Senior, Super Senior and Spirit Passes only

Whistler Blackcomb Early Bird Unlimited Season Passes are on sale now until October 10, 2016 and can be purchased through www.whistlerblackcomb.com or by calling 1-866-218-9687.  Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the 2016.2017 season is Thursday, November 24, 2016.

13 Things To Look Forward To At The Summit Lodge in Winter 2016.17

Someone once said “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. Well we’re going to open up the box and show you the menu of awesome things guests can expect to eat, see, and do when you stay with us this winter.

1. Foodie Happy Hours

Beer, nachos, wine, cheese, Baileys, and hot chocolate. Sadly not all at the same time. That would be a seriously weird mix of the food groups, but you can get them in delicious pairs three days a week (and totally free) at our guest-only Happy Hours.

  • Happy Hour 1. Beer and Nachos, gringos!
  • Happy Hour 2. Win and Cheese, mon amie
  • Happy Hour 3. Baileys and Hot Chocolate, eh

2. Free Snowshoe Rentals

There’s more to Whistler than skiing and snowboarding, and we want everyone to see it. We have a range of snowshoes for guests to take out (free of charge) to explore Whistler. We have small (kids), medium, and large available on a first-come-first-served basis. Afternoons seem to be the most popular times, but we really love a pre-breakfast snowshoe in the morning sun.

3. Super Fast, No Charge Fibre Optic WiFi

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Forgot a last minute piece of work that you really need to finish or are you getting withdrawal symptoms from Game of Thrones? Whether your vice is work or Netflix Originals we’ve got you covered and we’ll never buffer your favourite show.

4. 100% Free International Phone Calls

Say what now?! Keeping in touch with family is important – even if it’s just gloating about all the face-shots you got on Peak Chair or the fresh lines after the First Tracks breakfast. All you have to do is dial 9-0-1-1 to get an outside line and then enter the phone number plus the international country code.

5. In Room iPads

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This is the one screen you won’t want to escape on your vacation. Next to the bed, in all our rooms, you will find your very own iPad Mini loaded with things to make your time in Whistler more awesome.
On the home screen you’ll find a link to our blog (Whistler’s most popular travel and adventure blog) the Art of Living, you can access our app to help you find activities and events, and it even doubles up as a good ol’ alarm clock. We thought of everything.

6. Free Deluxe Hot Chocolate Station

Because no ski day is complete without at least one hot chocolate, piled high with whipped cream, topped with fluffy marshmallows.

7. Candy Bar Happy Hours

Candy Corner at the Summit Lodge
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Not that we’re encouraging a bunch of grown adults to get hopped-up on sugar and free coffee but well, you know, some times you’ve just got to let out the inner 9 year old and eat your body weight in liquorice laces.

8. The Best Pay Per View Movies

Want to snuggle in a soft bathrobe and watch Will Ferrell movies back-to-back while gorging on deluxe hot chocolate? Don’t worry we’re not judging. In fact we might just join you!

9. Sharp & Stylish Design Upgrades

Summit Lodge Lobby Design by Beyond Beige
Summit Lodge lobby design by local, Vancouver company Beyond Beige

We’re a little excited about this one, and if you follow us on Facebook you’ll know why. We’re working with the fantastic interior design firm Beyond Beige in Vancouver to upgrade and redesign our rooms and lobby. We’re hoping to have it all done and ready to for you to enjoy by winter 2016.17.

10. Free Morning Joe In The Lobby

Need we say any more. And, yes, you can come down in your PJ’s.

11. Lift Line Shuttle On The House

You came this far now relax. Don’t waste your energy walking to the lift let our kind (and really funny) shuttle drivers get you where you need to go. Shuttles leave each morning from outside the hotel.

12. No Charge Ski-Valet & Secure Storage

Check it and forget it. Jump off the shuttle at the end of the day, hand your gear to our ski-valet and don’t worry about it again until the morning.

13. In-House Ski & Snowboard Tuning

Getting splitboard edges fixed at Underground Tuning Whistler

The Summit Lodge is home to Whistler’s best hand-tuning wizards. Yohann and his team at Underground Tuning have an undeniable reputation for quality and look after the gear of some of Whistler’s most notorious pro athletes. If you’re the kind of person that digs your skis out of the closet two weeks before your vacation, take them for a full tune-up. We promise you’ll notice the difference.

Blackcomb Ascent trail opening Saturday, August 6th 2016

Whistler Blackcomb's New Uphill Hiking Trails: The Ascent

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Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce their new uphill hiking experience, The Blackcomb Ascent Trails.

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are three new interconnected uphill hiking trails that meander through beautiful old growth coastal rain forest terrain from Whistler’s valley bottom to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Upon completion, the trails will travel a total of 5.2km with a total elevation gain of 1,200 metres.

Trails that will open on August 6 are Little Burn & Big Burn (to the top of Wizard Express) with the final trail completed summer 2017. For additional information check out this link: https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/blackcomb-ascent-trail

“These trails have been designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of Blackcomb Mountain while offering an exhilarating uphill hike with the option to download using our lift system,” says Arthur De Jong, Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “This allows guests to maximize the health benefits of a continuous uphill climb while avoiding the pounding of downhill hiking.”

Day tickets for The Blackcomb Ascent Trail

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are designed as an uphill hiking experience. For guests who want to access the Blackcomb chairlifts on the way up or down, the Blackcomb Ascent ticket is $15 (CAD) and free for Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass or Day Ticket holders. Blackcomb Ascent tickets include one download on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain and must be purchased from Guest Services at the base of Blackcomb Mountain prior to hiking.

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Photos by Robin O’Neill / Whistler Blackcomb

Wildflower Season

Once you’ve ticked The Ascent off your list, hop on Solarcoaster Chair at the top of Big Burn and head to the top of the mountain to view the alpine wildflowers. The best place to experience the wildflowers in full bloom are are along High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain and Decker Loop on Blackcomb Mountain.

Related post: 8 Whistler Wildflowers To Watch Out For This Week

There are currently 14 trails open and the wildflowers are in bloom for a limited time, so don’t forget your camera!

Hiking on Blackcomb during wildflower season

Photo: Robin O’Neill / Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Lakes Bicycle Tours

Embark on a leisurely cycle along Whistler’s valley trail network with one of our knowledgeable guides,  take in some of BC’s striking mountain landscape while you ride through lush forests & visit some of the many pristine lakes dotted throughout the valley. Soak in the sights and sounds of this world famous resort, and even learn about our town’s spectacular history along the way. Our guides know all the best lakeside locations to take in the stunning Whistler landscape.

Tours last for 2 hour, run daily at 10am and 2pm, and can be pre-booked any time at a Whistler Blackcomb ticket desk or with one of our frontdesk staff.