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Snowboarding Prime Minister Trudeau Plugs Whistler On CNN

This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Davos, Switzerland representing Canada at the World Economic Forum. Where, during an interview for the CNN segment, Fareed Zakaria GPS, the PM reminisced on his time as snowboard instructor at Whistler Blackcomb and unabashedly told the audience they “just have just got to come to Whistler”.

Watch the segment of Prime Minister Trudeau’s interview where he plugs Whistler to the crowd.

Full interview with PM Trudeau: https://youtu.be/Md8ofqVNB-E


Canada’s Snowboarding Prime Minister

prime minister trudeau snowboard instructor

As the second youngest Prime Minster in Canadian history and a graduate of the University of British Columbia, it’s not surprising that PM Trudeau learned to snowboard. In an interview with CBC, one of Justin Trudeau’s snowboarding pals said that the now PM would drive up to Whistler on weekends to teach the Whistler Blackcomb Ride Tribe programs, designed to get teens into snowboarding.

Although Justin is the son of former Prime Minster Pierr Trudeau, it would seems that while he was at university he lived a regular ski/snowboard bum life just like the rest of us:

“Justin drove an exceptionally crappy car. We used to nickname it the Staff Car. More often than not, we’d be huddled around a little heater in the front seat. I’d have to hop out at intersections and push the car so it wouldn’t die. It was always a miracle we made it to where we were going.” – univeristy friend Sean Smillie, in an interview with CBC: Justin Trudeau built for speed and risk

We think you’ll agree that Canada gets points for having the coolest Prime Minister, ever.

justin-trudeau snowboarding


Snow High, Dollar Low: Best US to Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate In 15 Years

Canadian Dollar Exchange Rate

If there has ever been a time to tick Whistler off your bucket-list, it might just be now. Two forces are at play that are making winter vacations more affordable and more fun than ever before.

It would seem that Mother Nature and the economy are aligned to bring you the most snow for the lowest price.

1. The Whistler is having the 4th biggest snowfall in the last 10 years

It’s true, we’ve done the math. Our base currently stands at 169cm, and over the first 2 months of the season Whistler has received over 5 meters of snowfall.

2. The Canadian Dollar currently sits at 69 cents US

Rate as of January 18, 2016. Check for yourselves with our new Quick Currency Calculator powered by Google Finance: https://www.summitlodge.com/currency-converter-canadian-dollar/

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Falling Canadian Dollar is music to the ears of US, UK and Australian travellers

As the Canadian Dollar continues to fall against most other major currencies, it’s not all bad news. In fact it’s good news for travellers coming to Canada from the US, the UK, and Australia. This week the Loonie opened at 69 cents for each US dollar, an exchange rate that hasn’t been seen since since April 2000.

That’s the equivalent of a huge 31% discount on your accommodation, lift passes, rentals, dining, and travel costs.

Related post: 12 Awesome Things That Are 50% In Whistler For Brits

And there’s more good news for people looking to travel to Canada in the summer, according to an article in Blooomberg Business , as the year progresses the Canadian Dollar is projected reach an all-time low of 59 cents US.

So why wait? The stars are aligned, the snow is falling, and the savings are high!

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[WATCH] Epic TV’s 6 Reasons Whistler Blackcomb Is “Best Resort In The World”

If you’re in to skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking chances are high that Whistler is on your radar. It may even be on your bucket-list, but how high up? EPIC TV thinks it should be right up there at the very top, calling our town the “best resort in the world”.

Of course we agree, but we’ll let EPIC TV’s 6 reasons speak for themselves.

Related Facebook Post If you could describe in one word why you love Whistler, what would it be? We’d love to know, share yours here: http://bit.ly/whistlerin1word

1. Great History

2. Great Terrain

3. Great Powder

4. Great Snowparks

5. Great Mountain Biking

6. Great Community

You can see the full, extended blog post here: epictv.com/photo/article/six-reasons-why-whistler-blackcomb-best-resort-world

Aurora Could Light Up New Year’s Eve In Whistler 2015/16

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The aurora’s swirling colours may light up night skies as far south as 50 degrees geomagnetic latitude, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, potentially making the light show visible to people in places as far as Oregon and Illinois. That’s fantastic news for us here in Whistler!

A northern lights article by CBC says that it’s likely that it will be cities along the Canada-US boarder and further north who will get a glimpse of the lights. The New Year’s Eve night skies are forecast to be clear and bright, so after the midnight fireworks at Skiers Plaza turn your eyes north towards Wedge Mountain and Armchair Glacier, and you might get a little extra sparkle on New Year’s Eve.

Aurora in Whistler

Whistler has been buzzing with northern lights all year, here are just a few of the fascinating and magical photos of aurora in Whistler through 2015.

Full list of top aurora photos from Whistler, here: Whistler Northern Lights: 16 Aurora Photographs That Will Make You Wish You’d Stayed Awake This Summer

▲▽ Star gazing ▲▽ #campvibes #callaghanlake #whistlerunfiltered #wildernessculture #exploremore #travelstoke #letscamp #explorebc A photo posted by Claire Lang Photography (@clairelangphotography) on

Happy New Year, may your days be filled with spontaneous adventure, midnight swims, and unforgettable moments!

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.

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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 Blackcomb lifts open at 8am over the New Year 2015/16

Good news for all you early birds, Whistler Blackcomb lifts are now open at 8am!

Whistler Blackcomb lift times

The early uploads start today on December 29th and the last day will be January 3rd. With all the great snow and fantastic weather this is good news for people who like to hit the slopes before the masses. And with mornings like this, why would you want to waste any time?!

You might also like: summitlodge.com/whistler-webcams

Early start gets the fresh tracks! #whistler

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Found it! #powder #hunting #love #skiing #life #backcountry #whistler #gladunlimited photo by @joonasm A photo posted by Jenni Glad (@gladunlimited) on

Whistler Makes #1 Spot Of Top Resorts For Pow Turns In 2015

Last week Unofficial networks released a post called “Top 5 Ski Resorts To Score Christmas Powder Turns In 2015” and with photos like the ones below, it’s easy to see why Whistler was number 1 on the list!

Read the original post on Unofficial Networks: http://unofficialnetworks.com/2015/12/top-5-ski-resorts-to-score-christmas-pow-turns-in-2015

It’s undeniable that the start to the 2015/16 season has be been beyond expectations. Whistler Blackcomb came into the Holiday Season with an average of 5 meters of snow every week since opening day, and while we’ve had some blue bird days over Christmas this long range forecast from Accuweather shows no sign of a break in the back-to-back snow storm cycles.

Whistler Snow Forecast for the January 2016

Whistler, December 2015

I got what I wanted for Christmas. #powderday #decembertoremember #lppseason3 #skiing @factionskis @arcteryx ?@thedjdakota A photo posted by Low Pressure Podcast (@lowpressurepodcast) on

No better feeling than hitting untouched pow! Pic: @______n.b______ A photo posted by MODEL╳DISCJOCKEY╳WHISTLER, BC (@jye_emdur) on

#christmas #ootd #whenyoudontcareaboutxmas #skipowder #getoutside #actonly #wipeoutrightafter ?????? A photo posted by Andrea Lim (@glittersgold) on


Whistler again. Sorry for the mountain spam but what a spot. #snowboarding #whistler #holidays


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Today was a good day!! Droppin mad pillows 5days after the storm in the midd of the resort @whistlerblackcomb A photo posted by Alvaro Muñoz Santos (@intothewoods_productions) on


Shredding in some fresh powder! #Whistler #Blackcomb #snowboarding #snow


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Yet Another Storm Brings Even More Snow To Whistler

Mother Nature really is making up for last year. Not even 1 month in to this season and we’ve already seen 342cm (11.2 feet) of snowfall, with the current snow base measured this morning at 155cm!

Today the second storm cycle of the week arrived and has been coating the mountains and Whistler Village with fresh snow. with around 10-15 cm through the day today, and around another 25cm tonight (Dec 12 2015) we’re in for a solid weekend of top notch powder skiing and riding. Dig our your snorkel, you’re probably going to need it!
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Yesterday: Dec 11 2015

Snow Forecast is powder for days at Whistler Blackcomb

The brief break between storms yesterday saw the sun shining and blue skies peeking through, providing amazing conditions for some unreal photos.

Take a look at the current snow report here and keep up the snow dances or whatever you’ve been doing, as it’s clearly been working!

Whistler Set To Recieve Over 2 Meters Of Snow In The Next 6 Days

We’ve heard rumbles, over the last week, of a huge of a storm approaching the south west coast of British Columbia. And like the impatient powder hunters that we are, we’ve been hitting refresh on snow-forecast.com every 30 mins for the past 7 days.

In that time, we’ve watched as the Whistler snow forecast grew from 96 cm, to 140 cm, and now to a mega 211 cm. All set to fall between Wednesday December 2nd and Monday December 7th, 2015.

That’s all of Whistler Blackcomb’s average snowfall for December, in the first week of the month!

Whistler snow forecast

Don’t say we didn’t tell you. If you have the ability to drive here, do it now.

Related post: 5 Secret, Creative & Adventurous Reasons To Visit Whistler In December

Whistler Weather

Whistler is a goldilocks town. A town just close enough to the sea to get higher than average precipitation and just high enough in altitude that the precipitation turns to snow. Did you know, this whole region of BC is a temperate rainforest? One of the most endangered in the world, in fact.

This magical combination of Pacific weather systems combined with mountain geography makes for spectacular – but notoriously hard to predict – winter weather patterns.

The best way to stay on top of Whistler’s weather forecast is through:

1. the Whistler Blackcomb app – live temps, web cams, and snow reports
3. snow-forecast.com – snowfall forecasting and temperature predictions

Have fun this week!

We Won! Voted Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel For The Second Year

Chantel Masse receiving our award on behalf of the whole Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel team

We could hardly believe our eyes and ears when we found out that our little Whistler hotel had won this prestigious award for the second year in a row.

What makes this award so special is the intimacy of the voters. It’s not just a group of executives looking at websites, products, and packages from a far; the votes are cast by guests, staff, and fellow industry members. Knowing that we were voted Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel by our peers, and guests is the greatest icing on the cake.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Whistler Hotel Voted Canada's Best Ski Boutique Hotel At World Ski Awards

About The World Ski Awards

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the ski industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in ski tourism.

In the award’s inaugural of 2013, hundreds of thousands of travel professionals, travellers, and snowsports enthusiasts from across the globe voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels.

2014 was the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel’s first year as a nominee and, if we’re honest, we were honoured to have just got that far. We would never have dreamed we’d be sitting here as the recipient of a World Ski Award, two years in a row.

We’d also like to say a huge congratulations to our fellow Whistler hotel, the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside who won Canada’s Best Ski Hotel 2015.

Press and Media

We’d really be delighted if you’d like to share our good news with you readers. Please take what you need from this blog post, or contact vicky [@] summitlodge.com for more details and high-res photographs.