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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah, it does.

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

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

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

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

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


Whistler Must-Do: Superfly

TAG’s launches new zipline, Superfly: An account from a first time Superflyer

The Adventure Group (TAG) celebrated Canada’s 146th birthday in style. July 1st 2013, marked the opening of Canada’s longest ziplines, at well over a kilometer long, 600 feet off the forest floor, and clocking speeds of 100km/hour. And let me tell you, as a first time Superflyer, I can confidently say that TAG’s Superfly Ziplines has much to boast about!

If I had to describe my experience in one word, make that sound, it would have to be “YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!” In fact, as I rewatch video footage from my flights, that is precisely what I was yelling as I soared above the tree tops.

My trip began at the Superfly Clocktower Office, where I was greeted by the super friendly staff. The soon to be Superflyers and I then hopped on the shuttle bus, and within ten minutes we arrived at the Superfly adventure base, located in Whistler’s stunning mountain wilderness. Shuttle transportation is provided from Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons offices – how convenient eh?!

Our amazing guides explained Superfly safety and procedures, as we stepped into our harnesses, fitted with backpacks for the safe keeping of valuables. We were each given trolley rigs, and then we set off for the two warm-up lines, which gets flyers into the zone before heading way up the mountain to reach new heights.

While standing on the platform that connects Rainbow Mountain to Cougar Mountain, I could hardly fathom that I’d soon be suspended hundreds of feet above the valley floor. I took a deep breath, and with a “Ready Spaghetti?!” from the guide, I was launched and screaming “YIPPEEEEEEEE!” It was if I’d strapped on a pair of wings.

Superfly did exactly what it set out to accomplish — develop a product that approximates the feeling of flying. Custom-built and using comfortable harnesses and a revolutionary braking system, my flight was smooth and safe. To follow up the longest ziplines, I then clipped on to the fastest of all ziplines, “Godzilla.” In the “torpedo position,” I was reaching close to 90km/hour!

Superfly takes their name seriously, and boy did they deliver. Locals and tourists can become Superflyers year round, soaring in the summer breeze or crisp winter air. Zipline tours are open to guests aged 7 and up. For more information call the super helpful Superfly staff at +1 604 932 0647 or inquire at info@superfly.com.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge is eager to help you plan your ‘Superfly Adventure’ in Whistler. For information in booking your stay and activities call Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.