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Opening Weekend 2012

Whistler Blackcomb Opening Weekend is November 22 – 25, 2012.

It’s almost here. Ready? Opening weekend in Whistler is one weekend of the year winter sports enthusiasts look forward to all year long. With something for everyone – sports, sightseeing, entertainment and shopping – I just dare you not to have a phenomenal time. Encompassing both paid and free events catering to young, sports nuts, weekend warriors, parents and grandparents alike, opening weekend in Whistler is an unequivocal crowd-pleaser, regardless of age or budget.






Whistler Blackcomb Opening Weekend Highlights:

  • Whistler and Blackcomb mountains open for skiing and snowboarding. Thursday, November 22 at 8:30 am.
  • The Peak 2 Peak Gondola Opens for Winter Sightseeing.
  • Music and street performers throughout the Village from 8 am to noon, November 22 to 25.
  • Free evening fireworks displays in Skier’s Plaza. Saturday, November 24 at 7pm.
  • Performance Series Presents with performers David Myles and Ali Milner. Saturday November 24 – 8:30pm at Millennium Place. Tickets $25.
  • Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler’s Original Artisan Market, has built a reputation of presenting unique, quality, hand-made art and crafts for those looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. Saturday, November 24: 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday, November 25: 10 am – 3 pm. Entry by Donation.
  • FIBT World Cup for Bobsleigh and Skeleton at The Whistler Sliding Centre. November 23 2012 – 12:15pm to November 24 2012 – 11:45am.


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Whistler Blackcomb #1

Whistler Blackcomb has been named the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America by the readers of Ski Magazine. The 26th annual readers’ poll ranks the top 60 North America ski resorts in Ski Magazine’s Resort Guide, hitting newsstands Oct. 16. The survey of 20,000 Ski readers is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind in the winter sports industry.

“It’s an incredible honour to be ranked the No. 1 overall mountain resort by the readers of Ski Magazine,” says Dave Brownlie, President and COO at Whistler Blackcomb. “Ski Magazine’s rankings come as very high accolades because they reflect the discerning views of skiers from across North America. Our consistent and reliable snowfall, and size and variety of our natural terrain combined with first-rate customer service make our guests’ experiences at Whistler Blackcomb one of the best in the industry. We are looking forward to delivering another award winning experience again this winter.”

Along with being named the No. 1 overall resort, Whistler Blackcomb ranked highly in many other individual categories, including ranking No. 1 overall in Terrain Variety, and No. 2 overall in Service, Lodging, Après, Off Hill Activities, and Digital Presence. Whistler Blackcomb also placed in the top five resorts for Challenge of Terrain, Lifts, On-Mountain Food, Dining, Scenery, Terrain Parks, and Overall Guest Satisfaction.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Whistler Blackcomb is constantly striving to improve, and this season guests can look forward to enhancements both on and off of the hill. With award winning terrain variety, sometimes it can be hard for guests to know where to start. New this season are the Wonder Routes, a network of tours, trails, waypoints and stops that have been compiled to help guests navigate the mountain and discover Whistler Blackcomb’s most wonder-filled places.

Whistler Blackcomb’s digital presence will also see an upgrade this season with improvements to The Whistler Blackcomb Live, Powered by TELUS app, which now features powder alerts designed to notify guests when fresh snow is in the forecast. The app also allows skiers and riders to track their runs using GPS, share their speed and vertical as well as take and share photos with friends via Twitter and Facebook.

Whistler Blackcomb has also upgraded its grooming fleet by replacing seven snow cats and adding three new park cats. The new equipment, coupled with Whistler Blackcomb’s 220-strong fleet of state-of-the-art snow guns, enables Whistler Blackcomb to offer guests a consistent and high quality ski experience from opening day in November to the last day of the season in May.

Originally posted by The Province.

Whistler Blackcomb Alpine

While Whistler Blackcomb Mountains may be best known for the amazing and reliable skiing/snowboarding, Whistler is actually a year-round destination. When the winter melts away in the Alpine, a variable smorgasbord of colour and wildlife emerge. Alpine meadows, sprawling glaciers and indigenous wildlife are just some of the wonders to experience on Whistler’s hiking and walking trails.

Your adventure begins with a quick ride up the whistler village gondola; keep an eye out for bears that often graze on the slopes. You will also see downhill mountain bikers riding some of the most intricate and expansive downhill trail network in North America.

The first stop is the Round House Lodge – if that’s as far as you decide to go it’s still an epic photo opportunity with seeming never-ending scenic mountain views. Be sure to make time for lunch at the Round House Lodge and enjoy it on the patio while you soak in the majestic mountains.

If you would like to see more or plan on hitting the hiking trails, then step aboard on the PEAK2PEAK Gondola and prepare for 11 minutes of jaw dropping sightseeing (*Tip – there are 2 Gondolas with glass bottoms, ask the lift attendant if you want to wait for them). The record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering marvel that links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains together at their peaks. Boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 kilometres or 1.88 miles), it is also the highest lift of its kind with an elevation of 436 metres  /1,427 feet.

Whistler Blackcomb Mountains offer amazing alpine hiking trails. Both mountains are famous for their alpine wildflowers and you can expect to see an abundance of colourful Fireweed (a purple-red flower), Western Anemone (looks a bit like a mop), Tiger lilies and Pink Monkey Flowers. Keep an eye out for the elusive Hoary Marmot  (North America’s largest ground squirrel) which inhabits the mountains.

Many hiking tours are available and recommended for those new to hiking. While the alpine experience is definitely a must do while in Whistler it is always more enjoyable with a knowledgeable guide at the helm.

Be sure to dress in layers as weather can be unpredicatable, always carry water and don’t forget your camera!

Ask our front desk agents about tours when booking your stay with Summit Lodge & Spa. They can assist in arranging tours and activities for your perfect Whistler vacation – 1 (888) 913.8811.

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