5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes That Are Actually Awesome

Have you been too busy to get a costume together in time for Halloween? Or maybe you’re just one of those people that leaves everything to the last minute. Whatever your ghastly excuse is the best costumes are always the creative ones!

So here’s our top 5 recommendations for creative last minute DIY Halloween costumes that you can make at home – in order of most complicated to the very simplest, including where you can buy the supplies.

1. A Banksy Painting

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Original image from http://www.neatorama.com

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2. Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

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Original photo from http://kerli.buzznet.com

What you’ll need:

We also found a great Day of the Dead makeup tutorial, here.

3. Cat in Love Emoji

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Original image from http://instagram.com/surfacemag

What you’ll need:

4. Cereal Killer

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Original image from http://www.instructables.com/id/Cereal-Killer/

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5. TP Mummies

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Original image from http://cdn.ymaservices.com

What you’ll need:

It’s that simple!

A note of caution to ladies: It’s really hard to use the washroom when your fully wrapped up.

That’s it for our round up of fiendishly fast last minute costumes. Happy Halloween!

#SummitLovesWAG A Twitter-Powered Donation

 

#SummitLovesWAG

#SummitLovesWAG is a project that literally evolved on Twitter overnight, and we’re so excited that we’ve been able to make it happen with help from a few of our online friends. Hopefully you’re interested to find out all about it, so let us fill in the gaps:

Gap 1: While very excited last night that we had 1976 followers, we tweeted this…

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Gap 2: After a few retweets @timberloo suggested this this…

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Gap 3: And then @tatterededge one-upped us and added this…

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Gap 4: We’re now donating 50¢ to WAG for every new Twitter follower in October!

It really happened just like that. We asked our Twitter followers what we should do and this really means a lot to them, so we’re going with it and we’re incredibly excited! It’s not often, on social media, that you get to be part of something that genuinely has a direct impact on the community you live in. This is incredibly apt as it is also National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, too – this impromptu fundraiser couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Sometimes the universe lays out the pieces and you just have to put them together. Thanks cosmos!

Gap 5: What is WAG and why is it important to us

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Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) was founded in 1982 when two friends identified the need for an animal rescue service in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Since then, WAG has grown into a respected community asset that has found ‘forever homes’ for thousands of animals from great danes to guinea pigs. Without them, many of our furry friends would not be living the happy lives they have today.

Follow WAG on Twitter @WhistlerWAG and on Facebook at /WhistlerWAG

Why is 2000 followers is important to us?

To some people 2000 followers might not seem like a lot, but to us this is a big deal. We relish every opportunity to meet new exciting people – and now we know almost 2000 awesome people, on Twitter alone!

For example, just yesterday we came across this a gorgeous photo of musician, actress and writer  at Lost Lake on Instagram. Interested in how her songwriting was going, we found her on Twitter which then lead to her visiting us in person for an inspiring creative afternoon at the hotel.

We love our online family, so when we realised we were almost at 2000 followers we asked everyone on Twitter what we should do to celebrate…and this is the happy ending.

How to share, follow and help raise money

First, please start by following us on Twitter at @WhistlerSummit. Second, share this post with everyone you know so they too can share the story of #SummitLovesWAG. Thirdly, please include the has hashtags #SummitLovesWAG and #SummitCommunity so we can track the progress.

Thank you for being part of the adventure!

 

p.s. It would be incredible if this went vital and we raised provincial or global awareness for WAG. Having said that, this awesome impromptu fundraiser was not in our budget, we just wanted to help make one of our followers ideas become a reality. So should it go viral, we sadly will have to cap our donation at $1000, but we will donate our time and social media networks to continuing to promote Whistler Animals Galore!

 

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Over Whistler

Blood Moon Timelapse over Whistler

Last night the cosmos gave us a spectacular show – a full lunar eclipse on the Hunter’s Moon.

What is a “Blood Moon”?

The term “blood moon” is one of many that originate from from folklore and skylore (a form of folklore centred on the sky). There was a blood moon back on April 15th 2014 and last night’s was the second of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad, with the remaining three eclipses taking place on  April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.

According to earthsky.org, “The Hunter’s Moon is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon”, and it was also accompanied by a lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon. The Hunter’s Moon comes after the autumnal equinox and also goes by other names, depending on where you’re from, and can also be called the Hunter’s Moon, the Frosty Moon, or the Beaver Moon

Blood Moon over Whistler

Any kind of lunar display is an exciting event, and local photographer (and baker of incredible cookies, really!) David McColm was out at the crack of dawn, primed with his camera, a steady hand and a fist-full of determination to capture the blood moon over Whistler. Above are a few timelapse shots that David has stitched together to show the changing colour phases of the moon. The ominous cloud adds an eerie feeling to the aptly named blood moon.

Follow David McColm for more incredible local photography

Twitter @triwhistler

Facebook /davidmccolm.photography

Instagram dlmccolm

#SummitCulture: Best Coffee In Whistler Is Not What You’d Expect

 

Best Coffee In Whistler Mount Currie Coffee Co

Jitter juice, jet fuel, morning thunder…what ever you choose to call it coffee is important to locals and guests here in Whistler. It perks us up on early morning pow days, gets us up for extended play in the bike park after a long day at work or out adventuring, and it is regularly used as a gift from guests to retail assistants to show appreciation for really great service.

So being at the heart of a town that some-what runs on ‘jitter juice’ we are regularly asked by people who stay with us “Where’s the best coffee in Whistler?”.

When asked, it’s a question we ponder carefully because no-one wants to be ‘that person’ who recommended a bad coffee. So after rigorous, and somewhat scientific testing, we stumbled upon Whistler’s best kept coffee secret and we’re about to let you in on it.

So shhhh, don’t tell everyone.

The Big Secret: Emma at Mount Currie Coffee Co.

Whistler’s secret coffee weapon is not a special bean, an innovative new machine or a particular method, as you might expect. It’s pure passion…. in the form a person.

A person we’re going to call “Emma”. Why? Because that’s her name and we really want you to ask for her next time you’re in town!

Disclaimer: You have to be in Mount Currie when you ask for her, we can’t guarantee you’ll get the right Emma (or even coffee) if you ask for her at any other establishment in town

Who: Emma

Where She’s From: Calgary, Alberta

Moved To Whistler: June 2014

Lives In Whistler Because: “The mountains are right there! In Calgary you have to travel to get up the hill, here it’s right on my doorstep”

What Makes Emma’s Coffee So Awesome: She was trained by some of the best barista’s in the country – Phil & Sebastian, in Calgary. Coffee-lovers you may know Phil & Sebastian because their staff regularly make appearances at The Canadian National Barista Championship as competitors and judges. And thankfully for Whistler, they passed on their golden knowledge to our new favourite barista, Emma.

To find Emma and her exquisite coffee just mosey on down to Mount Currie Coffee Co on Main Street, Whistler. It’s just a few steps from the hotel and we know you’ll love her and her joe.

She Makes The Best Coffee In Whistler, Literally. They’re Not Paying Us To Say This

Honestly. We won’t go anywhere else now, we’re hooked. See you there!

Emma At Mount Currie Coffee Co Making A Cappuchino

New here?  Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Review: Leonardo DiCaprio’s UN Climate Change Summit is Brutally Honest and Rightly So

Two days ago, at the UN Climate Change Summit, Leonardo DiCaprio compelled the United Nations, and the world, to “make history” or “be vilified by it.​”.

In his first speech as UN Messenger of Peace the celebrity environmental activist told dignitaries that “this disaster has gone beyond just what individuals can do, it’s now about our industries and governments around the world taking decisive large scale action”.

Why Leo’s Speech is Important to Us

First and foremost, we love this planet we call home. We love the people, the trees, the coffee, and especially the lakes! But on a deeper level, actively striving to reduce our environmental impact is a long term investment. An investment that we’re making not to “jump on the bandwagon” but as an investment in the future, for our employees, our guests and our town. We are incredibly lucky to have a team here that are environmentally conscious right from the front desk staff, to housekeeps, to management. If we can have even a small impact on our industry, by changing how we operate, it will be a win for everyone.

“We’re looking seriously at what we can do as a hotel that goes beyond just changing our lightbulbs and separating our recycling. We have a long way to go because the Summit Lodge is located in an old building and we’re part of an industry that naturally produces a lot of waste…but we are constantly searching, every day, for new products, suppliers and ways of operating that will reduce our carbon footprint and strain on the local and global environment” – Tony Medd, GM, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

We’re in This Together

The Dali Lama wisely said “when you speak you only repeat what you already know, when you listen you may learn something new” and in that spirt we’d really like to hear your thoughts on Leo’s speech. Please leave a comment below and (unlike many other blogs) we’ll actually read them.

World Ski Awards: Vote for Us!

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There’s only one day to go before voting closes for the 2014 World Ski Awards and we’d like to ask for yours, your friends, your family’s and your dog’s (you might have to click the button for them) help.

Please vote for us to win Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014!

We’ve been nominated for the award: Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014 and of course we’d love to win but not only for the accolade…for our staff.

The team at the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel are the greatest collection of kind, creative, passionate and dedicated people anywhere in Whistler, and winning this award would be an achievement for them and huge recognition for all their hard work. Please take 2 minutes and help us make this dream come true!

How to Cast Your World Ski Awards Vote

It’s super simple. Just follow the link below and, if you’re pressed for time, you can even log in with Facebook to make it all happen in just 2 clicks.

Vote for Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel for Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel, here 2014

A thousand thank you’s in advance, and if you get a friend to vote we’ll give you a big hug next time we see you!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Every April, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) takes Whistler by storm. Over 250,000 fans flock to the world-renown mountain resort each year to witness North America’s largest annual snowsport, music, and mountain culture celebration.  No matter how you do it – by boat, by plane, by train – just get to Whistler from April 11-20, 2014 and get involved!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Here’s the full 2014 Schedule – we’ve highlighted and linked Summit’s top event choices for you to check out. And remember the World Ski & Snowboard Festival asks you to embrace the Festival’s motto: Party in April, Sleep in May! Buy your tickets and book your accommodation today!

Exciting WSSF EventsMusic

Outdoor Concert Series – Daily from 2:30-5:30PM at Skiers Plaza for FREE
► Bud Light Freeride Club Series – Various Clubs & Bars in Whistler for FREE
► SILENT DISCO – Friday, April 18 from 9PM-1AM at GLC for $20.00
The END – Saturday, April 19 from 10PM-4AM at Whistler Conference Centre for $35.00

Arts

Intersection – April 16 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown – April 15 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker ENCORE – April 18 at 7PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $25.00
► Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown – April 17 at 8PM at Whistler Conference Centre – SOLD OUT
State of the ART – April 11 to 20 at Whistler Conference Centre for FREE
► 2nd Cuts Filmmaker Screening – April 16 at 12PM-3PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $10.00
Best of the Fest
– April 20 at 8:30PM at GLC for $25.00

Sports

Big Air – April 19 at Skiers Plaza for FREE
The Shred Show – April 11-13 on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for FREE
► Demo Park – April 12-13 and 19-20 on Whistler Mountain (Outside Roundhouse Lodge) for FREE
► Mascot Mayhem – April 19 at 11AM-12PM at Whistler Village for FREE – Kid Friendly
Whistler Dogfest
– April 20 at 12PM-2PM at Village Common for FREE
Super BRAWL Sunday: Roller Derby
– April 20 at 6PM at Whistler Conference Centre for $15.00

Fabulous WSSF Facts

  • The average temperature in Whistler Village during the WSSF in April is 11oC.
  • Over the past three years, WSSF has helped contribute over $28,000 to the Playground Builders, an organization that builds playgrounds for children in war-torn areas.
  • On average, the WSSF sees over 300 volunteers log more than 3000 hours every spring.
  • Over 50 musical acts played at two outdoor stages and 9 different indoor venues in 2013, offering more than 100 hours of free music to festival-goers. Last year’s award-winning artists included The Arkells, Swollen Members, Nas, and K-OS.
  • A number of Olympians have competed at various WSSF ski and snowboard events, including: Gus Kenworthy, Sage Kotsenburg, Mike Riddle, Sebastien Toutant, Yuki Tsubota, Roz Groenewoud, and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.

 
Now in its 19th year, the WSSF continues to grow in scope and popularity. WSSF is voted Whistler’s “Event of the Year” every year by Whistler locals and it is the perfect showcase of the resort’s diverse personality and energy. For those who can’t make it to Whistler, they can join the international television audience in over 122 countries!

For more information give the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Summit Lodge a call at 1.888.913.8811. They’ll be more than excited to tell you more about the amazing events going on during the WSSF.

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Winter Whistler Activities

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1) Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Sign your kids up for ski and snowboard lessons! Whistler Blackcomb groups 3 to 6 and 7 to 12 year olds together, to ensure that your kids are learning with friends their own age and skill level. Tots and Kids Lessons and Camps are designed for kids, and are taught by instructors who are kids at heart. By signing your children up for Snow School, you’re not only investing in future pathfinders, explorers and trailblazers, but ensuring your child develops confidence, and understands the importance of safety on the mountain.

2) Magic Castle & Tree Fort

“Na-na-na-na-boo-boo, I’m the King of the castle!” Your kids can be Kings and Queens of the Magic Castle on Blackcomb Mountain, and explore the tree tops in the enchanted Tree Fort on Whistler Mountain. These outdoor play areas provide a little magic for families to explore while taking a break from skiing and snowboarding. Your kids will keep busy, climbing, sliding, and exploring in these made-for-kids mountain feature.

3) Coca-Cola Tube Park

The family fun doesn’t have to end when the lifts close, because the Coca Cola Tube Park, located at Base 2 Zone of Blackcomb Mountain is open seven days a week, until 7PM. Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise down the exhilarating, multi-lane tubing hill. The lanes are 1,000 ft long, but fear not, there’s no way we’d expect the kids to walk back up the hill – no, no. A state-of-the-art carpet style conveyor transports you effortlessly back up for another run. The Coca Cola Tube Park is a Whistler Winter Must Do! Adults, you’ll be surprised by how much this winter activity brings the kid out in you!

4) Ziptrek Ecotours

Watch the kids soar to new heights this winter with the amazing Ziptrek tour guides and other adventurous Ziptrek tour-goers. Be a sport, and earn major Mum and Dad points for putting on the harness and tackling an extreme ziplining adventure. Your kids will love having you on board! Minimum age for tour is 6 years old, and kids must be a minimum weight of 65 pounds. Kids under the minimum weight can ride tandem on the Bear Tour with a professional Ziptrek guide.

5) Bounce – Whistler’s Indoor Trampoline Park

If the kids want to change their snowpants for shorts, jumping on massive trampolines is a great addition to all outdoor activities. Located in Function Junction, just 8 minutes South of Whistler Village, Bounce Acrobatic Academy is an extravaganza of fun! Intended for kids 8 and older, this acrobatic activity is one way to ensure the kiddies burn some energy – especially after a long drive! Drop in 7 days a week from 11AM – 9PM, but be sure to call ahead as Bounce does rent out the entire facility for birthday parties and private functions.

For more information on these family-friendly Whistler winter activities, talk to our friendly staff at Summit Lodge & Spa. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

TEDActive 2014 in Whistler

2014 marks TED’s 30 anniversary and the celebrations will be going down in arguably two of the most active and healthy cities in Canada – Vancouver and Whistler, BC.

Whistler will be host to TEDActive, a simulcast experience that runs in parallel to the TED conference held in Vancouver on March 17-21, 2014. Whistler’s environment will inspire exploration, creativity and connections – core to the TEDActive experience.

Ted Active 2014

The “Active” in the name comes from the observation that when you get a bunch of doers together in the same room and throw in a catalyst as powerful as TED talks, things start bubbling like a chemistry experiment. What happens at the conference inevitable results in an action, big or small – whether it is a change in the way of thinking, a locally organized vents or a new start up.

TEDActive is about finding opportunities to awaken latent creativity and to rediscover the joy of making something with your own hands. Think bike repair, hacking, sculpting in cardboard, 3D printing, homebrewing and more – a lot of which is already happening in our culturally vibrant town.

A standard registration for TEDActive 2014 in Whistler costs $3,750, and only a limited number of TEDActive registrations are available each year, so for those interested, it’s suggested that you take your essay questions seriously.

For some that price may be hard to swallow. But for those who can afford to experience this once-in-a-lifetime conference, here are a few tips from past attendees that will help you get the most out of TEDActive. And hey, even if you aren’t attending, these are great tips to consider!

  • Only ask people what they are passionate about and not about their job. – John Marston.
  • Roll with everything, don’t analyze. – Rachel Langdon
  • Do not miss a speaker (to work out, sleep in, make a call) because it will end up being the one everyone talks about. – Felicia Kamriani
  • Remember that nobody is a pure extrovert or introvert. We are all somewhere in between … in my experience, TEDActive provided a warm and safe environment to explore my own personal limits, and stretch them a bit … – Chadburn Blomquist
  • Dive head first into all the new ways to greet one another. When we’re from all over the world, we can handshake, hug, kiss each other 1,2, or 3 times, bump fists bump elbows or hip bump! Do it all! – Kelsey Rhodes
  • Put. Down. The PHONE! Look up, look around, look into things, and dive into any experience and opportunity you see. Serendipity abounds at TEDActive! – Grace Rodriguez

For more information, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable Summit Lodge Staff. Toll-free 1 (888) 913.8811.

Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day Parade

The Canada Day parade begins at noon on July 1 at Town Plaza and winds along the Village Stroll, ending at Mountain Square.

The parade is organized in partnership between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the Chamber of Commerce and this year’s theme is “My Canada! – What does Canada mean to you?”

Each year, Whistler businesses and community groups are invited to enter floats in the parade to showcase their business or organization to over 5,000 community members and visitors in the Village.

All floats will be judged on creativity, effort and theme demonstration for the following categories:

  • Best interpretation of the parade theme
  • Most team effort, involvement and enthusiasm
  • Best innovative approach to a sustainable entry
  • Best musical entry

 

Canada Celebrations Schedule

June 29 All Day – Whistler Street Entertainment (Throughout Whistler Village)
7:30 p.m. – Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series (Whistler Olympic Plaza): Daniel Lapp Band and Matt Dusk
June 30 All Day – Whistler Street Entertainment (Throughout Whistler Village)
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. – Whistler Farmer’s Market (Upper Village)
7:30 p.m. – Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series (Whistler Olympic Plaza): Wil and 54-40
July 1 All Day – Whistler Street Entertainment (Throughout Whistler Village)
All Day – Art Walk (Self-guided tour of local art throughout Whistler Village)
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast by donation to Whistler Community Services (Rebagliati Park) *Minimum donation of $3 or $2.75 with own dishes
10:45 a.m. – North Shore Celtic Ensemble (Town Plaza)
Noon – Whistler’s Canada Day Parade (Town Plaza to Mountain Square)
2:00 p.m. – Canada Day Ceremony with entertainment and cake! Get there early so you don’t miss out. (Whistler Olympic Plaza)
2:00 p.m. – Reaffirmation Ceremony for Canadian citizens (Whistler Olympic Plaza)
2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series (Whistler Olympic Plaza): Ruckus Deluxe, Norman Foote, Kalan Wi and Jeremy Fisher
6:00 p.m. until late – Free transit within Whistler
10:15 p.m. – A dazzling fireworks display best viewed from Skier’s Plaza
Give us a call!