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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!

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Winter Whistler Activities

whistler kids activities

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.

Whistler for the Holidays

Twinkling lights and snow covered trees, make Whistler so incredibly beautiful this time of year. But it’s the activities and events that really shine! Besides strolling the village and enjoying the epic skiing to be had, what else is there to do? With an events and activities list as long as Santa’s, you are sure to have a fun-filled stay!

Here are just a few of the Must-Dos going on in Whistler over this festive season.

How about experiencing the rush of a lifetime, literally – with the launch of the Skeleton Slide Experiencedoffered at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Participants start at the Maple Leaf Start, about 1/3 of the way up the track, navigating through six corners and reaching a maximum speed of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

This experience of Olympic proportions is expected to book up at record speeds, so hurry and don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by. All puns intended.

Perhaps pyrotechnics is more your speed?  How about watching world-class athletes flip, jump and twist through rings of fire. If so then you’ll certainly enjoy The Fire & Ice Show. This hot little freebie returns to the base of Whistler Mountain every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. starting December 18.

New for this year is Whistler’s outdoor skating rink, located at the Whistler Olympic Plaza in the heart of the village. Beginning in mid-December, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza will take place daily between 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Public access to the rink is free and skate rentals are available for $5 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and in the evenings from 6-9 p.m.  Private functions may be held during the holidays, so check with the visitors centre for specifics.

Whistler Presents: The Whistler Holiday Experience. Back for another season of fun, fun, fun! This event runs from December 16 – January 2 (excluding Christmas day & New Years Eve) and is FREE. Open between 10 AM & 6 PM, features include a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles – (and not the little ones you find at birthday parties, we are talking BIG here), crafts and video games.

Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations will take place at indoor and outdoor venues between 7-11 p.m. on December 31. This alcohol-free evening of family entertainment and celebration includes a number of activities, concerts and fireworks. Tickets are available in Whistler at the Whistler Visitor Centre, Millennium Place and the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Whistler First Night 2012. Join visitors and locals and say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. This is an alcohol-free evening which promotes a “Celebration of the Arts”.  The evening will be filled with fun and fantasy, featuring a program of great live music, storytelling, art workshops and street entertainment for people of all ages. Read more about this event.

The Party Goes On, and On…

If you’re a full-grown human without offspring for the night, then you probably want to get down and boogie on New Years Eve – and there’s is no better way to experience Whistler’s legendary nightlife than with Whistler Club Crawl. These professional partiers offer the best deal in town – for $60 you get: 5 drink tickets, free VIP access to 4 or 5 bars/clubs, line bypass & even dinner – plus you get to party the night away with a bunch of new friends! Buy Tickets Here.

Finally, what is Whistler without a little yoga? Check out Loka Yoga School’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and bring in the new year Namaste-style. And don’t forget to ask Summit Lodge about our complimentary Yoga Kits – available for guests to borrow at no charge.

So, whether you plan to enjoy iconic outdoor skating, watching the mountain night sky explode in fireworks, or simply hitting the slopes – Whistler Summit Lodge & Spa is always happy to help plan your activities. Ask for the Holiday Fun Flat Sheet upon arrival. See you soon!

Are you looking for Whistler Hotel accommodation for the holidays?

The Summit Lodge offers a great location in Whistler Village. View our rooms and suites and experience our great amenities.Contact us today for rates and more details.

First Night Whistler 2012

Whistler’s First Night is a family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration that takes place in Whistler’s Village Square and the Whistler Conference Center.  Join visitors and locals and say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. This is an alcohol-free evening which promotes a “Celebration of the Arts”.  The evening will be filled with fun and fantasy, featuring a program of great live music, storytelling, art workshops and street entertainment for people of all ages.

The evening starts at 6:30pm on December 31st allowing enough time to explore and experience the celebration around Whistler Village. Whistler Village’s perimeter will be secured for the evening and tickets are required.  Tickets can be purchased in advanced for $15 adults and $8 for children 12 years and under.  Tickets can be purchased in the evening for a fee of $20 adult and $10 for children 12 and under.  Children 2 years and under are free.

Activities in the evening include a Creative Zone located in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre. The zone features fantastic craft zones to show off your creative prowess, and a fairground atmosphere with jugglers, clowns, face paints, pantomime, bouncing castles, live music and much more! This will be a great place to meet kids and adults from Whistler and beyond!

For the teenagers there will be a Youth Zone Night Club at the Whistler Conference Centre. This is the party to be at for under 19’s and there will not be a parent in sight! This will be a fun evening and young men and women will be able to dance the night away, play some wicked games and try their luck at the door prizes.

First Night offers a 9:30pm countdown for the younger participants in the crowd that can’t quite last until midnight.  There will be a firework display to ring in New Year and live performances on two stages.

Tickets will be available on December 1st at the Tourism Whistler Activity Centre (Located at the TELUS Conference Centre) or at the Whistler Visitor Information Centre (Located at Whistler Bus/Taxi Loop).

For more information visit Whistler First Night.

Are you looking for Whistler Hotel accommodation for New Years Eve?

 The Summit Lodge offers a great location in Whistler Village. View our rooms and suites and experience our great amenitiesContact us today for rates and more details

La Nina is Back

The countdown to official opening day for Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains on November 24th is on! The mountains have already received lots of snow.  This early snow fall is in part due to La Nina.  La Nina is when the ocean surface temperature across the Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 3-5 °C.  The effect of La Nina is an increase in precipitation – and more snow!

The snow base at Pig Alley (1,650 meters on Whistler Mountain) on November 4th was at 52 cm (20 in) and is growing fast. The snow keeps falling!  Check out the latest conditions on the mountain with the live webcams.  Stay in touch as the mountains may open earlier for skiing with all the new snow that has fallen.

If you are looking to come to Whistler and experience the fantastic early skiing conditions, stay at the Summit Lodge and Spa and save with our incredible rates.  We are offering 30% off winter bookings valid for stays between November 25th to April 30th (some Blackout dates apply).  This is offer is only valid for booking made by November 15th – so hurry! There is also 50% off parking.  For more details visit our specialspage.

In addition to our great rates and specials we include the following with all reservations:

  1. FREE wireless internet (value of up to $15.00/day)
  2. Dogs stay FREE (value of up to $35.00/day)
  3. Fully equipped kitchenettes in every room
  4. Complimentary Shuttle to Ski Lifts (winter season only)
  5. FREE Ski Storage (value of up to $6.00pp/day)

 

Below are recent images that were taken on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

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Photo Credits:
Manny Mendes Dos Santos / CoastPhoto.com
Doug MacFarlane

Are you looking for Whistler Hotel accommodation for your ski vacation?

The Summit Lodge offers a great location in Whistler Village. View our rooms and suites and experience our great amenitiesContact us today for rates and more details

Summit Lodge Celebrates the Winter Olympics with the Biathlon

Last Monday I was one of 20 lucky people to take part in a familiarization tour of the Olympic Park here in Whistler. I can safely say, without any hint of doubt, that this was one of the best experiences I’ve had while here. As many people already know you are totally spoiled for choice here in Whistler when it comes to activities so I had not even considered a day out to the Olympic Park until I received the invitation the week before. I jumped at the chance, and o how glad I was that I did! Two of us from the Summit Lodge & Spa went along, myself from the Front Desk Team and Helen, the Revenue and Reservations Manager/Whistler newest cross country enthusiast!

Beautiful Weather

Cheap and Cheery

The Whistler Olympic Park is located in the stunning Callaghan Valley that is approximately 16km from Whistler village, an easy 30 min drive and it’s well worth the journey. The park will even provide transport in some cases, for a small fee, which is super convenient!

Fun things learnt

Monday 7th February was a beautiful day, a sunny blue sky and fluffy clouds were the backdrop for mine and Helen’s first ever time experiencing the Olympic Park and the Callaghan Valley, it was simply breathtaking.

Our tour started in the day lodge where the team at the Olympic Park gave us a brief introduction to the park facilities and what to expect for the day ahead, these people are so passionate about what they do, its inspiring! Melinda and Wayne explained all the different things that people can do at the park and also about its post-games potential, it was great to hear about their schools’ program which is working hard shaping Canada’s future athletes, as well as their rehabilitation programs for soldiers from all over the world.

Not only is this a top class cross country ski facility, you can snowshoe, book lessonsshoot a round of bullets (in a controlled environment of course!), you can walk around, you can have a fantastic lunch, an amazing hot chocolate… the list goes on.

And the Adventure Begins

As we went to get kitted out with our super skinny skis, we were slightly nervous about our first ever cross country experience, hugely excited about trying the Biathlon and a little reluctant to leave the cozy fireplace in the day lodge, needless to say we trooped on!

After being kitted out with the comfiest ski boots that have ever graced my feet we all had a giggle at each other trying to get used to standing on a slimmer ski, the group did amazingly however and soon enough we were all flying along. We were good enough to progress from the total beginners area to some of the twistier turns and the steeper hills! Wayne, our instructor, was very patient and informative, all of his tips came in very handy- especially when we attempted our first hill on a bend… Helen glided along gracefully, me… not used to the difference to downhill skiing yet, wiped out completely but apparently fell in the correct way, on my butt, always a pleasure!

Ahh! First time shooting!

On to the next stage of our tour, the one we had all been waiting for…. Discover Biathlon! This was what was going to make our friends & co-workers really jealous…. and by the way, it did!

We each got to practice a few shots, some of us even hit the target! It’s harder than it looks though, you are holding a rifle weighing 3.5kg and with your heart beating so fast, you can barely hold it still! Bob Marley was playing in the background, I wonder if that was their way of trying to chill out excited visitors shooting a gun for the first time… or maybe that’s just how they roll down at the Olympic Park, cool as cucumbers,! So you can only imagine how we all felt about the subsequent relay that we participated in, in teams of 5 we each had to race to the shooting lanes, take our best shots and do the forfeit laps for any targets missed… although our penalty laps weren’t quite as long as the penalties the Olympians had to make, thankfully!

Big thumbs up to an awesome experience!

Kudos to Wayne and his team who made sure everyone had a smile on their face! And I suppose I must congratulate Helen and her team on their spectacular win… those girls and boys at the Visitor Centre certainly must eat their spinach!

After the exhilarating thrill that was the Biathlon experience we then had the opportunity to put our new found skiing skills to the test in exploring the park ourselves. We weren’t quite the pros we would have liked to be so we pretty much stuck to the Neverland trail which is one of the green trails in the park. This trail was really pretty, it had some ups and downs and fast corners. I must doff my cap to cross country skiers the world over, what a workout, I commend you! The Callaghan Valley has approximately 90km of groomed cross country ski trails which will definitely occupy any level or technique of skier, not only that, you can even bring your favorite canine companion with you to ski certain areas of the park.

With snowshoeing trails, a backcountry lodge, snowmobiling, spectacular views & staff the Callaghan Valley & Olympic Park certainly has it all. I left with a slight hint of job envy, who wouldn’t, these guys work everyday at something they so clearly love AND they get to shoot a gun every day!

So we spent a few hours experiencing the Olympic Park here in Whistler, I have a feeling however that what we did and saw was only the tip of a huge iceberg. From learning how to cross country ski to shooting a rifle for the first time ever, this was a day I will never forget! So a huge thank you to Melinda and Wayne at the Olympic Park, you have unleashed a rediscovered love for the snow in these two girls from the Summit Lodge! This is an experience I will definitely recommend to visitors, locals, friends and family! O… and the parking is free… 🙂