What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB 2016-2017 Improvements

Whistler Blackcomb 2016-2017 Improvements

    Whistler Blackcomb will continue with its on-going objective of enhancing experiences for guests with newly announced plans for winter projects both on and off the mountains. Highlights include:

  • $2.4 million of improvements to Whistler Blackcomb’s learning areas including terrain grading, the installation of two new covered carpet lifts and 32 new low energy snow guns to the Olympic Zone on Whistler and another 13 new low energy snow guns to the Magic Chair Learning area on Blackcomb.

  • Grooming Fleet Upgrades: Whistler Blackcomb invested $3.3 million to boost its grooming fleet throughout the season with the addition of seven new model Pisten Bully grooming cats

  • Patio upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge on mountain (adding 250 new heated outdoor seats) expected to be completed early summer 2017, and the Garibaldi Lift Co. at the base (adding 90 new heated outdoor seats) which opened for the 2016.2017 season.

  • New Ollie’s Grilled Cheese stand serving gourmet grilled cheese is open at Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain

  • Two New CAN-SKI stores – CAN-SKI Performance in Whistler Village Marketplace (offering high performance tuning and a location to purchase and collect lift passes) and CAN-SKI Alpine in the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

  • Horstman Glacier Snowmaking Pilot Project: Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking pilot project is in its second season this winter to determine if a full-scale snowmaking system is an option to prevent further recession of the Horstman Glacier. Last season, the focus of the project was snow production with low energy ‘air water’ snow guns along the ridge of the Horstman Glacier. This season the focus will shift to snow production using high volume ‘fan’ snow guns on towers mounted directly on the glacier ice.
For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Whistler Blackcomb Master Development Agreements

Renewal of Whistler Blackcomb Master Development Agreements
On February 24, 2017 Vail Resorts announced the renewal of Whistler Blackcomb’s Master Development Agreements with the Province of British Columbia and approval of the associated Master Plans. The execution of these 60-year agreements provides future certainty for Whistler Blackcomb’s operations and allows for their ongoing contribution to the economic success of local communities and the Province of BC. In connection with these agreements, Whistler Blackcomb has also entered into agreements with the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations on whose traditional territories it operates. These agreements run concurrently with the Master Development Agreements and ensure that local First Nations participate in the success of the resort as partners through economic and cultural commitments, jobs, contracting and development opportunities and recreational opportunities for the youths of those Nations.


Spearhead Traverse Huts project

Spearhead Traverse Huts project
After eight years of planning and permitting, the Spearhead Huts Society will break ground this summer 2017 on the first of three modern alpine huts that will link Spearhead Traverse. The creation of these huts will create a year round adventure that will rival the classic hut-to-hut experience found in the Alps. The first hut, named Kees & Claire Memorial Hut will be located at Russet Lake near the foot of the iconic Fissile Peak. The Spearhead Traverse connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains along the Spearhead and Fitzsimmons mountain ranges.


The Cultural Connector

2017 developments to the Cultural Connector
The Cultural Connector is a scenic pathway and bikeway that links six significant cultural institutions in Whistler. Visitors can discover the stories that enrich Whistler’s culture, the venues that celebrate it and the milestones achieved along the way, from the region’s First Nations (Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre), to the Pioneer History and building of a resort (Whistler Museum), the growth of a community (Whistler Public Library, Maury Young Arts Centre), to a vision for the 2010 Winter Games (Lost Lake PassivHaus), and the expression of artistic excellence (Audain Art Museum).

The Cultural Connector project commenced in July 2014 and has been evolving since. Improvements in 2017 are to include:

  • Relocation of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s information kiosk to a prominent location along the Cultural Connector route
  • Engagement with local stakeholders and property owners about improvements to Chateau Boulevard and the Upper Village Stroll, including a significant public art piece
  • Pedestrian improvements along Blackcomb Way adjacent to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Installation of wayfinding and Cultural Connector ‘branding’ elements along the length of the Cultural Connector, including furniture and banners

EVENT SPOTLIGHT - NEW + NOTABLE
From sport tourism to culinary and the blending of both, Whistler’s diverse event calendar continues to grow.

Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride

Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride – 2nd Anniversary
May 19-21, 2017

The Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride was created for the insatiable love for gourmet food and cycling. Take an early season spin with an intimate group of 70 riders through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys and overnight at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. Along the 70km route, you will be stirred by the beauty of the coastal mountains, peppered with moderate climbs and garnished with flowing descents. With Ned Bell preparing an exquisite post ride dinner created with ingredients within 70 km, this is the ride for you and your taste buds.

Bike. Eat. Relax. Repeat.

NEW in 2017: Bike. Eat. Relax. Repeat.
June 29-July 2, 2017

Nita Lake Lodge and Basecamp Fitness are partnering to offer a road bike and relaxation retreat - a three night stay and two day road guided bike camp that will explore Whistler and the surrounding areas by road bike, provide valuable knowledge surrounding ride and post ride nutrition and mobility work-outs as well as letting you relax in Whistler’s only lakeside boutique hotel. Exclusively offered over the Canada Day long weekend, price starts from $2232+ tax for two people or $1551+tax for a single rider.


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT - NEW + NOTABLE
Forged Axe Throwing

Forged Axe Throwing

Experience the thrill of throwing axes at Forged, Whistler’s indoor axe throwing venue. Forged welcomes everyone from first-timers looking to try axe throwing, to experienced timber sports veterans, and competitors who want to practice their skills. There are several games on offer but the main event is a structured tournament style. Foraged caters to drop-ins, groups and events.

Image courtesy of Forged.

Whistler Food Tours

Whistler Food Tours

Whistler Food Tours was created to showcase the best of a spectacular four season mountain resort: the food of First Nations, vibrant West Coast food scene, and local artisan favourites. Founder Philip Mitchell is a chef and passionate foodie, having been in the industry for 35 years and owned a popular and award winning restaurant in Vancouver. Mitchell showcases Whistler’s culinary scene over a three-hour walking food tour, rich in local flavours and information. The tour has six stops, each offering a unique food experience. Groups are kept small (max. 10 people) and run six days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


HOTEL RENOVATIONS

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler introduced its brand new 600 square foot Alpine Suites in December 2016 onwards, rates start from CAD $779. An intimate abode perfect for couples, the elegantly designed space boasts a luxurious King bed, dual-sided fireplace, and modern bathroom with spa shower. Situated on the highest floors of the hotel, the aptly named Alpine Suites offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks. A $9 million investment in the fall of 2015 resulted in 150 bathrooms receiving complete facelifts including new plumbing and rain head showers for a more luxurious, spa-like experience. Much of the hotel’s 32,000 square feet of meeting space was renovated, including new carpets, wall-coverings, chandeliers and foyer décor, in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. The diverse array of elegant meeting and banquet rooms includes the rooftop Woodlands Terrace which boasts views of the surrounding mountains and features a lush garden space, home to the hotel’s pollinator bees and honey bees.



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