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Whistler Vibe

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter, featuring what's new, what’s happening, and what makes Whistler a top year-round destination.

May 2017

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Whistler Mountain Bike Park | Opens May 19
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival | May 19-22
Bici Gusti - Gourmet Ride | May 19-21
Blackcomb Mountain | Open for skiing and snowboarding until May 22
ThinkBike Whistler (formerly OuterBike) | June 1-4
The North Face Whistler Half Marathon | June 3
Toughest Mudder, Tough Mudder & Tough Mudder Half Whistler | June 17-18

What's Happening

Whistler is gearing up for Summer

Whistler is gearing up for Summer

The snow may still be melting after a record-breaking year of snowfall, but Whistler is also in full preparation for summer and the launch of new seasonal activities.

Golf: Tucked in between the mountains, lakes and forests, Whistler’s golf courses boast some of the best views in the resort, and all the courses are on track to open in the first two weeks of May. New for 2017, the Whistler Golf Club is introducing a free downloadable app to enhance your golf experience alongside a brand new cart fleet. Big Sky Golf Club is offering golf with your dog every Sunday and Monday after 3 p.m. Scheduled opening dates: Big Sky Golf Club - May 1; Whistler Golf Club - May 12; Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club - May 12; Nicklaus North Golf Course - May 13.

Biking: From world-class mountain biking to the unique paved Valley Trail, Whistler is a wonderland for two wheels. For downhill mountain bike enthusiasts the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens May 19 and caters to all levels and abilities. Cross country trails in the valley are ready to ride and for a for a fun family-friendly way to explore Whistler, the Valley Trail is a gentle network of paved, multi-use paths connecting Whistler's neighbourhoods, lakes and beaches.

PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience: Whistler Blackcomb’s Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola provides 360-degree views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests and ancient glaciers. The official summer opening day of the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience is Saturday, May 27. A sightseeing ticket includes access to summer sightseeing, hiking and alpine dining.

Summer Glacier Skiing and Snowboarding: From June 10 - July 16, 2017, advanced to expert skiers and snowboarders can access The Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain for summer glacier skiing and riding.  Operating hours are 12 - 3 p.m. daily and the summer glacier ticket includes shuttle bus service to and from 7th Heaven. Whistler Blackcomb also offers summer glacier freestyle and race camps, including Momentum Ski Camps where participants are coached in a purpose built private park, packed with rails, jumps and two giant air bags.

Summer adventure tours: Whistler offers an endless choice of summer activities to suit all senses of adventure. Operational start dates for popular summer tours include:
White Water Rafting: The rivers have melted and tours are currently up and running
ATV, RZR & Side x Side UTV tours: Scheduled to commence mid-May
Tree Adventures: Ziptrek TreeTrek Tour runs year-round and the Superfly Treetop Adventure Course will open Saturday, May 13
Ziplining: Tours run year-round, with the seasonal Sasquatch tour commencing in June
Rock Climbing tours are already in operation, with Whistler Via Ferrata tours expected to commence early June.

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder, Tough Mudder Half & NEW Toughest Mudder Whistler: June 17 - 18, 2017

Tough Mudder Whistler  is back for its sixth year on June 17 and 18 to test the strength, stamina and teamwork of participants on its famous military style obstacle courses at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Choose from three events, The Tough Mudder course (16 - 20 km, 20+ obstacles), the Tough Mudder Half (8 km, 13 obstacles) and – new this year – Canada’s only Toughest Mudder event. This new event, which is a qualifier into the World's Toughest Mudder held in Las Vegas in November, sees participants taking on an extreme circuit-style course lasting eight hours, kicking off at midnight on Saturday, June 17 and ending early Sunday morning.

Whistler Farmers' Market

Whistler Farmers' Market arrives early

The Whistler Farmers’ Market which features tasty artisan foods, local artists, refreshing beverages and live entertainment will make an early appearance on Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of  Whistler's Great Outdoors Festival that runs May 19 - 22.

This market will also see the launch of new local business Amo La Vita, a solar powered food truck serving up fresh hand-made pasta.

The regular Whistler Farmers’ Market runs Sundays from June 18 to October 8 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Wednesdays from July 5 to August 30 (2 – 7 p.m.) on the Upper Village Stoll.

Canada Day

Canada Day & Celebrating Canada 150: July 1, 2017

Whistler celebrates Canada Day with street entertainment, special events and free concerts - it's a party no matter where you're from. Enjoy the sounds of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the mountains with free performances at Whistler Olympic Plaza July 1 and 2. This year is Canada’s 150th Anniversary meaning the celebration lasts all year long! Celebrations in honour of Canada 150 will take place throughout the year with special themed menus, activities, accommodation specials and unique events.

Aura Patio

Aura Restaurant's winemaker and brewmaster dinners

Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge, in honour of Canada's 150th birthday, will be celebrating Canadian wine and beer with a series of four course winemaker and brewmaster dinners on Aura's stunning lakeside patio. The first dinner features wines from Penticton BC’s Painted Rock Estate Winery on Tuesday, May 9.

Image courtesy of Nita Lake Lodge.

May Events

Whistler Arts & Culture

Whistler offers a vibrant Whistler arts and culture scene with a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging art exhibitions, live music and dance performances, and international film and culinary events.

Chili Thom Experience Arts Whistler Presents the Chili Thom Experience
June 2 - 26, 2017

Arts Whistler presents The Chili Thom Experience – a celebration of Chili, his life, and his art, for the community that loved him and the visitors about to discover him. For three weeks in June, the magic and spirit of Chili Thom will be celebrated throughout Whistler with exhibitions, eccentric evenings, performances and a showcase of Chili-inspired young artists’ work. His Masterpieces, the best of Chili’s works showing his progression as an artist from dreamy landscapes to mind-bending nature perspectives, will be on exhibit at the Audain Art Museum.

Image credit: Joern Rohde.
Edward Burtynsky The Audian Art Museum announces Edward Burtynsky: The Scarred Earth
June 9 - October 16, 2017

Edward Burtynsky, as a documentary photographer, has chronicled, over the past three decades, humanity’s influence over the Earth’s surface. Scarred Landscapes is an intimate look at how we, as a species, have altered our physical landscape through resource extraction.

Multicultural Festival Whistler Multicultural Festival
June 9, 2017

The Whistler Multicultural Festival is back for the fifth year at Whistler Public Library and Florence Petersen Park, on June 9, 2017 from 4 - 8 p.m.  Organized by locals, this free event is open to anyone and everyone. Experience the different cultures of Whistler through food, music, dance, cultural activities and a special kids’ corner.

Image credit: Arts Whistler.

Whistler Stories

Chili Thom Chili Thom, Artist

Chili Thom lived a life without limits. He moved to Whistler when he was 20 years old, having grown up in Chilliwack, BC. In addition to being a successful and largely self-taught painter, he was also a talented DJ, a passionate backcountry guide and an innovative filmmaker. Thom was known for his curvy and colourful landscapes and seascapes, dreamy imagery and wild at heart perspective. He was a community volunteer and strong advocate for the local arts and culture community, and was a member of the Arts Whistler board of directors. After a courageous and spirited fight, Thom, 40, lost his battle with cancer in November 2016. Besides his artistic talent, the Whistler community remembers Thom as a funny, warm and fearless man who encouraged others to be all they could be. Thom passed away knowing that his work would be showcased at the Audain Art Museum. Arts Whistler Presents the Chili Thom Experience will honour the life and works of Chili Thom with a resort-wide celebration from June 2 - 26, 2017.


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