What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

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Whistler Blackcomb 2017.18 Winter Developments

  • Investment plans for new gondola and lift upgrades: Vail Resorts plans to invest $66 million CAD on Whistler Blackcomb focusing on three new lifts for 2018, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades, providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. Investment highlights include:

    - A new 10-passenger gondola on Blackcomb Mountain, ascending from the base of Blackcomb Mountain and terminating at the top of the mountain adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and, upon completion, will be the first three-gondola connection in the world.
    - Family Ski Zone upgrades including replacement of the Emerald Express four-passenger lift with a new six-passenger high-speed lift on Whistler Mountain.
    - Replacement of Blackcomb Mountain’s Catskinner triple-passenger lift with a four-passenger, high-speed lift. 

    For the mountain bikers, the investment also includes the expansion of Whistler Blackcomb’s world-renowned bike park, which is currently in the middle of a two-phase upgrade that will add 21 kilometers (13 miles) of biking trails in the summer of 2018.

  • Whistler Mountain Peak Suspension Bridge & West Ridge Viewpoint: The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge will span 130m/426.5ft from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl. The West Ridge Viewpoint will consist of a multi-tiered viewing platform with 360° views from Whistler’s Peak, offering guests a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot. The cantilevered walkway will extend 12.5m/40.7ft out from the West Ridge and an exhilarating 50m/164ft above Whistler Bowl. The bridge is expected to open for summer sightseeing in June 2018.

  • Roundhouse Lodge Year-Round Umbrella Bar & Summer Terrace & Viewing Deck: Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar will be complete this winter and adds a year-round heated patio overlooking Whistler Village at the Roundhouse Lodge with a collapsible roof to accommodate the Pacific Northwest weather conditions. Next summer the Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck will open and offer a new summer-only space for guests to soak in the views of the Coast Mountain Range. The renovations will feature a new upper terrace and lower deck, nestled below the iconic Inukshuk statue, symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

  • For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com


    Rainbow Crosswalk Rainbow Crosswalks

    On September 15, 2017, Whistler unveiled two rainbow crosswalks on Main Street - the first rainbow crosswalks at a ski resort. They serve as a permanent LGBT Public Art demonstrating the resort’s commitment to ensuring all guests and residents feel safe and respected regardless of gender and/or sexual identity and/or orientation. Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is Canada’s largest LGBT winter festival and is the annual kick off to Canada’s Pride weeks.

    Image by Michael Caswell.


    Pangea Pod Pangea Pod Hotel, Canada’s First Pod Accommodation Concept, to open in Whistler in 2018

    In April 2018 Whistler will welcome the opening of the Pangea Pod Hotel – designer pod accommodation that’s affordable, central, and social. Designed for the discerning traveller seeking a boutique hotel feel, prime location and an affordable price-point, Pangea is set to fill Whistler's void between hostels and hotels.

    Pangea is situated in the centre of the pedestrian village and will feature a series of custom suites housing a total of 88 private sleeping pods. Each pod will be lined in wood and comfortably outfitted with a memory foam double mattress, high-end linens, LED lights, multiple charging and USB ports.

    Guests can enjoy the hotel’s lively communal spaces, including a café, rooftop bar, and outdoor patio overlooking the Village Stroll.  Pangea will also offer secure storage for skis/snowboards and mountain bikes, places to hang wet gear, and private lockers for boots and accessories.


    Spearhead Huts Spearhead Huts project secures significant funding

    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of volunteers, donors and the Spearhead Huts Society (SHS), the 50-year dream to build a world-class hut system in Whistler’s backyard is coming true. Significant funding announcements were made at a recent SHS fundraising event, including a $1.5 million donation from Vancouver philanthropists Brian Hill, CEO and founder of retail chain Aritzia, and Andrea Thomas Hill, chair of the Cause We Care Foundation. With much of the funding now in place, the SHS is set to complete the first of the year-round huts by early 2019 at Russet Lake in Garibaldi Park. Design for the second hut at Mount Macbeth, funded by the Hills, will begin in early 2018. When complete, the hut-to-hut system and supporting trails will provide families and mountain enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the 40km Spearhead Traverse. The project is expected to welcome up to 7,000 visitors a year to explore the first hut-to-hut route on the West Coast.


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

    Whistler Pride and Ski Festival Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, January 21 – 28, 2018

    Whistler is proud to host the 26th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, one of the biggest and best gay and lesbian ski weeks in North America. Whistler Pride welcomes the LGBTQI community to celebrate diversity and enjoy a packed program of skiing and snowboarding, parties, arts and culture and social events. New for 2018 is Mix N' Mingle at the Audain Art Museum, and Sip 'N Dip – an evening at the Scandinave Spa with drinks on the pavilion and chill tunes by Whistler's legendary DJ Foxy Moron. Returning to the festival - A Night of Comedy starring Margaret Cho, Splash pool party with DJ Rafael Calvente, Snowball dance party featuring international stars The Cube Guys, daily ski and snowboard tours, and the rainbow parade on the slopes and Whistler Village.


    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT - NEW + NOTABLE

    Il Caminetto Toptable Group Purchases Whistler's Iconic Il Caminetto, re-opening December

    As it prepares for its relaunch in winter 2017, Il Caminetto continues the delicious story telling as a food and wine destination restaurant. Toptable Group takes the steady reins from famed restaurateur Umberto Menghi, and will reimagine the restaurant’s 160-seat dining room. The airy space takes its cues from Italian design both modern and traditional. The regionally focused menu will meld Italian and local flavours to showcase the best of nearby farms and waters.


    Fifis Bistro New Restaurant: Fifi’s Bistro in Whistler’s Upper Village

    Fifi’s Bistro, Whistler's newest eatery located in the Upper Village, makes you feel at home by focusing on scratch made cooking with fresh, local and sustainably sourced produce and a menu equally designed for dine-in or take-out meals. Fifi’s Bistro believes in providing balance. Owners Max and Kara Dobrochodow are committed to ensuring vegetarians and meat eaters can enjoy a meal and a bottle of wine graciously together, without compromise.



    Portobello Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Portobello Deli set to go ‘Under the Knife’

    On October 10, an extensive $2-million renovation will commence expanding Portobello’s current made-to-order sandwich selection and delectable pastry and gourmet coffee operation to include open-flame rotisserie chicken, pork ribs, and smoked brisket. Portobello’s will now offer a full service bar with a focus on local craft beers. A new market-style retail space will feature home décor, kitchenware and collectables by local artisans. Set to re-open mid-December 2017.


    Aura Restauraunt The New Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge

    This fall, Aura Restaurant will follow in Cure Lounge & Patio’s footsteps with a complete makeover, reopening early December in time for the winter season. Aura’s redesigned space will take on a subtle and modern style and allow guests to experience the chefs in action with an open concept kitchen while also taking in unique Whistler views. The relaunch will also see a new menu designed to let natural flavors shine, and will feature sustainably sourced seafood, free-range meats and seasonal ingredients, some straight from the roof top garden.

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