What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

Summer Alpine Experiences

Whistler Blackcomb 2017.18 Winter Developments

    The countdown to winter is officially on. The mountaintops received their first dustings of snow in early September, building excitement for opening day and anticipation of an epic winter season. Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is set for November 23, 2017. 

    Key winter developments include:

  • 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 will open to skiers during the 2017.2018 winter season and open to summer sightseeing beginning 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 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.


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

    Cornucopia

    Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial: November 9 – 19

    Whistler’s favourite culinary event Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is a must-experience celebration of food and drink, annually attracting more than 15,000 attendees and hundreds of key industry members and media. Returning for its 21st year in 2017, the 11-day showcase takes place from November 9 – 19 and will offer food and drink tastings, intimate wine dinners, educational and entertaining luncheons, craft beer celebrations, spirited parties and over 35 seminars. Tickets are now on sale and media accreditation is open.


    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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