What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

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Whistler Blackcomb 2018 Developments

  • New gondola and lift upgrades: Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is set for November 22 and the countdown is on, not only for the first day of skiing and snowboarding, but also the unveiling of the new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola*. This new gondola will keep guest warm and dry as it ascends from the base of Blackcomb Mountain to the top of the mountain adjacent to Rendezvous Lodge and the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Together – the new Blackcomb Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Whistler Village Gondola – form the first three-gondola connection in the world. Additional lift upgrades that will provide quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain include a new six-passenger high-speed chairlift in place of the four-passenger Emerald Express chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler mountain and on Blackcomb Mountain, more laps will be enjoyed with the new four-passenger, high speed chairlift replacing the triple-passenger Catskinner chair.
    *Update: The targeted opening date for the new 10-person Blackcomb Gondola is now December 14. Whistler Blackcomb opening (including the Peak-2-Peak Gondola) remains as November 22.

  • Roundhouse Lodge Year-Round Umbrella Bar: The 60 seat umbrella bar was completed for the 2017/18 winter season and allow guests to embrace the natural surroundings from the comfort of a heated patio that features a collapsible roof to accommodate the weather conditions. When the roof is retracted, the glass panels can be removed. In the summer of 2018, an extended wooden deck, capable of hosting large functions was also completed.

  • Cloudraker Skybridge & West Ridge Viewpoint: Whistler Blackcomb’s Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk opened this summer, offering a thrilling new way for summer sightseers to experience Whistler's peak. Located at the top of Whistler Mountain, the bridge spans 130m from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl and offering unforgettable views. The Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk viewing platform located at the end of the bridge is a cantilevered walkway extending 12.5m out from the West Ridge. The Cloudraker Bridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk will re-open for summer sightseeing in 2019.

  • Epic Promise - Commitment To Zero: Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts are aggressively pursuing a comprehensive sustainability commitment with the Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint. Started at Whistler Blackcomb, this ambitious undertaking commits to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to the landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat. Whistler Blackcomb’s 2016 The Big Picture Documentaries examined some of today’s most pertinent environmental questions. Whistler Blackcomb’s sustainability efforts have led to their 10th win as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. Learn more here.

  • For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com


    Festive 2018 Holiday Highlights

    Whistler is the perfect place to enjoy a Canadian white Christmas with twinkling lights, a snow covered Village and holiday events and activities to entertain the family. The 2018 festive highlights include:

    • New for 2018, a popup Gingerbread House has opened in Creekside Village this holiday season. The space will be adorned on the outside transforming it into a life-size gingerbread house and inside the festive wonderland will feature a large play train, decorations, gift wrapping and Santa visits. Little and big kids can design their own Cloud Cones (ice cream cone with cotton candy rim) and parents can enjoy coffee and hot chocolate while the kids experience the attraction. The Gingerbread House will remain open until spring 2019.
    • Whistler Blackcomb’s long standing tradition Dress Like Santa Day returns December 16, with free lift tickets to the first 100 people to arrive dressed as Santa.
    • The Whistler Holiday Experience returns to the Whistler Conference Centre offering kids an indoor play paradise of a mini putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games, a café and more. Open 10 am – 6 pm (with some exceptions), December 22 - January 6 (closed December 25 and 31).
    • Whistler Village transforms into a fairytale scene thanks to the thousands of festive lights adorning the trees along the Village Stroll. Fun fact: The festive light program involves approximately 5,000 strings of lights, which connect 250,000 LED bulbs, and each tree glows with around 7,000 lights.
    • Family Après returns Mondays and Wednesdays from December 17 to March 27, 3 - 6 pm at Whistler Olympic Plaza; and commencing December 23, Whistler Blackcomb Fire & Ice Shows return every Sunday at 7 pm.

    Jonathan+Olivia New high-end retailer: Jonathan+Olivia

    Whistler Village welcomes a brand new high-end retailer, Jonathan+Olivia, which opened its doors for business in late August. As Whistler’s first multi-brand fashion lifestyle boutique, Jonathan+Olivia carries a selection of global brands for men and women from the runway to contemporary mixed with high end streetwear, the most sought after sneakers and desirable lifestyle objects. The carefully curated selections by owners Jackie O’Brien and husband Nic Jones are designed to appeal to the appetites of international travelers, vacationing families, Vancouverites and locals alike.


    Pangea Pod Pangea Pod Hotel Now Open

    Located in the heart of Whistler, Pangea Pod Hotel redefines shared accommodation, offering proximity and privacy without the price tag. Pangea is geared toward solo travellers looking for both the leading edge design of a boutique hotel and the social vibe of a hostel. Pangea provides an affordable option that doesn't compromise on location or style, and which offers essential elements of privacy in the form of boutique sleeping pods.

    Pangea features eight custom suites containing a total of 88 independent, comfortable and stylish sleeping pods. Pangea’s bathrooms are all located within the suites themselves (breaking with the traditional mold of shared dormitory-style facilities), and are separated into individually-accessed washrooms, showers, changing rooms and stand-alone vanities (Pangea has more than 60 of these bathroom components serving a maximum of 88 guests).

    Pangea's stylish communal rooms include:
    - The Living Room, a design-forward lounge, bar, cafe and espresso bar which forms the social hub of Pangea, is perched right above Whistler’s iconic Village Stroll and surrounded by full-height, drop-down glass panels that make it feel like an outdoor patio.
    - The Rooftop Patio, Whistler’s only true rooftop bar, sporting views down to Mountain Square.
    - The Toy Box, an open-plan secure gear storage area for skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, and all accessories and outdoor wear.


    ARTS + CULTURE


    POP Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, presented by the Audain Art Museum

    Running from October 6, 2018 – January 28, 2019, Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection is a selection of outstanding contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. Since the 1960s, artists from these communities have spearheaded a renaissance in the world’s oldest continuous artistic tradition, innovating within the idioms of visual languages that have developed over the course of millennia. While these paintings and sculptures often share formal characteristics with Western modern art, they represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders. Ancestral Modern includes innovators like Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarreye, who adapted materials and motifs traditionally used in ground painting, body painting, or the preparation of ritual objects into their works on canvas.

    Winter 2018/19 will see the Audain Ary Museum extending operating hours on Fridays to 9 pm, allowing guests to enjoy a pre or post-dinner museum experience. For families - Family Studio Sundays offer an interactive and engaging art experience for kids weekly.


    CULINARY SPOTLIGHT

    The Blue Room New unique luxury dining experience: The Blue Room

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and Head-Line Mountain Holidays have partnered to provide an extraordinary culinary experience set within an ice cave of cathedral-like blue. Introducing ‘The Blue Room’. This unique dining adventure begins with a scenic helicopter ride to Canada’s largest, southernmost ice field, where wilderness experts provide a guided tour of natural ice sculptures and ice flows before arriving at the ice cave’s grand hall of aqua blue magnificence. Here, guests are served Krug champagne and a five-course gastronomic experience presented by Four Seasons Executive Sous Chef David Baarschers. The menu is designed to complement the essence of the location and includes Northern Divine caviar served on snow, oysters sourced from neighbouring Vancouver Island and grilled long bone with thyme roasted root vegetables. Participating in this experience also contributes to Head-Line Mountain Holidays’ “White is Green” Ice Cap Research Initiative with Simon Fraser University, facilitating hands-on student learning in a real world ice cap.


    Steak Dinner Steak Night Dinner At Sproatt Mountain Cabin By Snowmobile

    For an upscale backcountry dining experience, the Sproatt Steak Dinner tour involves an evening snowmobile adventure in the Callaghan valley to a rustic log cabin on Sproatt Mountain, where guests enjoy a three-course steak dinner prepared by the Bearfoot Bistro. The menu includes chef’s daily soup, Angus beef sirloin served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and feature dessert. Tours will run Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5 – 9:30 pm.




    Aura Nita Lake Lodge’s Aura Restaurant & Cure Lounge

    The recently renovated Aura, is now offering a Meatless Monday feature with a three-course vegan dinner. Inspired by its location and local, seasonal produce, Aura offers a world-class dining experience in a unique lakefront setting. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at Cure Lounge that features a craft cocktail program creatively themed around ‘Riddles’.




    EVENT SPOTLIGHT

    WFF Whistler Film Festival: November 28 - December 2

    The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition from November 28 – December 2. From tributes to filmmaking luminaries to live music, parties and industry initiatives, WFF delivers an action packed lineup that includes over 80 innovative and original films from around the world and $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded. Special events include:

    • The popular Signature Series including the Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch
    • ShortWork Showcase featuring an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting
    Music Showcase, where up to 10 export-ready British Columbian artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum perform 30-minute sets for film fans and key international executives
    • The second part to WFF’s Women on Top Series, featuring a keynote luncheon, workshop, screening and mentorship opportunities, focused on learning and growth around the issues of gender equity and cultural diversity in media
    • A slate of 11 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for over 70 Canadian artists looking to establish themselves in the industry and advance their projects from script to screen
    • Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed, the Industry Summit offers over 20 interactive business sessions and networking events that address filmmaking and storytelling in the digital age
    • Opening and closing night screenings, an awards celebration to honour the talent behind the finest films of the festival, and the annual festival party - this year titled Cabin Fever

    Over the years, WFF has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a ‘filmmakers festival’ through its coveted competitions and non-competitive sections that celebrate the best in independent Canadian and world cinema.

    Viessmann Luge World Cup Viessmann Luge World Cup 2018: November 30 – December 1

    More than 100 of the world’s best luge athletes from over 20 countries will compete at the Whistler Sliding Centre at the 2018 Viessmann Luge World Cup November 30 – December 1. This ticketed event allows the public to experience the thrill of being trackside at the event as the athletes reach speeds of up to 130 km/hr. Besides world-class races, the event also features food trucks, a beer stand, local legend DJ Foxy Moron, fireworks (Friday night), photo booth, and the BC Luge Fundraising Puck Drop. Tickets are $10 per person per day, children under 12 are free.

    Winter Kickoff Whistler Blackcomb Winter Kickoff hosted by The North Face: December 1 - 2

    For the third year running, Whistler Blackcomb and The North Face invite snow lovers of all ages to join in the Winter Kickoff celebrations. While Whistler Blackcomb’s slated opening day is Thursday, November 22, the celebrations continue on December 1 - 2 with two days of activities, giveaways and good times. The festivities include a free Base Camp Party at Skier’s Plaza all weekend, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, a thrilling winter camping experience at the top of Whistler Peak for selected contest winners (entries close November 25), and the ‘lucky chair and gondola’ contest which is open to all lift pass holders on December 1.

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