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What's New In Whistler

Doors Open Directory

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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb - Safety Protocols & New Reservation System

Whistler Blackcomb’s number one focus for winter 2020/21 is to ensure the health and safety of guests, employees and the community. Safety protocols target physical distancing, face coverings, sanitization of high-touch surfaces and creating a touchless environment. Highlights include:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask on lifts and inside buildings (lodging, retail outlets, etc.) at all times. You can ski the runs without a mask, but it must be worn in the queue for the chairlifts and gondolas.
  • A new reservation system has been implemented to help manage traffic flow enabling guests to explore more with less people on the hill. Guests will need to reserve in advance the days they wish to ski.
  • Whistler Blackcomb is now a touchless environment, so bringing a credit card or debit card is important for any purchases.
  • Whistler Blackcomb will be doing both full-service and grab n’ go-style food service. The mountain’s eight largescale restaurants must all be booked through the Time to Dine tool in EpicMix, a convenient, new way to plan your meals. Time slots open at 7 am daily for the Rendezvous, Roundhouse and Glacier Creek Lodge. You can book full-service and fine-dining options for the valley bars, converted to restaurants for this season, and the two fine-dining restaurants, Christine’s on Blackcomb and Steeps Grill & Wine Bar.
  • Whistler Blackcomb now offers ski and snowboard rental delivery service for an added convenience, through the White Glove program. New equipment, perfectly tuned, can be delivered directly to you in the comfort of your own home, condo or hotel suite.
  • Group and private lessons have a class size limit of six people. All participants will be required to undergo and confirm an online self-health screening prior to arriving at the mountain for their lesson. Lunch is no longer included.
Read more here.


Community

Whistler 101

WHISTLER 101 - New Video Online Series

WHISTLER 101 is a new online video series by The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) with 5 episodes showcasing Whistler’s unique environment, history, heritage and culture. WHISTLER 101 was created to inspire a deeper understanding of Whistler, the interconnectedness of all that surrounds us, and how we express and celebrate our connection to our surroundings. At its core, WHISTLER 101 is about the community, for the community and by the community. whistler.ca/101

Why Whistler?

WHY WHISTLER? VIDEO SERIES

In a five-part video series, we ask Whistler locals "Why Whistler?" A question that Whistler locals get asked all the time. And, although there are a variety of responses to this question, you can be sure they'll answer with passion, pride and a fun story. What is it about these mountains that draw people from all over the world and then won't let some of them go? What makes some people toss their secure, nine-to-five job out the window in exchange for pushing a chairlift button? What makes them raise a family here? Open a business? What gets under their skin and embeds itself so deep that Whistler becomes part of their soul? To view the five-part series visit: www.whistler.com/blog/category/why-whistler/.

Whistler has HeART

Whistler Has Heart Project & Display

As a thank you to the community and essential workers for their strength, support and kindness to one another, the Whistler Has Heart Project has asked local artists and residents to paint 100 wooden hearts. The painted hearts will be featured at different locations throughout the valley in February to create a vibrant, heart-felt display of hope and joy. Read more here.

ACORN Picnic Shelters

Acorn Picnic Shelters in Whistler Village

Seven small, acorn-shaped picnic shelters are now available throughout Whistler Village to provide a safe and weather-protected space for guests to enjoy snacks or meals purchased from local establishments. The picnic shelters are part of the municipality’s COVID-19 response and are an extension of the summer picnic table service provided in various locations across the Village. Read more here.

LIFTing the Community

LIFTing the Community

An exciting new community arts initiative, LIFTing the Community, has been created to enhance the sense of belonging in Whistler and the Sea to Sky. Whether Whistler is home for a season or a lifetime, a sense of belonging benefits us all. In our ever growing and changing community, wellness, connection and a sense of home needs to be fostered, practiced, discussed and experienced by our community.

Over the next several weeks, local artists will transform 15 retired Catskinner chairs into works of art that reflect the theme of belonging as perceived by 15 community groups that actively contribute to community life. Many of them will be working at the “Creation Station” set up in the Whistler Conference Centre ballroom. Stay tuned for video updates and features on the participating artists and community groups. Chairs will be on exhibition outdoors throughout the summer and will be auctioned off in late August to benefit the participating community groups. LIFTing the Community is made possible with support from Vail Epic Promise, Arts Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. artswhistler.com/lifting

Whistler Brewing Company - No Limits Rye Ale

No Limits Rye Ale to raise funds and awareness for Whistler Adaptive

Whistler Brewing Company’s newest brew in collaboration with Whistler Adaptive Snow Sports – No Limits Rye Ale - is a medium bodied, lightly hopped amber ale with a toasty malt flavor and a touch of fruitiness with partial proceeds from every pack sold to be donated to Whistler Adaptive. Whistler Adaptive is committed to introducing individuals with a disability to sport, recreation and therapeutic sport programming, providing them with the support and opportunities to become physically active and focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities. Established in 1989, the Whistler Brewing Company is an originator in the BC craft brewing movement and remains proudly 100% BC owned and brewed. Read more here.


Culinary

Four Seasons New Restaurant

Braidwood Tavern, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, Opened December 2020

Opened on December 15, 2020 the new Braidwood Tavern represents a contemporary play on the mountainside tavern. The restaurant is a vibrant, welcoming space, evoking the warmth of your best friend’s cabin. Serving up top-quality culinary fare, craft beer and cocktails, Braidwood is a place to connect, recharge, and order another round. Read more here.

SIDECUT Renovation

SIDECUT Newly Renovated, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, Re-opened December 2020

SIDECUT re-opened December 15th after an extensive renovation. Fireside lodge dining is elevated in a contemporary and sophisticated take on the traditional steakhouse. Serving well-crafted classics - focusing on prime hand-cut steaks seasoned with Chef’s Classic Rubs - the fare and ambiance are designed to comfort and luxuriate. Accompanied by an innovative cocktail program by renowned local mixologist Lauren Mote and a comprehensive wine program featuring an exclusive collection of British Columbian premier vintages and an impressive international list. Read more here.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler New Outdoor Dining Domes

Fairmont Chateau Whistler announces New Outdoor Dining Domes

Fairmont Chateau Whistler announced a new outdoor private dining experience, aptly named the Snow Globe Dining Domes. Situated on the Chateau’s Wildflower patio near the base of Blackcomb Mountain, guests will feel cozy in the mountain chic décor with fur throws, cushions, and blankets highlighted by fairy lights and a soft beige colour palette. Guests may indulge in a five-course gourmet menu prepared by Derek Bendig, Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s executive sous chef. The three Snow Globes are available for small groups up to six people from December 18, 2020 to April 18, 2021. The price is $249.00 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Photo Credit: Brad Flowerdew

Quattro, Newly Renovated and New Local Owners

Quattro, Newly Renovated and New Local Owners

New owners, Jay Pare and chef James Paré, an uncle and nephew team, who also run Caramba, recently took over Quattro at Whistler a legendary local Italian restaurant. They’re not taking any favourites off the menu, but adding in new delights such as the eight-hour braised bolognese parmigiano. With both Caramba and Quattro, the team wanted to maintain the heart of both places, paying homage to their creators. James did a three-year apprenticeship at Quattro in Whistler before going to be part of the opening team of The Savoy in London and working his way up to Executive Chef before coming back to Whistler. www.quattrorestaurants.com

Exciting Toptable Group Whistler Projects

Exciting Toptable Group Whistler Projects

Bar Oso Expanding - With the incredible success seen at Toptable’s Spanish-inspired tapas cocktail bar Bar Oso, the team is taking this venue a step further and proudly growing its dining room as well as launching a new take-away menu.

New Cafe – Open early morning until night, this new cafe will offer guests everything they need throughout their day from fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, fresh pasta from Il Caminetto, Elisa steaks to take home and a premium coffee experience to dine in or take-away. toptable.ca


Arts and Culture

Audain Art Museum

Audain Art Museum: RESERVOIR By Rebecca Belmore & Tuesday Night Talks Season 2

Exhibition, RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore runs until May 2, 2021. An internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, from the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Belmore is in the process of developing a nighttime performance for the Audain Art Museum’s meadow as well as a rock netting installation in the Tom & Teresa Gautreau Galleries. These new works will examine the disparity between wealth and poverty in Canada with poignant references to Vancouver, Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. Read more here.

The Audain Art Museum (AAM) returns with Season 2 of the popular Tuesday Night Talks (TNT) that offer a unique opportunity for online participants to simultaneously enter the Museum and the artist’s studio or home during the evening, while learning about key works in the AAM’s Permanent Collection directly from their respective makers. Be sure to register for this live Audain Art Museum broadcast on Zoom as participants are invited to submit advance questions for artists to consider, an essential part of TNT’s interactive format.Read more here.

SLCC Exhibition

SQĀTSZA7 TMICW - FATHER LAND EXHIBIT, Bringing home Ed Archie Noisecat

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is hosting a solo-artist exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw - Father Land, celebrating the lifetime achievements of a multi-disciplinary artist Seattle based Ed Archie NoiseCat, whose father was Lil’wat; this is NoiseCat’s first exhibit on his father’s traditional territory. This exhibition runs until February 28, 2021. In conjunction with a broad scope of his work on display, NoiseCat will be mentoring Qawam Redmond Andrews (Lil’wat Nation) as they work together on a twenty foot cedar pole. What’s particularly unique about this transfer of knowledge is that NoiseCat, whose late father was Lil’wat, is a master carver, and Qawam’s father was the last master carver in Lil’wat, who passed away before completing his transfer of knowledge to the next generation of Lil’wat carvers. A decade later, NoiseCat expressed interest in exhibiting his work on his father’s traditional territory and by mentoring Qawam, this exhibit has two dynamic stories. Read more here.


Activity Highlights

Escape!Whistler Two New Rooms

ESCAPE! WHISTLER Adding Two New Themed Rooms This Winter

A Live Escape Room is a real life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room. Your group will be presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues which you must work together to solve within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation you are in. This winter Escape! Whistler is adding two new themed rooms to their repertoire. Be prepared for fun, creative, and interactive obstacles. How far you make it will depend on your group’s ability to solve the challenges. If you get stumped along the way, you will have the opportunity to receive two clues to help you advance. But don’t waste time…you only have 45 minutes to Escape! escapewhistler.com

Canadian Campfire Cookout

*NEW* - Canadian Campfire Cookout with Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Explore the forested trails of the Callaghan Valley and an old Trapper’s Cabin by snowshoe. Your headlamp lights the way as the twilight descends amongst the ancient old-growth forest. Come together around your own campfire and experience a true Canadian Campfire Cookout with smokies, chili and s’mores and live entertainment. The perfect evening activity for families and couples looking to cozy by the fire surrounded by wilderness. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. www.canadianwilderness.com.

TAG Tour Ancient Cedars

*NEW* The Adventure Group - Ancient Cedars Snowshoe

Experience the peace and solitude of freshly fallen snow while wandering through the legendary Ancient Cedars trail with The Adventure Group. Professional guides will talk you through the history of the area and point out a variety of mammoth trees, some over 1000 years old. With frozen waterfalls, stunning vistas and a satisfying snack break along the way, this trail has something for everyone. tagwhistler.com/tour/ancient-cedars

Canadian Campfire Cookout

Heli-touring with Blackcomb Helicopters

A heli-touring day starts out at Blackcomb Helicopters’ heli base where you meet your guide and discuss objectives for the day, alongside an avalanche rescue refresher. The helicopter lifts off for a scenic flight into the Coast Mountains - the sightseeing portion of this trip is just as incredible as the skiing. Your first run drops you on top of the mountain starting your day with a descent. Arc some turns down a full run of untouched powder. After a full heli-ski run, you’ll bring out the skins (and maybe a snack), and start lapping your private zone for the day. Most groups will ski 3-5 runs in a day depending on run length and fitness levels. End the day with a pick-up from the helicopter at the bottom of your last run. Private Bookings from January 15th, 2020.
https://blackcombhelicopters.com/heli-assisted-ski-touring.

Soles Nail Lounge and Footwear

Soles Nail Lounge and Footwear Store

Soles Nail Lounge & Footwear store is Whistler's newest dynamic salon and retail space. Whistler local, Liz Caruso, has 20 years of experience as a nail tech and having already owned a shoe store, thought why not combine her two passions. The nail lounge features three stations for manicures and four super, comfy velvet lounge chairs for pedicures. The shop will also feature a small selection of footwear for men and women. It will be the perfect space for special events like birthdays and bachelorette parties. www.solesofwhistler.com


Hotel Highlight

Fairmont Gold

New Boutique Hotel Opens Under Fairmont Chateau Whistler Roof

After much anticipation, a $14.2 million re-imagined Fairmont Gold boutique hotel within a hotel will be unveiled in late November. This new Fairmont Gold promises to be the ultimate ‘next level’ experience for the discerning traveller with enhanced amenities, luxurious accommodation, sophisticated culinary offerings, and personalized concierge services. The lounge has doubled in size at 3,300sq feet offering 103 seats and a new balcony space. Exclusively for Fairmont Gold guests, a new in-room sensory aromatherapy spa experience with SkinJay, an all-natural essential oil pod diffused through the showerhead. The bath scents menu includes sleep, detox, play or party. Made in France, the capsules are completely recyclable. Fairmont Chateau Whistler is only one of three hotels in North America to offer and the only one on the West Coast. Read more here.

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