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Whistler Winter

Whistler in Winter - Deeper than Goosebumps

Whistler is magnetic. From the unmatched alpine terrain to the endless options of the Village, its diverse offering of rugged West Coast beauty, passionate community and refined experiences make every visit unique. Whistler is a permanent fixture on bucket lists around the world with amenities for discerning travellers and undaunted athletes alike. This place proves that bad-ass and world-class are not mutually exclusive. whistler.com/winter

 Whistler Blackcomb Winter Operations

Whistler Blackcomb Winter 2021-22 Operations

  • Mountain Access
    WB will not have a mountain reservation system this season and will load lifts and gondolas at normal capacity, optimizing guest movement around the resort.
  • Face Coverings
    Face coverings will be required in indoor settings, including in restaurants, lodging properties, restrooms, and retail and rental locations. Face coverings will not be required outdoors but are required in gondolas at Whistler Blackcomb given local regulations. All employees are required to wear face coverings indoors and when operating gondolas.
  • Dining Reservations
    Like last season, guests will be required to book a reservation to eat at many of the on-mountain restaurants using the Time to Dine reservation service. However, based on current regulations, we are expecting significantly more seating and dining capacity than last season, and we intend to open reservations one day prior, versus the day-of last season.
  • Dining Vaccinations
    Guests will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card to dine at indoor restaurants, restaurant patios and bars, based on the order from the Provincial Health Authority. Proof of vaccination will be required for guests ages 12 and over at those locations, and for guests ages 18 and over, a proof of photo ID will also be required. This applies to those in our ski and ride school programs that include lunch. Consistent with our approach across our resorts, proof of vaccination will also be required at our quick-service on-mountain restaurants. We believe the vaccine requirement is important for the protection of our guests and our employees, given the number of people using these facilities and the fact that guests will not be wearing face coverings while eating and drinking. These are currently the only parts of our experience that will require proof of vaccination, unless required by local public health.
  • Cashless Transactions
    For guest and employee safety, all transactions will be cashless unless otherwise required by local law. This includes at our hotels, restaurants, ski and ride school, and all other points of sale. For the best experience, book and pay online in advance.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Enhancements
    Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the resort. We are frequently using EPA-approved products that kill the COVID-19 virus on all of our high-touch surfaces and restrooms, and we are applying enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices across our resort, including in our gondola cabins.
  • Employee Vaccinations
    We will be requiring all of our employees to have COVID-19 vaccinations for their safety and protection as well as the safety and protection of our guests and communities.
  • Daily Employee Health Screenings
    All employees are required to undergo daily health screenings, wear face coverings indoors, regularly wash their hands, and stay home if sick or feeling sick.

Read more here.

Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Resorts Announces New Chairlifts to Enhance Guest Experience for the 2022-23 Season

Whistler Blackcomb, Big Red Express: The replacement of the existing high-speed 4-person lift with a high-speed 6-person chair will increase uphill capacity by nearly 30% and enhance and modernize the guest experience mid-mountain out of the Creekside area.
Whistler Blackcomb, Creekside Gondola: A new high-speed 8-person gondola, replacing the existing 6-person gondola, will significantly improve wait times and increase out-of-base uphill capacity by 35% in the Creekside area, especially on high-volume days. Read more here.

New Self-Guided Tours App

New Self-Guided Tours App Showcases Whistler’s Off-The-Beaten Path Experiences

Go Whistler Tours is a free app visitors can download to access fun and informative self-guided tours. The app has been designed to help visitors to discover a new side of Whistler so that they can form a deeper, more meaningful connection with the resort. This new app enables visitors to enhance their resort experience through DIY exploration of various routes and points of interest.

  • Fitzsimmons Creek Accessible Nature trail – a short exploration of biodiversity on Whistler’s first accessible nature trail
  • Whistler’s Cultural Connector – follow a pathway that leads you between six cultural institutions and uncover the stories that enrich Whistler’s culture
  • Natural Wonders – explore the biodiversity and geology of Whistler on this 11-kilometre tour that is best enjoyed by bike or E-bike
  • History & Heritage: Whistler from 1914 – 1965 – learn about the early non-indigenous settlers and visitors who arrived in Whistler after 1914

New tours will be added regularly so keep checking back to discover more immersive experiences and off-the-beaten-path locations.


Arts and Culture

Audain - New Exhibit

New Exhibit at the Audain Art Museum | October 23, 2021 to February 21, 2022

Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures focuses on the artist’s engagement with Canada’s northern landscape and emblematic use of Indigenous motifs to construct highly complex paintings, prints and sculptures. Jean Paul Riopelle was a member of the Montreal-based collective known as les automatistes that embraced Surrealist ideals during the 1940s and he would go on to become a leading Tachisme or Action Painter in Paris throughout the 1950s and 1960s. On his frequent trips back to Quebec, the renowned artist immersed himself in the province’s rugged northern terrain, while continuing a long held respect for contemporary and historic Indigenous art from British Columbia, Alaska, Quebec and Nunavut. The core of this exhibition and accompanying publication will examine Riopelle’s expansive production from the 1950s onward, with an emphasis on his rarely studied practice of the 1970s. The exhibition is on display at the Audain Art Museum from October 23, 2021 to February 21, 2022. The exhibition is developed, organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was curated by guest curators Andréanne Roy and Yseult Riopelle as well as by Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945), MMFA. www.audainartmuseum.com


Culinary

Joe Fortes

Joe Fortes Whistler Location Now Open

For over 30 years, Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House has consistently earned and maintained its reputation as an award-winning Vancouver restaurant. Now guests in Whistler can enjoy a dynamic culinary experience in this seafood grill that always delivers more – more hospitality, more variety and more buzz. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Executive - The Inn at Whistler Village & Mountain Side Hotel, just off the main Village stroll. Joe Fortes is where locals and visitors alike come to enjoy the best food in town, complemented by an award-winning wine list that boasts over 300 wines, and a uniquely personal level of service and hospitality. More information, click here.

Barn Nork

Barn Nork Coming to Whistler

This fall, beloved Mount Currie Thai restaurant Barn Nork is moving to Riverside Resort in Whistler. Jatuporn Nuttamarn and Chanidaporn Sriwanta opened Barn Nook doors five years ago and it has grown into one of the Sea to Sky’s most cherished restaurants, earning a fiercely loyal following. Plans are to open their new Whistler location for six days a week in late November/early December. Their new space is undergoing a full renovation, with about two thirds slated for back-of-house, allowing the team to put more focus on take-out that has grown tremendously in the pandemic. www.barnnork.com

Braidwood Tavern Cocktails

Braidwood Tavern New Flavour Blaster Gun Cocktails

A contemporary play on the mountainside tavern, Braidwood Tavern is a vibrant, welcoming space, evoking the warmth of your favorite uncle's cabin. Serving mountainside tavern classics, an extensive craft beer program and playful cocktails, Braidwood is the place to connect, recharge and order another round. New Flavour Blaster gun cocktails include:

  • The Green Mile: Montis Alpenglow Gin, Green Chartreuse, pineapple, cucumber & basil shrub, lemon, grapefruit & hop bitters, served with a rosemary smoke bubble using our Flavor Blaster gun
  • Rye & Raisin: Raisin infused Bulleit Rye, Calvados, Averna, Yellow Chartreuse, Ginger bitters, served with rosemary smoke in our specialty glassware using the Flavor Blaster gun
  • Melon Dramatic No. 2: Montis North Vodka, Licor 43, watermelon, lime, simple syrup, lime leaf bitters. Served with a rosemary smoked bubble using our Flavor Blaster gun

More information, click here.

Snow Globes at Fairmont

Snow Globe Dining Domes at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Nestled in a fairytale setting of twinkling lights and snow-blanketed trees near the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a culinary experience in one of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Snow Globe Dining Domes is one that you will remember for a lifetime. The locally inspired gourmet menu, expertly paired with delightful beverages, will take your palate on a gastronomic journey that it won’t want to return from anytime soon. More information, click here. Photo Credit: Brad Flowerdew

Apres Apres

Après Après - Opening November 2021

Whistler’s newest cocktail bar. Après Après is the perfect destination to extend your après ski in style. A place for after-dinner cocktails, telling stories, dancing, and meeting people from all corners of the globe in one of the premier ski and snowboard destinations in the world. A place where everyone and anyone can come together and celebrate. Read more here.

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


Event Highlights

Whistler Craft Beer Month

Whistler Craft Beer Month | October 1 - 31

Tourism Whistler announced the return of Whistler Craft Beer Month this October. After the successful inaugural celebration last year, Tourism Whistler is once again partnering with the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Gibbons Whistler to curate a full 31 days of craft beer programming around the resort. Highlights from Whistler’s Craft Beer Month schedule include beer-infused dinners, Tap Takeovers, Sip N’ Stretch yoga, bootycamp & beers and Beer Bingo. Full details are available at whistler.com/craftbeermonth.

The Whistler Writers Festival

20th Whistler Writers Festival | October 14 - 17

The Whistler Writers Festival is an annual fall event celebrating the written word. It's a chance to connect with the very best Canadian and international authors, attend workshops, readings and speaker panels, and enjoy music and great conversation with other readers and writers. In 2021, the Whistler Writers Festival hosts its 20th anniversary with an in-person and online hybrid event, with the theme: celebration of words and stories. The thought-provoking weekend is packed with 13 reading events, 16 workshops, 60 authors and publishers, speaker panels, music, webinars and more. This year, A Walk to Lost Lake and Back returns to the program and features Howard White (Here on the Coast), Darrel J. McLeod (Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity), Gail Anderson-Dargatz (The Almost Wife) and Alix Ohlin (We Want What We Want), with moderator Grant Lawrence (Dirty Windshields). Read more here.

Cornucopia

Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Food + Drink

Cornucopia, Whistler’s culinary festival is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and this year will take place each weekend (Thursday - Sunday) in November. Tickets start at $45 CAD plus applicable taxes. There is also great value to be found with hotels and vacation condos, making for a great getaway to the Coast Mountains. Note: schedule of events is currently being finalized with tickets expected to go on sale in September. www.whistlercornucopia.com

WFF

Whistler Film Festival (WFF21) – Hybrid Film Festival

The Whistler Film Festival are excited to announce a hybrid, online and in-person festival to connect audiences, filmmakers, and industry from the comfort of their homes or in Canada’s premier mountain resort destination. In-person events will be taking place from December 1-5. WFF21 Highlights:

  • From December 1 to 31, online audiences across Canada will be able to stream up to 100 films from Canada and around the world, access filmmaker Q&As, and attend a virtual Awards Celebration in true Whistler style.
  • In-person screenings and events are scheduled to take place in Whistler, British Columbia, from December 1 to 5. Some films will premiere exclusively in-theatre.
  • To ensure a safe viewing experience, provincial health and safety protocols will be in place at all WFF theatres and venues.
Read more here.


Hotel Highlights

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.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler Renovations

Four Seasons Resort Whistler Full Renovation Debuted Winter 20/21

Debuted winter 2020 - Four Seasons Resort Whistler presents a full renovation of all 273 rooms and suites. Lead by Vancouver’s award-winning DIALOG architecture studio, the refurbishment is a luxurious update, synthesising alpine elegance with the warmth and ease. Of special prominence this winter season is the debut of ten new Signature Suites. Inspired by the picturesque homes of Whistler, each suite is its own private mountain retreat, with every design element selected to highlight the stunning snowy vistas. Cosy accents such as plush throws, soft upholstery, and rich ashwood detailing, are combined with urban-minded mid-century furnishings, reimagining sophisticated après ski style. See more here.

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