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What's New In Whistler

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB 2019

Whistler Blackcomb Updates

    Sustainability - EpicPromise - Commitment to Zero

    Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts are aggressively pursuing a comprehensive sustainability commitment with its 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.

    Vail-Resorts

    Vail Resorts $66 Million Investment into Whistler Blackcomb

    Vail Resorts $66 million CAD investment into Whistler Blackcomb last winter season included the first three-gondola connection in the world, which opened in December 2018 and lift infrastructure upgrades to provide quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. The new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola on Blackcomb Mountain which extends from the Upper Village to the Rendezvous at the top of the mountain (adjacent to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola) replaced Wizard and Solar Coaster Chairlifts. A new six-passenger high-speed lift in the Family Ski Zone also replaced the Emerald Express four-passenger chairlift on Whistler Mountain. Lastly a four-passenger, high-speed chairlift replaced the Catskinner triple-passenger chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain.


    New Business & Culinary Highlights

    Rocky Mountain Underground

    Rocky Mountain Underground

    Coming to Whistler in December 2019, the Rocky Mountain Underground is a ski shop with a twist. Not only do they design and manufacture skis and ski gear, the shop will transform from a coffee shop during the day, to a cocktail and wine bar in the evening. The transformational space will be located in Whistler’s Upper Village.


    Arts & Culture Highlights

    Whistler Cultural Pass

    Whistler Cultural Pass

    New for this fall is the Whistler Cultural Pass, which provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Guests can now save 15% when they purchase tickets as a pass. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

    Audain

    Audain Art Museum

    The Audain Art Museum along with its permanent collection of BC art will be showcasing the following special exhibition: Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast. September 21 – January 19, 2020. Hours on Friday have been extending to 9pm so guests can enjoy a pre or post-dinner museum experience. Family Studio Sundays offer an interactive and engaging art experience for kids weekly.


    Activity Highlights

    Spearhead Traverse Huts Project

    Spearhead Traverse Huts Project

    The Kees and Claire Hut, set in the alpine meadows above Russet Lake officially opened for bookings on September 21. The hut, which is two storeys high and sleeps 38, comes loaded with gear that will allow hikers and ski tourers to travel light. This is the first of three planned backcountry skiing/summer mountain huts to open along the popular Spearhead Traverse, a 35-kilometre horseshoe-shaped route of stunning Coast Mountain terrain that crosses 13 glaciers over 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) between Whistler and Blackcomb. When complete, the Spearhead Huts will offer a West Coast hut-to-hut experience, comparable to those in Europe.

    Extremely Canadian

    Extremely Canadian - Heli-Assisted Touring

    Blackcomb Helicopters will take you, your group and an extremely Canadian guide to backcountry zones you’ve always dreamed of getting to. Enjoy a full day of guided backcountry skiing or splitboarding then get picked up by Blackcomb Heli at the end of your epic day!




    Vallea-Lumina

    Vallea Lumina, A Multimedia Wonderland *Now Open in Winter*

    The Adventure Group and Moment Factory partnered on a multimedia night walk to bring Cougar Mountain's old-growth forest to life. Inspired by Whistler's natural beauty Vallea Lumina speaks to audiences of all ages using emotive lights, videos, soundscape and scenography. Transporting guests to another world, there are plenty of opportunities to touch, play, explore and engage with the environment.


    Headline-Snowcoach

    Head-Line Mountain Holidays Introduces a Snowcoach

    Head-line offers unique Heli-Ice Cap interpretive tours of Canada’s southernmost ice cap. For guests wanting to experience the ice caps and caves further, Head-Line developed their unique 'snowcoach' - a snowcat with a Cirrus 820 Camper on top for overnight stays. The front nose skylight allows you to lay back and watch the stars and meteor showers following a day with Headline. The ‘snowcoach’ will also support Head-Line’s “White is Green” Ice Cap Research Initiative which requires overnight observations and data collection in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

    Hotel Updates

    Fairmont

    Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Sweet Suite Renovation

    Following the creation of 11 new Alpine Suites in 2016/17, and a complete revamp of Portobello Deli in 2017/18, the latest renovations saw a $4.3 million investment into the remaining 33 non- Fairmont Gold Suites. This investment dramatically enhanced every suite with fireplaces (perfect for those cozy winter months), modern spa bathrooms with soaker tubs, and updated modern alpine décor, plus a generous built-in wet bar in the larger suites. Several new two-bedroom suites will appeal to families and groups of friends traveling together on ski vacations or summer holidays.


    Four-Seasons

    Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler - Suite and Room Renovations

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is pleased to announce the renovations of all rooms and suites just in time for ski season 2019/20. The new rooms designed by Vancouver's Dialog re-imagines the classic mountain lodge by weaving urban expectations with mountain ease. Using natural materials and elements that pay tribute to the beauty of the mountains, the brand new furnishings, fixtures and bespoke additions provide a fresh and clean escape for guests.

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