What's New & Noteworthy

What's New In Whistler

Doors Open Directory

Doors Open Directory

The Doors Open Directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler and how businesses are upholding the highest of standards in health and safety for all. View Directory here.




 Whistler Blackcomb Summer Operations

Whistler Blackcomb Summer Operations

Whistler Blackcomb is open for summer with a commitment to safety for staff and visitors. This summer’s modified operating plan focuses on sightseeing and mountain biking. Hiking and sightseeing guests will upload via Blackcomb Gondola, travel across via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and download via Whistler Village Gondola. The Peak Chair is operating Friday to Sunday only and while the Cloudraker Skybridge is closed for 2021, the Raven’s Eye lookout platform is open FOR 360° views from Whistler’s Peak. Whistler Mountain Bike Park's zones are all open. A selection of Whistler Blackcomb on-mountain and valley-based dining outlets are now open for dining, both inside and out, with COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Resorts Reduces All 2021/22 Pass Prices By 20 Percent Toward Goal of ‘Epic for Everyone’

  • Company doubles down on advance commitment pass strategy with bold price reset
  • Launches new version of Epic Day Pass with more limited resort offering at $67 for a 1-day pass
  • Epic Mountain Rewards program continues, offering pass holders 20% off dining, lodging, group ski and ride school, and equipment rentals

Vail Resorts announced a bold price reset of its Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on its commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honour the loyalty of its pass holders. The Company’s pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board – making it easier for everyone to purchase a pass and, once again, changing everything about how guests access skiing and riding. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the Company’s North American pass lineup, including Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Day Pass; Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited, Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass and EDGE Cards; Summit Value Pass, Tahoe Local and Value Pass, and Northeast Value and Midweek Pass; Military Epic Pass and Adaptive Pass; and many more. Epic Pass products are now available to purchase for the 2021/22 winter season. 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.

Adventure Differently

Adventure Differently

Keep your passion for the mountains alive this summer while safely satisfying your need for nature's vast and wild beauty. Adventure has never been more important – for our minds, our bodies and our communities – but we invite you to discover a new pace. Let's inform and educate ourselves on how to adventure differently and responsibly in Whistler. We’ve developed tools and practices that allow us to keep our guests and community safe. See what we are doing for you and each other here or watch our video series here.


Event

Whistler Children's Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival

The 38th annual Whistler Children’s Festival is back for another year of fun! The 2021 festival with a reimagined format, combines FREE online entertainment and in-person activities - art adventure tours, a kid’s art exhibition and small group workshops. Arts and crafts, storytellers, dance parties, sing-alongs, silly science and nationally acclaimed children’s performers Norman Foote and Ginalina will invite you to free your imagination and explore endless creativity in this hybrid event format! Read more here.


Culinary

Whistler Valley Tours with Montis

The Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience | Friday and Saturday evenings

Whistler Valley Tours has teamed up with Montis Distilling, Picnic Whistler and The Raven Room to offer the Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience. On this two-hour tour, guests visit the vibrant local neighborhood of Function Junction where they’ll enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, a full tasting hour and the option to add a personal charcuterie to pair with their tasting. Upon returning to Whistler Village all guests will receive an exclusive food & cocktail deal for use at Whistler’s best cocktail bar, The Raven Room. Tickets and more information here.

Quattro, Newly Renovated and New Local Owners

Alta + Audain: Fine Dining Experience | Fridays until September 3

The Alta + Audain: Fine Dining Art Experience returns again this summer. Guests enjoy an intimate guided tour of the Museum followed by an open-air four-course dinner served from Alta Bistro’s vintage 1967 Airstream mobile restaurant beneath the award-winning architecture of the 56,000 square foot building. The menu is centered with seasonal ingredients and themes, creating a unique experience featuring tastes of British Columbia. Tickets and more information here.

Braidwood Sunsets

Four Seasons Resort Whistler launches Braidwood Sunsets

Four Seasons Resort Whistler announces Braidwood Sunsets, a summer-long event inspired by the classic backyard get-together. Capturing the spirit of reuniting with friends and family; this twilight hour celebration takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 – 9:30 pm on Braidwood’s expansive terrace (weather dependant). Tasty bites and sips from the Braidwood Tavern menu will be served in addition to special appetizers such as succulent skewers grilled by Executive Chef Eren Guryel right on the patio. Guests can expect nightly local beer specials and cocktail flights, live music from local musicians, Whistler creators and makers displaying one-of-a-kind artwork and brewers from the Sea to Sky region stopping by to chat about their craft. For more information, click here.


Arts and Culture

SLCC Exhibition - Boarder X

Boarder X Opens April 29th at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Boarder X features local and international Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing as mechanisms to demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. Works of art will reflect cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives in relationship to the landscapes and territories we occupy. In partnership with Indigenous Life Sport Academy, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre will place-base the exhibit in Whistler's landscape through local stories and celebration. Curated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this will be Boarder X's inaugural exhibition in an Indigenous owned building. Read more here.

Artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett‘s “launch ramp.” Photo: COURTESY BOARDER X

Audain Art Museum - Untitled (Man with Hoodie and Sunglasses)

Audain Art Museum Reopens with Two New Aric Based Exhibitions

The Audain Art Museum is thrilled to present two new compelling exhibitions that offer unique perspectives on the Arctic. Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence provides an intimate look at Inuit life and the landscape of Nunavut. Guest curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell, the exhibition is the first full-scale retrospective of Itee Pootoogook and gathers over 60 coloured pencil and graphite drawings on paper. Complementing Hymns to the Silence, Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning is a testament to award-winning photographer Louie Palu’s outstanding career, which has included projects for the New York Times, the BBC and Der Spiegl. From 2015 to 2018, what began for Palu as a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship evolved into an assignment for National Geographic magazine. The resulting photographs are showcased in Distant Early Warning, providing a window into the evolving militarization of the North American Arctic, documenting the vestigial legacies of the Cold War and the increased military presence in the North today. Both exhibitions were organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario and are on display at the Audain Art Museum from June 10 until September 6, 2021. www.audainartmuseum.com.

Itee Pootoogook (1951 2014), Untitled (Man with Hoodie and Sunglasses), 2012, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 49.5 × 64.8 cm, Collection of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron, L2018.60.2


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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