What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

Summer Alpine Experiences

Whistler Blackcomb 2018 Summer Developments

  • New gondola and lift upgrades: Vail Resorts will invest $66 million CAD on Whistler Blackcomb, focusing on three new lifts for 2018, as well as several other lift infrastructure upgrades, providing quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. Investment highlights include:

    - A new 10-passenger gondola on Blackcomb Mountain, ascending from the base of Blackcomb Mountain and terminating at the top of the mountain adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and, upon completion, will be the first three-gondola connection in the world.
    - Family Ski Zone upgrades including replacement of the Emerald Express four-passenger lift with a new six-passenger high-speed lift on Whistler Mountain.
    - Replacement of Blackcomb Mountain’s Catskinner triple-passenger lift with a four-passenger, high-speed lift. 

  • Whistler Bike Park Expansion: Five new trails have added fifteen kilometres to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park trail inventory, equaling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. The new trails are a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider and can be accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World. All-mountain trail bikes and downhill bikes are be suitable on the new trails. The mix of trail types gives the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access the zone while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. Creekside Gondola Bike Park access runs from June 16 – September 3.

  • Summer Sightseeing From Creekside Gondola: With the construction of the new 10-person gondola replacing Wizard Express and Solar Coaster on Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb is offering summer sightseeing access via the Creekside Gondola and Big Red Express (aka Red Chair) chairlift all the way to the Roundhouse Lodge and Peak 2 Peak gondola. This is in addition to the Whistler Village Gondola access from the main village. Creekside Gondola access is available June 30 – September 3.

  • Cloudraker Skybridge & West Ridge Viewpoint:

    Whistler Blackcomb’s new peak suspension bridge – now formally named Cloudraker Skybridge - is open and ready to explore! 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 West Ridge Lookout located at the end of the bridge is near completion and will feature a viewing platform with exhilarating 360° views, and a cantilevered walkway extending 12.5m out from the West Ridge. To access the bridge from the Roundhouse Lodge, take the Peak Express Traverse trail (0.6 km) down to the Peak Express Chair and then enjoy an open-air chairlift ride to the top. Access is included with a PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Summer Experience ticket.

  • Roundhouse Lodge Year-Round Umbrella Bar & Summer Terrace & Viewing Deck: This 60 seat umbrella bar was completed for the 2017/18 winter season. Guests are able 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. This summer the Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck will open and offer a new summer-only space for guests to soak in the views of the Coast Mountain Range. The renovations will feature a new upper terrace and lower deck, nestled below the iconic Inukshuk statue, symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

  • For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com

    Vallea Lumina Vallea Lumina Transforms Whistler Into a Multimedia Wonderland

    The Adventure Group and Moment Factory have partnered to present Vallea Lumina, a multimedia night walk experience that will bring Cougar Mountain's old-growth forest to life. Inspired by Whistler's unparalleled natural beauty and local culture, the nightwalk will use a universal language, speak to audiences of all ages and interests and bring generations together using a combination of emotive lights, videos, soundscape and scenography. Guests will feel transported to another world, with plenty of opportunities to touch, play, explore and engage with the environment. Vallea Lumina launches on Wednesday July 18, 2018 and will run daily until October 2018. The experience begins at sundown and takes place every 20 minutes (exact times vary depending on time of year). The illuminated 1.5 km long trail takes approximately 60 minutes to complete, and a complimentary shuttle service will be provided to transport visitors between Whistler Village and Cougar Mountain.
    Image Credit: Foresta Lumina, Coaticook, Québec, Moment Factory

    MSAA Mountain Skills Academy Presents Two New Summer Tours: Whistler Sky Walk & Whistler Peak Challenge

    New for late June 2018, Whistler Sky Walk is a 2-hour interpretive guided mountaintop hike along the edge of Whistler Mountain overlooking the valley and mountains between Whistler and Blackcomb. Guests clip into a cable to safely cross small suspended bridges and features. The new Whistler Peak Challenge is an exciting half day guided alpine adventure to the Peak of Whistler Mountain and includes a hiking, some scrambling, and learning some basic mountaineering techniques.

    Porsche Porsche Offroad Driving Experience, presented by Canadian Wilderness Adventures

    Canadian Wilderness Adventures has launched a new, exclusive experience allowing guests to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Porsche Cayenne for a three hour, off-road guided tour. In addition to experiencing stunning views of the mountains and valleys, guests test out the vehicle’s engineering and technological capabilities on both the Sea to Sky Highway and in the Callaghan Valley. Tours are offered mid-spring through mid-fall.

    Blackcomb Heli Heli-Adventures With Blackcomb Helicopters

    Heli-biking: The revolution has come, and it is on two wheels. Explore the most epic backcountry singletrack, only accessible by helicopter. Flowing alpine meadows, natural tacky berms, and views even the movies have not seen yet. Both guided and un-guided options for the intermediate and advanced rider.
    Heli-picnic/hike: Leave the Whistler valley behind and fly deep into the pristine and rugged landscape that gives these coastal mountains their sublime character. Your day will start with a scenic flight over Rainbow Glacier before landing at Beverly Lake to enjoy your backcountry picnic.

    POP, presented by the Audain Art Museum: June 30 - September 17


    Pop art is bold and brash. The subjects are familiar, the forms flat. The lines are crisp and the images clear. Pop art transforms images lifted directly from advertising, news reports, and highway signs into sly commentaries on consumerism, our fascination with glamour and the superficiality of contemporary American mass culture. Pop art emerged in stark contrast to the emotional intensity of abstract expressionism; then the reigning movement in contemporary art. Art lovers had always assumed that high art and popular culture were oppositional concepts - until Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others of their generation challenged prevailing assumptions about what fine art should be. POP features 37 works drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection, and runs June 30 – September 17, 2018.

    Pangea Pod Pangea Pod Hotel opening August 2018

    Located in the heart of Whistler, Pangea Pod Hotel redefines shared accommodation, offering chic private pods at a price that’s never more than half that of a comparably located hotel (and often far less). It’s geared to solo travellers looking for both the leading edge design of a boutique hotel and the social vibe of a hostel. Pangea is set to provide 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.

    Outdoor Summer Concert Series Whistler Presents Outdoor Summer Concert Series

    From the sweet sounds of classical music to chilled out beats and local folk bands, Whistler Olympic Plaza is the place for free outdoor concerts from June 30 through till September 8. The Whistler Presents summer concert series will welcome a slate of celebrated Canadian and international artists, including:

    From sport tourism to culinary and the blending of both, Whistler’s diverse event calendar continues to grow.

    IRONMAN® Subaru IRONMAN® Canada & Subaru IRONMAN® 70.3 Canada: July 29

    Subaru IRONMAN® Canada, one of the toughest triathlons in the world returns to Whistler for its sixth year, with a brand new bike course that takes riders through Whistler’s Callaghan Valley and offers one of the most picturesque and challenging courses on the North American circuit. Subaru IRONMAN® 70.3 Canada returns for its third year to Whistler, offering a different level of challenge over the same incredible terrain. From the thrilling early morning swim start in Alta Lake, scenic bike ride to the triumphant run finish adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza, this is an awe-inspiring day for spectators and participants alike, with special events, activities and its unique exciting atmosphere.

    Wanderlust Wanderlust Festival: August 2-5

    Wanderlust, one of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, returns to Whistler from August 2 – 5, bringing together yoga enthusiasts, music lovers, foodies, outdoor explorers and soul seekers for a transformative four-day retreat. Attendees have the opportunity to practice with world-renowned yoga teachers, attend inspiring speakeasy talks led by thought leaders of today, relish in food and wine experiences including a farm to table dinner, and enjoy live outdoor concert performances and Wanderlust’s signature silent disco party. The schedule also includes meditation experiences, HIIT workouts and special classes in Amplified Yoga and FIXX.

    Crankworx Crankworx Whistler: August 10-19

    Crankworx Whistler has established itself as one of the most prestigious freeride mountain bike festivals in the world, and this year celebrates 15 years of going faster, further, higher, and bigger than humanly imaginable. The best riders and biggest bike fans return for a week of gravity-fueled racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler's world-famous trails with other like-minded bike fans. Crowd favourite event Red Bull Joyride will reclaim its Saturday timeslot in 2018, launching from the Boneyard on August 18. The festival offers a packed schedule of events, races, demonstrations, and opportunities for everyone to get involved, with all events free for spectators. For schedule, VIP pass and athlete info visit Crankworx.com.


    Il Caminetto Cornucopia, Presented by BlueShore Financial: Tickets now on sale

    Tickets for Whistler’s must-experience food and drink event - Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial - go on sale Tuesday, July 17. Now in its 22nd year and taking place from November 8 – 18, 2018, the 11-day festival attracts more than 15,000 attendees, hundreds of key industry members and media, and features food and drink tastings, intimate wine dinners, educational and entertaining luncheons, craft beer celebrations, spirited parties and over 35 seminars.