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

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.


Events

Go Fest

Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest) – Virtually May 21- 24

Celebrate Whistler’s great outdoors virtually this year as now is not the time to travel. This online participation edition of GO Fest celebrates the change of seasons virtually. Programming to be announced soon. Adventure can wait for now, and Whistler will be ready to welcome you back with wide-open arms when it is safe to do so. Read more here.

Whistler Children's Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival, starting July 9th

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.


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/.

LIFTing the Community

LIFTing the Community - Retired Catskinner Chairs Find New Life As Works of Art

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

SIDECUT Renovation

The Drop Coffee Bar

Summit Lodge’s newest café concept serves specialty coffee, grab-and-go breakfast and bubble tea – the only place in Whistler to do so. Currently operating as a takeout window, its emphasis is on locally made products, like the ethically sourced beans from Counterpart Coffee, or the kombucha growler refills courtesy of Whistler Elixir. Bubble tea, originated sometime in the ‘80s amid Taiwan’s snack culture and is a tea-based drink. The “bubbles” originally consisted of tapioca pearls sucked through an extra-wide straw, but have since expanded to include everything from jelly to “popping” boba, made from seaweed extract that burst when bitten. The Drop takes over the former Eighty One coworking space, which opened in 2017. The Drop is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 8am to noon. Read more here.

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

SLCC Renovations

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) - Closed for Renovations April 5-28, Virtual Tours Available

The SLCC, as recipients of the Government of Canada and Province of BC’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Grant, we will be closed April 5 – 28 as upgrades are made to the concrete floors in the Great Hall and Gallery 2. The SLCC will reopen Thursday, April 29. Additional renovation activities that will be carried out include an overhaul of the HVAC/Air Conditioning/Heating system; upgrades to sound, light, and surveillance equipment; and updating all interpretive/storyboard panels to include recent linguistic changes of Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Snichem (Squamish language) and Ucwalmícwts (Lil’wat language. Read more here.

During the global pandemic, the SLCC have hosted virtual tours for families, school groups and businesses. Virtual Tours are 30 minutes in length and include a 15 minute Q&A period. The m 15 minute film ‘Where Rivers, Mountains, and People Meet’ is provided in advance. Book your tour here.

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.


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 year Escape! Whistler is adding two new themed rooms to their repertoire, Underwater Lair and Yukon Gold. 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

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 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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