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.

  • Cloudraker Skybridge & West Ridge Viewpoint:

    Whistler Blackcomb’s Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk opened this summer, offering a thrilling new way for sightseers to experience Whistler's peak. 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 Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk viewing platform located at the end of the bridge is a cantilevered walkway extending 12.5m out from the West Ridge. To access the bridge and viewing platform 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 opened, offering a new summer-only space for guests to soak in the views of the Coast Mountain Range. The renovations feature a new upper terrace and lower deck, nestled below the iconic Inukshuk statue, a symbol of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

  • For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com


    Vallea Lumina Whistler Art + Wine Walks: New For October 2018, Fridays 5 - 7 pm

    Fall is bursting with creative, musical, and heritage events for Whistler’s annual Fall for Arts program - a celebration of art and adventure in Whistler. Explore Whistler’s bustling gallery scene on a self-guided tour while sampling complimentary hors d’oeuvres and BC wines every Friday night in October from 5-7pm. Each week, different public and private galleries offer a new taste of Whistler’s eclectic cultural mix featuring local, regional, and international artists. Begin anywhere you like, and try to visit all venues for the full experience. Find hidden gems or rediscover old favourites on October's Friday Wine Walks.


    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.


    Jonathan+Olivia New high-end retailer: Jonathan+Olivia

    Whistler Village welcomes a brand new high-end retailer, Jonathan+Olivia, which opened its doors for business in late August. As Whistler’s first multi-brand fashion lifestyle boutique, Jonathan+Olivia carries a selection of global brands for men and women from the runway to contemporary mixed with high end streetwear, the most sought after sneakers and desirable lifestyle objects. The carefully curated selections by owners Jackie O’Brien and husband Nic Jones are designed to appeal to the appetites of international travelers, vacationing families, Vancouverites and locals alike.


    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 Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, presented by the Audain Art Museum

    Running from October 6, 2018 – January 28, 2019, Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection is a selection of outstanding contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. Since the 1960s, artists from these communities have spearheaded a renaissance in the world’s oldest continuous artistic tradition, innovating within the idioms of visual languages that have developed over the course of millennia. While these paintings and sculptures often share formal characteristics with Western modern art, they represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders. Ancestral Modern includes innovators like Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarreye, who adapted materials and motifs traditionally used in ground painting, body painting, or the preparation of ritual objects into their works on canvas.


    Pangea Pod Pangea Pod Hotel Now Open

    Located in the heart of Whistler, Pangea Pod Hotel redefines shared accommodation, offering proximity and privacy without the price tag. Pangea is geared toward solo travellers looking for both the leading edge design of a boutique hotel and the social vibe of a hostel. Pangea provides 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.


    EVENT SPOTLIGHT - NEW + NOTABLE
    From sport tourism to culinary and the blending of both, Whistler’s diverse event calendar continues to grow.

    Whistler Writers Festival Whistler Writers Festival: October 11 - 14

    The Whistler Writers Festival returns for its 17th year, bringing together top international and Canadian authors and publishers for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, speaker panels, spoken word events, music and more. Confirmed for 2018 are 60 authors, guest presenters and publishers, including headliner Peter Carey – a master storyteller from Australia and one of the most influential voices in contemporary literature – and literary heavyweights Eden Robinson, Esi Edugyan, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Lisa Moore, Lorna Crozier, Sharon Bala, Rawi Hage, Ian Hamilton, Kim Thúy, Ali Hassan and more. The quality of the program speaks to the festival’s 2018 theme: No one succeeds alone.

    Avid readers, aspiring writers and established authors alike will find something special in the Whistler Writers Festival program. This year's offerings include evenings with food, music and stories, a crime writers lunch, a speed-dating session where aspiring writers will pitch their work to seven publishers, plus several craft workshops and readings. Full festival schedule and tickets available at Whistler Writers Festival.

    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.

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