What's New & Noteworthy

What's New & Noteworthy

Summer Alpine Experiences

Whistler Blackcomb 2017.18 Winter Developments

  • Investment plans for new gondola and lift upgrades: Vail Resorts plans to 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. 

    For the mountain bikers, the investment also includes the expansion of Whistler Blackcomb’s world-renowned bike park, which is currently in the middle of a two-phase upgrade that will add 21 kilometers (13 miles) of biking trails in the summer of 2018.

  • Whistler Mountain Peak Suspension Bridge & West Ridge Viewpoint: The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge will span 130m/426.5ft from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl. The West Ridge Viewpoint will consist of a multi-tiered viewing platform with 360° views from Whistler’s Peak, offering guests a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot. The cantilevered walkway will extend 12.5m/40.7ft out from the West Ridge and an exhilarating 50m/164ft above Whistler Bowl. The bridge is expected to open for summer sightseeing in June 2018.

  • Roundhouse Lodge Year-Round Umbrella Bar & Summer Terrace & Viewing Deck: Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar will be complete this winter and adds a year-round heated patio overlooking Whistler Village at the Roundhouse Lodge with a collapsible roof to accommodate the Pacific Northwest weather conditions. Next 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


    The Audain Art Museum special exhibitions

    Shawn Hunt: Transformation

    Shawn Hunt: Transformation
    The Shawn Hunt: Transformation exhibition is now open until April 9, 2018. Hunt, one of the most original artists working on British Columbia's Northwest Coast, bridges history with contemporary life, issues and ideas throughout his artwork. Hunt diverges most prolifically from tradition in his “sculptural and mixed reality” piece titled Transformation Mask: “an interactive installation that features the technology HoloLens. It utilizes electronics and mechanical engineering in a physical transformation, before beginning a holographic experience for the viewer.” Transformation is a collaborative work between Hunt, Microsoft and their studio, The Garage. A collection of Hunt’s paintings is also on display.
    Image credit Microsoft Vancouver courtesy of the Audain Art Museum.

    Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit

    Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit
    Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit, running March 30 – June 11, honours the legacy of a remarkable artist. Deeply rooted in the traditions of his Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, Beau Dick was an artist who created a distinct cultural voice. This retrospective will provide insight into the complexities of traditional and contemporary Indigenous approaches to the creation of art on the West Coast. The Audain Art Museum focuses on collecting and exhibiting exceptional art created by gifted artists from British Columbia and, as such, Beau Dick and his work stand out as exemplary.


    Pangea Pod Pangea Pod, a revolutionary hotel concept slated to open spring 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.


    Spearhead Huts Spearhead Huts project secures significant funding

    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of volunteers, donors and the Spearhead Huts Society (SHS), the 50-year dream to build a world-class hut system in Whistler’s backyard is coming true. Significant funding announcements were made at a recent SHS fundraising event, including a $1.5 million donation from Vancouver philanthropists Brian Hill, CEO and founder of retail chain Aritzia, and Andrea Thomas Hill, chair of the Cause We Care Foundation. With much of the funding now in place, the SHS is set to complete the first of the year-round huts by early 2019 at Russet Lake in Garibaldi Park. Design for the second hut at Mount Macbeth, funded by the Hills, will begin in early 2018. When complete, the hut-to-hut system and supporting trails will provide families and mountain enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the 40km Spearhead Traverse. The project is expected to welcome up to 7,000 visitors a year to explore the first hut-to-hut route on the West Coast.


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

    WSSF World Ski & Snowboard Festival returns under new management

    Whistler Blackcomb and Gibbons Whistler have partnered to revitalize North America’s premier celebration of mountain culture, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, running April 10 – 15.  Get fired up for the return of the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme and the finals of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships. Soak in the best of winter culture at the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, MULTIPLICITY, Art & Soul, and Intersection. Get loud alongside DJs spinning as hard as the athletes are sending it in the Ski and Snowboard Big Air competitions, keep the party going through après sessions at Whistler’s renowned restaurants and bars, then go out with a bang at The END, the famed final send off to WSSF.


    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT - NEW + NOTABLE

    Il Caminetto Whistler's Iconic Il Caminetto re-opens under ownership of Toptable Group

    Located directly on Whistler’s Village Stroll, Il Caminetto stands proudly in the center of it all. It’s been 36 years since Il Caminetto initially opened its doors and with Toptable Group’s purchase in Spring 2017, this storied restaurant has been completely re-imagined to bring a fresh, contemporary style of dining to the mountainside resort.

    The new concept’s space features a main dining room, bar and lounge, and large outdoor patio that fronts a public walkway on Village Stroll. Re-designed by acclaimed New York-based Rockwell Group, the space takes its inspiration from the meaning of Il Caminetto’s name, “the fireplace” and Whistler’s spectacular landscape. Warm, live‐edged woods, blackened metal accents, distressed leather, a split faced stone fireplace, and playful accents all set the tone for this elevated mountainside dining.

    Il Caminetto brings a fresh, contemporary style of dining to the mountainside resort with a modern interpretation of classics to the sleek Italian designed room. Executive Chef James Walt’s menu, featuring both Italian and local products, reads like an aria that is perfect for sharing food and wine with family and friends.


    Fifis Bistro New Restaurant: Fifi’s Bistro in Whistler’s Upper Village

    Fifi’s Bistro, Whistler's newest eatery located in the Upper Village, makes you feel at home by focusing on scratch made cooking with fresh, local and sustainably sourced produce and a menu equally designed for dine-in or take-out meals. Fifi’s Bistro believes in providing balance. Owners Max and Kara Dobrochodow are committed to ensuring vegetarians and meat eaters can enjoy a meal and a bottle of wine graciously together, without compromise.



    Portobello Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Portobello Deli re-opens following extensive renovations

    Portobello Deli recently reopened after an extensive multimillion dollar renovation to reveal a fresh design and new elevated casual dining experience. Showcasing an animated open kitchen, Portobello has expanded its dinner offering under the direction of renowned executive chef Isabel Chung to include open-flame rotisserie chicken, pork ribs, and smoked brisket best enjoyed at the new ‘family style’ seating in a rustic, modern alpine setting. Portobello’s beverage offering has been expanded to provide a full service bar focusing on local craft beers on tap, perfect for the Chateau’s new après ski experience offered daily. Local Whistlerites and frequent Fairmont guests can continue to enjoy the gourmet barista bar which perfectly complements Portobello’s legendary made-to-order sandwiches and delectable pastries. A new market-style retail space features curated home décor, kitchen wares, and collectables from local Whistler artists and purveyors.


    Aura Restauraunt The New Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge

    Influenced by its inspiring location, talented chefs and seasonal produce, Aura Restaurant has undergone extensive renovations and now offers a fresh new dining space and open concept kitchen; all with stunning views of Nita Lake. Combining traditional French cooking techniques with a love of west coast ingredients, Executive Chef James Olberg creates approachable local flavours with a modern, innovative twist. Respecting the environment with ethically sourced produce from local free-range farms and sustainable fishing operations, Aura offers upscale dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Aura is open for breakfast, dinner and special events.

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