What's New & Noteworthy

What's New In Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb Updates

Summer Alpine Experiences Roundhouse Lodge Year-Round Umbrella Bar

The Umbrella Bar provides the ultimate on-mountain viewing experience and is located in the front of the Roundhouse Lodge. Guests can enjoy a drink and the view under a giant umbrella that can be lowered on sunny summer days or in the winter when glass panels and heaters protect one from the elements. In the summer of 2018, an extended wooden deck, capable of hosting large functions was completed.

Summer Alpine Experiences Cloudraker Skybridge & Raven‘s Eye Viewing Point

Whistler Blackcomb’s The Cloudraker Skybridge spans 130m/426.5ft from Whistler Peak to West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl to the Raven’s Eye Viewing Platform. This multi-tiered viewing platform offers guests a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot with 360° views of the Coast Mountains. The cantilevered walkway extends 12.5m/40.7ft out from the West Ridge and an exhilarating 50m/164ft above Whistler Bowl. Closed in winter.

For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com

New Activity Highlights

Summer Alpine Experiences Forest Bathing by Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Forest Bathing Therapy is a powerful preventative and healing medicine. By “taking in the forest atmosphere” we can boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and stress while increasing happiness, energy, focus, intuition and improve sleep. Join the Canadian Wilderness Adventures team on a guided journey into Whistler’s own majestic old growth Medicine Trail.

Summer Forest Walks - Squamish Lil‘wat Cultural Centre

Starting mid-June on Wednesdays at 3pm, guests will learn from Cultural Ambassadors about local flora and fauna found along the SLCC's interpretive forest walk, the Salish Stroll. This tour will be offered in place of the regular hourly guided tour and is included in the museum admission fee.

Igloo Vallea Lumina Transforms Whistler into a Multimedia Wonderland *In Winter*

The Adventure Group and Moment Factory partnered on a multimedia 1.5 km night walk to bring Cougar Mountain's old-growth forest to life. Inspired by Whistler's natural beauty Vallea Lumina speaks to audiences of all ages using emotive lights, videos, soundscape and scenography. Transporting guests to another world, there are plenty of opportunities to touch, play, explore and engage with the environment.

Spearhead Traverse Huts Project

Three backcountry skiing/summer mountain huts are being constructed along the popular Spearhead Traverse, a 35-kilometre horseshoe-shaped route of stunning Coast Mountain terrain that crosses 13 glaciers over 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) between Whistler and Blackcomb. When complete, the Spearhead Huts will offer a world-class, West Coast hut-to-hut experience, comparable to those in Europe or elsewhere. The first hut, the Kees and Claire Hut, set in the alpine meadows above usset Lake, is expected to welcome guests this summer. It covers over 279 square metres (3,000 square feet), is two storeys high, and will sleep 38.

Summer Alpine Experiences Whistler Sky Walk & Whistler Peak Challenge by Mountain Skills Academy

Whistler Sky Walk is a 2-hour interpretive guided mountaintop hike along the edge of Whistler Mountain looking over 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.

Food & Drink Highlights

Stinky's on the Stroll

Longtime local bartender Jeremy Peterson has opened, Stinky's on the Stroll located just up from Whistler Olympic Plaza. Jeremy or Stinky, as he is affectionately known, has been a fixture of Whistler's bar scene for 24 years and is putting that experience into his own sports bar complete offering local beers and a simple menu featuring a handful of signature items.

The Raven Room

Restaurant & cocktail bar The Raven Room has been welcomed to Whistler’s vibrant culinary scene by locals and visitors alike. Serving food 3 PM – midnight and drinks until 1 AM daily, The Raven Room focuses on sourcing local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients to cater to every dietary requirement. Food and drinks can be enjoyed on the patio whilst taking in the surrounding stunning mountain views. Locally owned and operated, the team of four co-owners hold an abundance of experience from various renowned Whistler restaurants including 21 Steps and Bar Oso. The fresh new venture is located in the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre hotel.

Montis Distilling will be Whistler‘s First Local Spirit Producer

Kwang Chen is teaming up with his wife, Bryanna, to launch the very first distillery based in Whistler. Armed with a craft licence, Montis Distilling ("montis" is Latin for "mountain") will use 100-per-cent BC grain for its roster of spirits, as well as a "wide variety" of botanicals that will be foraged from the Whistler area. To start with, Montis will offer locally produced vodka and gin—a personal favourite of Chenlsquo;s, imbuing the juniper-based spirit with a taste of the mountains.

Igloo Squamish Lil‘wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) Summer Feast & Performance

Blending culinary and cultural tourism, the SLCC offers a family-friendly feast featuring a Northwest Coast inspired menu, Indigenous World Winery wine pairings, and craft beer from local breweries. Performances take place throughout dinner service, featuring the SLCC's Cultural Ambassadors and the Wells Family from the Lil’wat Nation. Performers wear traditional regalia and use storytelling, dance and song to share the rich cultures and histories of their share territory

Hotel Updates

Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Sweet Suite Renovation

Hot on the heels of completing a 5-year, $25 million hotel renovation that included the creation of eleven Alpine Suites, a Portobello Deli redesign, 150 bathroom facelifts, room enhancements and pool complex and meeting space renovation, Fairmont Chateau Whistler decided to keep going. Q4 2018 will see another $4.3 million investment into guest rooms, including a significant renovation to all 44 non-Fairmont Gold Suites dramatically enhancing every suite with modern spa bathrooms with soaker tub, built in wet bar, fireplace installation, and updated modern alpine décor.