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Rendez-Vous

Vail Resorts Announces Key Capital Investments for 2020/21

In early December, Vail Resorts announced plans to expand Rendezvous Lodge Restaurant on the top of Blackcomb Mountain. The plans include increasing the seating capacity by roughly 34 percent with an additional 250 seats as well as other related facility upgrades. Whistler Blackcomb's (WB) new COO Geoff Buchheister feels the expansion will help in the summer with group events and new opportunties because of the opening of the Blackcomb Gondola. Read more here.

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB 2019

    Sustainability - EpicPromise - Commitment to Zero

    Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts are aggressively pursuing a comprehensive sustainability commitment with its Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint. Started at Whistler Blackcomb, this ambitious undertaking commits to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to the landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat. Whistler Blackcomb’s 2016 The Big Picture Documentaries examined some of today’s most pertinent environmental questions.

    Vail-Resorts

    Vail Resorts $66 Million Investment into Whistler Blackcomb

    Vail Resorts $66 million CAD investment into Whistler Blackcomb last winter season included the first three-gondola connection in the world, which opened in December 2018 and lift infrastructure upgrades to provide quicker, easier access to all levels of terrain. The new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola on Blackcomb Mountain which extends from the Upper Village to the Rendezvous at the top of the mountain (adjacent to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola) replaced Wizard and Solar Coaster Chairlifts. A new six-passenger high-speed lift in the Family Ski Zone also replaced the Emerald Express four-passenger chairlift on Whistler Mountain. Lastly a four-passenger, high-speed chairlift replaced the Catskinner triple-passenger chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain.


    New Business & Culinary Highlights

    Rocky Mountain Underground

    Rocky Mountain Underground

    Opened in December 2019, the Rocky Mountain Underground is a ski shop with a twist. Not only do they design and manufacture skis and ski gear, the shop transforms from a coffee shop during the day, to a cocktail and wine bar in the evening which often hosts live music. The transformational space is located in Whistler’s Upper Village.


    Arts & Culture Highlights

    Whistler Cultural Pass

    Whistler Cultural Pass

    New last fall, the Whistler Cultural Pass, provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Guests can now save 15% when they purchase tickets as a pass. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

    Audain

    Audain Art Museum

    The Audain Art Museum's latest exhibition is a celebration of the art of photography from the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photography explores the development of photography from daguerreotype photographs to digital images, monochrome to saturated colour, while exploring the production of photojournalism, vernacular photographs, and portraiture. Featuring 70 photographs and related images that range from 1850s to 2000s, the exhibition demonstrates the technological advances over the decades and reveals that the basic impetus behind the art of photography remains the same.


    Activity Highlights

    Heli Fresh Tracks

    Blackcomb Helicopters – Heli Fresh Tracks

    Take the most exclusive ride to the top of the mountain from Februaury 2020. With Heli Fresh Tracks, groups can embark on a back-country helicopter sighteeing tour through mountains and glaciers of Whistler’s Coast Mountain Range. See the resort from above, and the surrounding peaks and valleys before being dropped off at the Roundhouse Lodge on top of Whistler Mountain. There, a reserved table will be awaiting you for your fresh tracks breakfast before your lesson. Beat the lines, beat the gondola, and get those freshies!

    Spearhead Traverse Huts Project

    Spearhead Traverse Huts Project

    The Kees and Claire Hut, set in the alpine meadows above Russet Lake officially opened for bookings on September 21. The hut, which is two storeys high and sleeps 38, comes loaded with gear that will allow hikers and ski tourers to travel light. This is the first of three planned backcountry skiing/summer mountain huts to open 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 West Coast hut-to-hut experience, comparable to those in Europe.

    Extremely Canadian

    Extremely Canadian - Heli-Assisted Touring

    Blackcomb Helicopters will take you, your group and an extremely Canadian guide to backcountry zones you’ve always dreamed of getting to. Enjoy a full day of guided backcountry skiing or splitboarding then get picked up by Blackcomb Heli at the end of your epic day!




    Vallea-Lumina

    Vallea Lumina, A Multimedia Wonderland *Now Open in Winter*

    The Adventure Group and Moment Factory partnered on a multimedia 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.



    Headline-Snowcoach

    Head-Line Mountain Holidays Introduces a Snowcoach

    Head-line offers unique Heli-Ice Cap interpretive tours of Canada’s southernmost ice cap. For guests wanting to experience the ice caps and caves further, Head-Line developed their unique 'snowcoach' - a snowcat with a Cirrus 820 Camper on top for overnight stays. The front nose skylight allows you to lay back and watch the stars and meteor showers following a day with Headline. The ‘snowcoach’ will also support Head-Line’s “White is Green” Ice Cap Research Initiative which requires overnight observations and data collection in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

    Hotel Updates

    Fairmont

    Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Suite Renovations

    Following the creation of 11 new Alpine Suites in 2016/17, and a complete revamp of Portobello Deli in 2017/18, the latest renovations saw a $4.3 million investment into the remaining 33 non- Fairmont Gold Suites. This investment dramatically enhanced every suite with fireplaces (perfect for those cozy winter months), modern spa bathrooms with soaker tubs, and updated modern alpine décor, plus a generous built-in wet bar in the larger suites. Several new two-bedroom suites will appeal to families and groups of friends traveling together on ski vacations or summer holidays.


    Four-Seasons

    Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler - Suite and Room Renovations

    Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is pleased to announce the renovations of all rooms and suites just in time for ski season 2019/20. The new rooms designed by Vancouver's Dialog re-imagines the classic mountain lodge by weaving urban expectations with mountain ease. Using natural materials and elements that pay tribute to the beauty of the mountains, the brand new furnishings, fixtures and bespoke additions provide a fresh and clean escape for guests.

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