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Whistler Grand Opening November 16th, 2015

Whistler Grand Opening November 16th, 2015

WHISTLER, BC November 12, 2015 – Whistler Mountain will be opening one week ahead of schedule on Thursday, November 19. The early opening has been made possible thanks to favourable early season conditions, including natural snowfall and prime temperatures for snowmaking. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.

“Since November 1, we have received 98cm (38.5in) of natural snow as measured at our Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain and we have another 45cm (18in) to 75cm (29.5in) in the forecast at higher elevations over the next few days,” says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. “What Mother Nature has brought us so far has been complemented by our snowmaking team, who have converted over 26.5 million gallons of water into snow since the start of November. We are excited conditions have allowed us to get the season started ahead of schedule this year for all those eager skiers and snowboarders out there.”

When Whistler Mountain opens on November 19 it will have five lifts running, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind guests to ski/ride safely as early season conditions will apply, especially off piste,” says MacFarlane. “Please obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by ‘Temporary Boundary’ signage.”

With more snow in the forecast between now and Opening Day, guests will be able to enjoy some fun conditions to kick off Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary season. More details about what guests can expect on November 19 will be available early next week.

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Events, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Coming Soon Whistler’s 2015/16 Grand Opening!

Coming Soon Whistler’s 2015/16 Grand Opening!

It’s about that time of year! The leaves are falling, the nights are getting shorter, the rains are coming, and soon – it’ll be ski and snowboard season on the slopes of Whistler!

We’re happy to share that Whistler’s official grand opening for the 2015/16 season will be on November 26, and we’ll be hosting a wide array of events and activities in celebration. We’re looking forward to another exciting year of ski and snowboarding on our world-class mountain.

We’re also happy to share some of the awesome promotions that Aloha Whistler Accommodations is offering this year, including early booking deals of up to 40%. Plus, we’re continuing another popular promotion this year – Kids 12 and under stay, ski, rent and transfer for FREE!

And while you’re booking for ski and snow, don’t forget to check out all of the opportunities we have for you to pamper yourself – from spa and wellness packages, to heli-tours and ziplines, to our world class restaurants and nightlife. All are within arm’s reach when you visit our Packages page and speak with one of our local booking specialists.

Snow season is just around the corner, and we’re absolutely stoked to see you up on the mountain. Keep it locked on our website, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for exciting packages and offers throughout the winter. We’ll see you soon!

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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Spring Is In The Air at Whistler

Spring Is In The Air at Whistler

Whistler, B.C. – Spring is in the air at Whistler, with fresh snow in the alpine, longer days, a busy events calendar and plenty of activities to enjoy. Spring brings new energy to the resort with events and activities for everyone. Extended daylight hours mean more time to enjoy it all! With plenty of family-friendly activity options, Whistler is the perfect location for a Spring Break holiday.

At this time of year, Whistler offers the best of both worlds; bring your bike for a spin on the paved Valley Trail network but don’t forget your skis and snowboards because there are still several weeks of riding left. Biking is ramping up with a variety of cross country trails, road cycling as well as recreational bike trails open and ready to be explored. Offering terrain ranging from beginners to bike aficionados, there’s something for everyone to get excited about.

Spring skiing in Whistler means longer and brighter days and that energetic Whistler vibe throughout the Village. The mountains have received 25 centimetres of fresh snow in the last 48 hours, with more forecast overnight and early next week.

Why not do it all? Only in Whistler can you kick start the morning riding an abundance of sprawling bike trials, upload the mountain just in time to join the ‘crack-of-noon club’ when the sun softens up the snow creating optimal spring skiing conditions, and top it off with a well-deserved après session in town.

With the changing of the season brings the ultimate patio après and no one does après like Whistler. With a plentitude of venues at your fingertips — both on and off the mountains — your options are endless. Spring in Whistler also offers room-only specials & accommodations.

Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totalling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Whistler Blackcomb is Cooking Up Fresh Ideas For Hungry Guest On And Off The Mountains This Winter Season

WHISTLER, BC December 15, 2014 – Ever since Wolfgang Sterr took the reigns as Executive Chef in 2011, things have been different at Whistler Blackcomb. Food and beverage locations on and off the mountains have seen a fundamental shift, with quintessential mountain menu items like pizza and fries being complemented by fresh, healthy and locally-sourced alternatives. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are now easy to find on the mountains and changes like these are only the beginning.

“My passion is food and the environment we live in,” says Sterr. “I am fortunate that my job allows me the opportunity to focus on both. In recent years we have been able to introduce a wide variety of new, healthy options for our guests so we can fuel them up properly for their time in the mountains. We can now cater to people with all kinds of dietary restrictions and all the while we are doing what we can to reduce our impact on the environment by using locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible and participating in environmentally-focused food initiatives like the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.”

The innovation continues this winter with Wolfgang and his team stepping things up in the Whistler Blackcomb food and beverage world even further. From new recipes, partnerships, events and tweaks to old favourites, here is the rundown on everything new and noteworthy in the Whistler Blackcomb kitchens:

Raven’s Nest: Whistler Blackcomb’s All Vegetarian Restaurant
Raven’s Nest, located at the top of the Creekside Gondola on Whistler Mountain, has undergone some major changes for the 2014.2015 winter season. It is Whistler Blackcomb’s first ever all vegetarian restaurant and one of the first of its kind at ski resorts in North America. The all plant-based menu will feature a variety of options inspired by flavours from around the world and will also include some specialty vegan dishes. Carnivores need not worry, the restaurant will have a small selection of meat options available for those who ask, however they will not be advertised on the restaurant’s menu boards. The all vegetarian concept for Raven’s Nest was the brainchild of WB Executive Chef, Wolfgang Sterr, who is a vegetarian, and fellow Whistler Blackcomb employee and vegan, Kristine Leise.

Vij’s Curry Stations at Roundhouse Lodge and Wizard Grill
New this winter, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of Vij’s curries at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and the Wizard Grill at the base of Blackcomb. Chef Vikram Vij is best known for his award-winning Indian restaurants in Vancouver, Vij’s, Rangoli, and his latest restaurant in South Surrey, MyShanti, as well as his time on the popular television show, Dragons’ Den. Vij will be making four sampling appearances at the Roundhouse Lodge throughout the winter season where guests will have the opportunity to meet him and try some of his curry dishes. His first appearance will be on December 20, 2014 and his second appearance will be on January 22, 2015 when he will also be preparing one of the courses for the Winemaker’s Après event happening that day in Steeps Grill and Wine Bar. The dates for the remaining two appearances are yet to be announced but will be posted to whistlerblackcomb.com once confirmed.

New Reserve Wine Lists by Samantha Rahn from Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant
Whistler Blackcomb will be introducing new reserve wine lists at Steeps Grill and Wine Bar on Whistler Mountain and Christine’s Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain this winter. The lists were designed by Samantha Rahn, the 2013 Sommelier of the Year as decided by the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and the current Wine Director at the award-winning Araxi restaurant in Whistler. Rahn’s selections for the reserve wine lists will perfectly complement the menus at Whistler Blackcomb’s two full-service, fine dining restaurants and will elevate the dining experience at those locations for serious wine lovers. Rahn will also be making a number of Sommelier appearances at the two restaurants throughout the season. Dates for the appearances are yet to be confirmed but will be posted to the Whistler Blackcomb website once available.

Lunch with David Hawksworth
Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce Chef David Hawksworth, of the eponymous Hawksworth Restaurant, will be bringing his contemporary Canadian cuisine mountainside in the New Year. Splitting the weekend between his two passions, cooking and skiing, Chef Hawksworth will be preparing lunch on January 10 at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Reservations will be required to attend the event which will celebrate the bounty of British Columbia on what should be a memorable afternoon.  Details of the event will be released as they become available towww.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Garbo’s Grill at the Base of Whistler Mountain
Garbo’s Grill, located in the Carleton Lodge at the base of Whistler Mountain, is Whistler Blackcomb’s newest food and beverage location. Specializing in customizable burgers and grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches, Garbo’s Grill, along with the grills in the Roundhouse Lodge, Rendezvous Lodge and Glacier Creek Lodge, now use only naturally raised hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef. Garbo’s Grill is open from 7am to 4pm daily.

Whistler Blackcomb Winemaker’s Après Events
Whistler Blackcomb’s popular Winemaker’s Après series returns this winter season with a few fresh changes. There will be four events throughout the winter and as always, they will take place at Steeps Grill and Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge. The events will feature a five course meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients by Whistler Blackcomb’s executive chefs and each dish will be paired with a feature wine from British Columbia. The winemakers to be showcased at this season’s Winemaker’s Après series include: Inniskillin on January 22, featuring a special guest appearance from Vikram Vij, Robert Mondavi on February 24, Nk’Mip on March 12 and See Ya Later Ranch on April 9. More information about the Winemaker’s Apres Series is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/on-mountain-dining/winter-mountain-top-dining.

Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine at the Wizard Grill
This winter the Wizard Grill at the base of Blackcomb Mountain will be home to Whistler Blackcomb’s first and only Coca-Cola Freestyle soft drink dispenser. The machine is the only one of its kind in the Sea To Sky Corridor and allows guests to customize their own drink by mixing any of the 120+ flavours of their favourite Coca-Cola beverages. More information about the Coca-Cola Freestyle Project can be found at www.coca-colafreestyle.com/home.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages  or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,165 centimetres (459 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

For more information, visit http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort News | Permalink

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Not your average Triathlon!

Not your average Triathlon!

The month of May is a very interesting time in Whistler. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring, the snow is melting, the beaches and golf courses are open, and the mountain bike trails are getting prepared for an opening in the very near future (May 17th, to be exact).
With temperatures reaching the 30’s (Mid 80’s for my American friends), it’s not uncommon to see the general population in Whistler wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, while standing beside a skier or snowboarder who’s fully decked out in gear which looks WAY too warm.

April 25 village stroll

(Case in point. PS, retro one-piece suits NEVER go out of style in Spring time)

That being said, the end of May brings about a new sport – the Whistler Triathlon (I wonder if we can turn this into an Olympic sport). The Whistler Triathlon isn’t your regular run of the mill triathlon. In fact for a very short period, between May 17th (opening of the Bike Park) until May 27th (last day of spring skiing on Blackcomb) opens up a window for the die-hards. Start the day off skiing or snowboarding, followed up with a downhill mountain bike ride in the afternoon, and topped off with a round of golf or a wakeboard at Green Lake in the late afternoon. Or for those feeling VERY adventurous, you can even possibly make it to Vancouver Island in time for an evening surf session.

You know you’re in a sports oriented town when these are serious discussions, of how many different sports you can accomplish in one day!

Maybe this is why no one seems to age in this town 😉

Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News, Whistler Golf, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Blake Jorgenson Whistler Gallery

One of my favourite Whistler photographers has released his first set of photos in his Whistler 2013 gallery.

A few of my favourites below:

Blake Jorgs 1

(Harmony Chair)

Blake Jorgs 2

(James Heim standing on top of the world….ok, 7th Heaven)

Blake Jorgs 3

(Dana Flahr killing the powder on Blackcomb)

To view the entire gallery, click HERE

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News | Permalink

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Book NOW and SAVE BIG!

Book NOW and SAVE BIG!

Do you like saving money?

Of course you do!

Can I help you save money?
Of course I can!

How? By booking that vacation you’ve been wanting!

How does spending your holidays in Canada’s snowiest Winter Wonderland sound?
We’ve already received enough snow the Whistler Blackcomb has Announced an ERALY OPENING of November 16th!
And from the looks of the forecast, we’re about to get another major dumping of that white gold right before the holidays “officially” start (wait, isn’t it always Holidays out here in Whistler??)

We still have some fantastic Accommodations available over the festive season, and we’d love you to get our here and enjoyplaying in our backyard!

Call Reservations directly to discuss how we can save you money over the Holidays this year!

And Just to get you excited to spend your Holidays in Whistler, here’s a few photo’s to tease you!

PowSlash

( Photo: Erin Hogue)

Peak - Dec 12

( Photo: Mitch Winton)

Whistler At night

Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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December 12th Photo Updates

The big boss man, Gordy, got up on Wednesday December 12th on what turned out to be an absolutely GORGEOUS(!!!) day.

Below are some of the shots he snapped.
And no, I can guarantee he wasn’t waiting around long each time to take pictures,
I’m stoked we were able to get these from him!

Blackcomb Glacier Pow - Dec 12 - Gordy

(Powder rips in Blackcomb Glacier)

Blackcomb Glacier - Dec 12 - Gordy

(ok, so he stopped quickly to show off his lines.)

7th - Dec 12 - Gordy

(Next, off to Heaven – of the 7th variety. Looks like the Snow Gods are smiling!)

7th 2 - Dec 12 - Gordy

(Certainly seems like a rough life out here, doesn’t it?)

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Spending Christmas in Whistler

Spending Christmas in Whistler

With Christmas just around the corner, Whistler is starting to look more and more like the Winter Wonderland that makes this place so magical.
All the trees are decorated with lights, and it looks pretty spectacular at night.

But aside from just walking the Village stroll and looking at lights, what else is there to do?

Ok, well since you asked….

One of my favourites is the Dress Like Santa And Ski For Free day.
It looks like it will most likely be happening on Saturday December 22nd, it is pretty much exactly as it sounds.
Hundreds and Hundreds of skiers and snowboards all dressed as Santa, all coming down the hill at the same time. Depending on your outlook, it’s either a really awesome sight, or extra creepy (you know, if the fat guy scared you as a kid.)

Oh… The ski free part?!
Well the first 75 people to show up to the bottom of the mountain at GLC (Garibaldi Lift co.) dressed fully in their outfit get a free day pass. 
What better way to spend the day?!

Santa Day 2

(I’m pretty sure that’s actually Santa on the left. And no, not all of them are dropping off toys from their hybrid “sleigh”)

Santa Day 1

(It’s like a Christmas version of Where’s Waldo.)

Now that you have that image burned in your mind, picture all of them jumping through hoops of fire, with fireworks going off all around.

Yeah, I wish too….

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Santa’s jumping through hoops for the Fire and Ice show. Instead you’ll have a whole whack load of professional skiers and snowboarders putting on one hell of a show. 
Happening December 16, 23, 30 & January 6th (each Sunday night) this free show is most certainly one of the Family Favourites.

Fire and Ice

(Who can say no to these cute Fire wranglers ?!)

For more information, and Christmas ideas click riiiiiiiiight HERE

Posted on Monday, December 03, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The Deep, act 2

The Deep, act 2

Ok, I know I posted this video the other day…
However, Whistler Blackcomb has released the Snowboard version ofit, and being a snowboarder, I’m naturally inclined to be moredrawn to it.

But I figured maybe it’s best to get the popular vote.

Which one do YOU like more?

*Cover photo courtesy: Rueben Krabbe. Skier: Eliel Hindert

Snowboard Version
Ski Version

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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