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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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Whistler Film Fest. Happening now!

Whistler Film Fest. Happening now!

That’s right, 5 days and 75 films, along with many many specialevents on the go, Whistler Film Fest is getting right into thethick of things!

Night One was was a success with two films being screened, andfrom everything I’ve heard it was nothing short of perfect!

Day and Night Two are chock filled with 15 films being screened,as well as a special Trailblazer Award and Intimate Conversationwith award winning actress and producer, and one of my favourite’sto watch on TV, Rashida Jones (The office, Parks & Rec).

And she’s not the only famous name in town right now. Mr. DanielRadcliffe (Harry Potter) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) have bothbeen cruising the Village Stroll, much to the ladies delight.
Julia Stiles (The Bourne trilogy) and the legendary Canadianfolk/rock guitarist Bruce Cockburn are also in the village thisweekend. Hopefully I can run in to good ol’ Brucey, and have himwrite me into his next song. Pipedream, maybe??

Ok, back to the movies! 
SO many choices. With 15 happening tonight, and another 58 overthe next three days and nights, I’m really at a loss of which totry and catch. It seems all of the movies are THE ones to watchthis year. 
Makes it a little difficult to be in so many places at once. Hmmm,time to find a scientist and build myself a few clones that can gowatch all the movies, and relay it all to my mind atonce. 

On second thought, that sounds like a brain overload. I think I’lljust stick to hoping that I’ve picked the best ones!

Rashida Jones

(My favourite, Rashida Jones)

Daniel Radcliffe

(Daniel Radcliffe. Spotlight and Q&A – Nov. 30 – MilleniumPlace)

Channing Tatum

(Magic Mike himself – Channing Tatum)

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The Wonder Reels – Episode 4: The Deep!

The Wonder Reels - Episode 4: The Deep!

Many of my Eastern Canadian friends and family (mainly fromOntario and Quebec) are always asking me when I’m movinghome. 

Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem that day is coming anytimesoon.
Perhaps when full-on global warming hits, and there’s no more snowto be had.
That might be a good reason to move back to the warm lakes ofOntario.

Until then, I will continue to enjoy my powder heaven known asWhistler and the Slackcountry. 

I think the video sums up quite nicely my reasons….

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: | Permalink

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A peek at the Peak

I came across this picture today and got filled with excitementfor the Peak to be opened soon.
It’s amazing what snow, an iconic Inukshuk, and thin clouds withthe Sun peaking through can create.

It’s how I picture a Snow Storm in Star Wars to look like….

Whistler Peak Cam - Nov 24

*Photo Courtesy of Whistler BlackcombWebcams

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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A week full of snow!

A week full of snow!

Everyone is loving the sudden influx of snow on the mountain andin the village, even the dogs!
It’s certainly brought a sense of joy to the air, and what couldbe better for the American Thanksgiving weekend?
I know I’m certainly thankful for all the snow we’ve been gettingfor Opening week.  

In fact, nearly 160 cm/63 inches, or for those not in the mood todo mental calculations – over 5 feet of snow, has fallen in thepast week. 
Every day has been a powder day! 

And today was no exception. With 25 cms falling overnight, and awhole ton of people in town, the vibe in the village was nothingshort of electric this morning. 

I was even able to get picture evidence this morning. Unlikeyesterday, I thought ahead to stop and take a click or two.
Nothing better than being able to rip powder laps with a solidcrew! 

First picture shows the lack of visibility. Second picture showsthe depth of snow a little better.

Cover Photo courtesy of Logan Swayze | Coast Photo

Rock and Roll 1

Rock And Roll – Lack of visibility

Rock and Roll 2

Rock and Roll – Knee deep powder laps

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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Official Opening Day

Official Opening Day

And with that, the start of the 2012-13 season has officiallybegun!
Five days after Whistler side opened (and 5 feet of fresh snow inbetween), Blackcomb side opened up its Gondola doors to the public,and let us play in its bountiful snowy goodness!

Conditions today were stellar, and filled with a whole bunch offresh fresh fresh snow!
So much so, that riding it took number 1 priority, andunfortunately, the camera paid the price for that.
However, I’m lucky to have some friends who enjoy taking pictureswhile they’re up, and let me use them!

Enjoy a tease of what this winter will be bringing. 😉

*Photo Credit: Julien Desrosiers (Peak 2 Peak Gondola) | AndrewBoyce (Blackcomb Collage) | Jeremy King (Cover photo – WhistlerMountain)

Gondola - Nov 22

Blackcomb Opening Day

Whistler Mountain

Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 1 – Opening Eve

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 1 – Opening Eve

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 1 - Opening Eve

On the 1st day of Opening Day, my truelove gave to me….pure, utter, unadulterated excitement!

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear upfor the start of another amazing season, in the 16 days leading upto Opening Day, I’m going to give you 16 different ideas of someawesome things to do this winter season!

With Whistler Mountain opening early, the buzz around the villagehas been electrifying. Add in a whole bunch of fresh snow, and allof the locals are absolutely giddy!

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open TOMORROW, Thursday,November 22nd.

Let’s round out this list!

NUMBER 1:

Exploring the mountain!
Map out your wonders. Get stoked. Have an amazing season!

It’s that time of year again, where there’s one main thing on mostpeople’s minds. And that’s which run should I ride next? With anendless choice of runs to choose from, and a seemingly endlesssupply of snow for the next 6-7 months, you’ll have plenty of timeto hit your favourites, some hidden gems, some that you’ve onlyever heard about, or perhaps this is your first time on themountain, and pretty much EVERYTHING is left to be explored!.

Which ever it is, the start of the year so far has beenincredible, and leads me to believe that we’re in for one heck of asnowy year.
I’m secretly wishing for each month to be comparable to lastMarch, where we got 14 feet of snow throughout the month. 14feet! Every day was a fresh powder day!
Perhaps it’s a pipe dream to wish for that every month, but onecan hold out hope, no?

In the mean time, I’ll keep dancing my snow dance for MotherNature, and try to convince her to send it all this way again!

**Photo Courtesy: Jeremy King | AlohaWhistler Accommodations

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 2 – Heli Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 2 – Heli Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 2 - Heli Skiing

On the 2nd day of Opening Day, my truelove gave to me….Powder, Helicopters, Powder, Open Bowls, Powder,Untouched terrain. Oh, and did I mention Powder?!

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear upfor the start of another amazing season, in the 16 days leading upto Opening Day, I’m going to give you 16 different ideas of someawesome things to do this winter season!

With Whistler Mountain opening early, the buzz around the villagehas been electrifying. Add in a whole bunch of fresh snow, and allof the locals are absolutely giddy!

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open this Thursday,November 22nd.

Back to the list, my good friend!

NUMBER 2:

Heli-Skiing!
A private, untouched, MASSIVE mountain for you to ride on?! Ithink so!

Imagine the feeling of a having the choice of over 432,000 (nearlyhalf a million) acres of untouched snow. That’s 173 glaciers, or475 runs. Which one do you choose first? In all honesty, it doesn’tmatter, as each and every one of your runs will quite possibly besome of THE best runs of your life!

On top of that, one of the best perks about this is that there’sno lift lines involved either. The only wait you have to do, is tocomfortably strap into your seat in the helicopter, and fly rightback up to the top of the mountain.
This is riding in style!
There is so much powder out there that some people have evenuttered the words “too much”. But I think those people are silly,and just don’t fully appreciate a day where powder is trulyking!
You know how easy it is to slice through butter with a hot knife.Now, put those hot knives on your feet, and pretend the powder isthat butter, and well, I think you get the idea!

Between you and me, I don’t think you’ll be able to wipe the smileoff your face at the end of the day.

** Photo Courtesy: Darryl Brennan | Whistler HeliSkiing

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 3 – Whistler Tasting Tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 3 – Whistler Tasting Tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 3 - Whistler Tasting Tours

On the 3rd day of Opening Day, my truelove gave to me….a little taste of Whistler!

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear upfor the start of another amazing season, in the 16 days leading upto Opening Day, I’m going to give you 16 different ideas of someawesome things to do this winter season!

With Whistler Mountain opening early, the buzz around the villagehas been electrifying. Add in a whole bunch of fresh snow, and allof the locals are absolutely giddy!

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open this Thursday,November 22nd.

The list. Let’s get back to it!

NUMBER 3:

Whistler Tasting Tours!
Whet your appetite for some of the scrumptious splendors Whistlerhas to offer!

It’s tough to choose which restaurantsto go to in Whistler. There are an absolute ridiculous number tochoose from. Araxi, Barefoot Bistro, 21 Steps, Earls, Bavaria…. Icould continue, but by the time I finish this list your mind willhave already gotten lost in thoughts of what’s in your fridge rightnow.

So this little tour here will help you out! There are two options:The Hidden Gems, and The Finer Things.
Each tour will bring you through 5 different restaurants (as wellas a Bonus Mystery stop) and let you sample one course in eachplace. It is a progressive tour that ends with an absolutelydelicious dessert.
If one night isn’t enough for you, then return for a second, andtry 5 completely different restaurants.

This is certainly a unique way to dine out in Whistler. You andyour taste buds will most certainly become best friends by the endof this night out!.

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 4 – Cat Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 4 – Cat Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 4 - Cat Skiing

On the 4th day of Opening Day, my truelove gave to me….untouched goodies, and a private cat to getthere!

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear upfor the start of another amazing season, in the 16 days leading upto Opening Day, I’m going to give you 16 different ideas of someawesome things to do this winter season!

With Whistler Mountain opening early, the buzz around the villagehas been electrifying. Add in a whole bunch of fresh snow, and allof the locals are absolutely giddy!

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open this Thursday,November 22nd.

To the list we go, Batman!

NUMBER 4:

Cat-Skiing!
Ride what very few others have touched in the comfort of your ownSnowcat!

Now, you may be wondering, what the heck is he talking about,riding up the hill on an animal?!?
And if you’ve never heard about this before, then I understandthat train of thought. A Snowcat is kind of like a modifiedgrooming machine, that can seat up to 12 people, and can drive overa diverse amount of terrain. 
This means it can give you access to pristine fresh tracks, overand over again throughout your day. 
You can get up to 10 fresh runs a day, and by the end wonder whyon earth you aren’t doing this more often!

You’ll be amazed at just how much snow there is out there. I’vegot my fingers crossed for you, that you happen to make it up on aday where it snows a fresh two feet over night. Trust me, you’ll bein heaven!

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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