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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 5 – Unofficial Official Opening Day

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 5 – Unofficial Official Opening Day

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 5 - Unofficial Official Opening Day

On the 5th day of Opening day, my truelove gave to me….an early opening!

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!

We’re less than a week away to the “Official” Opening Day.However, the unofficial “Official” Opening Day is TODAY (SaturdayNov. 17th). The Whistler Alpine will be open, and you can bet yourbottom dollar you will see nothing but smiles all day. In factsmiles all day, every day for the next 6-7 months.

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open November 22nd.

Back to the List we go!

NUMBER 5:

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL OPENING DAY!
First tracks of the season have been laid out as of 8.30 thismorning on what will surely become another epic year!

It’s been raining in the village sincelast night, yet there have been a few die-hards camping out sinceyesterday afternoon (see picture below) to ensure they’re first inline, and get the first lines on the snow this season. Impressivefeat considering how soggy they must have gotten over night.

On the upside, the forecast is calling for a wholllllleeeee lot ofsnow over the next 5-6 days. Upwards of 160+ cm’s in the Alpine(for you folks not wanting to do math on a Saturday, that’s nearly5.5 feet of white gold). Jealous yet?

Needless to say, the season is starting off well!

Whistler Opening day 3

Whistler Opening Day 2

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Posted on Saturday, November 17, 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 6 – Fresh Tracks

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 6 – Fresh Tracks

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 6 - Fresh Tracks

On the 6th day of Opening day, my truelove gave to me….an early morning, food and fresh snow!

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!

We’re less than a week away to the “Official” Opening Day.However, the unofficial “Official” Opening Day is TOMORROW(Saturday Nov. 17th). The Whistler Alpine will be open, and you canbet your bottom dollar you will see nothing but smiles all day. Infact all day every day for the next 6-7 months.

Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open November 22nd.

Now, onto the List we go!

NUMBER 6:

Fresh Tracks!
Early access to the lifts, a wicked buffet breakfast,and being the first ones on the slopes that day. What more couldyou want (aside from free helicopter rides…sigh)? There is a catch, though. It involves waking up EARLYand waiting in a line. Now, if you’ve talked to anyone who’s doneFresh Tracks, they’ll all tell you that that small catch is a pieceof cake for what you’re about to get.
Early access up the lifts, a buffet fit for a powderhungry crowd, and the chance to be the first ones to lay tracks allover Whistler.

Why yes, yes that does sound appealing.

How many times have you gone up the lift early in the morning, andalready see tracks coming down the mountain, and you’re wonderingto yourself “how in the hell are people already stealing mylines?”
YOU CAN BE ONE OF THOSE LINE-STEALING PEOPLE! And on your nextride up the lift, you can show it off to all the people on thechair with you. Probably with a smug smile on your facetoo. 

Oh. One more catch, I guess. They cut off the line after 650people. To you that might sound like a lot, and that you don’t haveto worry. And on a day with no powder, you MIGHT be correct.However, if you come across a knee-deep dumping over night, youshould probably set your alarm clock a little earlier, bring somecoffee in a thermos, and get yourself in line. Because she shallfill up quick, my friend. And there’s nothing worse than beingperson number 651 in line and missing out on all the bacon
at the top. Heck, the bacon alone is worth waking up earlyfor.

Every person who’s ever done fresh tracks. EVER. will tell youthat it is above and beyond worth it. Especially if you luck outand get snow deeper than you thought possible.
Just don’t fall asleep at the bar during Après after a long day ofriding hard. They tend not to be fans of that. Sillybars.

Posted on Friday, November 16, 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 7 – Heli Sight Seeing tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 7 – Heli Sight Seeing tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 7 - Heli Sight Seeing tours

On the 7th day of Opening day, my truelove gave to me….a helicopter, and sense of adventure!

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!

NUMBER 7:

Helicopter Sight Seeing tours
Ever want to see what hundreds of miles of mountains looklike? 

So if you’re not the type of person who gets thrills out of skiingin remote places, only accessed by Helicopter, why not ddo a flyover of all these places, and take in the absolute beauty that theWest Coast has to offer?

Tours range anywhere from 12 minutes to 45 minutes, with landingson the Glacier.
It’s a pretty unique experience that may just leave youbreathless.

It’s also a great way to map out the runs you want to do duringyour stay in Whistler. Expensive way of doing it, but it wouldcertainly be a story to tell all your friends back home!

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 8 – Dog Sledding

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 8 – Dog Sledding

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 8 - Dog Sledding

On the 8th day of Opening day, my true love gave to me….atruly Canadian experience!

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 8:

Dogsledding tours!
Mush mush mush your way across the land with some of THE mostenergetic dogs you’ll ever meet!

Why not try an activity that dates back nearly 4,000 years?Researchers hint that life in Northern Canada may never have beenpossible without these guys!

Want to feel like a true Canadian? Hook a few of these guys up tothe gang-lines, and grab a glass of pure maple syrup to drink alongthe way as you head up to your igloo for the night. Don’t forgetyour ice skates, as the igloo is on a hockey rink. I’m pretty sureI just described Canada to a tee, eh?

Ok, maybe you won’t end up at an Igloo, guzzling back maple syrupall while playing hockey. But hey, commandeering a fleet ofenergetic sled dogs is a pretty damn neat thing to do! How many ofyour friends back home can say they’ve done that? I’m guessingalmost none.  
Go on. Make them envious! 

Oh, and usually there’s a litter of puppies on the complex thatsteal all the attention. Pretty sure no one can say No to puppies.They pretty much win every time. And no, you can’t just “borrow”one and take him home with you. Apparently they’re not fans ofthat. Weird. (I say this based on assumptions. I’ve never heard ofa friend of a friend of a cousins friend trying that…..)

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 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 9 – Bungee Jumping

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 9 – Bungee Jumping

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 9 - Bungee Jumping

On the 9th day of Opening day, my true love gave to me….arubber band, and 160 foot drop??

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 9:

Bungee Jumping!
Can you muster up the courage to stand on the ledge, looking down160 feet and convincing yourself the take the plunge?

Boasting British Columbia’s highest year-round bungeejumping venue at 53m (160 ft) above the raging riverbelow, most people get at least a butterfly or two while walking tothe middle of this bridge, and walking to the edge to be strappedin.

The Jump Masters and Operators have been doing this for 17 years,and have an unblemished safety record, which means you’re in theright hands if you want to make yourself feel like an eagle divebombing fish for a few seconds.

And yes, this is a year round, day and night activity. So spendyour day on the slopes, giving yourself the rush of powder, andthen swing by Whistler Bungee to get a taste of what jumping offthat cliff may have felt like!

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 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 10 – Ziptrek Eco Tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 10 – Ziptrek Eco Tours

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 10 - Ziptrek Eco Tours

On the 10th day of Opening day, my true love gave to me….anexhilarating thrill zipping between two mountains??

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 10:

Ziptrek Eco Tours and Tree Top adventures!
What’s more exhilarating than being attached to a cable in betweenWhistler and Blackcomb, and zooming across at up to 80km/h danglinghigh above the Valley floor below?

Your heart will be racing, and you’ll be amped to jump up onto thenext zipline across!
Don’t worry if you’re nervous approaching your first line. Mostpeople are. Once you’ve conquered the first line though, theadrenaline is flowing and you’re itching to get hooked up on thenext line and rip across once again.

I’ve known some people who had so much fun on their first tour,that once it was finished, they marched right back to the officeand signed up for the next tour on the spot!

Now if you’re the person who thinks that zipping across themountain on a cable is a preposterous idea, fret not WorrysomeWilly, there is an option for you. 
The Treetop tours still give you outstanding views of the valleybelow and the mountains in the distance, all with the safety ofbridges and platforms and the much needed structure to keep youfeeling solid.

*Photo Courtesy of Ziptrek Eco Tours

Posted on Monday, November 12, 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 11 – Cross Country Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 11 – Cross Country Skiing

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 11 - Cross Country Skiing

On the 11th day of Opening day, my true love gave to me…..lapsaround Lost Lake and the Callaghan??

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 11:

Cross Country Skiing around the Whistler and Callaghanvalleys!
Not all skiing has to be done on a steep incline, turns out tonsof people love skiing the flats too!

Whistler Valley offers up to 28 kilometers of Cross Country skitracks around Lost Lake, Chateaux Whistler Golf course, andNicklaus North Golf course. With tons of different tacks for allskill levels, you’re bound to get a good workout, and enjoy some ofthe gorgeous scenery the Whistler Valley has to offer.

If 28 kilometers doesn’t sound like enough for you, then head downto the Callaghan Valley home of Whistler Olympic Park (site ofthe Nordic events for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and ParalympicWinter Games) where they offer up to 90(!!)Kilometers of cross country skiing goodness!
All trails are expertly groomed for both classic and skateskiing, and range from beginner to Olympic calibre.

I’d say the hot tub at the end of that will be well worthit!

More information is available at: Cross Country Connection andWhistler OlympicPark

Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News | Permalink

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The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 12 – Backcountry Adventures

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 12 – Backcountry Adventures

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 12 - Backcountry Adventures

On the 12th day of Opening day, my true love gave tome…..untouched goodies and a hike to get there??

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 12:

Backcountry Adventures!
Want THE freshest and deepest powder laps around? Well you’regonna have to work for it.

This isn’t your average Get Off The Lift, Click-in, And Goscenario to get to all the “powder”. Not in the slightest. This onewill make you work! And the reward is bountiful!
The ways to reach these White-gold mines isn’t from taking achairlift up and skiing right into it, rather you’re going to haveto put in a bit of leg work. But trust me, you’ll have a tough timewiping the smile off your face by the end of the runs.

The safest way to do this is with a Guide who knows the terrain.And there happens to be a few companies who are willing to help youout in this. Extremely Canadian,Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau,and Coast Mountain Guides are allextremely well versed in the backcountry, and can show you some ofthe hidden gems that make people Powder-Crazy.

Imagine slicing through waist high powder more effortlessly than ahot knife through butter, with each turn causing a pillow of snowto crash around you like a wave of white. By the time you’vefloated to the bottom, your legs are screaming at you for more andmore. Are you really going to tell your legs no? I didn’t thinkso!

One day in the backcoubtry, and you’ll realize that it’s notenough. Heck, a full season isn’t a enough. You’ll want to comeback again next season, and find even more to play in.

I say do it, good sir and madam. Lay claim to areas that may neverhave been touched before! Make it yours!

The video below is a bit of a taste of what a small hike canprovide!

*Photo Courtesy of Whistler Weather

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: | Permalink

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A Taste of What’s to come.

A Taste of What's to come.

Some of my favourite Whistler locals, Leanne Pelosi, Sean Pettitand Mike Douglas, got to head up the mountain on Thursday for ateaser of what the season is going to be like

Check the video below for a complete and utter tease!

* Photo courtesy of Paul Morrison | Whistler Blackcomb | Rider: Leanne Pelosi

Posted on Friday, November 09, 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 13 – Scandinave Spa

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 13 – Scandinave Spa

The 16 days of Opening Day (almost better than Christmas): Day 13 - Scandinave Spa

On the 13th day of Opening day, my true love gave tome…..Relaxation aplenty??

As Whistler and Whistlerites gear up for the start of anotheramazing season, in the 16 days leading up to Opening Day, I’m goingto give you 16 different ideas of some awesome things to do thiswinter season!

NUMBER 13:

The Scandinave Spa!
A relaxing treat no matter what the conditions are likeoutside.

Whether you’re tired from an amazing day on the hills orbackcountry, or the weather just isn’t cooperating to let you getup to slash some powder turns, why not head to the spa and letyourself completely relax?

Oh, only women go to Spas? Silly Man, this isn’t your typical spawhere all the ladies gather, get their nails done and gossip aboutthe latest in the who’s who and the what’s what. No siree,Bob!
Rather here it’s all done in silence. So unless you’ve masteredESP, or have a penchant for gossip by sign language, you can restassured that you will leave this little Oasis wanting more.

Mixing hot and cold baths, steam saunas and dry saunas, you willput your body back into a natural state of relaxation. Oh and notalking allowed. Ok, perhaps a slight squeel as you go from the hottub to the cold tub. But that’s it!

And if THAT isn’t relaxing enough, why not add a Massage into thepackage, delivered by some of the top notch RMT staff onsite!
But be forewarned, they MAY have to peel you off of the massagetable by the end of it all.

Keep an eye on our site for some exclusive deals to add into yourvacation package.

Scandinave Massage

*Photo Courtesy of Scandinave Spa

Posted on Friday, November 09, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News | Permalink

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