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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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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

Whistler Opening Day 1

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 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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