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.
CommentsNovember 19, 2015
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!
CommentsSeptember 24, 2015
WHISTLER BLACKCOMB GOPRO JUNIOR FREESKI CHALLENGE RETURNS MARCH 19-22, 2015
WHISTLER, BC March 5, 2015 – The next generation of big mountain freeskiers, ages 12–18, will face off at Whistler Blackcomb March 19 – 22, during the GoPro Junior Freeski Challenge. This International Freeski Skiers’ Association (IFSA) sanctioned event will challenge athletes to make their way down a predetermined run while being judged on skiing style, speed and line choice.
“Whistler Blackcomb boasts some of the best big mountain skiing terrain in the world,” says Sebastian Fremont, Whistler Blackcomb’s Events Manager. “We are thrilled to host some of the best up and coming ski talent and give the athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills.”
The location of the competition runs for qualifiers and finals will be kept as a surprise to competitors until the day before the event when athletes check in. Athletes will then have the day to inspect the venue and master their line of choice. On Friday, March 20, the qualifier round for skiers ages 12-14 will take place followed by qualifications for ages 15-18 on Saturday, March 21. After the fields have been narrowed down, qualified competitors will lay down their last runs in the finals on Sunday, March 22, followed by an awards ceremony at 18 Below, at Base II on Blackcomb Mountain.
“GoPro is thrilled to be working with Whistler Blackcomb on this exciting freeski event,” says Dan Kelsay, GoPro’s Resort Marketing Manager. “This competition will generate awesome content with some of the best up and comers in the sport of skiing”
A team of GoPro ambassadors will also be in attendance at the event giving competitors the opportunity to demo the latest GoPro cameras and accessories. GoPro enables users to record life’s greatest moments in the most immersive perspective possible; perfect for capturing on and off mountain experiences at Whistler Blackcomb.
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.
The 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is happening in Whistler, BC April 10-19, 2015. Visit www.wssf.com/Media to register for media accreditation.
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 1,164 centimetres (458 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.
CommentsMarch 19, 2015
WHISTLER, BC November 18, 2014 – Much to the delight of eager skiers and snowboarders, Whistler Blackcomb will be opening five days ahead of schedule on Saturday, November 22. The decision to kick off the winter season early was made possible after natural snowfall at higher elevations was followed by a streak of below average temperatures, providing prime conditions for snowmaking.
“Our snowmaking team has been working hard to take advantage of this early season cold snap in Whistler and has converted over 60 million gallons of water into snow over the past few weeks,” says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. “Their efforts, combined with the natural snowfall we have already received at higher elevations, has enabled us to get things rolling early again this year. And with more natural snow in the forecast for later this week, it should be a fun opening weekend.”
Whistler Mountain will be opening five days ahead of schedule on Saturday, November 22 with five lifts running. Guests will have the option to upload from either the base of Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola, featuring brand new cabins, or the Creekside base via the Creekside Gondola. Blackcomb Mountain will open, as scheduled, on Thursday, November 27, 2014.
“With all the excitement of opening day, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste,” says MacFarlane. “It is important to obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by ‘Temporary Boundary’ signage.”
First upload on the Whistler Village Gondola and Creekside Gondola will begin at 8:30am, with last upload at 2pm on November 22, with mandatory download off the mountain. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and the Franz Chair lifts will be running, allowing access to 1800 vertical feet of skiing and riding terrain. Runs set to open include Upper and Lower Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz’s, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail. There will also be a small terrain park accessible from the top of the Emerald Express chair and green learning terrain serviced by a Super Carpet at Olympic Station. Guests can keep updated on the most current lift status information at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/lifts-and-grooming or from mobile devices via the Whistler Blackcomb LIVE app, powered by TELUS.
Opening day guests will have the first chance to experience the brand new Whistler Village Gondola cabins installed this fall. The new Sigma “Diamond” level walk-in cabins dramatically improve the experience for skiers, snowboarders, and sightseers with eight passengers able to sit comfortably on bench seating. The new cabin configuration also gives guests the option of bringing their ski/snowboard equipment inside with them or storing it themselves in the outside racks provided.
Opening day will be the first time skiers and riders at Whistler Blackcomb will experience the benefits of the newly introduced RFID technology around the mountains, including mountain access gates at most lifts. Guests are reminded to store their new RFID Access Cards in a left-side pocket away from cell phones, credit cards and foil in order to reduce signal interference at the access gates. For more information about RFID at Whistler Blackcomb, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/rfid.
Whistler Mountain dining locations set to open on November 22 include Essentially Blackcomb Cappuccino Bar and Garbo’s Grill in the Carleton Lodge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill and Dusty’s Backside in Creekside, the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, and the Garibaldi Lift Co., Whistler’s world-famous location for après.
Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations in Whistler Village is currently operating daily from 9am to 5pm. The Blackcomb Day Lodge and Creekside Guest Relations will also be open from 9am to 5pm daily beginning Wednesday, November 19. All three locations will be open from 9am to 7pm on Friday, November 21 and from 7am to 5pm on Saturday, November 22. From November 23 onwards only the Village and Creekside Guest Relations will operate daily from 8am to 5pm until Wednesday, November 26 when the Blackcomb Day Lodge will open again in preparation for Blackcomb Mountain opening for skiing/riding on November 27. The Hours of Operation for all Guest Relations locations can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/hours-of-operation.
Ski and snowboard rentals will be available at the base of Whistler Mountain at Gondola Rentals, from 8am – 5pm, Essentially Blackcomb from 7am – 5pm, the Salomon Store from 8am – 8pm, and the Fairmont and Can-Ski Westin from 8am-6pm. Can-Ski Creekside will be open at the Creekside base from 8am – 5pm.
Private and adult Max 4 ski and snowboard lessons will be available on Whistler Mountain, and can be booked online or by calling 1-800-766-0449. Discover Whistler Days are on now through to December 14 offering 25 per cent off select group snow school lessons.
Beginning November 22, Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow Report will be updated daily throughout the season and can be accessed online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.
For Canadian and Washington State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $69 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long, and are available at early bird pricing until November 30, at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/save.
CommentsNovember 19, 2014
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?!
(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”)
(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.
(Who can say no to these cute Fire wranglers ?!)
For more information, and Christmas ideas click riiiiiiiiight HERE
CommentsDecember 3, 2012
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
CommentsNovember 30, 2012
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!
(My favourite, Rashida Jones)
(Daniel Radcliffe. Spotlight and Q&A – Nov. 30 – MilleniumPlace)
(Magic Mike himself – Channing Tatum)
CommentsNovember 29, 2012
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….
*Photo Courtesy of Whistler BlackcombWebcams
CommentsNovember 24, 2012
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 – Lack of visibility
Rock and Roll – Knee deep powder laps
CommentsNovember 23, 2012
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)