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5 Great Events at Ski & Snowboard Festival

5 Great Events at Ski & Snowboard Festival

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival takes placefrom April 13 to 22. This is Whistler’s annualcelebration of winter sports, music, arts and mountainculture.  During the 10 days and 10 nights prepare to be blownaway with amazing tricks in sporting competitions such as the BigAir event, incredible parties, awesome bands, DJ’s and muchmore.  There is a lot going on during the festival, so here isour list of the top 5 events not to be missed.

1. Big Air

The Big Air Competition is one of the most talked aboutevents at the festival. Watch pro skiers light up thenight and expect the atmosphere to be electric as this eventtypically sees a crowd of 15,000.  The competition takes placeon Saturday April 21 at the base of Whistler Mountain. Training starts at 7pm with the finals starting at 8pm.  Theawards ceremony will take place at 10pm.

2. Swollen Members

Each day from 2.30pm to 5.30pm there will be the freeoutdoor concert series at the Main Stage in the SkiersPlaza.  Vancouver and Victoria natives SwollenMembers, will be performing on Saturday April14th.  This hip hop group are a festival favouriteand will certainly impress.

3. Whistler Dogfest

What does a dog fest have to do with a ski and snowboardfestival? Not much, but why not! After all Whistler is ahuge dog loving community and dogs love living here too.  Thisevent is another festival favourite and is a kid friendly, petfriendly event.  Watch canines of all shapes and sizes paradethrough the Village Stroll on Saturday April 21st. All proceeds of this fun event go to Whistler’s local animal shelter (WAG).

4. Fashion Show

This will be the 7th year that the TELUSWorld Ski and Snowboard Festival celebrates the world offashion. This event takes place on Friday April20th at 8pm at the Whistler Conference Centre. Tickets are required. The runway will feature some of the edgiest,fashion-marries-function brands available.  The show willemphasize Whistler’s style scene both on and off the hill.

5. State of the Art

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard is also a celebrationof art in this mountain town.  State of the Artshowcases up to 40 underexposed artists.  There will beapproximately 100 pieces of art, across a wide range ofmediums.  The gallery will be open daily during the festivalfrom 12pm to 6pm and is located in the Grand Foyer of the WhistlerConference Centre.  The cost of this event is free.

Check out the WSSF Event Schedule – Day by Day

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Events, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Massive Snowfall for Whistler Blackcomb!

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains have received 85cm(33in) of new snow in the last 72 hours.   Moresnow is in the forecast for the Whistler area for the rest of theweek with 20-35cm expected on Thursday. This is a great time tovisit Whistler and enjoy the rest of the Spring Break holiday, oreven book a trip for April.  The snowbase is at 355cm (138in)so conditions for spring skiing are looking amazing.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains hours of operationshave recently been extended. The lifts are now open from8.30am to 4pm with the alpine lifts closing earlier as usual.

Check out these recent photos taken on Whistler and Blackcombmountains.

march powder 1

march powder 2

march powder 3

Photo credit: Emily Serrell / www.coastphoto.com

Thinking of booking a ski vacation in April?

April is a great time to visit Whistler. Youcan expect sunny days, great deals and fabulous springskiing.  Did we mention that the Telus WorldSki and Snowboard Festival will be back for the 17thyear? Enjoy 10 days of watching top athletes compete in events suchas the Big Air and Superpipe, watch free daily outdoor concerts onthe main stage and just soak up the amazing atmosphere.  Aprilis also patio season – enjoy après on one of Whistler’s greatpatios overlooking the mountains.

Whistler deals and great value!

Discover Whistler Days return from April13-22.  You can save up to 30% off lessons, lifttickets and rentals for both adults and children.   Wealso have great dealsand rates on our selection of Whistler luxury homes, townhouses andcondos.

Need help planning your perfect Whistler ski vacation?

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We can help with all aspects of your Whistlervacation including accommodation, transfers, lift tickets,ski school, rentals, childcare, activity reservations and muchmore!

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact ourreservation staff.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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Win a Trip to Whistler!

Win a Trip to Whistler!

Aloha Whistler is pleased to announce they will beproviding accommodation for the Fan ChoiceAwards as part of the Whistler Sabbatical Project.

Congratulations Lucky Luke!

Lucky Luke Dillon from London, UK was recently announcedas the winner of the Whistler Sabbatical Project. He willbe spending one amazing month in Whistler which includesaccommodation, lift tickets, equipment, transportation, a salaryand a series of amazing Whistler experiences.

The Whistler Sabbatical Project featured a newexperience each week for a total of 15 weeks, ranging fromculinary experiences, to dancing on stage with a go-go dancer, toperforming live with a recording artist, a ride-along with a snowgroomer, overnight ziplining, heli skiing, a First Nations danceoff, a spa retreat and the opportunity to ski or ride with a localOlympian, to name a few.  ‘Lucky’ Luke will be able to enjoythese amazing Whistler experiences.

Each of the finalists was required to submit a 250 wordessay explaining why they should be selected the winner.The essays were reviewed by a panel of judges including BarrettFisher, Tourism Whistler President & CEO, Whistler Mayor NancyWilhelm-Morden and Roger Soane, Chair of the Board of Directors atTourism Whistler.

Win Five Nights Whistler Accommodation with Aloha Whistler

The remaining eight finalists now have a chance to winthe Fan Choice Award. Through the Go Whistler facebookcontest the finalist with the most fan votes will win the FanChoice Award.  There will also be a voter prize.  Voterswill receive one entry toward the Voters’ prize each time a vote iscast.  Both prizes include:

  • Roundtrip coach air transportation;
  • Roundtrip ground transfer from Vancouver International Airportto Whistler
  • Five nights accommodation with AlohaWhistler
  • Two 3-day lift passes for Whistler Blackcomb,
  • One three-hour snowmobile tour for two with the Adventure GroupWhistler
  • One Earn Your Turns tour for two with Whistler AlpineGuides
  • One $200 gift certificate from the Escape Route in Whistler

To enter the Fan Choice Award visit Go Whistler Facebook page.Good luck!

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Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Whistler Ski News | Permalink

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What’s Hot In Whistler

There are so many great events always happening inWhistler! If you’re planing a visit to Whistler make sureyou catch some of these awesome festivities!

Remember to keep an eye on our Event Calendar for updates on upcomingevents.

Fire and Ice

Whistler Fire & Ice

It’s a weekly tradition during wintertime inWhistler. The Fire & Ice show is a spectacular displayof daring and skill as snowboarders and skiers jump through a ringof fire! Every Sunday during the Winter season in skiers plaza at6:30pm, you will see Live DJ’s, Fireworks and Fire Spinners.

This is a great event for the whole family.Bring some warm clothes & grab a hot choc.

Jump Off Fridays

Jump Off Fridays

Fancy a big night out on the town? You can’t gopast Garfs, they’re conveniently located right in the village.

Garfinkels is Whistlers Biggest night club, andon Friday’s they host this great event.

With a seriously talented rotation of Whistler andVancouver’s top Dj’s combined with Whistler’s best drinkspecials, Garf’s is the number one Party spot, hands down.

Jump Off Fridays are also great because all drinks areonly $4.25.

Check out their website to make a reservation.

King Of The Rail

King Of The Rail is a series of rail-jam contests hostedby showcase. These run on selected evenings at the base ofWhistler mountain. The next one happens on March 3rd 2012, at 7:00PM.

Rail Jam contests are an awesome event towatch; these guys are seriously skilled, great fun for thewhole family.

Or, if you consider yourself something of a skilledpark-rat, you can enter yourself, and potentially win agreat cash prize! There are also draw prizes up for grabs fromShowcase, Burton, Atomic, Nintendo, TELUS, DNA and more.

Need accommodation for your Whistler Visit?

Let us make your holiday complete here at Aloha. We have greatDeals always on offerso you can get the best value for your money.

Contact our friendlystaff today with any questions you may have and to book yourWhistler holiday!

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Events | Permalink

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Fans Choice Awards

Fans Choice Awards

The Whistler Sabbatical Project is now closed toentries. Finalists will be announced today, and one winnerwill be selected to receive a dream Sabbatical in Whistler! The winner will live in Whistler for a month and will be able toenjoy unique Whistler experiences including “Heli Ski Heaven”,”Shoot with a Pro” and “Ski/Ride with an Olympian”.  For moreinformation on the Whistler experiences visit Whistler SabbaticalProject.

The Fans Choice Award contest will be going live onFacebook on February 20th, 2012 and will end March 12th,2012.   The contest will offer the ten finaliststo have their essay’s judged by the public for a chance to win atrip to Whistler. The contest will start after the Grand Prizewinner of the Sabbatical contest has been selected to provide thefinalists with a runner up prize.

Fans can vote for their favourite Sabbatical Finalistson facebook.com/gowhistler. At theend of the voting period, one Sabbatical Finalist will be awarded a5-night trip to Whistler for themselves and one guest. For voting,one Eligible Fan will be randomly selected to also win a 5-nighttrip to Whistler.

Aloha Whistler is pleased to be part of the Fans ChoiceAwards and will be offering 2, 3 bedroom town homes for 5nights.

Make sure you visit facebook.com/GoWhistler onFebruary 20th to enter the Fans Choice Awardcontest!

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Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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Amazing Whistler Conditions

Amazing Whistler Conditions

The skiing and riding conditions in Whistler are trulyamazing! January was an incredible month which saw 244 cmof new snow and the total snow fall to 707 cm or over 23 feet! Thecurrent snowbase on Whistler Blackcomb Mountains is sitting at avery healthy 255 cm.

February so far has been awesome. The first dayof the month started with 14 cm of fresh snow and the skies havebeen sunny for the last few days.  More snow is in theWhistler forecast for the weekend.

Check out these latest photos of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountaintaken at the beginning of the month.

Feb 2 snow

Feb 2 snow 2

Photo credit: Brad Kasselman / www.coastphoto.com

Upcoming On Mountain Whistler Events

Roxy All Star Snow Camps

These all female ski and snowboard weekend camps are agreat way to improve your skills, make new friends and get taughtby top ski and snowboard instructors. The next camp isthis weekend Feb 11-12.  The following camps will be held onMarch 3-4, March 17-18 and April 14-15. Contact us for more detailsand we can help you with Whistler accommodation.

Winemaker Après Series

Enjoy this unique dining and wine tasting experience atSteeps Grill on Whistler Mountain.  The afternoonstarts at 2pm and features BC’s best wines paired with locallysourced culinary delights. There will be a five course meal pairedwith five glasses of wine.

The next Winemakers Après Series is on February 29thand features Osoyoos Larose And NK’Mip.  Tickets are availableat Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.

Valentine’s Day in Whistler

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Whistler. Enjoy a day skiing on the mountain, relax at one of Whistler’s spasand enjoy a fabulous dinner at a fine dining restaurant. Contactour friendly staff who can help you find the perfect Whistleraccommodation.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events | Permalink

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Fun Stuff & Great Deals at Whistler

Make your Whistler trip full of fun & excitement

I’m going to give you a quick rundown of a feweasy and not to be missed events and opportunitiesto get involved with during your stay at Whistler. And there aregreat deals and discounts to be taken advantage of too. Everyoneshreds the mountain… but you can do so much more!

Go Tubing

With all the snow Whistler has received thisseason, the tube park on Blackcomb Mtn is in greatshape for an evening tube! This is great fun for all ages. Take abreak from turning those skis and boards, sit back andrelax! Blackcomb Tubing

Check out a fire & ice show Fire & Ice Show Thumb

Whistler’s best skiers and riders, includingWhistler Blackcomb Snow School’s finest, hit a big airjump through a blazing ring of fire everySunday night at 6:30pm. At Skiers Plaza: Whistler Village basebetween Whistler & Blackcomb Gondolas. Whistler Fire & IceShow

Get Fresh Tracks

Fresh TracksFreshTracks breakfast and ride deals are awesome. You beat thecrowds to an excellent buffet breakfastwith breathtaking views at the Roundhouse.

Then you’re the first down the mountain toshred the powder. Doesn’t get much better than that! Whistler FreshTracks

Check out a rail JAMRail

The King of the Rail is a series of rail jamcontests which run on selected nights at the Baseof Whistler next to the Fitzsimmons Chair. Separate categories forSnowboarders and Skiers, Male and Female and Adult and Youth. King Of the Rail

Whistler Discover Days – Save up to 30%!

If you book your Whistler vacation betweenJanuary 2 and February 12 you can save up to 30% on lessons,rentals and lift tickets! The discounts are available on bothadults and kids snow school programs. Contact our reservation staff today for moredetails on this great Whistler deal!

Photo Credits: Chad Chomlack, Steve Rogers

Posted on Monday, January 09, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Whistler Events | Permalink

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Whistler Sliding Centre – Public Sliding Programs

Whistler Sliding Centre - Public Sliding Programs

Imagine experiencing the thrill and excitement of askeleton slide or bobsleigh ride at the venue of the 2010 WinterOlympic Games. You can now with the Whistler SlidingCentre public sliding programs.

Starting in mid December will be the Skeleton PublicSlide Program and Bobsleigh Public Ride Program. This is the ultimate adventure and an amazing way to experience thefamous course just like the athletes did at the 2010 Winter OlympicGames.

Skeleton Public Slide Program

The Skeleton Public Slide Program will begin on December16. The experience begins with a sport orientation,including helmet fitting, sled positioning, sliding sessionwalk-through, track etiquette, and safety guidelines. The slidestarts at the Maple Leaf start position which is 1/3 of the way upthe track. A  track crew member will meet you there to gothrough the final checks before you begin your journey down. Onceyou have been given the green light, a track crew member willsecure your sled as you climb on, releasing you for the run of yourlife!

You will pass through six corners and canexpect to reach 90-100 km/hr by the time you race through thefamous Thunderbird corner at the bottom of the track. You willenter into the uphill outrun and slow to a stop at the juniorfinish.  A track crew member will be ready to assist your exitand grab your sled.  You will enjoy two skeleton runs beforereturning indoors to Guest Services with your guide and fellowsliders to revel in your shared adrenaline-filled experiences!

The price for the Skeleton Slide is $149 per personwhich includes 2 solo skeleton runs.  The tour will beapproximately 2 hours.

Bobsleigh Public Ride Program

Starting on December 22nd will be the publicBobsleigh ride.  Your Bobsleigh Ride Experience willbegin with a sport orientation, including helmet fitting, slidingsession walk-through, track etiquette, and safety guidelines. Theride begins at the start position which is 1/2 way up the track. Atrack crew member will meet you there to go through the finalchecks before you begin your journey down the track with two otherfellow participants and a professional pilot.  You will passthrough ten corners, and can expect to reach 120-135 km/hr by thetime you race through the famous Thunderbird corner at the bottomof the track. You will enter into the uphill outrun and slow to astop at the finish dock. After the exhilaration of your bobsleighrun, you will return indoors to Guest Services with your guide andfellow sliders to revel in your shared adrenaline-filledexperiences!

The price for the Skeleton Slide is $149 per personwhich includes 1 bobsleigh run with a pilot.  The tour will beapproximately 2 hours.

This is a wonderful experience and no prior skeleton orbobsleigh experience is required. All participants must be16 years or older at the time of the experience.  Advancebooking is required. If at any time before the experience takesplace, a participant finds that they are not comfortable withparticipating, a refund will be provided. Visit Whistler Sliding Centre forfull program details.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend

If you ask any local what their favourite thing aboutThanksgiving in Whistler is (apart from Thanksgiving dinner) it’sthe annual Turkey Sale! Unfortunately there are no turkeysfor sale, but this is THE weekend of the year to buy all your ski,snowboard, gear and winter clothing at greatly discountedprices.

This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday October10th.  The Turkey Sale is on all weekend from October7th to the 10th.  The sale takes place at the Blackcomb DayLodge, just at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the UpperVillage.   This annual sale is legendary.  You canshop for top name brands in ski and snowboard equipment with hugepre season savings!  You will find sales throughout WhistlerVillage as all the stores and restaurant like to participate in thefun of Turkey Sale weekend.

Happening at the same time, will be the annual WhistlerMountain Ski and Snowboard Swap.  This is alsolocated outside the Blackcomb Day lodge in the tent. The SWAP has aproven reputation for quality pre-owned equipment for both kids andadults.  There is a huge selection and you will findunbeatable prices.  This is also a great place to sell yourused skis, snowboard and boots. 

Thanksgiving weekend is the also the last Whistler FarmersMarket of the season.  The market is held on Sundayfrom 11am to 4pm in the Upper Village outside the Fairmont ChateauWhistler.  This is the place to shop for your ThanksgivingDinner.  There will be local produce from the Pemberton Valleyincluding pumpkins, carrots, squash and Pemberton Potatoes. The market also features fresh baked goods including deliciouspumpkin pies.  The Whistler Farmers Market also featuresartisans, crafts, organic and local produce, honey, pottery,jewellery and more!

Once you have shopped until you have dropped you may stillhave some energy for a Whistler activity.  This isthe last weekend that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open, sohead on up and experience one of the best mountain bike parks inthe World!  This is also the last weekend that the golfcourses will be open.  Have a great game of golf at TheFairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course, Nicklaus North or theWhistler Golf Club, all of which are open over the ThanksgivingWeekend.

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Contact our staff todaywho can help you find the perfect Whistler accommodation for yourstay in Whistler.  We also have some great rates available at the moment.  Checkout our great selection of Whistler luxury homes, condos and townhouses.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Events | Permalink

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RBC GranFondo Whistler Weekend

RBC GranFondo Whistler Weekend

The second RBC GranFondo Whistler will be taking placeon Saturday September 10th. This epic 122 kmbike ride from Vancouver to Whistler will bring more than 7,000riders plus their families and fans to Whistler and the area.

This is going to be an incredible weekend in Whistlerwith lots happening, including a free performance by54-40! As part of the Whistler Presents summer concertseries there will be free concerts and entertainment at theWhistler Olympic Plaza to celebrate the GranFondo weekend!

Friday evening live music and outdoormovie

On Friday September 9th at 6.30pm head overto the Whistler Olympic Plaza to see the electro funk tunes ofVictoria’s Kuba Oms. After the free show there will be ascreening of the family-friendly film, BreakingAway, at 7:30 p.m.  Make sure you bring a blanketand sweater to watch this charming film.  This Academy Awardwinner (1979, Screenplay) cycles high on comedy as four friendscome to terms with life after high school. When top-notch cyclistDave (Dennis Christopher) learns that the world’s bicyclingchampions are always Italian, he attempts to turn himself into anItalian, driving his parents (Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley) crazy.But everything changes after he meets the Italian racing team-anencounter that ultimately leads him and his friends (Dennis Quaid,Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley) to challenge the local collegeboys in the town’s annual bike race.

During the day on Saturday if you are not participatingin the GranFondo, make sure you cheer and congratulate the7000 plus riders as they end their epic bike journey in WhistlerVillage.  The finish line is the best place for spectators toview the RBC GranFondo Whistler.

Free performance by 54-40 on Saturday

On Saturday evening 54-40 will be performing at 7 pm onthe stage at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.  Theselegendary Vancouver rockers will be playing all their hits. Theyare one of Canada’s all-time favourite bands and their hits includeBaby Ran, She La, Casual Viewin’, One Gun, Ocean Pearl, Love YouAll, and Music Man.

This is going to be a great weekend and a great excuseto stay the whole weekend in Whistler whether you are a fan orparticipant.

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Check out our Whistler condo rentals, Whistler townhome rentals orluxury homeaccommodations.   Our local, in-resort travelexperts can help you with any questions you may have about ourWhistler accommodation or the RBC GranFondo Whistler weekend.

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Events, Resort News | Permalink

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