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The Whistler Sabbatical Project

The Whistler Sabbatical Project

Would you spend one month in Whistler, all expenses paid?

Not a hard question to answer for even the most modestoutdoor enthusiast. Seems too good to be true…? Wellthis is exactly what Whistler Blackcomb is offering to luckyindividuals as part of the Whislter SabbaticalProject!

Get Involved With The Sabbatical Project

By entering, you get a chance to win one month with allexpenses paid in Whistler, BC. Make sure March to Aprilthis year is clear in your calendar!

Winners receive airfare, a mountain for the month, ski passes,brand new K2 ski or snowboard gear, one-of-a-kindadventures and all the time you need to relax and enjoyyourself.

Enter the SabbaticalProject Now

Make sure to explore theSabbatical Project website for more chances to win. Afterentering, you’ll be emailed with weekly video experiences to helpyou develop your own personalized sabbatical project. Watch thevideos and receive a bonus entry each time you answer the weeklypoll. If you’re the Grand Prize winner, you’ll bejumping in a limo real soon! Good luck!

What’s it all about?

The Sabbatical Project celebrates our shared passion forthe mountains. We’re excited and fortunate to have suchincredible natural beauty at our doorstep, we want to share it inall its glory.

The Sabbatical Project wants to engage and inspire you. Rememberthe last time you were in the mountains? The clean air, the amazingviews, the infinite fun and potential all around you. Theadventure. This is your chance to have a month in the best place onEarth, with nothing to do but take it all in.

Would You Take a Wilderness Quest of Body, Mind &Spirit?


Enjoy a peaceful cross-country or snowshoe ski in thebreathtaking Callaghan Country. Take in the CallaghanValley twenty minutes south of Whistler.
» Learn more about the WildernessQuest

Would You Heli-Ski with a Guide Who Has Summited Everest?

Whistler Heli Skiing

For most skiers, heli-skiing is a dreamadventure. What if you could do it with JohnFurneaux, a guide who has summited Mount Everesttwice, but calls Whistler home.
» Learn more Heli Ski Heaven

Would You Shoot with a Pro Photographer?

Whistler Ski Thumb

Whistler is one of the mostphotographed mountain destinations in the world, andpro photographer Blake Jorgenson hasproduced some of its most famous images. Tag along with Blakefor a day of shooting in the mountains.
» Learn more about the Shoot With a Pro

Would You Spend the Night with a Snow Groomer?

Snow Groomer

What’s better than first tracks?Laying tracks down on a run you’ve just groomed yourself,after watching the sun come up. Join Whistler Blackcomb’s famoussnow grooming team for a ‘night ride’.
» Learn more about The Night Shift

These are just a few of the great unique experiencesavailable at Whistler Blackcomb. Don’t forget to check outthe Sabbatical Project Websiteand Whistler Blackcomb’sWebsite for more information. Good luck!

Photo Credits: Chad Chomlack, Steve Rogers, MikeCrane, Whistler Heli Skiing

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort News | Permalink


More Snow for Whistler Blackcomb!

Happy Holidays!  Whistler and Blackcomb receivedanother 21cm of new snow over night. That’s 81cm of newsnow in the last week!  More snow is in the forecast forThursday evening and Friday with the freezing level expected tofall back to the village elevation.  Check out these recentimages of Whistler and Blackcomb taken on December27th.

dec 27 skiing

dec 27 skiing 2

dec 27 skiing 3

Photo credit: Emmanuel Mendes Dos Santos/ -with Jamie Evans, Josh Appleton-Thomas and Michael Jewell atWhistler Blackcomb.

Looking for a ski vacation to Whistler in January?

January offers some of the best snow conditions inWhistler. This is ‘deep winter’ season, so expect lots ofpowder days.  Contact us about our January specials anddeals.  We have luxury Whistler homes, town homes andcondos.  Many of our accommodations offer ski-in, ski outaccess on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  View our greatselections of Whistler homes.

Whistler Discover Days – Save up to 30%.

If you book your Whistler vacation between January 2 andFebruary 12 you can save up to 30% on lessons, rentals and lifttickets!  The discounts are available on both adultsand kids snow school programs.  Contact our reservation staff today for moredetails on this great Whistler deal!

Are you looking for Whister accommodation?

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Aloha Whistler has been providing quality Whistler accommodationsand vacation packages since 1979.

Check out our great selection of Whistler luxuryhomesWhistlercondosand townhousesContact our staff todayfor more information.

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Whistler Accommodations, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink


Mike Douglas Embedded on Whistler Mountain

Mike Douglas Embedded on Whistler Mountain


“Godfather of freeskiing” documents behind thescenes opening of Whistler Blackcomb earlyopening.

Mike Douglas “The Godfather of Freeskiing,” is currentlyEMBEDDED onWhistler Mountain for six days, documenting the insidestory as Whistler Blackcomb prepares for its early opening.

Embedded Mountain-Top

Armed with only his camera equipment and wintergear, Douglas is living solo in the patrol hut atop theiconic Peak Chair at 7,160 feet on Whistler Mountain. He’ll beproducing a series of short videos that bring to life the behindthe scenes work that goes into opening a world-class ski area forthe season. Douglas will be EMBEDDED with Whistler Blackcombsnowmakers, groomers, patrollers, and lift operations teams as theymobilize in preparation for Friday.

“Good things seem to come to those who wait. Asthe snow falls on Whistler Blackcomb, we all want to be up there assoon as possible, which is an exercise in patience,” says Douglas,co-founder of award winning film crew Switchback Entertainment.”After a long wait, I’ve finally made it up Whistler Mountain andit’s so good! The morning views have been spectacular and there islots of snow up here. This is a once in a lifetimeopportunity.”

Epic Amounts of Early Season Snow

With a snow base of 55 centimetres at Pig Alley (1,650metres), Douglas could be in for a few exclusive ski lapswith patrol as they prep the mountain to safely open for thepublic. There will be no general public access to the alpineterrain on November 18, as early season conditions still apply.

As much as 35cm of snow expected by Friday andDouglas could experience one of the raging storms that frequent thePeak of Whistler Mountain each winter; frequently clocking winds ofmore than 100km per hour. The EMBEDDED story has only begun.

View all the daily video stories here.

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink


Whistler to Open this Friday for Skiing & Riding

Whistler to Open this Friday for Skiing & Riding

Whistler Blackcomb has recently announced that WhistlerMountain will be opening this Friday November18th! Opening day has come 6 days early! Blackcomb Mountain will be opening on November 24th.

This is exciting news for all skiers and boarders whoare anticipating the start of the season.  Whistlerand Blackcomb Mountains have received more snow over theweekend.  The forecast is calling for another storm cycle tohit the mountains on Wednesday.  This will bring a predicted35 cms of white gold to the mountains before opening onFriday!  The early season ski  conditions are going to bephenomenal!

In addition to all the snow that Ullr has beenbringing, the Whistler/Blackcomb snowmaking departmenthave been very busy.  The snowmaking team has turned over 50million gallons of water into snow so far this season.

Whistler Mountain will open at 8:30am and close at3pm.  You can upload from the Creekside Gondola andthe Whistler Village Gondola.  Lifts opening will be EmeraldExpress, Big Red Express, and Franz’s Chair.

ARE you looking for whistler accommodation for openingday?

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Contact our staff todayfor more information. Check out our great selection of Whistler luxuryhomes, condos and townhouses.

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Aloha News, Resort Information, Resort News, Whistler Ski News | Permalink


The Snow Falls – Whistler Gets Ready to Ski

Let it snow, let is snow, let it snow!

Whistler Blackcomb is rapidly getting ready for a greatopening of the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season! Theresort has a planned opening for November 24. As of last week, thebase at Pig Alley (1,650 meters on Whistler Mountain) was at 52centimetres deep and the snow keeps following.

Check out some of the pictures taking on ThursdayNovember 5 from Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains. (Ifthe snow keeping falling the mountains may even opensooner!)

November 2011 Snow 01

November 2011 Snow 02

November 2011 Snow 03

November 2011 Snow 04

Photo Credits:
Manny Mendes Dos Santos / (top 2 photos)
Doug MacFarlane (bottom 2 photos)

looking for whistler accommodation for your 2011-12 whistlerski vacation?

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Contact our staff todayfor more information. Check out our great selection of Whistler luxuryhomes, condos and townhouses.

Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Whistler Ski News | Permalink


Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures

Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures

Lauralee Bowie is a World Champion Freestyle Skier,3-time Canadian National Champion, and former member of theCanadian National Ski Team.  Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures is recognised as one of the top ski instructionalprograms in the world.

Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures has been operating since1984 and offers instructional programs in North America, Japan andArgentina.  Guests can choose their preferred resort,date and time and the ski program will be tailored made around yourrequirements.

The philosophy around the ski programs is to “start overand go back to the beginning”.  You will be taughtfrom your current skill level, but the focus will be on redefiningand relearning the fundamentals and then advancing fromthere.  Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures will take your skiing tothe next level.  The teaching style is unique and the resultsare proven.  The programs are available for people of all agesand abilities.

This is the typical daily schedule for theprograms:


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Equipment evaluation and Specialty Ski Boot Assessment,
  • Correct alignment and canting of ski boots
  • Warm up exercises and stretching on slope
  • Skiing, exercises and drills. Exaggerated exercises to improvepositioning (Lower Body)
  • Video Analysis


  • Lunch Break
  • Warm up exercises and stretching on slope
  • Skiing, exercises and drills
  • Upper Body
  • Video, Après Ski and Review

Lauralee Bowie Ski AdventuresAll ski programs include the use ofindividual radio headsets.  The advantage of thissystem is that you are given instant feedback.  This “Head toHead  Coaching” style keeps coaches in constant contact witheach skier.  The goal is for each guest to be able to ski moredifficult terrain and runs they may only have dreamed about.

Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures are pleased to offerprograms in Whistler. For more information please visit Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures.

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Contact our staff todayfor more information. Check out our great selection of Whistler luxuryhomes, condos and townhouses.

Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011 | Comments (0) | Category: Resort Information, Whistler Ski News | Permalink