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Monday, 05 August 2019 11:26

Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

August 9 – 18, 2019

This world-famous festival celebrates the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking. The best riders and biggest bike fans in the world come out for a week of racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx events, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler’s trails with other like-minded bike fans.

THE HOMECOMING

Whistler is where it all began, where careers take flight and where the season culminates in a raucous showdown of gravity-mountain biking’s finest riding. For an unprecedented 16 years, the festival has been staged in the number one lift-accessed mountain bike park in the world, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and surrounding Whistler Valley. The area’s craggy cliffs and root-riddled rainforest are Mecca for downhill and North Shore-style riding, offering up 4,900 vertical-feet of bold, brash terrain to fuel 10 days of boundary-defining riding each August. From fans cresting the Top of the World to seasoned Slopestyle athletes battling in the storied Boneyard, Crankworx Whistler merges every rider’s talent, creativity and power to form the ultimate riding scene. And as the home of the Crankworx World Tour, it’s where the toughest and most exclusive titles in the sport are awarded: the King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.

 

  

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Monday, 08 July 2019 09:10

Ziplining In Whistler

So if you haven’t tried ziplining yet but have been curious to try it, we encourage you to go for it!

Whiz through the air above Whistler's old-growth rainforests, creek-carved valleys and rocky hillsides, on a thrilling zip-line course. Opt to whiz down Bear lines #6,2,3,4,5 Eagle lines #12,7,8,9,10
Mammoth lines #12,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Twilight lines #2,3,7,8,9,10, as you make your way from platform to platform, on this adrenaline-pumping eco-adventure.

Step into your harness and then follow your guide high up into the ancient pine, fir and cedar canopy. You can choose among the Bear Course, the Eagle Course or the Mammoth Course – each offers a different level of difficulty and thrills. Clamber across a network of canopy bridges and platforms, for spectacular views of the forest environment and the snowcapped peaks beyond.

The anticipation builds as you walk to the first platform in the trees, and then prepare for your first zip-line. Feel the adrenaline-rush as you leap into the air, and then fly along the zip-line’s steel cables. The ground drops out from under you as you cross over creeks and ravines, on your way down the cable. Each zip-line is unique and provides a different view and experience – the Eagle Tour, the newest line, stretches an exhilarating 730 metres (2,400 feet) and drops down 30 storeys toward the forest floor.

As you explore, your guide offers tips and techniques for getting the most out of your ride, and also provides insight and commentary on the surrounding vegetation and animals, who call this verdant refuge home.

Ziptrek Whistler — Quick facts

  • Ziptrek Ecotours opened its doors in July 2002. With hundreds of
    thousands of satisfied guests, Ziptrek has earned its title as Whistler’s #1
    Year-round Activity!
  • Ziptrek combines low-impact ziplines through the forest
  • Ziptrek has a total of 11 ziplines, 9 bridges, 10 treetop viewing platforms,
    and an extensive network of trails and boardwalks.
  • Ziptrek’s tour area, just minutes above Whistler village, takes

    ZIPLINE LENGTH FACTS
    Line #1 200’ / 60m This short line has been retired.
    Line #2 500’ / 135m Launch from Blackcomb and land high up in a
    Western Red Cedar on Whistler Mountain.
    Line #3 900’ / 255m Spectacular launch over 10 stories above the
    Fitzsimmons Creek. This is the fastest line in the original zipline course.
    Line #4 1100’ / 330m The longest zipline in the original zipline course.
    An amazing view of the course and the gorge cut by the Fitzsimmons
    Creek as it rages down from the Overlord Glacier.
    Line #5 400’ / 120m Zipline back from Whistler Mountain to our base
    on Blackcomb. This freestyle zipline is the perfect opportunity to try flying
    upside down.
    Line #6 450’/138m Now the 1st line of the original Bear Tour. This line
    takes you from Blackcomb Mountain to the banks of Fitzsimmons Creek.
    Line #7 675’/ 206m See the ancient forest from a bird’s eye view as
    you begin the journey back to the Village of Whistler.
    Line #8 600’/183m This zipline speeds you to a landing platform
    which is the highest above the ground.
    Line #9 2000’/610m Over 6 football fields in length and dropping over
    20 storeys. From high in the treetops this zipline has one of the more
    thrilling launches.
    Line #10 1000’/305m The steepest ride straight back to Whistler Village,
    landing in a six-storey wooden tower.
    Line #11 The Sasquatch™ 7000’/2133m Ziptrek’s newest and hairiest
    yet - The longest zipline in Canada and the USA! This is the ultimate
    zipline experience.
    Line #12 2400’/703m Now the first and longest line of the Eagle Tour.
    With a 30-storey drop, this gondola accessed and twinned zipline is sure
    to amaze you!
    Tour Line Combinations: Bear lines #6,2,3,4,5 Eagle lines #12,7,8,9,10
    Mammoth lines #12,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Twilight lines #2,3,7,8,9,10

https://whistler.ziptrek.com/

 

Whistler Breaks ZipLines

Monday, 10 June 2019 13:33

Whistler Biking at its Best !

As the ski season comes to a close, attention turns to mountain biking in Whistler.

Whistler Bike Park – the World’s largest – which is the gem in the crown of an already expansive network of biking trails in the wider Whistler area. We’re sure you’ll want to get involved but if you’re not from the area it can be pretty daunting. Here’s our tips on getting out on two wheels this summer.

How Big Is Whistler Mountain Bike Park?
Whistler Mountain Bike Park is made up of 70 bike trails that span 80 kilometres and 4,900 vertical feet. There are four zones.

Fitzsimmons Zone
The “Fitz” zone is the original bike park zone. It has a mix of trail types and is the best place for beginners to learn as it has the most amount of green trails and some easy blue trails. The Fitzsimmons Zone is accessed by uploading on the Fitzsimmons Chair at the base of Whistler Mountain, or via Whistler Gondola. On your first trip to Whistler Mountain Bike Park, this is where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s the best zone to build confidence and learn how to ride a mountain bike.

Garbanzo Zone
In this zone, you’ll find some more challenging trails. The trails generally have more difficult features, such as drops and jumps, and are much longer than the trails in the Fitzsimmons Zone.

Peak Zone
This is where our Top of The World Trail is. This is a challenging and very long trail. The views are stunning, but this trail is not for first-timers.

Creek Zone
The newest zone in Whistler Mountain Bike Park. These trails are for intermediate and advanced riders only. It’s best to spend time honing your skills in Fitzsimmons Zone before riding this zone.


Great Places To Grab a Drink Afterwards
A great way to round off your day mountain biking in Whistler is to hit one of our many awesome patios. The base of Whistler Mountain is definitely where most of the action happens. Think après but with more mud. Check out Longhorn’s Saloon and Grill for cheap drinks and pumping beats or Garibaldi Lift Co. for a birds-eye view of the action.

 
Open Times

May 17, 2019 - October 2019

Fitzsimmons Zone: Daily from 10am to 8pm (between August 19 - 25 to 7:45pm, August 26 - September 2 to 7:30pm, and September 3 - October 14 to 5pm).

Creek Zone: Daily from 10am to 7pm (between September 3 - 15 to 4pm).

Garbanzo Zone: Daily from 11am to 7pm (to 6:45pm from August 19 - 25, to 6:30pm from August 26 - September 2 to 6:30pm, and September 3 - October 14 from 10am to 4pm).

Peak Zone: Daily from 11am - 4pm (to 3pm from September 3 - 8)

 

For more information take a look here:-  https://www.mountainbikingbc.ca/bike-parks-bc/whistler-mountain-bike-park/


Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Monday, 18 March 2019 13:19

Spankys Ladder Vertical Feet: 1,650

Location: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Getting There: accessed by taking a left off of the top of Glacier Express chair and hiking up the slope to the right. The boot-packed steps are normally easy to spot, but the 50-foot climb is steep and can take your breath away.

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Ruby Bowl

Like the other bowls off of Spanky’s Ladder, Ruby Bowl is accessed by taking a left off of the top of Glacier Express chair and hiking up the slope to the right. The boot-packed steps are normally easy to spot, but the 50-foot climb is steep and can take your breath away. The hike takes you to a knife-like ridge, and stay to the skier’s left to traverse to Ruby, one of the more simply accessed bowls off of Spanky’s. (There is some side-stepping necessary to avoid the rocks and cliffs at the top.)

The bowl opens into an expanse of lower angle, wide turns snaking through the remaining cliff areas. This area is best suited to experts who don’t mind putting in a little cardio to reach untouched snow.

Sapphire Chutes

Also accessed at the top of Glacier Express chair by hiking up Spanky’s Ladder, the entry point into Sapphire Chutes is the most intimidating of any run at Whistler Blackcomb, arguably of any in-bounds ski trail anywhere. From that knife-like ridge at the top of Spanky’s, go skier’s right into the high traverse across Garnet Bowl to the shaded side of the ridge that is home to the Chutes. Pretty much the only way in is a straight line through the narrow rock openings. The farther right you go at the top, the scarier it gets.

These chutes are designed for true adrenaline junkies comfortable with hitting their top speed between rocks before reeling it in on slower, more controlled turns.

Ready to take on the challenge at Whistler?

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How To Ski It

 

From the top of the hike, head skier's left into Garnet Bowl and stay left to hit Ruby Bowl. It's the easiest place to drop into the wide-open bowl skiing on tap here. On lap two, test yourself on Diamond Bowl (straight ahead after the bootpack) or Sapphire Chutes (skiers right)/ Both are harder to get into and more intimidating, but the payoff is big. 

North America’s biggest ski area and host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ski Safari started out here in 1996 and we’ve been organising ski holidays in Whistler ever since.

More than 8,000-acres and 200 ski runs span the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb - linked by the world’s longest free-span lift, you can experience them both in the same day. And if you’re into the backcountry, expect steep chutes, alpine-style bowls and legendary heli-skiing terrain.

Forested slopes lead to the traffic-free resort centres of Upper Village, Creekside and the main hub of Whistler Village. Here, the atmosphere is vibrant yet down-to-earth, with more than 90 restaurants, over 200 shops and some of the best après bars in North America - GLC and Longhorn Bar & Saloon are among our staff favourites.

Beyond the bars and boutiques, there’s so much going on, from the weekly Fire & Ice show and the forest zipwire, to the bobsleigh track at the 2010 Olympic park.

Two-hours’ drive from Vancouver via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, even the transfer journey is breath-taking, and spending a day in Canada’s ‘most liveable city’ is our favourite way to round-off a Whistler trip.

 

New Lifts for Whistler Blackcomb


Vail Resorts, Inc. has invested $66 million in three new lifts for Whistler Blackcomb for the 2018/19 season. Most upgrades will be complete for official opening day on November 22 and include:

A new 10-passenger Blackcomb gondola to replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts on Blackcomb Mountain (scheduled to open December 14)
A new six-passenger high-speed lift to replace the current Emerald Chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler Mountain
Replacement of the triple-passenger Catskinner chair with a four-passenger, high-speed lift on Blackcomb Mountain
The changes will create the first three-gondola connection in the world, allowing guests to upload, connect between the mountains via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and download in a gondola for a weather protected experience. The new Blackcomb Gondola will also be adjacent to the Rendezvous Lodge, allowing skiers and non-skiers to enjoy a fully-enclosed ride up or down the mountain year-round, with direct access to Christine's Restaurant.

New Blackcomb Gondola: Opening December 14, 2018
Running from the Upper Village to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, the new Blackcomb Gondola will rise 3.86 kilometres from bottom to top when it opens for the 2018/19 ski season. This 10-person Doppelmayr lift carries 184 cabins and transports 4,000 people per hour. Primarily manufactured in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, its mid-station will load 200 metres below the mid-point of the Wizard and Solar Chairs it replaces. When combined with a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK and Village gondolas, it completes a continuous lift system of a 13.5-kilometre loop from the bottom of Whistler Mountain, across the valley between both mountains, and down Blackcomb Mountain – a true feat of engineering.

If you’re looking for a ski vacation this winter, here are some highlights from a few of our select properties (perfect for family vacations or a couples retreat)

 

#9 The Woods, Our Cozy Retreat – 1 Bedroom
This cozy little condo is the perfect retreat. Tucked away in a woodland setting, it’s the perfect choice for a couple or small family wishing to enjoy a great ski vacation. With a wood burning fireplace, bright and airy rooms and some gorgeous artwork in the bedroom you will feel like you have skied straight into a winter cabin! Whether you are an avid cross country skier or it’s your first time, Lost Lake is right on the doorstep and there’s nothing nicer than heading out at night when the snow is falling. Lost Lake is lit up all around the lake, making it one of the most scenic x-country ski areas around. Head back to the Passiv Haus for a hot chocolate or just head straight back to your cozy cabin for a dip and warm up in the hot tub. The free shuttle bus means you are minutes away from the Village/Ski lifts or just a short walk will find you at the base of Blackcomb, where you can sample great cocktails at the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont for Apres or head into Portobello after your ski day where you will find a selection of hot chocolates to warm you through. This cozy one bedroom is a great choice for affordable accommodation yet minutes from the Village.

#28 Creek Ridge, Our escape from it all - 3 Bedrooms 
If you really want to experience Whistler then look not further than Creekside where it all started. Not only is this 3 bedroom modern, bright and spacious, the views from the upper levels are truly spectacular! If you’re planning on cooking big meals for a larger group, you will love the wonderfully stocked kitchen where nothing has been overlooked. Little touches like the JTB speaker where you can hook up your personal device and listen to your own selection of music and the private garage where you can store all your gear makes this place a dream. This side of Whistler has so many hidden gems that most ‘tourist’ don’t get to see – Dusty’s is on your doorstep – just ski down to the base and sample some of the best ‘Caesars’ in town or indulge in the evening entertainment. For morning coffee or a quick café treat, head down to ‘The Fix’ at Nita Lake. Nita Lake itself has it’s own restaurant with views of Nita Lake as well as a Spa if you are here for some pampering. If you really want to see where the locals go, Rowlands is a real ‘locals’ bar with the latest sports showing on TV and friendly atmosphere. Next door you will find ‘Red Door Bistro’ offering a culinary delight – but make sure you book a table first it does get busy! The ski in and out from this property makes it a true ski home and Creekside itself is the place to be if you are looking for more of an authentic ski experience!

#23 Treeline, Our hidden gem! – 4 Bedrooms
The light blue/grey properties exude a sense of peace and calm in the winter and the landscaping in the summer months is truly magnificent. Hidden out of sight from the road and nestled in the forest, it really feels like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the village, however you are only a few minutes ride on the free shuttle bus (which runs every 10 minutes in the winter). The ski run home at the end of the day is a real pleasure as it takes you right to your front door! The owners of this 4 bedroom gem have really thought of everything. The kitchen has been fully stocked so that if you want to dine in, you can cook to your hearts delight. Just a few minutes walk to Lost Lake, which is truly magical during the winter months, especially if you want to sample some x country skiing or snow shoeing. With the Lake lit up at night it’s a true Canadian experience to be venturing out in the winter forest. Head to the Passiv Haus for Hot Chocolate or head back home to your gorgeous 4 bedroom property and ramp up the gas fireplace which has some funky light options to give the room a warm and cozy feel. Dining out is also easy from this place – just a few minutes along the road and you arrive at the Fairmont Hotel where you can sample the Mallard Lounge offering a roaring fireplace and some wonderful cocktails – perfect for Apres! There are some small cozy bars at the base of Blackcomb (HandleBar or Fitzsimmons pub) as well as some of the more traditional ones such as Merlins! Portobello is a must for hot chocolates or local pastries! Book early as there are not too many 4 bedrooms that offer all that this one does.

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Are you ready for the Ski Season that starts November 22 2018 ?

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or not, everyone’s heard of Whistler. This is one of the biggest – and perhaps the best, judging by its annual No.1 awards – ski resorts in the world.

The twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains together make the Whistler Blackcomb ski area. Thanks to its lively pedestrian village, its stunning setting and more than 11m of annual snowfall, Whistler is an incredible place to ski and easily rivals the American Rockies or the Alps.

Whether you want to branch out on your holiday or are travelling in a group with non-skiers, there are plenty of winter activities on offer in Whistler. The pristine snowy outdoors is good for a lot more besides skiing and snowboarding.

Snowtubing

The Coca Cola Tube Park is a totally fun alternative to skiing down those snowy slopes. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike and is a great way to get the whole family together. Simply grab an inflatable ring and slide down the mountain for the most fun you’ve had in years.

Helicopter sightseeing

The Coast Mountains really are beautiful, and Whistler is surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Soar higher than the peaks for views of Black Tusk mountain, the Cheakamus Glacier and Garibaldi Provincial Park. You can even land on a glacier and talk a walk over the ancient ice giant.

Ziptrek ziplines

Ziptrek’s Ecotours take you on a high-ropes adventure through a network of ziplines and suspension bridges. Not only will you soar over the mountains, you’ll also learn about the ecology of the area.

Snowmobile tours

A guided tour on a snowmobile puts you behind the wheel to get out and about in those beautiful landscapes.

Snowshoeing

Walk through snow-muffled alpine forests for a truly magical experience. It’s a great way to spot wildlife as you travel quietly.

Dog sledding

Snuggle up in a blanket-lined sled or mush your own team on a dog sledding adventure. The ride is exhilarating, the hot chocolate sweet and meeting the pups is unforgettable.

If you’re looking for a ski vacation this winter, here are some highlights from a few of our select properties (perfect for family vacations or a couples retreat):-

#9 The Woods, Our Cozy Retreat – 1 Bedroom
This cozy little condo is the perfect retreat. Tucked away in a woodland setting, it’s the perfect choice for a couple or small family wishing to enjoy a great ski vacation. With a wood burning fireplace, bright and airy rooms and some gorgeous artwork in the bedroom you will feel like you have skied straight into a winter cabin! Whether you are an avid cross country skier or it’s your first time, Lost Lake is right on the doorstep and there’s nothing nicer than heading out at night when the snow is falling. Lost Lake is lit up all around the lake, making it one of the most scenic x-country ski areas around. Head back to the Passiv Haus for a hot chocolate or just head straight back to your cozy cabin for a dip and warm up in the hot tub. The free shuttle bus means you are minutes away from the Village/Ski lifts or just a short walk will find you at the base of Blackcomb, where you can sample great cocktails at the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont for Apres or head into Portobello after your ski day where you will find a selection of hot chocolates to warm you through. This cozy one bedroom is a great choice for affordable accommodation yet minutes from the Village.

#28 Creek Ridge, Our escape from it all - 3 Bedrooms
If you really want to experience Whistler then look not further than Creekside where it all started. Not only is this 3 bedroom modern, bright and spacious, the views from the upper levels are truly spectacular! If you’re planning on cooking big meals for a larger group, you will love the wonderfully stocked kitchen where nothing has been overlooked. Little touches like the JTB speaker where you can hook up your personal device and listen to your own selection of music and the private garage where you can store all your gear makes this place a dream. This side of Whistler has so many hidden gems that most ‘tourist’ don’t get to see – Dusty’s is on your doorstep – just ski down to the base and sample some of the best ‘Caesars’ in town or indulge in the evening entertainment. For morning coffee or a quick café treat, head down to ‘The Fix’ at Nita Lake. Nita Lake itself has it’s own restaurant with views of Nita Lake as well as a Spa if you are here for some pampering. If you really want to see where the locals go, Rowlands is a real ‘locals’ bar with the latest sports showing on TV and friendly atmosphere. Next door you will find ‘Red Door Bistro’ offering a culinary delight – but make sure you book a table first it does get busy! The ski in and out from this property makes it a true ski home and Creekside itself is the place to be if you are looking for more of an authentic ski experience!

#23 Treeline, Our hidden gem! – 4 Bedrooms
The light blue/grey properties exude a sense of peace and calm in the winter and the landscaping in the summer months is truly magnificent. Hidden out of sight from the road and nestled in the forest, it really feels like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the village, however you are only a few minutes ride on the free shuttle bus (which runs every 10 minutes in the winter). The ski run home at the end of the day is a real pleasure as it takes you right to your front door! The owners of this 4 bedroom gem have really thought of everything. The kitchen has been fully stocked so that if you want to dine in, you can cook to your hearts delight. Just a few minutes walk to Lost Lake, which is truly magical during the winter months, especially if you want to sample some x country skiing or snow shoeing. With the Lake lit up at night it’s a true Canadian experience to be venturing out in the winter forest. Head to the Passiv Haus for Hot Chocolate or head back home to your gorgeous 4 bedroom property and ramp up the gas fireplace which has some funky light options to give the room a warm and cozy feel. Dining out is also easy from this place – just a few minutes along the road and you arrive at the Fairmont Hotel where you can sample the Mallard Lounge offering a roaring fireplace and some wonderful cocktails – perfect for Apres! There are some small cozy bars at the base of Blackcomb (HandleBar or Fitzsimmons pub) as well as some of the more traditional ones such as Merlins! Portobello is a must for hot chocolates or local pastries! Book early as there are not too many 4 bedrooms that offer all that this one does.

    

 

Would You ?

Whistler Suspension Bridge – a 427-ft-long (130 meters) suspension bridge at the peak of Whistler Mountain, located at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level. This bridge is about 98 ft (30 metres) longer than the Sea to Sky Gondola’s suspension bridge.

With its completion, it is now one of the highest elevation suspension bridges in the world.

In addition to the bridge, there is also the West Ridge View Point, a viewing platform on the Peak Suspension Bridge. The western edge of the bridge that looks over the edge of a valley-facing cliff.

This cantilevered platform provides 360° views from the peak, jutting 41 ft (12.5 metres) out from the West Ridge and hovering 164 ft (50 metres) above Whistler Bowl.

The new high-elevation sightseeing attraction is accessible by the Peak Express chairlift, which is a short easy walk from the Roundhouse Lodge. There are also various difficult hiking trails that start from the lodge and lead to the mountaintop area and suspension bridge.

The bridge is open year-round and is one of the many adventures that is available to you with your day ticket or season pass.

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Friday, 13 July 2018 09:59

UMBRELLA BAR ROUNDHOUSE LODGE WHISTLER

WHISKEY JACK'S UMBRELLA BAR, ROUNDHOUSE LODGE, WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, BC
 
September, 2017 found the UmbrellaBars crew 6,069' up Whistler Mountain to install an umbrella bar on the new deck at Roundhouse Lodge.  The 10 km drive up the winding mountain road each day was slow and snowy, but not a bad commute to this beautiful site - and we had bear sightings on most trips! The first couple of mornings started with shoveling the early season snow but did not hamper the construction process.  Assistance from the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations crew to transport the materials and equipment up the mountain to the site was key and much appreciated.  With the site perched on the side of the mountain, the use of cranes and heavy equipment was essential.

 

 

Friday, 06 July 2018 09:29

WHISTLER HIKING: RAINBOW LAKE TRAIL

WHISTLER HIKING: RAINBOW LAKE TRAIL


As far as hikes go, the trek up to Rainbow Lake is a Whistler classic. It’s not too long (but not too short either) and has a good sustained elevation gain to keep the heart pumping. Varied terrain and bio-zones keep the eyes and mind stimulated and it all culminates in one of Whistler’s most pristine lakes with stunning views for added payoff. Lace up those boots and get up there.

Rising about 850 metres (2789 feet) over 8 kilometres (one way) the Rainbow hike is not for the weak-kneed but the trail is maintained and marked well enough that nearly anyone can get there if they’re willing to put in the effort. Average hikers should allow 5-6 hours for the round trip and probably more as you’ll want to spend some time exploring the lake and enjoying the alpine solitude.

The trail is wide, well groomed and well maintained, and it is easy to follow as it weaves through diverse forests and subalpine meadows, following 21 Mile Creek up to its headwaters at Rainbow Lake. Here, the crystal clear water and idyllic scenery make it difficult to resist going for a dip, but swimming as well as camping, fishing, campfires, motorized recreation, and dogs are not permitted in the 21 Mile Creek watershed in order to protect Whistler’s drinking water. Note that all of these activities are permitted just over the ridge at Hanging Lake and on Mount Sproatt.

Most day hikers ascend from the Alta Lake Road Trailhead and then return the same way. However, if you have organized a ride back to town, the Rainbow-Madeley Trail is another good option that’s a little more challenging and interesting than heading back down to the original trailhead. Continuing on over the ridge directly west of Rainbow Lake is Hanging Lake, which has a small campsite with a pit toilet.

From here the trail becomes much rougher and more challenging as it descends and traverses steeply into the Callaghan Valley, through some very rugged terrain, across scree-fields, and through stands of massive cedar and Douglas fir. Eventually it emerges at a trailhead with a small parking area on a gravel road that is accessible for most cars. A junction with the Madeley Lake Loop leads around the east side of the lake to the campsites just prior to reaching the gravel road and near the end of the road at the north end of the lake. This is an absolute gem of a spot with free camping, sandy beaches, and great fishing. Consider putting some supplies in your shuttle vehicle, as it may be tempting to stick around for a while.

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

 

Monday, 25 June 2018 10:51

Whistler Children’s Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival

July 6 – 8, 2018

This long-running July event brings hands-on arts and crafts activities, theatre, dance, music and magical performances to Whistler Olympic Plaza. It’s the perfect excuse to visit family-friendly Whistler for a weekend or more.

Saturday, July 7 - Sunday, July 8

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Included with Entry: The entrance fee gives access to free activities such as the Colouring Village, the Book Nook, Giant Jenga, storytelling with the Ta Daa Lady and more. There will be performers on stage all day and roving characters to surprise and delight.

Additional Activities (Tickets Required): A large number of paid activities will also be available. Returning favourites will include face painting and balloon twisting. New activities will take place under the Make-It Activity Tent and will include crafts such as Shaggy Shakers, Rain Sticks, Superhero Masks, Fuzzy Backpack Pals, Wind Chimes, and so much more.

New This Year: Whistler Children's Festival will host a Mini Food Market, including local businesses and food vendors selling delicious snacks such as corn dogs, perogies, snow cones, and more.

https://www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com

Whistler celebrates all weekend long with outdoor festivities - get ready to kick up your heels, Canadian-style and remember to pack your favourite red and white outfit for the day. Festivities include: a Canada Day parade through the Village Stroll, a Canada Day ceremony in Whistler Olympic Plaza followed by special activities throughout the day. 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 15:40

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Now OPEN !

Whistler Mountain Bike Park You've heard the hype, but have you experienced it for yourself?  Everything Opens, and on Friday May 18, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opened for the 2018 season.


Think Bike Parks, think Whistler. Without a doubt the No.1 bike park in the world. Many other parks are making great strides in catching up, but they all use Whistler Mountain Bike Park as the reference; the gold standard; the one to beat; but thats the point, it is the benchmark, and continues to develop year on year to stay there. They are now boasting 65 trails of all styles covering 200km, nearly 5,000ft (1,500m) of lift-serviced vertical, 3 separate zones, 5 unique ‘skill centres’ and then after all that they still have 8,400ft of indoor park in the Airdome. Whistler keeps the learning flowing too with tailored programs for all riders. From intro lessons, skill development multiday camps to specific nights on Monday’s and Wednesday's for the girls to show off their skills and ‘Testosterone Tuesday’ for the boys to strut their stuff.

Does this mean bluebird ski days and Spring apres are upon us ?!
 
The absolute best thing about spring skiing in Whistler is the high chance of snow systems coming through at night followed immediately by bluebird conditions the next morning the snow gets softer as the day draws on and the sun stays in the sky much later than the short days of winter. “Spring means no more rushing for first tracks”
 
Spring is also the best time to take your kids out for a rip in the hills. The warm weather means no frozen fingers and toes for the little kids and soft snow for the older ones to land on as they try their crazy teenaged tricks and stunts.
 
Thursday, 08 February 2018 13:43

Experience the magic of Ice Kingdom!

Western Canada’s Largest Interactive Snow Sculpture Exhibition is Coming to Whistler

February 3rd and March 31st, 2018. - Experience the magic of Ice Kingdom! The province’s largest-ever snow sculpture exhibit will be making its way to Whistler for a limited time for tickets go to www.icekingdom.ca

 

 

Whistler is one of the top destinations for heli-skiing and catskiing worldwide!

A Single-day heli-skiing is for those short on time but big on powder. Descend never-before-skied runs, and end the day where it started: in Whistler's vibrant village.

Combined, the tenures of companies that operate in Whistler total nearly a million acres, meaning fresh tracks always await skiers and boarders on nearly every run.

Powder Mountain Heliskiing and Catskiing Inc specialize in day trips, semi-private and private packages.

Single-day heli-skiing is for those short on time but big on powder. Descend never-before-skied runs, and end the day where it started: in Whistler's vibrant village.

We have a base four-run package. This option averages 6,000 to 10,000 vertical feet of skiing or snowboarding (1,800 metres to 3,000 vertical metres). Extra runs can also be purchased when conditions are favorable.

Powder Mountain’s single-day cat-skiing tours take place at Tricouni Mountain – a place with untracked powder and epic panoramas.

Powder Mountain Heliskiing and Catskiing Inc has the best price tag for heliskiing in Whistler.

It starts at only $1,050 Cdn for heliskiing or $549 Cdn  for catskiing. You can also take a private package with unlimited vertical descent.

 

Why not check out https://powdermountaincatskiing.com/ for more details.

Friday, 26 January 2018 12:56

BIG snowfalls hitting our town this weekend

It is awesome to see some big snowfalls hitting our town this weekend! I hope that everyone gets a chance to hit the mountain!

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN TO OPEN EARLY ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

  • Lift Open: 5 lifts will be open, including Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, Big Red Express, Emerald Express and Franz’s Chair
  • Runs Open: 20 runs will be open.
  • Acreage Open: 600 acres of terrain with 550 vertical meters/1800 vertical feet will be open to the public.

“Rain in the valley means..,” alluding to the heaps of snow Whistler can get once rainfall hits Metro Vancouver.

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts are already rejoicing on social media over what may be a great season !!!!

Discover the best food and drink from BC and beyond at Whistler's 11-day fall festival of food and drink with winery dinners, grand tastings, culinary workshops and more, Cornucopia’s rich and wide-ranging program is sure to satisfy the senses.

Every day of Whistler Cornucopia is filled with events. Find an overview of the main events below, or browse the full event list and purchase tickets on the http://whistlercornucopia.com/events/?aff=f7ae222e

Monday, 09 October 2017 12:06

A Spectacular Sunrise at Rainbow Park

A Spectacular Sunrise at Rainbow Park, why not spend your weekend with your paddle board.

With Whistler Blackcomb operations closing for seasonal maintenance it’s time to explore Whistler’s less travelled paths. With a vast network of trails from mellow to mountainous you can choose to reset and recharge in a quiet old-growth forest grove or go on an alpine hut adventure.

Friday, 08 September 2017 12:18

Mountain Dining Whistler & Blackcomb

Mountain Dining Whistler & Blackcomb

The best time to stop for lunch is either early (11.30am) or late (post 2pm) to avoid the busy times!

Here’s a quick summary of some of the great places to eat on the mountains:-

Blackcomb

Glacier Creek Lodge

This is one of my favourites!  Located at the bottom of the Jersey Cream chair lift and also the Glacier Creek Chair, you will find the views from here are spectactular.  It’s one of the bigger restaurants, however they offer a huge variety of foods.

What do they offer:

They offer a wide selection of food to cater for everyone’s needs or just grab a coffee or hot chocolate at the café.

In the spring time they also fire up an outdoor BBQ with live music.

Hortsman Hut:

You really need to avoid the busy times here as the hut is quite small – it’s a cosy log cabin.  You really are on top of the world (right at the top of the 7th Heaven Chair).  In spring there’s some outdoor seating.

What do they offer:

A small selection of hot and cold foods (soups and chilli) – a great place to warm up with a quick hot choc and a croissant stop!

Crystal Hut (or what I call ‘the Waffle House’)!

Head up the Crystal Chair and you’ll find this lovely but cabin at the top!  It really is the place for hot waffles, fruit and lashings of cream. Great for sharing!  In warmer weather you can enjoy the wonderful deck while soaking up the sunshine and glorious views. 

Rendezvous

This is one of the big restaurants on the mountain.  Located at the top of the Solar Coaster Chair and next to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

If you are looking for something a little more upmarket you can opt for ‘fine dining’ at Christine’s which is a separate restaurant at the Rendezvous.

What do they offer:

A wide selection of hot and cold food.  If you are after a snack, they have a separate café offering teas, coffee, hot chocolates, cakes and pastries.

Whistler:

 

Chic Pea

A must visit to sample the warm freshly baked cinnamon buns!   Just off Whiskey Jack run on Whistler.  The Chic Pea is a log cabin and if the sun’s shining there are plenty of seats outside!

What do they offer:

Flatbreads, soups, chilli – most of the usual hot and cold foods and of course their famous cinnamon buns!

RoundHouse

This is the biggest restaurant on the mountain.  Located at the top of the Whistler Gondola and next to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.  Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.  They also have ‘Steeps Grill & Wine Bar’ which Whistler’s full service dining restaurant.

What do they offer:

A wide selection of hot and cold food, from pizza’s, curry, noodles, soups, wraps and more!

Dusty’s

A great place to stop if you want to ski the ‘Peak to Creek’.  It’s at the bottom of the mountain and this run takes you down to the base of Creekside where you will find Whistler’s original watering hole!  This place has a great atmosphere, especially for après.

What do they offer:

Legendary pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, salads and more, all finished off with a classic ‘Caesar’.

Ravens Nest

Located just at the base of ‘Big Red’ chair, this cosy restaurant is a ‘vegetarian only’ restaurant. 

What do they offer:

Wraps, salads and lots of healthy options!

Monday, 03 April 2017 10:15

Time to Eat Out !

Mountain Dining Whistler & Blackcomb

 

The best time to stop for lunch is either early (11.30am) or late (post 2pm) to avoid the busy times!

 

Here’s a quick summary of some of the great places to eat on the mountains:-

 

Blackcomb

 

Glacier Creek Lodge

This is one of my favourites!  Located at the bottom of the Jersey Cream chair lift and also the Glacier Creek Chair, you will find the views from here are spectactular.  It’s one of the bigger restaurants, however they offer a huge variety of foods.

 

What do they offer:

They offer a wide selection of food to cater for everyone’s needs or just grab a coffee or hot chocolate at the café.

 

In the spring time they also fire up an outdoor BBQ with live music.

 

Hortsman Hut:

You really need to avoid the busy times here as the hut is quite small – it’s a cosy log cabin.  You really are on top of the world (right at the top of the 7th Heaven Chair).  In spring there’s some outdoor seating.

 

What do they offer:

A small selection of hot and cold foods (soups and chilli) – a great place to warm up with a quick hot choc and a croissant stop!

 

Crystal Hut (or what I call ‘the Waffle House’)!

Head up the Crystal Chair and you’ll find this lovely but cabin at the top!  It really is the place for hot waffles, fruit and lashings of cream. Great for sharing!  In warmer weather you can enjoy the wonderful deck while soaking up the sunshine and glorious views. 

 

Rendezvous

This is one of the big restaurants on the mountain.  Located at the top of the Solar Coaster Chair and next to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

 

If you are looking for something a little more upmarket you can opt for ‘fine dining’ at Christine’s which is a separate restaurant at the Rendezvous.

 

What do they offer:

A wide selection of hot and cold food.  If you are after a snack, they have a separate café offering teas, coffee, hot chocolates, cakes and pastries.

 

Whistler:

 

Chic Pea

A must visit to sample the warm freshly baked cinnamon buns!   Just off Whiskey Jack run on Whistler.  The Chic Pea is a log cabin and if the sun’s shining there are plenty of seats outside!

 

What do they offer:

Flatbreads, soups, chilli – most of the usual hot and cold foods and of course their famous cinnamon buns!

 

RoundHouse

This is the biggest restaurant on the mountain.  Located at the top of the Whistler Gondola and next to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.  Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.  They also have ‘Steeps Grill & Wine Bar’ which Whistler’s full service dining restaurant.

 

What do they offer:

A wide selection of hot and cold food, from pizza’s, curry, noodles, soups, wraps and more!

 

Dusty’s

A great place to stop if you want to ski the ‘Peak to Creek’.  It’s at the bottom of the mountain and this run takes you down to the base of Creekside where you will find Whistler’s original watering hole!  This place has a great atmosphere, especially for après.

 

What do they offer:

Legendary pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, salads and more, all finished off with a classic ‘Caesar’.

 

Ravens Nest

Located just at the base of ‘Big Red’ chair, this cosy restaurant is a ‘vegetarian only’ restaurant. 

 

What do they offer:

Wraps, salads and lots of healthy options!

 

 

 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:39

Spring Days

Make the most of the longer, warmer spring days to fit even more into your Whistler Blackcomb vacation! Escape for Spring Break or Easter Holidays and kick back in our stunning resort where sun-soaked après and goggle tans are abundant from peak to village

Upcoming Events:

Sunday Feb 19-Live music everywhere for Après!!

·         -The Racketeers @ Merlins-3:30pm

·         -Ruckus Deluxe @ Dusty’s-3:00pm

·         -The Hairfarmers x 2 @ GLC- 3pm &8pm

·         -Jeremy Thom @ Seppos-1:30pm

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:27

Sunny skies in Whistler means only one thing

Sunny skies in Whistler means only one thing … amazing views all round! - view from Whistler Mountain with Black Tusk in the background

Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:22

Skiing or sightseeing

Skiing or sightseeing?  Either way, the views from the Peak 2 Peak are truly breathtaking …

Friday, 20 January 2017 10:47

River of Golden Dreams on a snowy morning

River of Golden Dreams on a snowy morning another Amazing day in Whistler a truly magical place to visit go on treat yourself today   !!!

Monday, 16 January 2017 12:10

The first few days of 2017

The first few days of 2017 have been very cold and sunny following the major snowfall we received late last week. Looks like we have more cold temperatures in the forecast for later next week, don’t forget to dress appropriately, wrap up warm and take plenty of warm up breaks :)

 

photo credit: Ruth and Dave Contemplating the entrance to Cockalorum via photopin (license)

Happy Opening Day to Everyone !

You'll soon be feeling the glory of snowflakes beneath your feet. What seems like an endless wait is over, as Whistler Mountain opens for the 2016.17 winter season.

The forecast is calling for low freezing levels and lots more snow by the weekend so gear up and get stoked!

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:24

Early season storm to Whistler Blackcomb

Another early season storm to Whistler Blackcomb with over 75 centimeters of snow falling in the alpine over the weekend !!!!

The official Opening Day for Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled for November 24, but if Mother Nature continues to deliver there could be the possibility open earlier.

 

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Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:05

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View Whislter Blackcomb from a different angle with Whistler Blackcomb Heli Tours

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 22:29

Gorgeous Bear Cub!

Exciting to see this beautiful caramel coloured bear cub on one of the Bear Tours!

Photo Credit:  Michael Allen (mablackbearstudies2016)