Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WinterPRIDE 2011 Volunteer Prizes & Perks

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is successful because of the hard and dedicated work of our volunteers! Our community recognizes this and has offered the following prizes for our volunteers to win! Thank you to our community partners in playing an important role in the annual WinterPRIDE festival.

Prizes Include:
- Three Night Stay at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Aruba
- Scandinave Thermal Experience
- Goodies from the Love Nest
- Whistler Blackcomb Ski Gear like googles, gloves, face masks
- Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
- Finlandia Vodka

To volunteer contact

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the festival possible!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays from GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE

WP Holiday Video 2010 Final

Travel Tips for GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE

We all love stretching our dollar just a wee bit more and this year is no exception. Here are 3 of our top tips:

#3 Pack light! No need to haul your ski boots, and all your ski gear when you can rent everything at the resort!
Whistler Blackcomb has a huge array of equipment for rental and you can switch out your gear both on and off the mountain at any of their rental locations. It is hassle free, easy and best of all it is all 2011 equipment! They even rent outer wear so all you have to pack is your helmet, gloves and goggles! Now you have extra room for that extra Apres outfit you so wanted to bring! For more information click here or call 1.866.787.1966. Make sure you inform the agent you are with WinterPRIDE and save up to 30% when booking online!

#2 Travel Discount Codes, Airline Discount Codes and web specials! Some of our travel partners have some wicked deals including our partner at Travelocity! Visit and take $150 of your Vacation package with the PROMO CODE: GLWHISTLER

The airlines have some great deals out there including our friends at
American Airlines: Use Promo Code: 9211BA Business ExtrAA Account Number: 527604 - using this code will track our loyality and help keep the programs going.

Alaska Airlines is offering a 10% Discount: Discount Code, ECMB32 - Winter PRIDE -Whistler Ski Week – into
Vancouver, BC, Canada from any AS/QX US (except Hawaii and Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Alaska) city. Travel dates are January 26, 2011 through February 09, 2011. Not valid for Mexico, Hawaii or Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Book Online at:

#1 January 24 - February 6th is Vancouver's most popular event of the year "Dine Out Vancouver" or DOV.
We hope you're hungry! Indulge in your love of food and BC VQA wine at over 200 restaurants with 3-course meals at $18, $28 or $38 and why not sleep around... at these prices, you can't afford not to. Book a hotel room for $68, $98, or $138 per night making Vancouver the perfect destination for your pre or post WinterPRIDE "city" experience. For more information on DOV visit:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

WinterPRIDE 2011 Shuttle & Transport Options

Looking to get the party started right away? Then you need to take the WinterPRIDE Shuttle and meet other guests on the ride up the scenic Sea to Sky highway!

WinterPRIDE is thrilled to be working with our friends at Whistler Glacier Group for another incredible season. Whistler Glacier Group prides itself in providing a high quality limousine service with a unique Whistler flavour. With their luxury fleet of sedans, SUVs, coaches and limos, whether you are an individual or part of a large group, they can meet your transportation needs.

Please ask one of their reservation agents about the WinterPRIDE shuttle service that we are providing. This shuttle will run from Vancouver airport to Whistler on January 30th and from Whistler to Vancouver Airport on February 6th with a stop at the Sandman on Davie for those doing a pre/post stay in the city.

January 30th: Airport 11AM, Sandman on Davie 11.30AM, Airport 2PM, Sandman on Davie 2.30PM, Airport 5PM, Sandman on Davie 5.30PM **Times subject to change depending on passenger demand.

February 6th: Whistler to Sandman on Davie & Airport: Departures starting at 9AM

** Custom Shuttle & transfer times also available **

For reservations or more information please call 1-604-905-7779 or book online and a member of staff will be more than happy to help you. WinterPRIDE attendees will receive a 10% discount from the published rates so make sure you let the reservations agent know, or put in the comment box, that you are with WinterPRIDE. GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE - the annual Gay Ski Week runs January 30th - February 6th, 2011. For more information on the festival visit

Saturday, December 18, 2010

WinterPRIDE 2011 Dine Around Locations

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE 2011 Dine Around
✣ Reservations

Mon., Jan. 31st
Bavaria Restaurant - has been in operation for 9 years and has become a popular spot for get togethers. The ambiance at Bavaria Restaurant is a fusion of Swiss, French bistro, German and Austrian style.
4369 Main Street | 604.32.6009 |

Player’s Chop House - brings a fresh twist to the steakhouse concept. Featuring West Coast character, bright interiors and sun-soaked patios, this Creekside restaurant is an excellent choice for wine enthusiasts and lounge revelers seeking an eclectic menu of local, sustainable and perfectly prepared cuisine from Executive Chef Jon Campbell.
2015 Lake Placid Rd #120 | Tel: 604.938.1270 |

Tue., Feb. 1st
Aura at Nita Lake - with stunning lakeside vistas, Aura conjures up iconic memories of yesteryear with a classic railcar dining experience where old world cuisine meets modern day trends.
- 2131 Lake Placid Rd | 604.966.5700 |

Ric’s Grill - is one of Whistler’s legendary restaurants featuring fresh seafood, delicious steaks and mouth-watering pastas. Their bar is a popular place to have drinks, socialize and chat with friends.
4154 Village Green | 604.932.7427 |

Wed., Feb. 2nd
21 Steps - provides stunning 2nd floor views of Whistler Village. Their kitchen creates updated comfort food that are both big in portions and flavours for great value.
4433 Sundial Place | 604.966.2121 | |

Quattro at Whistler - is best known for its warm service, contemporary Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list, recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the world's best.
4319 Main Street | 604.905.4844 | |

Thurs., Feb. 3rd
Whistler Tasting Tours - experience four of the best Whistler restaurants in one night! This progressive dining journey takes guided groups to several gourmet restaurants for a delicious multi-course meal paired with fine BC wines. Voted the #1 Thing to do in Whistler.
604.902.8687 |

Araxi Restaurant + Bar - is a crossroads of mountain elegance and approachable dining in the heart of Whistler village. Innovative and skillfully executed dishes deliver intelligent compositions and delightful flavours, carefully married to their award winning wine list.
4122 Village Gate Square | 604.932.4540 | | ✣

Hy’s Steakhouse - has been Canada's premier steakhouse for over 50 years. This stunning location in the beautiful resort town of Whistler features Canadian Triple A beef, an award-winning wine list and exceptional service in a warm contemporary atmosphere.
4308 Main Street | 604.905.5555 | |

Fri., Feb. 4th
Bearfoot Bistro - every night is a celebration of culinary excellence and extravagant joie de vivre! Executive Chef Melissa Craig, crowned Canada's Best Chef at the Canadian Culinary Championships in 2008, creates in her open concept kitchen while owner, AndrĂ© Saint-Jacques will teach you to wield a sword and saber Champagne in the award winning underground 20 000-bottle wine cellar. Oyster special available daily in the Champagne Bar from 3 to 6 pm.  Vodka tasting in the Belvedere Ice Room - Canada’s only vodka ice room and coldest room worldwide. Live music by pianist Cameron Chu. Open daily from 3 pm.
4121 Village Green | 604.932.3433 | |

Tandoori Grill - located in Whistler village North, has selected dishes that are most sumptuous as they were inspired by Great Indian Emperors and prepared to perfection by chefs of by gone eras. The Moghal Kings who brought renaissance and enrichment to the Indian culture favoured the technique of cooking in a Tandoor clay oven. Tandoori Grill has adopted this mode of cooking.
4368 Main Street #201 | Tel: 604.905.4900 |

Sat., Feb. 5th
White Spot - is a British Columbia legend with a passion for using only the freshest and finest quality ingredients. For breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late night snack, White Spot is the place. Fresh Thinking. Fresh Cooking.
4005 Whistler Way | 604.962.7770 |

Wildflower - invites you to enjoy a fresh and fun showcase of locally inspired dishes. Enjoy extensive 'by the glass' wine selections, a noteworthy variety of regional beer or a signature cocktail. Base of Blackcomb Mountain.
4599 Chateau Blvd | 604.938.2033 | |

Sun., Feb. 6th
Cinnamon Bear Grille - finding inspired ways to combine exceptional flavors in Pacific North West dishes drives the menu selection at Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille. Directed by Executive Chef Jay Lynn, emphasizes fresh ingredients, unique taste combinations, creative presentations and top-notch service to create a dining experience as memorable as it is flavorful.
4050 Whistler Way | 604.932.1982 | |

Remember to take advantage of Vancouver's annual "Dine OUT Vancouver" making a city stop the perfect pre/post WinterPRIDE experience. Room rates starting at just $68 and 3-course dinners from $18/person making it even easier to fuel that Pride romance for an extra night or so!

WinterPRIDE is the annual Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week in the resort of Whistler. For more information visit

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa - The perfect Shopping Getaway!

Randi has been after me for a while to come down and cross the boarder and experience the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa just outside of Bellingham. When driving down the i5 it is hard to miss the huge Casino sign and like a moth drawn to light I was guided into the Hotel Casino.

As I walked into the lobby of the hotel and presented myself to the front desk, I was immediately welcomed by Randi, Hotel Sales Director, and had she had my room key and check in was over in mere seconds. We then headed towards the casino to one of their signature food & beverage outlets: "The Steakhouse at Silver Reef" here we were met by the Casino's F&B director, Rian, and we all sat down for dinner. I knew I would be in for a treat when you consider that Wine Spectator has given the Steakhouse their "Awards of Excellence" and the Wine Enthusiast the "Award of Distinction."

We enjoyed beautiful pairings of wine & port throughout dinner. Some of the specialities we tried included: Carpaccio of Beef with Truffle Oil, baby greens, artichoke hearts and grain mustard ($9), as well as the Jumbo Prawn cocktail served with a zesty cocktail sauce ($14), followed by a Caesar Salad ($8) prepared table side.
Then we were entertained by the incredible showmanship of tableside service of Steak Diane a tender Filet Mignon sauteed with shallots, thyme, mustard seed and mushrooms ($37) and a Steak au Poivre a tender Filet Mignon, in a peppercorn brandy sauce ($37). The steaks were prepared perfectly and just melted in my mouth. The service and the culinary delights were some of the best I have experienced. Just when I thought I couldn't have any more... the dessert cart came out.... OMG, talk about tempting creations... I ended up savouring the Chocolate Rockettes which is a house specialty. It is a souffle-like chocolate cake served warm with a molten center served with vanilla bean ice cream ($7). the Steakhouse is an incredible dining experience and excellent value.

The Casino and Hotel are inspired by First Nations art and artifacts. The guest rooms are well appointed and they have a private floor (6th Floor Diamond Club). I had the privilege of staying in the Emerald Suite (613). It was a one bedroom suite perfect for entertaining. It has two bathrooms, large wet bar and living room complete with your own private massage chair and 50" Flat screen. The master bedroom and ensuite were to die for. Large walk in shower, double man jetted bath and amenities by H2O.

So what was great about this property is it's location. Within minutes you are in Bellingham with all the outlet Malls and BellisFair Mall, within an hour to Seattle... ferry service to Vancouver Island and an hour to Vancouver. Making this destination a perfect city escape or using the property as a base to explore these three great cities (Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver). You could also use the property as an airport hotel considering they now have non-stop flights to Hawaii and other sun destinations!

For more information on the property call 866-383-0777 ext. 254 or visit online Rates start at just US$129
Perfect for last minute Christmas shopping... and unwind after at the Spa, then dinner at the Steakhouse and relaxing in your suite! Christmas made easy!

The Silver Reef Hotel Casino will be at WinterPRIDE Jan 30 - Feb 6, 2011 so make sure you say hi!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Love Snow! La Nina Sashays into Whistler...

The gays are known to love the bling... but the gay skier & rider is known for their quest of White Gold. Insane amounts of this natural bling brings a smile to most skier/rider's face especially if you are lucky enough to enjoy face shot after another... we are talking SNOW! And how we love to ride it good and hard! Yahoo!! We are upon yet another epic snow season with Whistler Blackcomb getting over 11 feet of the white stuff to-date and heaps more in the forecast.

Just this week alone we have seen 56cm in the last week bringing the snow base up to 150cm. For the first week of December this is simply amazing... and WinterPRIDE is still some fifty days away!

This weekend (Saturday, December 11th, 2011) the Vancouver/Whistler ski club skiOUT! will be Out hitting the slopes on Blackcomb (10AM RendezVous Light Board) to shred some of that precious bling we all so love. 1PM is the usual lunch time at the Glacier Creek Lodge, followed by 3PM or so Apres Ski at Milestone's (formerly Monk's Grill).
Later that night things will get all festive with the annual holiday special... Yuletide WHOOSSH Martini Party... maybe try the Southern Comfort Egg Nog to get you into that festive spirit! WHOOSSH will be at the Southside Diner from 9PM - 12AM and is always a lot of fun.

So come on up and get OUT and have some fun. Call 1.866.787.1966 for some incredible last minute deals and stay at one of our partner hotels:
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Coast Blackcomb Suites, Delta Whistler Village Suites, Evolution in Creekside, Aava Whistler Hotel, or perhaps a luxury home with Whistler Select. If you are looking to economize... why not sleep with an Olympian?! Try the Whistler Hostel for just $35/person/night. Let them know you are with "Pride."

Remember think Snow, Think WinterPRIDE!

November 30th Powder Day at Whistler Blackcomb from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE - the evolution of Gay & Lesbian Ski Week is January 30 - February 6, 2011. Host Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. Call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online for all the best deals.

An Avalanche of Laughter rolls into Whistler for WintePRIDE

The brash New Yorker, Michele Balan, trades her sea legs for some ski legs as she rolls into town. One could say this New Yorker knows how to cruise and can be seen on many of the RSVP, Atlantis and various straight cruises. Michele was one of the
four finalists on NBC’s 2006 “Last Comic Standing,” and she is "The Last Woman Comic . . .. "

She has appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and the OUTlaugh festival on MTVs LOGO.

She opened for the Smothers Brothers and is headlining all over the country in comedy clubs, cruises, corporate events, JCC's country clubs and more! She is appropriate for all audiences...well, maybe not children's parties!

She writes comedy and is a contributor in many books and magazines and writes comedy for other well known comedians.

Voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine in 2004,

Often told she was naturally funny, the Brooklyn native left a high-paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy – even though comedy has never proved as lucrative – and she has been performing ever since.

She has recorded "Neurotic by Nature" at the LA Improv in 99 (it features Nell Carter), in 2004 she recorded "Live Just Barely" at the famed Joe's Pub... and her recently released DVD.... from ECSTACY TO VITAMIN C! Show reviewed by Cindy Adams of the NY Post... "Dynamite!"

WinterPRIDE is thrilled to welcome Michele Balan to the festival Mainstage on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. Visit for tickets and festival information.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Get your Event Tix by Nov. 30th for WinterPRIDE

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is gearing up for an epic snow season and Lady La Nina is already giving her blessings with a stellar start of the Snow Season! Nov. 26th saw an additional 23cm (9") of fabulous White Gold (aka SNOW) making the early season snow base 100cm (39") and counting!

To celebrate the start of the ski season with both Whistler Blackcomb mountains open along with the Peak 2 Peak Gondola we wanted to share with you highlights of WinterPRIDE past to get you excited for this coming season! Remember to buy your event tickets by Nov. 30th, 2010 to get the best deal - like Snowball Ticket for just $60! So what are you waiting for... get your tickets now!

Book your Stay & Ski Package by January 15th for $127/person/night for a 5 Night, 3 Day Ski - when you consider if you are one of those people that shows up last minute you can expect to pay approx. $100 for your Ski Pass at the window... so if you think in those terms... it is like you are getting a hotel for just $27/person/night! That is cheaper than the hostel! So what are you waiting for... call 1.866.787.1966 or book online today!

Whistler Film Festival - So Gay!

It is hard to believe but it is true, our very own Whistler Film Festival is coming OUT on their 10th Anniversary! Last year the film festival brought us the Canadian Premiere of "A Single Man" with Colin Firth and Produced & Directed by legendary designer Tom Ford. As most of us have experience "A Single Man" was incredible.

Well, it is now 2010 and the Whistler Film Festival has another film by yet another fashion designer: Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest names in French fashion in the 20th Century. The feature documentary “L'Amour Fou,” chronicles the life of Yves Saint Laurent starting when he was a timid 21 year-old starting work at the House of Dior and meeting his soon to be life partner Pierre Berge. For the fashionistas this movie gives you a rare glimpse of what inspires and hints of where inspirations come from in creating fashion forward designs. This movie shares Saint Laurent & Berge's story of love, arts, and ethics.

“If you love style and following the creative process from initial inspiration point to final frock, the modern art, exotic artifacts and luxe locales catalogued in the film deliver endless hints about where the designer's ideas began.” – Now Magazine

Tickets are just $13.00 Screenings: Thurs., Dec. 2nd @ 7PM and again on Sat., Dec. 4th @ 7.15 both at the Whistler Village 8 Cinema. Book online Now
** Want to Win Tickets for "L'Amour Fou"? Enter our contest now and you and a friend can go, courtesy of the Whistler Film Festival. **

Another hot ticket is the 10th Anniversary Gala and World Premiere of Hard Core Logo II on Saturday December 4 at 8:30pm. This rock and roll, story on the road is the follow-up to Hard Core Logo, considered by many to be one of the top Canadian films of all time.

The Whistler Film Festival has over 80 films, loads of celebrities and incredible parties! So come on up to Whistler and enjoy all the incredible snow, do a couple turns, take in a couple shows and party like it's 1999! Call 1.866.787.1966 for last minute deals. For more information on the Whistler Film Festival visit:

GayWhistler's Host Hotel has a special WFF PRIDE offer just for you:
Quote Pride Film Festival for the following special rates. These rates are valid from November 28 – December 8, 2010.

November 28 – December 2, 2010 - $149
December 3 – 4, 2010 - $169
December 5 – 8, 2010 - $149

Call the Hilton direct at 1-800-515-4050 or email or BOOK ONLINE Now

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is January 30th - February 6th, 2011 visit for more details

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music at WinterPRIDE 2011

No, there will be no Julie Andrews, but the line up for DJ’s this year at GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE 2011 is gonna shake the mountain. Thursday, Feb. 3rd Pool Party starts off with JC Simon of the globally distributed monthly mix show "JC Simon's ARCADIA". Influenced by the likes of Tiesto, Jason Nevins and Klubjumpers, his true talent, skill and ongoing love of music keeps his beats solid, crowd pleasing and mainstream.

Friday, Feb. 4th keeps rocking at the Village T-Dance with Marcus Purnell, excited to return to the stage this year marking his first appearance at Whistler since he was first heard at the closing party for Altitude 11. With a music career that has spanned more than two decades with residencies and appearances at some of the most prolific nightclubs and events in North America, Marcus Purnell has entertained dance floors with his unique style combining rolling house rhythms and riveting vocal progressions.

Later at Furrocious will be Ted Eiel, one of the brightest talents on the DJ scene today.
With over 15 years of club and radio experience, Ted has spun his supersonic sets of sexy, dirty beats at top-tier venues in the US and Europe. In the past 4 years, he's headlined some of the biggest leather and bear parties in the US: Folsom Street Fair, Lazy Bear Weekend, Provincetown Bear Week, Winter Party Weekend (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale), just to name a few. His 2009 closing party for IML, The Black and Blue Ball was voted one of the best events of the decade in Chicago. Ted’s aggressive, masculine sound that has been inspired by underground tracks drawn from classic house, electro, disco and rock. His music has been described as "muscle house" for men: sexy, funky, chunky house with an emphasis on dirty bass lines, melodic vocals and an intense energy that brings everyone to the floor.

Saturday, Feb. 5th - Snowball with open with local rising DJ Adam Dreaddy. Dreaddy has been throwing down some serious tracks over the past 3 years and there are no signs of slowing down. His passion for this art has far exceeded his expectations and everyday it’s a new track, a new skill learned and a new outlook on life. Having learned techniques such as beat matching vinyl, and Cd's, he launched himself in small lounges and restaurants all around Vancouver. Local promoters soon learned of this rising star and ushered him off to some of Vancouver's largest city clubs; Sharing the decks with international DJ's and meeting some amazing people along the way.

Ending the week at Snowball is DJ Eddie Baez, widely known throughout the dance music community. His impact upon dance floors worldwide is undisputed by industry peoples and dance music fans alike. Because of his genuine soul, vigorous persistence, and deep passion for music, Eddie Baez has blossomed into "superstar" status within the industry. Eddie has had much success with his innovative, tribal-inflected remixes of songs, representing some of the industry's most successful artists. Eddies recent version of Crazy, by Warner Brothers artist, Seal, hit the top of the Billboard Dance charts in its first weeks out, and continues to chart today. Now the long-awaited new compilation(s) keep coming and are filled with fierce vocal anthems, hypnotic house tracks and thunderous tribal beats. Eddies most recent remixes included Seal Crazy & Crime Mob Stilettos both on Warner Bros. Records, and Vivian Green, Tired, on Sony Music. In addition Eddie is continuing to work with other industry powerhouses, such as Pepper Mashay, in creating further original collaborations. Eddie Baez is one to continue to watch and watch we will.

For more information on GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE - the evolution of the annual Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week please visit for more details. WinterPRIDE has events both on and off the slopes from Skiing, Dog Sledding, Snowmobile Tours, Spa Experiences, Culinary delights and epic dance parties and everything in between! The only thing that is missing is you! Call 1.866.787.1966 to reserve your spot today or book online.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Whistler Mountain Opens Today: 11/19

It is true! Whistler opens today with another 12CM of Fresh, OMG, virgin powder just begging to be carved up! The only thing that is missing is you! Call 1.866.787.1966 with rooms starting at just $89/night or book online at
Snow Report: 12cm (5") NEW | 93cm (36") BASE | 156cm (61") TOTAL

According to Whistler Blackcomb the following lifts are open: Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola (free ski parking!), Emerald Express, Big Red and Franz. It is going to be an epic jaw dropping Yahoo kind of day! Remember it is early conditions so please obey signage, ski with care and have loads of fun!

Reminder: GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is coming up Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2011... get your Super Early Bird value event tickets before Nov. 30th! Book early and save call 1.866.787.1966 or book online at our Host Hotel is the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Whistler Mountain to Open Early! Nov. 19, 2010

It's official! La Nina has gifted our Coast Mountains with a lot of glorious White Gold allowing Whistler to open early on Nov. 19th! The buzz and excitement in the resort is in a frenzy with the announcement of a 6 day early opening! Remember to book your accommodations and lift tickets before Nov. 15th for the best deals of the season.

During the WinterPRIDE Week of January 30th to February 6th you can get ski packages starting at just $128/person/night. How good of deal is this? Well if you are one of those guys that plans last minute you can expect to pay $93/day for your ski lift ticket for same day window pricing... so that means you would only be paying an extra $35/night for a hotel! Now that is a deal. So what are you waiting for? Call 1.866.787.1966 today or book online at

Are you in the Silicon Valley or San Francisco area? This weekend is the Silicon Valley Ski Show November 13-14,2010. Make sure you stop by the Whistler Blackcomb booth and learn what is new this coming season and win some great show prizes.

Think Snow, think WinterPRIDE!
GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE the evolution of Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week January 30 - February 6, 2011
Host Hotel: The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
For Reservations call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at

Volunteer at GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE

GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE - the evolution of the annual Gay & Lesbian ski/snowboard festival is made only possible by the generous support of our sponsors and for the army of Volunteers. Why do so many people give their time and volunteer for the festival? Some say it is a great way to meet people from all over the world, others volunteer because their partner is out skiing and they want to be kept busy and have fun, some do it as a "Volunteer-cation" i.e. combining their vacation and volunteering as a great way to economize their vacation. Some volunteer because they want to give back to the community.

Everyone has a different reason to get involved and help shape what the festival is today. Everyone has the same general goal: That is to make this one of the most open, welcoming, fun and friendly winter events on the planet! There are a variety of roles that need to be filled including:
- Documentation Photographers: People in this role are assigned a few key events and subjects they need to photograph giving them access to all the events both on and off the slopes
- Welcome Host(ess): People in this role are here to welcome our guests to the various events, check tickets, etc..
- GEO's Guest Experience Officers: People in this role are very outgoing and their main task is to have fun and engage our guests. Do you see some alone in a corner? It is your role to welcome that person to the event(s) and introduce them to other people and help them feel welcomed. We have people coming in from all over the world and some for the first time, so we want to ensure everyone feels like family and has an opportunity to be as engaged as they want... sometimes even nudging their comfort zone just a little!
- Security
- Dancers
- Decor & Dressers
- and many more roles... so if you are interested... send an email to Carson our Volunteer Director at

Part of the Volunteer experience is the Perks: Some of the perks includes our Volunteer Thank you Brunch where everyone wins a prize! Some of the prizes are huge like: A Trip for Two anywhere in North America with our friends at American Airlines. This past season Rosemary won the trip and she went to Mexico... this is what Rosemary had to say...

"Volunteering at Winterpride has some great benefits, apart from seeing what a fun time everyone has at the week long event you get the opportunity to win big. 2 tickets on American Airline that took me to Mexico & the Yucatan Peninsula. It was timed right, arriving in Merida for the big Festival of the Dead which is how Halloween is celebrated. Shrines are built for those who have died, people visit with deceased friends & relatives, there is music, lots of freshly made tacos and firecrackers to add to the noise. Then of course there are the amazing Mayan pyramids, the white beaches and azure Carribean waters."

So what are you waiting for... Volunteer today and be part of the magic of GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard week.

Volunteering at Winterpride has some great benefits, apart from seeing what a fun time everyone has at the week long event you get the opportunity to win big. 2 tickets on American Airline that took me to Mexico & the Yucatan Peninsula. It was timed right, arriving in Merida for the big Festival of the Dead which is how Halloween is celebrated. Shrines are built for those who have died, people visit with deceased friends & relatives, there is music, lots of freshly made tacos and firecrackers to add to the noise. Then of course there are the amazing Mayan pyramids, the white beaches and azure Carribean waters.

So what are you waiting for... Volunteer today and be part of the magic of GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard week.

For more information visit
GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE - evolution of Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Festival runs January 30th thru to February 6th, 2011.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

La Nina is Coming to Whistler! 70+ CM in the Alpine already

Yahooo!! La Nina is approaching the spectacular resort destination of Whistler Blackcomb and has already thrown down 70+ cm in the alpine with way more of that glorious white gold to come! So boyz & gurrlz... get those boards shined up and get ready for one heck of a fabulous snow season! Reminder, book early to get the best deals call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at

Take a look at what La Nina has gifted Whistler Blackcomb already... so what are you waiting for? Can you feel the excitement?!

Oct. 27 Skiing on Blackcomb Mountain from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.

Hotel Room for $35?! Book by Nov. 15th

This year, Whistler Blackcomb is throwing down some epic savings with our hotel partners when you book your vacation by Nov. 15th. With rates starting at just $128/person/night for a 5 night, 4 day ski package... that is like getting your hotel room for $35!

How is that possible? When you consider that if you are one of those last minute decision makers and you just show up a few days before and walk up to the ticket counter to purchase your ski ticket, you can expect to pay $93/Adult per day. So when you consider this, for an extra $35/person you will get a pretty stellar place to stay! Or for an extra $88/person you can stay at our Host Hotel: The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa - a Four Diamond, Conde Nast Gold List hotel.

So what are you waiting for? Call today at 1.866.787.1966 or book online at

Our official reservation partner, Whistler Blackcomb, guarantees to give you the best rate possible. When you make your reservation through our partner we are able to quantify our festival's room night production which means more support in future years, which only helps to improve the value and quality guest experience we are able to provide. So when making your vacation decision we encourage you to book with our official partners which gives back to our community.

For a list of our partner hotels click here:
Below are starting from rates for a 5 Night, 4 Day Ski Package when booking before Nov. 15th call 1.866.787.1966
HOST Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa starting from $181/person/night

Preferred Partner Hotels:
Coast Blackcomb Suites - starting from $173/person/night

Pan Pacific Whistler - starting from $180/person/night

Fairmont Chateau Whistler - starting from $215/person/night

Associate Partner Hotels:
Aava Whistler Hotel - starting from $128/person/night

Delta Whistler Village Suites - starting from $165/person/night

Evolution Whistler - starting from $177/person/night

Call 1.866.787.1966 or book online

WinterPRIDE Mountain Guides - Join our Guiding Team!

Travelocity Never Roam Alone Ski & Snowboard Guiding at GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2011

If you are at least an intermediate skier or rider, and are familiar with Whistler Blackcomb, you could be a guide during WinterPride. Please read the details below, and if you think this is for you, just get in touch!


Program Highlights
WinterPride is Sunday, January 30 through Sunday, February 6. GUIDING IS MONDAY, JAN. 31-SATURDAY, FEB. 5.
Traditional Program
Our traditional program continues this year meeting between Blackcomb and Whistler. This year we'll be able to get back to Creekside!
ATAC stands for All Terrain, All Conditions. This is going to be the new name of our experts-only program.
Women’s guiding program
If there are enough women for a group, they will once again have the opportunity to ski or ride in women-only groups by meeting at specific women’s guiding signs. Obviously not all will take advantage of this, but we want to offer this service to help continue to build the women’s program.
Since we have a much better understanding of our day-to-day needs, scheduling will be specific this year. We will, of course, do the absolute best we can to accommodate your schedule. BTW, we already know we need you on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! LOL!
Minimum Volunteer Requirements
We ask that all guides, volunteer a minimum of 2 days. And our preference is that those two days include either Thursday, Friday, or Saturday if possible.

Training Requirements
We have new rules this year. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. If you guided and received training last year, you DO NOT need to attend on-snow training this year AS LONG AS you attend the Sunday, January 30 guide meeting/party that will be held on the evening of Sunday, January 30 in the WinterPride hospitality suite area. If you can not make that, YOU MUST attend one of the on-snow training sessions either Saturday, January 8 or Sunday, January 30. The only exceptions are Whistler Blackcomb ski instructors and volunteer guides. If you did not guide last year, you will need to attend on-snow training. Please don't ask for an exception - I can't make it.

Positions Available
This year, there are three distinct positions in the guiding program.
Guide - Responsible for safely guiding WinterPride groups of varying ability.
Sign Master - Responsible for strategically placing signs in the Go Zone.
Pod Leader - Responsible for greeting and interviewing guests to determine the best group. You will coordinate guest assignments for a specific level or program such as green, black, women's program, ATAC!, etc. You will also be responsible for getting guest counts for each group and turning them into John.

- Every guide will get 1 apres ski ticket for each day they guide
- Daily lift tickets will be provided by Whistler/Blackcomb if you do not have a Season's Pass
- 45% off Ski/Snowboard Tuning all season long
- Complimentary rentals at any of the Whistler/Blackcomb rental locations on & off the mountain
- 10% off retail all season long; 5% off skis and snowboards all season long
- For each day you guide you will receive 2 volunteer coupons to be redeemed as Prize entry vouchers or exchanged for WinterPride events. Some restrictions and limits may apply.
- Volunteer appreciation brunch Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Date Summary
Saturday, January 8 - On-snow training day 1
Sunday, January 30 - On-snow training day 2
Monday, January 31 through Saturday, February 5, daily guiding.

My Contact Information

If you know of anyone that would be a great guide, please have him or her contact me via email with the required information.

Simply respond to this post and let me know the following:
Ski or Snowboard
Which days you can work
Your training choice

I look forward to skiing and riding with each and every one of you, and truly appreciate your help to make WinterPride guiding a whole lotta fun! I will send out regular information as we learn it. In the meantime, keep your eyes on for news and information.

John Sutherland
Guide Director

Host Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa call 1.866.787.1966 or book online

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

JC Simon's Aracadia to host the 2011 WinterPRIDE Pool Party

JC Simon's ARCADIA will be touching down in Whistler for the Pool Party at WinterPRIDE on Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 2011.

But first... JC will be hosting an Exclusive CD Release Party for WinterPRIDE at the Lookout Bar, 41 York Street, Ottawa, ON on Thursday, November 11th. Hot Ski Boys will be selling shooters all night long plus some hot underwear models from Stroked Ego! Great door prizes!

Hope to see you in Ottawa for this exclusive release party!

WinterPRIDE is Jan. 30th to Feb. 6th, 2011
Host Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
For reservations call 1.866.787.1966 or book on line...

GayWhistler on the Road - conference Season!

Wow, it must be that time of year again... Ken & Dean are on the road again and October, November are shaping up to be a busy travel month for us.

Our first stop will be to attend the 2010 InterPride Conference & Long Beach Pride Celebrations Oct. 21-24, 2010. If you are in the Long Beach area, please make sure you stop by and say hi! We are so excited to be attending where we can share some of our experiences in producing Whistler's WinterPRIDE as well as the 2010 Olympic Pride House Pavilion and what some of our future plans are. The last time I attended the conference was in Zurich and met so many wonderful people and learned so much on how to improve on what we are doing and how we can support those prides still in conflict.

Our second stop will be to attend the 2010 CMI LGBT Tourism Conference at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Tom Roth and his team always puts on an exciting and educational conference. Ken will be speaking at one of the workshops and sharing some of our experience in producing events. If you are in Vegas, make sure to check out the seminar and of course come by and say hello!

Our third stop will take us North to Toronto to attend Travel Gay Canada's first LGBT Tourism Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel. Here I will be moderating an exciting workshop on “Sport Tourism: The Importance of LGBT Sporting Events” with special guest speakers Greg Larocque, President of GLISA North America and Co-Chair of the Vancouver 2011 North American Outgames Human Rights conference; and Elaine Chick a SITE Crystal Award winner and former VANOC - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games "Live Site" producer. Together they will lead the audience on an exciting and inspiring journey and give helpful ideas on what you can do for your own destination. If you are in Toronto area we hope you will attend this conference and show your support!

Make sure to check out our Facebook Group to keep track on where we are and what we are up to and hope to connect with you while we are on the road!

WinterPRIDE is Jan. 30 - Feb. 6th with the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa our host hotel.
For more information refer to:

2010 Ski Snowboard Shows Visit the WB Booth

It's that season again! The infamous Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale has come and gone.. and now the Ski & Snowboard shows are on the road. The first stop is Oct. 15-17 in Toronto, ON and Seattle, WA.

October 15-17, 2010 Seattle
First on the West Coast - Seattle will be hosting the Seattle SkiFever & Snowboard Show at the Washington State Convention Centre. Admission is just $12/adult and if you print your order online you can save $2. Learn all about what will be Kewl this coming season and what is hot in ski fashion & equipment with merchandise up to 70% off! For more info and times refer to

Oct. 14-17, 2010 Toronto
In Central Canada - Toronto will be hosting the Toronto Ski & Snowboard Show at Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
195 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON. Tickets are $17/adult with over 200 Exhibitors including the Whistler Blackcomb booth. Make sure you stop by and check out what is new and exciting this coming season.

Nov. 6-7, 2010 San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Show - Fort Mason Centre Festival Pavilion Admission $20

Nov. 13-14 Silicon Valley, CA
Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Show - Santa Clara Convention Centre

Dec. 2-5, 2010 Los Angeles, CA
Ski Dazzle Ski & Snowboard Show - Los Angeles Convention Center

Remember book your Whistler Blackcomb vacation by Nov. 15th for the best deals in accommodation and lift tickets. For WinterPRIDE we have rates starting at just $128/person/night for a 5 night 4 day ski package! Call 1.866.787.1966 or book online.

Host Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
WinterPRIDE: January 30th to February 6, 2011
visit: for more details

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GayWhistler's Host Hotel: The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

GayWhistler's host hotel for the 2011 Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week is the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. The AAA Four Diamond Property is ideally situated near the Whistler & Blackcomb Gondolas as well as the Whistler Conference Centre where majority of the big social events will be held throughout the week.

The Hilton boast some of the largest guest rooms in Whistler with many of the suites with wood burning fireplaces as well as some rooms have their own Steam Room or Sauna, perfect for entertaining!! We also love the very luxurious Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, a perfect indulgence after an epic day on the mountain.

Make your reservations before Nov. 15, 2010 and take advantage of rates starting at just $181/person/night for a 5 night, 4 day ski package. Call 1.866.787.1966 to make your reservation now or book online.

WinterPRIDE Tickets Now on Sale

GayWhistler's Annual Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week is now on sale. Men's Full week pass is just C$249/person Book before November 30th, 2011.

Women's Full Week Pass is just C$169/person - book by November 30th Includes all the fun social events for the women all week long.

Host Hotel is the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa with rates starting at just C$181/person/night for a 5 night / 4 day ski package. For more details refer to

For more details refer to

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Snow Report 2010/2011 for Gay Ski Week Whistler

Consistent snowfall throughout last winter made 2009.2010 the second snowiest season on record with 1,492cm/587inches. November 2009 was also the snowiest month on record with 560cm/220 inches of snowfall.  This year, meteorologists are predicting a colder winter with more precipitation due to the La Nina weather phenomenon, which will likely make for another great winter. 

Think Snow! Think WinterPRIDE!!

For Great Deals call 1.866.787.1966 or visit

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vancouver Pride 2010 - the Line Up!

Wow, it is that time of year again when Vancouver hosts one of Western Canada's largest single day festival on Sunday, August 1st we affectionately call... Pride! This will be the 32nd annual Pride celebration in Vancouver and is the one of North America's largest parades! With Pride comes a whole host of fabulous parties, special events and dances.... we have tried to capture some of the best we will no doubt be making an appearance at!
Friday, July 30th in Vancouver:
Vancouver Pride Society takes over Davie Street for the Annual TELUS Davie Street Dance Party
Celebrities Night Club will be throwing down the tracks with super star DJ Manny Lehman at Pride Ball 2010

Saturday, July 31st in Vancouver
2PM - the Big Roger Frisky T-Dance at J-Lounge. No doubt this will be one of those epic summer afternoon parties to set you off right for Pride. DJ Alyson Calagna and adult film star Reese Rideout

9PM - TFD Presents: Rapture Ignition with international super star DJ Ana Paula. This is Rapture's 10th year at Pride and is stronger than ever. Come on out and dance the night away!

For other Pride Events & Parties visit Vancouver Pride's Events Listings

Sunday, August 1st in Vancouver
12PM Vancouver's 32nd Annual Pride Parade & Festival Site with Main Stage & Beer Garden at Sunset Beach. Make sure to come and visit the GayWhistler / Air New Zealand Booth at S069 for your chance to win some amazing prizes including Round Trip Airfare to Auckland or Sydney, Canadian Snowmobile Adventures and ZipTrek EcoTours!

3PM for all the Gurrls out there... Fly Girl's Chicas heats up the Coast Plaza with DJ Alyson Calagna, DJ Betti Forde, DJ Soulfunkee and Live Alita Dupray & The Dreamer

3PM Rapture Heatwave Pool Party by TFD Presents at the Westin Grand Pool Deck. Vancouver will be sizzling with hot trax by Vancouver's own DJ Nick Bertossi

9PM Rapture Victory with DJ Paulo at the Commodore

Monday, August 2nd [Sunday Night After Hours] in Vancouver
1AM Big Roger's United - the perfect way to end the 32nd Annual Pride Celebrations with DJ Abel and DJ Adam Dreaddy at the infamous Gorg-O-Mish after hours bar!

3PM CruiseyT Pride Party Cruise with DJ Abasi & Ian on the Sax with special performances from Vancouver's own drag Diva's Joan-E & Jaylene.

Whew... I think we all need to head to Whistler for a couple days of R&R to recover from the week of Pride! Visit for all of your summer vacation & get a way needs!