Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Final Day to get your Super Early Bird WP12 Festival Pass

Nov. 30th 6PM PST is the final day and time you will be able to pre-order your 2012 WinterPRIDE Festival pass at the Super Early Bird Rate. Book online today and save!

Are you looking for Christmas or birthday gift ideas? Give the gift of pride and give an experience for that special someone that has everything. GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is celebrating it's 20th annual Gay & Lesbian ski/snowboard week and has a stellar line up including Int'l Producer/DJ Manny Lehman headlining Snowball. Other artists include: Ruckus Deluxe, Patrick Masse - Canadian Country Recording Artist, DJ Byron James, DJ Zach Shore, Jason Stuart - Comic, DJ Dan Murphy, Vancouver's Drag Diva - Symone, DJ Tim Jones, DJ Ted Eiel, Burgundy Brixx, DJ JC Simon, DJ Adam Dreaddy and a few more artists we can hardly wait to share with you. For more information about these artists click here.

Whistler Blackcomb is off to an epic start to this snow season... WB is the only resort in the world that currently offers the most terrain and most vertical in the World. An astonishing 4,300 acres and 4,085 vertical feet of pure skiing/riding bliss on an impressive 144cm (57") base... and just in the last 24 hours received another 18cm (7") of fresh virgin snow... wait there is more! In the last week... the mountains have been hammered with 86cm (34")... so if you are looking for fresh POW and epic face shots... you have to make the trek up to Whistler. Remember to book early as we are sure as the snow base continues to rise we are sure hotel rates will follow, so book early and save. Call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at GayWhistler's Pride packages start at just $130/person/night for a 5 night, 4 day ski package.

Remember to order your WinterPRIDE Festival tickets today! Order Now / Book Online

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blackcomb Opens Nov. 24th on 135cm+ base

Happy US Thanksgiving! Wow, what a great weekend we have in store for those heading up to Whistler Blackcomb this weekend. Whistler onto it’s second week of being open is in fantastic early season shape and with all the Pacific storm systems moving in we continue to build on a phenomenal snow base. In Fact, we received 111cm of new snow this past week, and 72cm in the last 24 hours bringing our total snow base to 135cm! Yahoo! So for all of you out there looking for those fresh virgin turns... Blackcomb opens this Thursday (Nov. 24th) and according to Environment Canada there are a few more flurries on the way for the weekend (approx. 8-20CM).

EMBEDDED Day 5 – Celebration from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.

So get those skies shined up and head up to Whistler Blackcomb. Remember to call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at for last minute deals with rates as low as $88/night. Book today and save!

The Vancouver/Whistler local ski club skiOUT! will have it's first day of the season on Whistler this Saturday, Nov. 26th 10AM at the Roundhouse Lodge Light Board. Look for the Rainbow flag and a gaggle of gays and rip it up! Remember to warm up & stretch before heading off on the slopes... check out Brandon's Fit Tips to keep you on the hill longer and stronger all season long! Click Here

Monday, November 21, 2011

1-2-3-Train! | Fit Tips by Brandon

If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter, be sure to prepare your body for the snowy excitement. Training specificity is important in any sport so make sure you strengthen your lower body. The key is going to be in training your legs, back and abs. Squats, lunges, dead lifts and crunches will prepare you nicely for your slopes, jumps and cross-country endeavours. For all you body builder types, this may be bad news; reduce your weight and pump out 12-15 reps in each exercises instead of your usual smaller sets. We want to prepare ourselves for long lasting endurance rather than short explosive movements. Form is important to note and will help you exhaust the right muscles and reduce injury in general. Speaking of reducing injuries, don’t hit the slopes cold! A ten minute warm up will benefit you significantly in cold weather. Great training will enhance your game this winter so get ready and have fun!

Brandon Hamilton
Personal Trainer
Based out of the Robert Lee YMCA | Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Final Count Down...

Today, Nov. 15th is the last day for the Early Bird Ski Package deal that can save you up to 36% off your vacation experience. During the WinterPRIDE Week of Feb. 5-12, 2012 we have our Pride rates starting at just $131/person/night... and when you consider that a single day ski pass at the ticket window will be just over $100/day... this is a wicked deal! So pick up the phone and call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online today and lock in the BEST package deal Guaranteed!

Mike Douglas, Whistler Ski Patrol, will be living at the top of Whistler mountain counting down the days to the early opening of Nov. 18th

EMBEDDED Day 1 – Patience from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.

as Whistler gets ready to welcome La Nina back for another epic ski season. See for yourself why Whistler continues to be named one of the best places on the planet to ski/snowboard, experience some of the best hotels, apres ski parties, night life and culinary delights. The 2011/12 Season is sure to be a season that many legends are made... the question is, What legend will you create for yourself?

See you OUT on the Slopes this season. Remember think snow, think WinterPRIDE.

Dreaming of Fresh Untracked POW while giving back?

Are you looking for a way to carve untracked virgin powder for miles while giving back to the community? Well, now is your chance, West Side Family Place is raising funds for their facility with a sweepstake to win a trip for two to Mike Wiegele's Heli-village for an epic three day heli ski trip.

West Side Family Place is a resource centre dedicated to supporting families with young children. It is a place to meet new friends, gain a sense of community, and receive ongoing assistance that helps families raise happy, healthy children. Click to learn more

Just $20 buys you a chance to win three days and three nights at the world-renowned Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort for you and a friend. The package includes unlimited heli-skiing, deluxe accommodations, gourmet meals, ski gear and guide.

The dad who won this last year had a blast with his 14-year-old son, so don’t think you’re not good enough on the slopes to take part.

Thanks to the folks at Mike Wiegele HeliSki ( and VIH Helicopters ( for donating the prize to West Side Family Place. The draw will take place at WSFP’s Breakfast with Santa on December 3rd. HoHoHo!!! Show your love of family and buy your ticket today! Call 604-738-2819 or order online

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's Official: Whistler OPENS 6 Day Early: Fri., Nov. 18th

The return of La Nina and an incredible snowmaking infrastructure deliver another early opening to Whistler Blackcomb

WHISTLER, BC, Monday, November 14, 2011 – Whistler Blackcomb is thrilled to announce Whistler Mountain will open six days early on Friday, November 18. The return of La Nina, forecasted to bring greater than average snowfall, has skiers and snowboarders excited about the start of the ski/ride season. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 24, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.

“Cold temperatures, early season snow fall and the relentless work of our mountain operations teams is what allows us to open early,” says Doug MacFarlane, Mountain Manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “Early season conditions apply but we are very happy with the current conditions. Enjoying the first turns of the season is always an amazing feeling and we are very excited to announce Whistler Mountain will open six days early.”

The alpine forecast is calling for up to 35 centimeters of snow in the alpine before opening on Friday, adding to the current snow base of 55 centimeters at Pig Alley. Additionally, the Whistler Blackcomb snowmaking team has turned over 50 million gallons of water into snow so far this season, the equivalent of covering 250 football fields with up to one foot of snow.

Whistler Mountain will open for the season on Friday, November 18, from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Skiing and riding will be open on the Emerald Express, Big Red Express, and Franz’s Chair with upload access from the Creekside Gondola and the Whistler Village Gondola.

Caution should be exercised at all times as the terrain available is best-suited for intermediate to advanced boarders and skiers. With early season conditions it is extra important all mountain signage is obeyed and guests stay within the marked operational boundary. Rope and signage saying “Temporary Boundary” will be used during the early season. With early season snow-pack, guests should be aware of rocks and other hazards below the snow surface.

To ski and ride Whistler Blackcomb, for the best possible price this season, guests can take advantage of Whistler Blackcomb’s early booking offer; book by November 15 and save up to 36 per cent on lift ticket and accommodation packages at Whistler Blackcomb or call 1.866.787.1966

For Canadian and Washington State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $62 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards also offer additional perks, including 20 per cent off retail/rental and $35 (CDN) off snow school. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long, and are available at early bird pricing until November 21 at

Starting today, the Snow Report, powered by TELUS, will be updated daily and as of Nov 18 the Snow Report will be updated three times daily at 6:00am, 7:30am and 3:00pm, featuring the most current weather and snow information. The Snow Report can be heard online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.

Stay up-to-date on what’s open, mountain conditions, temperatures, snowfall accumulation, forecasts and stay and ski/ride deals at

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The free app, Whistler Blackcomb Live, Powered by TELUS, allows skiers and riders to track their runs using GPS; check live grooming, lift status and snow reports; view the trail map; take photos and share them with friends; and view special promotions and information about the resort. Available for iPhone and Android. More info:

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

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Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is Feb. 5-12, 2012

Nov. 15th Ski Sale Fast Approaching

Snow continues to fall in Whistler adding to a fantastic snow base and the energy & excitement in the village is at a feverish pitch as everyone anticipates when will WB pull the "pin" and open up the 2011/12 ski season?! We have another storm system moving in bringing heaps more snow... so we anticipate the mountain may open this weekend a week early on conditions I am sure many of us have not seen in years... yes, it is going to be that good! [It is official WB will open this FRIDAY, Nov. 18th - click to read more ]

The real purpose of this entry is to remind you that you only have a few more hours to lock in those awesome hotel deals and ski tickets by Nov. 15th. For WinterPRIDE week we have ski packages starting at just $131/person/night (considering a ticket window ski pass will cost over $100/day) this is really a stellar deal and you need to move quick! Click to book your PRIDE Ski Package today

WinterPRIDE is celebrating 20 years of being out on the slopes of Whistler - where does the time go?! And part of our looking back on time we came across an old TV ad for Blackcomb that I thought you would enjoy. It brings a smile to my face every time I play it... This is going to be a wicked year and really hope to see you OUT on the Slopes this coming season. Our first gay day on the Mountain is on Saturday, Nov. 26th at the top of Whistler near the Roundhouse Light board 10AM - look for the skiOUT gang and carve up some of that virgin snow!

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Host hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa | for reservations and information call WB Central Reservations at 1.866.787.1966