Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1700+ acres open in time for US Thanksgiving at Whistler Blackcomb

Blackcomb Mountain to Open at Whistler Blackcomb Thursday November 28
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Full Size Terrain Park Also Opening
WHISTLER, BC November 27, 2013 – This Thursday, November 28, Whistler Blackcomb will complete its winter kick-off by opening Blackcomb Mountain to skiers and snowboarders. After two successful weeks operating on Whistler Mountain, the operations team has readied Blackcomb Mountain which will add approximately 700 acres of terrain to Whistler’s 1000+ acres for guests to enjoy.  Blackcomb’s lift operations team notes there will be seven lifts opening including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Guests will have the option to either upload at the Wizard Express in the Upper Village, the Excalibur Gondola in Whistler Village, or cross over from Whistler Mountain via the PEAK 2 PEAK. Also opening on Blackcomb will be the Excelerator Chair, Solar Express, Jersey Cream and Catskinner chairs.  As an added bonus, the Whistler Blackcomb Terrain Park crew has been putting in long hours to have a full terrain park built and ready to ride on Thursday.

“We are extremely excited to get guests up on both mountains and are proud of the hard work our operations teams have been putting into our opening days,” says Doug MacFarlene, Mountain Manager at Whistler Blackcomb.  “We’ve been focusing on our snowmaking to help out Mother Nature and with our recent snowmaking upgrades on Blackcomb things are looking really good.  Again we would like to remind guests it is still early season, and it is important to obey signage and ski and ride on open runs only.” 

Blackcomb Mountain Food and Beverage locations that will be opening on Thursday include Merlin’s Bar and the Wizard Grill at the base of the mountain, as well as the Rendezvous and Glacier Creek Lodges on the mountain.
The hours of operation for both Whistler and Blackcomb will be 8:30am to 3:00pm with the last upload at 2:30pm and the ski out open to Whistler Village from both mountains. Lifts tickets will be available from the Whistler Village, Creekside and Blackcomb Daylodge ticket windows or online at Edge Cards are also available at the early bird rates until December 2 for Canadians and Washington State residents, and later that month the Grand Opening of Whistler Blackcomb’s two new lifts; The Crystal Ridge Express and the Harmony 6 Express is scheduled for Saturday, December 7.

New version – Whistler Blackcomb Mobile App and Mobile Website
The latest version of the free Whistler Blackcomb mobile app, powered by TELUS is available for iPhone and Android phones. The improved app features a completely new user interface plus reports on live mountain conditions, webcam feeds, snow and lift alerts to ensure a connected mountain experience. Through the 2013.14 winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will add more content to improve the app including a new completely enhanced Run Tracker with Cloud support and a new Friend Finder feature. The newly released mobile website quickly provides all the detailed mountain information right to any mobile device and tablet. Visit for more information.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit  or call 1-866.787.1966.

The Aava Whistler Hotel is a proud sponsor and host hotel for the 22nd Annual WinterPRIDE festival January 26 - February 2nd, 2014.  Plan your Whistler Gay Ski Week escape today.  Special guests include:  Ivan Gomez (BCN), DJ Phil B (SFO), DJ Pornstar (LA), DJ Paulo (LA), DJ Seth Cooper (Chicago), DJ Nick Bertossi (Vancouver), DJ Del Stamp (Vancouver) and more! Use Promo Code: "Turkey" and take an additional $22 off for #BlackFriday.  Get your festival tickets today!  Happy US Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Volunteer for Pride! Winter has arrived...

It is that time of year again when Whistler is getting ready to gear up for another incredible snow season at the number mountain resort - Whistler Blackcomb!  Giving back to your community can be one of the most rewarding things you can do and GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is no exception.  Volunteer for Pride today and sign up now.

WinterPRIDE is January 26 - February 2nd, 2014.  Host Hotel + Pride House is the Aava Whistler

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pssst! Whistler Mountain Opens Saturday!

Whistler Mountain opens 13 days early for eager skiers and riders

WHISTLER, BC November 13, 2013 - Thanks to cold temperatures, impressive snowmaking and natural snowfall Whistler Mountain will open thirteen days early on Saturday, November 16. With five lifts running, guests will have the option to upload from either the Whistler Village Gondola or the Creekside Gondola. Blackcomb Mountain will open, as scheduled, on American Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013.

“Early season snowfall combined with our snowmaking team converting over 60 million gallons of water into snow the past few weeks, has allowed us to get things started early again this season,” says Doug MacFarlane, mountain manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “With all the excitement of opening day, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste. It is important to obey mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by “Temporary Boundary” signage. Guests should be aware there will be rocks and other hazards below the snow surface; we do not recommend skiing and riding outside the temporary boundary in any circumstances.”

First upload on the Whistler Village Gondola and Creekside Gondola will begin at 8:30 am, with last upload at 2:30pm on November 16. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and the Franz Chair lifts will be running, allowing access to 1800 vertical feet of skiing and riding terrain. Runs set to open will include Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail. Stay tuned for more and to keep updated with the most up-to-date information about lift status, visit

Whistler Mountain dining locations will also be open on November 16, including Essentially Blackcomb Cappuccino Bar in the Carleton Lodge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill in Creekside, the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, and the Garibaldi Lift Co., Whistler’s world-famous location for après. 

Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations will operate from the Blackcomb Day Lodge, Creekside and Whistler Village on Friday, November 15 from 9am-7pm and on Saturday from all three locations from 7am-5pm. From Sunday onwards only the Village and Creekside Guest Relations will operate from 8am-5pm each day until Blackcomb Mountain opens on Thursday, November 28 and the Blackcomb Day Lodge opens again.

Ski and snowboard rentals will be available at the base of Whistler Mountain at Gondola Rentals, from 8am – 5pm, Essentially Blackcomb from 8am – 5pm, and the Salomon Store from 8am – 5pm. Can Ski Creekside will be open at the Creekside base from 8am – 5pm.
Adult Max 4 ski and snowboard lessons will be available on Whistler Mountain, and can be booked online or by calling 1-866-787-1966.

Beginning November 15, Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow Report will be updated daily throughout the season and can be accessed online or by calling 604-932-4211 in Whistler, 604-687-7507 in Vancouver, or toll-free at 1-800-766-0449.

For Canadian and Washington State residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE Card, allowing guests to ski/ride from $69 (CDN) a day. EDGE Cards are valid for use all season long, and are available at early bird pricing until November 25 at
Guests interested in planning a trip to Whistler can take advantage of the Early Season Booking Offer which runs until November 15, and includes four nights lodging and a three day lift ticket deal from $99 per person, per night. To book a trip to the No. 1 rated mountain resort in North America visit or call 1-866-787-1966.

Reminder:  GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is a week earlier this season.  New dates are:  Jan.26-Feb02, 2014.  Stay + Ski packages start at just $115/person/night when  you book before Nov. 15th.  New this year is a special Stay, Ski + Play Package which inlcudes accommodations for 7-nights, 5-day ski and a full week WinterPRIDE festival package for just $179/person/night.  For this and other packages call 1.866.787.1966 or visit online at  Book before Nov. 15th.  WinterPRIDE is proud to call the Aava Whistler Hotel home.  Official Pride Hotel for 2014.

WinterPRIDE special guests DJ's include:  DJ IVAN GOMEZ (BCN), DJ PHIL B (SFO), DJ PAULO (LA), DJ PORNSTAR (LA), DJ SETH COOPER (Chicago), DJ NICK BERTOSSI (Vancouver).  WinterPRIDE is proud to be working with Big Roger Events and ShowMax for incredible light + sound experience Whistler has yet to experience!  Get your festival tickets today!

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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, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,192 centimetres (469 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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Whistler Blackcomb awarded top scores


Photo by: Jussi Grznar | Whistler, BC, Canada
Accolades Credited To Whistler Blackcomb’s Incredible Terrain And Dedicated Staff

WHISTLER, BC November 7, 2013 – The annual resort rankings are in and Whistler Blackcomb is proud to be the recipient of four “best overall” awards and 12 “category wins”. These consistent results continue to position Whistler Blackcomb as one of the leading ski resorts in the world and a must-visit destination on every traveller’s bucket list.

“Our success is credited to our prime geographical location which results in great snow and an incredible variety of terrain, but what really makes the difference is our people,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb.  “Our staff strives every day to provide the best and most memorable experiences to all of our guests and these awards are proof of that effort. We constantly aim to improve our physical assets as we respect our natural environment. The addition of the Crystal Ridge Express and the Harmony 6 Express chairs this winter will heighten the guest experience by moving people around the mountain more efficiently to their favorite zones.  We’re confident these expansions, along with our focus on guest service, will allow us to remain at the top.”

Whistler Blackcomb Awards and Rankings 2013.2014

No.1 Overall
-       Freeskier Magazine
-       SBC Resort Guide
-       Best Overall Northwest Region,
-       2013 Ski Club of Great Britain: Highest Net Promoter Score in the world.

-       #1 Landmark In Canada, Trip Advisor, Traveller’s Choice Awards
-       Best Gondola View in North America,
-       One of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, CAN
-       Top 25 Ski Resorts in the World,
-       Best Winter Destination, Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver 2013
-       Best Weekend Getaway, Georgia Straight, Beat of Vancouver 2013
-       Best Terrain in the West, SBC Resort Guide
-       Best Parks in the West, SBC Resort Guide
-       Best Terrain in Northwest Region,
-       Top 5 Canadian Resorts, Huffington Post
-       Best Après, SKI Magazine
-       Best Ski Resorts for Powder, Telegraph UK
-       Best Nightlife, Freeskier Magazine
-       Best Nightlife in Northwest Region,
-       Best Nightlife Overall,
-       Best Nightlife, TransWorld SNOWboarding
-       No.2 Lodging , SKI Magazine
-       No.2 Terrain Variety, SKI Magazine
-       No.2 Off-Hill Activities, SKI Magazine
-       No.2 Best on a Powder Day, Freeskier Magazine
-       No.2 Best Apres. Freeskier Magazine
-       No.2 Best Steeps, Freeskier Magazine
-       No.3 Top Resorts, TransWorld SNOWboarding
-       No.4 Dining, SKI Magazine
-       No.4 Digital Presence, SKI Magazine
-       No.5 Best Parks, TransWorld SNOWboarding
-       No.5 Lifts, SKI Magazine
-       No.5 Top Lifts to Lap – Peak Express, Freeskier Magazine

Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to officially open for the winter season on Thursday, November 28.
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Guests looking to plan a trip can save up to 39 per cent on ski and stay packages by taking advantage of Whistler's Early Booking Offer until November 15, 2013.  Visit  or call 1-866-787-1966 for details.

Reminder:  The 22nd annual Gay & Lesbian Ski/Snowboard Week - GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE is January 26 - February 2nd, 2014.  Headline entertainment include: DJ Ivan Gomez (BCN), DJ Phil B. (SFO), DJ Pornstar (LA), DJ Paulo (LA), DJ Seth Cooper (Chicago) and DJ Nick Bertossi (Vancouver).  8-days, 65-events, 26-nations, 3,000+ guys and gals enjoying diversity at the leading Mountain Resort in North America (and the world!).  Host hotel:  Aava Whistler

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Waffles + Wagers

It really is amazing how quickly time ticks away... days are becoming shorter, the mornings more crisp and the snow line on the mountains keep creeping closer to the valley floor.  We are now just a short 10-days away from the Nov. 15th Early Booking offer deadline to lock in your epic snowcation getaway.  I know it can be hard to imagine the awesomeness that is to come, but our friends at +WhistlerBlackcomb have just released a "taste" of things to come.... we present:
Waffles + Wagers

The Wonder Reels S2: Waffles, Wagers and the NEW Crystal Ridge Express features a foursome of skiers and snowboarders riding up the new Crystal Ridge Express chair who decide on a friendly wager for waffles at the Crystal Hut. The friends romp and race through the iconic Crystal Zone on Blackcomb Mountain and the last one to the bottom has to buy the waffles back at the top. This video is produced by Switchback Entertainment and the featured athletes include Ashleigh McIvor, Ian Morrison, Robjn Taylor and Jesse Millen.

Remember to lock in your deals today and see you throughout the season and at Whistler's #WinterPRIDE January 26 - February 2nd, 2014.  Call 1.866.787.1966 or online