There has been a tsunami of growth in Whistler VRBOaccommodations (Vacation Rentals by Owner) with many holiday travelers renting Whistler condos or a chalet instead of hotel rooms.
When planning your Whistler vacation, you really should consider a private rental home. After all, you have extra room in these private homes. You can cook in your own kitchen, if you'd like. You may have laundry facilities for your convenience, especially handy if you are skiing with the whole family.
Vacation rental by owner is a better choice if you have a large group of people, and vrbo deals are usually quite a bit cheaper than staying in Whistler hotels.
But beware… there has been an increase in vacation rental scams, so you need to be careful.
Unsuspecting travelers are arriving at the vacation rental home they thought they had rented, only to find another group of guests already staying there. Or, the vacation rental may not even exist. The property manager they rented from could actually be an Internet scammer who preys on unsuspecting renters.
If you book a fraudulent vacation rental in Whistler, it obviously puts a huge damper on your holiday plans. You will lose your rental deposit or maybe even the full rental amount. You probably won't be able to get a rental refund if you wire transferred your payments… and you have nowhere to stay in the busy resort. Really bad news for your Whistler vacation.
One sure-fire way to avoid Whistler vacation rental scams is to book through a reputable VRBO website like www.WhistlerbyOwner.com or www.ResortAc.com. These websites have been renting scam free vacation rentals in Whistler for over a decade. Members in good standing with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau, with zero complaints… and hundreds of happy customers. Read Whistler vacation rental reviews here…
If you are looking for a Whistler luxury hotel with ski in ski out access, you may want to reconsider your accommodation preference… Hotel vs. VRBO
Whistler ski in ski out lodging options for rent by owner include: Whistler condos, townhouses, chalets & private homes. Whistler VRBO is short for Vacation Rental by Owner.
Of course there are only certain Whistler neighborhoods that have ski in ski out rental homes. You may want to check out a Whistler hotel map to see for yourself which Whistler vacation rentals are actually ski in ski out. You want to locate the best rental locations before you make your reservations.
Depending what you’re after, you should also consider lodging that is ‘Walk to Lifts’ if you want to find a better Whistler deal. For example, Intrawest Resort Club is between the Fairmont and Four Seasons luxury hotels. It’s not true ski in ski out, but it’s pretty close… and definately a convenient location relative to the chairlifts on Blackcomb.
Dave McCormick is like a lot of people. As the Owner of Pro Kitchen Gear, Dave travels a lot. And whether for business or pleasure, he has been a hotel traveler all his life. He’s always liked the standardization, the amenities, and the comfort in knowing precisely what he was booking prior to arrival. As a matter of fact, he used to work for Sheraton a number of years ago. So to say Dave was opposite to a vacation rental traveler would not be an exaggeration. Until recently that is…
You can tell that Dave kinda wanted to switch to a vacation rental and forgo some of the conveniences of hotel travel. So Matt asked him what were the real concrete reasons he was happy he stayed in a rental. We wanted to live like a local. We wanted to feel like we were coming home every day and being able to cook in our “own” kitchen. It made the experience unforgettable since we weren’t rushing around trying to find food every 4 – 5 hours and had remarkable views and half the price.
Dave goes on to explain all the details about living like a local in the vacation rental he rented. You can read the rest here…
Whistler Hotel Maps
Whistler Village, Blackcomb Upper Village, and Whistler Creekside all offer Ski In Ski Out rentals. Here are some Whistler condos and chalets in each area:
In case you haven’t heard, there are scammers on Craigslist and other free vacation rental directories. Photos and descriptions of legitimate rentals are swiped, then the scammers create a free listing with the hijacked pictures and details. Potential vacation rental guests are asked to wire transfer money to bogus bank accounts and, ultimately, lose their hard earned money.
When you are looking for a great Whistler rental, always verify who you are renting from. You should have a written rental agreement, references from past guests, and contact with the home owner or manager.
Whistler is Bear Country. And with a standing population of around 50 bears in the local area, it is critical for those visiting Whistler to get clued up on bear awareness and safety.
Read on to find out about the types of bear found in Whistler and how to minimize bear-human conflict.
Species of bear in Whistler
Although there have been very rare cases of grizzly bears being spotted in the Sea to Sky area, Whistler is home only to black bears. Despite their name, black bears can come in all colors, from the white Kermode bear, to all shades of brown (cinnamon bears) as well as their namesake black. Some visitors encounter lighter colored bears and will mistakenly identify them as brown bears or grizzly bears – but there are some differences.
A (brown colored) black bear on one of Whistler’s ski runs.
Bears can be seen in Whistler from April to November, depending on the yearly temperatures and snow. In early summer they are most likely to be found on the valley floor before they move up into the mountains for the berry season. The Whistler Golf course is a popular bear hangout, especially in early mornings and just before sunset.
The Bear Smart Whistler Visitor’s Guide gives 4 basic guidelines:
Never feed a bear. This means intentionally OR unintentionally. Bears are attracted to human food as it is high in calories and easier to procure than picking berries or catching salmon. Bears that are accustomed to easily accessible human food, either from being fed or through raiding garbage, lose their wariness of humans and go to greater lengths to get their food. This can include breaking into people’s homes or cars, which results in the bear being killed. It’s the law in Whistler to dispose of all garbage in bear-proof containers.
Give bears space. Never approach a bear, especially to pet them or for a better photo. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least 100 m (or about the length of 7 school buses) between you and the bear. Bears usually do their best to avoid people and it’s not a good idea to force them into an uncomfortable position.
Watch out on the roads. It is not uncommon to see bears grazing on the side of the road on the Sea to Sky highway between Squamish and Whistler. Don’t stop on the highway to take photos and keep your eyes open for bears crossing the highway – unfortunately many are injured or killed by being hit by cars.
Stay alert and aware. When out hiking in the mountains or biking through the trails, stay alert to the possibility of encountering a bear. Your goal is to avoid surprising a bear, so make your presence known by talking, singing or calling out every now and again. You can carry a bear bell attached to your backpack to warn bears of your approach. My go-to method is playing music through the speaker on my phone. If hiking with dogs, keep them on a leash or close to you, as they can often provoke bears more than the presence of humans.
What to do when you encounter a bear
If you see a bear in human territory, you should phone the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.
It’s important to make this call so that COS can act to remove the bear from any potential conflict with humans, steering it clear of homes, garbages etc so the bear does not become used to hanging around humans. The more accustomed bears become to people, the harder it is to change their behavior. Most of Whistler’s bear deaths take place because the bears are no longer wary of humans.
A black bear on the Whistler Golf course.
If you encounter a bear in Whistler, Bear Smart recommends the following course of action.
Stop and assess.
Remain calm and do not approach the bear. In most cases, the bear will flee.
If the bear is still a distance away, turn back and return the way you came. If you must pass, keep your distance and give the bear a wide berth.
If you come across a black bear suddenly at close range.
This can happen when moving fast through the bike trails. Stand your ground and face the bear.
Identify yourself as human by talking in a calm tone of voice while backing away slowly.
If a black bear approaches you.
It’s natural to be frightened, but don’t panic.
If you meet a bear in the woods, or in its territory, talk in a calm and respectful tone to let the bear know you are not threatening (particularly if the bear is defending cubs or a food cache).
If you encounter a bear in an urban area or human territory, use a loud, firm voice as though you are speaking to a dog that’s misbehaving. Say “No!” and repeat as necessary. Remove your sunglasses and make direct eye contact with the bear.
Sometimes a bear may try to motivate you to leave, through intimidation. It may “pop” its jaws or swat the ground while blowing or snorting. It may lunge toward you or “bluff” charge – run toward you and then suddenly stop and turn away. Although scary, you are not likely to be hurt. For your own safety, stand your ground until the bear turns away and then retreat.
You can carry bear spray as a precaution and use it if a black bear is persistent in approaching you or attacks.
If a black bear attacks you offensively making full physical contact, fight back with any weapon you can find, including rocks and branches. Do NOT play dead.
Whistler’s black bears are generally timid creatures that are tolerant of humans and human activity. Spotting a black bear is an exhilarating experience and can really enhance your trip to Whistler. Keep these tips in mind during your visit to have a happy and safe Whistler vacation!
Katharine Mills is a trail and ultra runner living in North Vancouver. Originally from the UK, she lived in Whistler for two years before making the move to the city. Compared to the UK, she thinks Canada has an incredible lifestyle, but terrible tea. Her favourite things are exploring the wilds of the BC backcountry, racing mountain bikers down the trails of North Vancouver, and Honey’s Doughnuts from Deep Cove.
Ask about hotel taxes, parking and fees before booking your vacation rental.
It’s important to ask all the right questions about your Whistler vacation rental pricing before making your reservations and paying the rental deposit.
Two private homes may look the same and charge the same, but one may cost you quite a bit more in undisclosed taxes and fees.
Some—but not all—Whistler owners are required to charge tax, and some charge separate cleaning, parking or guest fees that are not included in the nightly rate.
It’s important to ask about taxes and fees in advance and get the terms of your rental contract in writing.
Vacation Rental Pet Fees
And if you’re planning on bringing Fido, you will want to ask about any associated pet fees, some places will add an extra cleaning charge when bringing your furry friend.
Damage Deposits on Vacation Rentals?
Another area where travellers sometimes get blind sided is the damage deposit. Many owners require one, which is understandable, as they’ve likely invested $500,000 or more in their rental. However, it’s important that your contract includes a description of what constitutes “damage” and under what conditions the deposit will or will not be returned.
One final piece of advice: if you’re driving to Whistler, be aware that some building complexes charge extra for parking your car—as much as $20 per night! Definitely ask the owner about these fees before you book, as they can have a substantial impact on the cost of your stay.
Bonus Tip… Guest Booking Fees
Just announced in 2016, all Expedia, HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals will have a 4% to 16% guest booking fee applied as the vacation rental payment is processed.
This new fee is labeled ‘Service Fee’ and it goes straight to Expedia, HomeAway, or VRBO.
To avoid booking service fees like these, search around for the rental property name or do a Google image search. You can likely find the same vacation rental on other websites that don’t charge guest fees. Connect directly with the owner and then book through the website without the fees.
WhistlerBlackcomb Plans $8 Million Future Improvements.
Plans to update winter and summer facilities and trails.
Plans include enhancements to learning areas on Whistler Mountain, major upgrades to Roundhouse Lodge deck and Garibaldi Lift Company patio and improvements to summer hiking trails.
Awesome news for Whistler Resort tourists and locals. Personally, I really respect a company that re-invests profits back into improving quality for their customers. These sound like smart upgrades that will improve guest experience at the resort, summer and winter. Here are the details…
“All of these projects demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our guests have the best possible experiences when they come to our mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “These plans are designed to improve guest experience, enhance our weather resiliency and contribute to the year-round growth of our business. Reinvesting in our operations and continuing to provide new offerings to guests year after year is something we are very proud of.”
Beginner Terrain & Lifts:
Enhancements to the ski and snowboard learning areas on Whistler Mountain will involve earthwork in the Olympic Station area to open up more beginner-friendly terrain, as well as re-grading the Olympic and Fantastic runs to make them more accessible to novice skiers and riders. Whistler Blackcomb will be installing two new covered magic carpet lifts at Olympic Station and 25 new energy efficient snow guns to ensure prime conditions for beginner skiers and riders all season long. Plans also include re-grading the Upper Whiskey Jack run above the Chic Pea Hut to make it less steep and to create a more positive experience for beginners, as well as adding four new energy efficient snow guns to the area.
Roundhouse Lodge Decks:
Upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck include the addition of 6,000sq feet of new space in the form of a new upper and lower deck and a new “umbrella bar” featuring a collapsible roof that can open and close like an umbrella depending on the weather. The upgrades will add approximately 160 new outdoor seats to the Roundhouse Lodge, 63 of which will be at the umbrella bar. The umbrella bar is heated and will be open during the winter season, along with the new upper patio.
Glacier Lift Company Patio:
The GLC upgrades include plans to renovate the section of the patio overlooking Skier’s Plaza with a small expansion, a new roof, heaters and fire pits. The renovation will increase the capacity of the GLC on a year-round basis with 90 outdoor covered seats, and will elevate the patio experience for guests at Whistler’s signature slope-side après restaurant.
Enhancement plans for the summer experiences at Whistler Blackcomb include improvements to the Harmony Lake, Peak Express Traverse, and Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk hiking trails on Whistler Mountain, and the Alpine Walk hiking trail on Blackcomb Mountain. Work such as resurfacing and widening will be done on each of the trails to improve their usability and make them more enjoyable for guests.
Alpine Theatre Moves to Rendezvous:
The Samsung Alpine Theatre, which has been a summertime favourite in the Roundhouse Lodge during recent summers, will be expanded and relocated to the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb. The theatre will continue to show visually stunning videos that touch on things like Whistler Blackcomb’s history and the construction of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
All of the projects included in the $8 million investment are expected to be complete by the start of the 2016-17 ski season.
Dog Sledding is the classic Canadian winter experience.
Travel through Whistler’s pristine backcountry on a sled pulled by powerful sled dog Huskies.
Enjoy the Canadian Wilderness Adventure at Callaghan… Let your eager and powerful dog team lead you into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. Stop for a rest at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake and learn about the history of our Canadian fur trappers and there dog sledding adventures. Join your professional musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the dog sledding commands and how to handle a dog sled. Relax with your family as you ride your dog sled along a mellow mix of open and winding trails for an unforgettable winter journey.
Or Blackcomb Dog Sled option in Soo Valley… This winter, reunite yourself with ‘man’s best friend’ as you experience the beautiful backcountry in pure Canadian style; by dogsled.
Join your musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the commands and brace yourself for an everlasting memory in the making. Grab yourself a blanket and snuggle up in our comfortable sleds– or step onto the musher’s runners if you’re feeling adventurous.
Sit back and enjoy your timeless ride as you’re whisked away under snow-covered alpines and unforgettable views of the Callaghan Valley, just south of Whistler. At the end of your journey, warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and snack, and get one visit in in with our dogs – this truly is a once in a lifetime adventure.
Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Learn about the history of dog sledding.
Learn about the unique physiology and incredible skills of the specially bredArctic sled dogs.
Drink and snack included.
Sleds can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child.
Available December through April.
Whistler Dog Sled Tour Videos:
Blackcomb Dog Sled
Offers 2 tours each 2.5 hours in duration, Mountain Mushing in the Callaghan Valley and Champagne and Moondogs, an evening tour.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures
Offers a 2.5 to 3 hour tour called Trapper’s Run in the Callaghan Valley.
Foreign tourists might consider Whistler’s liquor laws, rules, and prices very different than home.
Without too much effort, you will find out where to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes and cigars in Whistler… and what hours the shops are open. If you prefer cold beer and wine, take note that only some stores offer chilled beverages.
BC Liquor Stores in Whistler Resort
BC Liquor Stores carry a full selection of wines from around the world, spirits, beers, ciders, and coolers, as well as some de-alcoholized products and bar accessories. Many of the sales associates have extensive wine, spirits, and beer knowledge and are available to provide assistance with selecting products for any occasion and budget.
Additionally, many sales associates have considerable knowledge on BC VQA wines. BC Liquor Stores offer free Wi-Fi to help you find your product on the go with the mobile app.
Whistler Village Location – 4211 Village Square across from the Whistler GroceryStore
Whistler Marketplace Location – 4360 Lorimer Road across from Marketplace IGA, now featuring a “Cold Zone” chilled beverages
Whistler Creekside Location – 2071 Lake Placid Road just down and around the corner from the Creekside Market
See Whistler Marketplace Liquor Store Reviews Here
Nester’s Liquor Store Delivers
Nester’s Liquor Store stocks cold beer and wines from all over the world.
Located in Nester’s Plaza in Whistler Resort, BC Canada.
Between Two Kegs – Whistler Beer Festival and Nester’s Liquor Store Video:
Blackcomb Liquor Store
Whistler’s home for the finest in local and international wines, beers, and spirits. Locally owned and operated since 1996, the Blackcomb Liquor Store has long been a destination for the best in British Columbian craft brewed beers, and boutique estate wines, and continue to be the exclusive retailer in the area for the most sought-after vintages from the Okanagan Valley. Alongside their regional focus they offer a wide array of chilled beers, fine spirits, and outstanding wines from all around the world.
Famous for quality and service, the sommelier-run store boasts over 125 different beer listings, and nearly 400 wine selections to choose from, as well as top quality spirits. With friendly, knowledgeable staff to offer assistance, and their range of in-store features each month, they confidently offer something for every taste, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Open every day from 9am to 11pm including Sundays and holidays, and have delivery service.
Located in The Glacier Lodge, across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel.
Want to experience world-class nordic skiing? Head to Whistler, the official venue for Nordic events during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Whistler is a cross country skiing paradise where pristine mountain wilderness meets Olympic-rate trails.
Over 160 kms of trails for all ability levels and styles means plenty of variety for extended ski vacations. Bring your own skis or hop on a pair of rentals and get that heart pumping as you experience the wonders of Lost Lake, Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Valley Trail.
Nordic Skiing at Whistler Olympic Park
With access to almost 90km of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing — 30km of which are dog friendly — there’s no shortage of cross-country exploration at Whistler Olympic Park. Whatever your ability, scenic and legendary trails accommodate all levels of ambitions and enthusiasm. Get your endorphins going well into the evening (night skiing offered Wednesdays mid-winter).
Rent equipment on site and take a lesson in classic or skate skiing at a world class facility.
On Wednesdays until the end of February, the Park will be open until 9:00 pm,and trail tickets are only $5!
‘Fat Tire’ biking is now possible at Whistler Olympic Park!
During all normal operating hours, fat tire bikes are permitted on designated trails throughout Whistler Olympic Park, assessed on a daily basis. Check with the Guest Services team for the trails open for the day, as they may differ depending on weather, snow conditions and user compatibility. Access to Fat Tire Biking requires a valid season pass or a cross country day ticket.
Daily Whistler Village Shuttle Bus to Whistler Olympic Park
It operates daily between December 19, 2015 and April 3, 2016, Whistler pick-up is at 9:45am at the Gondola Transit Exchange loop (10:00am in Creekside/in front of Legends hotel), it leaves Whistler Olympic Park at 2:30pm to return to Whistler Village.
Lost Lake Cross Country and Snowshoe Trails
Lost Lake offers 25 km of cross country trails and 15 km of snowshoe and Nordic hiking trails with incredible views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The cross country trails are groomed daily for classic and skate techniques, with four kilometres lit for night skiing.
The cross country ski season typically runs mid-December to the end of March, depending on weather. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with alternative hours on holidays.
Lost Lake Park is located a short walk from the Village, Day Lot 4 and 5 and can be accessed with the free Village Shuttle at the Day Lot 4 drop off.
604-935-PLAY(7529) for daily trail updates and conditions
Cross Country Skiing on the Valley Trail
Update December 15, 2015
The Valley Trail from Meadow Park to Rainbow Park is groomed and trackset for cross country skiing this winter.
Dog owners are welcome to ski, snowshoe or walk the trail. There is no trail fee and the trails are groomed approximately every three days.
North America’s most unique and diverse Nordic Center. Located close to Whistler BC, Ski Callaghan is your perfect cross country skiing get-away. With over 130km to explore by ski or snowshoe, a new snowy adventure awaits every time you visit!
Ski Callaghan offers many activities the entire family can enjoy, including many dog friendly trails, groomed trails for skate skiing and classic XC skiing, wilderness trails for backcountry ski touring access, and beginner to advanced trails for snowshoeing.
Great Vacation Rentals for Whistler Cross Country Skiers…
VRBO (by Owner) chalets, cabins, townhomes & condos. Forget Craigslist or AirBnB and search our network of scam-free Whistler Rentals here.
Skip lift lines and Crowds. Access untouched mountains, untracked powder, and prime BC alpine terrain.
Whistler heli skiing companies have the highest standard of pilots. Professional guides are expertly trained with years of experience.
It’s an exhilarating experience to rival all else – unadulterated skiing and uninterrupted snowboarding down 6000 feet of powder. That’s the way it should be.
Whistler Heli Skiing Video:
Transform your ski holiday into a dream holiday. If you can ski or ride blue runs (intermediate) then you can heli-ski in Whistler! No previous powder experience is necessary. With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing is Whistler’s most popular heli-skiing company.
All tours are led by certified guides.
Group, private and multi-day adventures available.
Tours include lunch, avalanche safety equipment and return ground transportation from Whistler Village.
Available December through April.
Whistler Heli Ski and Heli Boarding Company Reviews:
Coast Range Heli Skiing – read TripAdvisor Reviews
Powder Mountain – TripAdvisor Reviews
Whistler Heli-Skiing – Reviews by TripAdvisor
Private Whistler Vacation Rental Chalets for Your Heli Skiing Trip
A truly Canadian winter pastime, ice skating in Whistler is great winter fun for the entire family.
Glide along to music under sparkling lights at Whistler Olympic Plaza’s outdoor skating rink or head to the Meadow Park Sports Centre arena for indoor ice skating. When winter temperatures drop, experience jaw-dropping views while skating on one of Whistler’s beautiful lakes.
Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Imagine skating outdoors with your family and friends, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the twinkle of festive lights and the Olympic rings.
Each winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, transforms Whistler Olympic Plaza into skating rinks. With room for 150 skaters at a time, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is as intimate as it is spectacular.
Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza usually opens early December, depending on weather & temperatures.
Olympic Plaza may need to close unexpectedly due to weather conditions. For up to date information, (604) 935-PLAY, press 3.
Whistler Ice Skating on Alta or Green Lake
When it’s cold enough, out come the snow shovels to clear a place for ice skating on Alta or Green Lakes in Whistler. Please note, there is no provider in Whistler whereby you can rent skates, so guests will have to use their own and everyone skates at their own risk.
Skating on Whistler’s Green Lake Videos:
Whistler Ice Rink – Skating at Meadow Park Rec Center
If visitors don’t have their own ice skates, there is another option. Whistlers Meadow Park Recreation Centre has public ‘drop-in’ skating times and skate hire. Public skating takes place on most afternoons and some Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings. Skate rentals are available and friendly and courteous employees are on hand to help.
A family-style celebration in Whistler Village, with lively entertainment, games, crafts and activities plus a special Fire & Ice Show and fireworks at midnight (tickets not required).
Ticket holders get six hours of exclusive, family friendly fun
Three different venues, full of lively entertainment, music, outdoor ice skating, games, crafts and activities
Special kids’ early countdowns
Activities and programming for kids ages 3 – 12 with parental supervision
A Youth Dance for ages 13 – 18
Join the fun at three different venues within Whistler Village. Bundle up the kids and explore what each venue has to offer. Venues are open from 6:00 PM until close, tickets required.
Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place): On New Year’s Eve all three levels of the Centre will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and two kids’ countdowns that include a giant bubble wrap and balloon stomp. Expect nothing short of bedazzlement and awe with an explosion of creative arts and crafts, cartoons, face painting, dress-up storytelling and surprises – all in the name of family fun.
Whistler Conference Centre: The Whistler Conference Centre transforms from an indoor play zone to a variety of new and exciting activities, games, and entertainment. The Youth Dance is the place for teenage music lovers to shake it from 8:00 PM until midnight.
Whistler Olympic Plaza Outdoor Lounge: Open from 6:00 PM to Midnight, a great place to relax with the family.
Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink: Flash your ticket for free skate rentals, be dazzled by the twinkle lights and whimsical characters, enjoy a hot beverage and prepare to be entertained on and off the ice.
Where to Buy Whistler New Years Eve Wristbands
December 1 – December 30: Whistler Visitor Centre, Millennium Place and Meadow Park Sports Centre
December 20 – December 30: The Holiday Experience info desk in the Whistler Conference Centre
December 31: Last minute purchases can be made at Whistler Visitor Centre, the kiosk in front of the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Olympic Plaza Skating Rink and Millennium Place.
Free Whistler Events (no wristbands required)
Special NYE Fire and Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza – 11:30 pm to midnight
Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners? Watch Whistler’s best skiers and riders hit a big air jump then fly through a blazing ring of fire
Fireworks at Skier’s Plaza – Starts at midnight
A fireworks display will ring in 2015. The fireworks are best viewed from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Free Transit on New Year’s Eve
There is no need to drive! Take advantage of the free, extended New Year’s Eve transit service from 6 PM until 4 AM, with extra buses from the Village home after midnight. Details Here.
The Hottest New Years Eve Parties & Events in Whistler.
NYE 2016 – Mojo’s Nightclub – Enjoy an amazing array of fun and talent. Get photos of your group, be amazed by the roving magician, or toast with your complimentary champagne before enjoying the scrumptious late night buffet. Remember your New Year’s Eve celebration with Maxx Fish in Whistler as being the best New Year’s Eve of your life!
Masquerade in the Mountains – Garfinkel’s Whistler – Celebrate an amazing 2015 and welcome in the New Year with style. DJ Shrew and DJ Turtle will be whisking up tunes to fill Whistlers biggest and best dance floor with all the Top 40 favourites, remixes, club hits and taking your requests. This event sells out every year, so get them while they’re still hot!
Uncorked! New Year’s Eve 2015 – Maxx Fish – Well known as hosting the best NYE events in Whistler, you don’t want to miss out! Tickets include free champagne, an after midnight buffet, professional photos, amazing live entertainment, and much more! So ring in the New Year at Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve event!
NYE 2016 at Tommy Africa’s – Your ticket to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Whistler’s hottest nightclub, including appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress and join us as we ring in the new year by once again throwing the biggest year-end party anywhere in the village! Local DJs set the stage, along with the Tommy’s GoGo dancers and plenty of surprises.
New Years Eve Dance Party – Buffalo Bills – Ring in the New Year on Whistlers best dance floor. Join us for a night of straight up dance fun with DJ Peacefrog, champagne and glamour. Hors doeuvres will be served between 8 10pm. Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight. Dress to Impress!
“36 hours in Whistler” :: Video compliments of the New York Times
Longhorn Champagne SuperNova – Think gold, glitter, fireworks and bubbles, and thats how the Longhorn Saloon are wrapping up their 2015. There are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne… and you’ll remember every single one as you enjoy a night of style, celebration and laughter. Enjoy a feature champagne bull dog or bottle of Prosecco on the famous Whistler Patio as you watch the festival fireworks erupt at Midnight. Dress to sparkly impress and join us for an unforgettable evening.
Roaring 20’s Party – Firerock Lounge – It’s the Roaring Twenties, the era of Prohibition, and we’re getting wild at the FireRock. Dress up as a flapper or dapper and dance your way in to 2016! Come and enjoy beautifully crafted 1920’s inspired cocktails, an amazing atmosphere… and the stylish side of Whistler. It’s sure to be the hottest party in town!
Ciroc Presents New Year’s 2015 at the GLC – Dance to DJ Kori K and Foxy Moron at the GLC. Tickets are $75 and include two welcome drinks plus a bubbly toast at midnight. The party goes until 3 AM – dress to impress.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Bearfoot Bistro – Celebrate the evening at a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Beafoot Bistro. Tickets are available for $298 per adult and include an exceptional five-course menu created by Executive Chef Melissa Craig, live music, party favours, champagne sabering in the wine cellar and dancing after midnight. Early seatings available for family groups.
Whistler New Year’s Eve Dinner
If you’re wanting a world class, exquisite dinner with your special someone these award winning Whistler Restaurants have New Year’s Eve Menus
Ski Whistler Blackcomb 5 bedroom home with Private Hot Tub for New Year’s week:
Whistler Cay Heights: Gas Fireplace, Walk to Ski Lifts, Nice View, Water Nearby, Balcony, Near Bus, BBQ, Hot Tub, Health Club, Jacuzzi Tub. Please contact us for more information and to book our flexible bed configuration and very accommodating family home. We would love the opportunity to host your family or group. Phone 1-604-932-7674
Whistler Blackcomb is looking forward to the 2015.2016 winter season for many reasons, not the least of which is an upcoming 50th anniversary. The resort has been lauded for advancements in the skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking industries over the years; but this year, Whistler Blackcomb will let the accomplishments speak for themselves.
“Whistler Blackcomb has always been about pushing the envelope,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “We like to be first, to go big, and to surpass guest expectations over and over again. This season we want to showcase what we’ve achieved over the past 50 years while looking forward at what is yet to come.”
50 Years of Going Beyond
Originally opening for skiing in the winter of 1965-66 and founded on the dream of one day hosting the Olympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has been going beyond to leave its mark on the ski and snowboard industry since day one. This will be a celebratory winter season with a number of activations lined up to give Whistler Blackcomb the acknowledgment it deserves for 50 years of striving to be the best, including a 50th anniversary party at the Roundhouse Lodge on December 12 and a 30 minute short film documenting Whistler Blackcomb’s colourful past titled, 50 Years of Going Beyond. To learn more about Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary, please visit whistlerblackcomb.com/50
Newly Renovated Rendezvous Lodge
Guests visiting Blackcomb Mountain this winter season will notice the Rendezvous Lodge has had a bit of a facelift. The Rendezvous Lodge underwent a massive renovation this summer and will open its doors with an increased capacity and improved functionality. The building has a brand new look to complement the new and fresh customizable menu options in the food court, including Japanese ramen bowls and a Thai inspired wok station where flavourful rice or noodle dishes are finished with authentic sauces and garnishes. The Mexican Taqueria will offer made to order burritos, tacos and salads; and the grill is serving up naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers, Ocean Wise salmon sandwiches, as well as a plant-based option.
The New Christine’s on Blackcomb Restaurant
A total revamp of Christine’s restaurant was included in the Rendezvous Lodge renovation this summer, and it has elevated the fine dining experience on Blackcomb Mountain. Christine’s will open for the 2015.2016 winter season with a fresh new look, a new menu and a new chef, coming to Whistler Blackcomb this winter from Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. Steve Ramey, an avid climber, hiker, and snowboarder, is well suited to life in the mountains and will use his culinary prowess to reimagine the menu for Christine’s.
Whistler Blackcomb will be introducing WB+ this winter season, a new online interactive platform connected to the ski resort’s RFID technology introduced last year, giving guests the option to create a personal profile in order to collect stats and data about their days on the mountains. By scanning lift passes at the RFID chairlift access gates located around Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, guests will be able keep track of personal stats including their number of days on the slopes and total vertical ridden. Customized privacy settings will allow users to make their WB+ profiles accessible to friends, family members and work colleagues, allowing groups to create goals and fun challenges throughout the winter.
New Snowmaking on the Horstman Glacier
This winter season, Whistler Blackcomb will conduct a new snowmaking pilot project aimed at preserving the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. The pilot project will involve the testing of four low-energy consumption snowmaking guns in the Horstman Hut area to determine if a full-scale snowmaking system is an option to prevent further recession of the Horstman Glacier. A snowmaking system on the Horstman Glacier could improve the early season access to glacier skiing and snowboarding during the winter and preserve our summer glacier experience for guests to enjoy in the future. If the pilot project is conclusive, this unique project will become a significant addition to Whistler Blackcomb’s list of adaptations to ensure long-term resilience against climate change.
New Whistler Blackcomb Website
Whistler Blackcomb will head into the coming winter season with a brand new website. This is the biggest overhaul whistlerblackcomb.com has ever seen and features a whole new look and feel with some exciting enhancements, including a new booking engine to enhance the guest experience, an improved photo, video and blog section, and a new winter/summer toggle so users can easily flip between seasonal content. The new site is also responsive, making it mobile and tablet friendly.
Rossignol Dynastar Lange (RDL) Rental Boutique
Located in the Blackcomb Daylodge at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the new RDL premium rental boutique offers guests a unique rental experience and exceptional service. The rental boutique offers personalized service from specialists who will guide guests through Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange ski equipment tailored to suit every need. The product offering is diverse and tuned to perfection, including race, powder and backcountry skis, and junior and high-end ski boots that offer support and comfort. The RDL premium rental boutique offers guests the flexibility to try different skis to suit various conditions and terrain.
Smoke Free Whistler Blackcomb
This winter will mark the first smoke-free ski season at Whistler Blackcomb. The smoke-free policy, originally introduced in May 2015, was implemented to preserve the pristine alpine environment for all guests. The policy prohibits smoking anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, valley base areas, parking lots and all Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations, including patios. It is important to note the smoke-free policy does not apply to all of Whistler. Smoking is still permitted in the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in areas that are in compliance with the Municipal Tobacco Control Laws. More information about the RMOW’s smoking policy can be found at www.whistler.ca/services/bylaws-and-regulations.
Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb Partner with Howe Sound Women’s Centre
The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® are back for another season at Whistler Blackcomb and this year have partnered with the Howe Sound Women’s Centre.
“The Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camps presented by GORE-TEX® empower women through sport in a fun and supportive environment. The skills and friendships developed give women the confidence to thrive in all aspects of their lives,”
says Megan Reynolds Executive Director, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society
“In turn, the addition of the silent auction benefiting our women’s programs provides a platform for camp participants to help other women in need, when and where they need it most. We are so grateful to Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb for selecting the Women’s Centre as the partner charity for the camps.”
Whistler will soon host a permanent collection of British Columbia art from early times to the present day in the Audain Art Museum. Particular strengths will be an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, and a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art. Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa have chosen Whistler as the new home for their incredible art collection. The iconic 56,000-square-foot museum will house a unique collection of British Columbia art in the heart of Whistler Village, and will be a pillar of the cultural tourism experience in Whistler, British Columbia and beyond. The Audain Art Museum is expected to open early 2016.
Bar Oso and the Cellar
Toptable Group, owner of Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant + Bar, has announced the opening of a new venue in Whistler Village. Bar Oso and The Cellar a dual concept venue under one roof will open in Fall 2015.
Bar Oso being on the Village Stroll level and The Cellar being located on the lower level. Bar Oso, located on the Village Stroll level – ‘oso’ meaning ‘bear’ in Spanish – will offer a profusion of Spanish-influenced tapas, sharing and small plates whereas The Cellar, located on the lower level – will offer a unique and exciting setting for meetings and events. The Cellar will feature an impressive wine wall and show kitchen for interactive chef demonstrations. Bar Oso and The Cellar will be overseen by Araxi restaurant director Neil Henderson along with Chef James Walt.
Basalt Wine & Salumeria
Basalt is a new restaurant located in the Crystal Lodge buildings, along the Village Stroll in the centre of Whistler Village. This new eatery features European-style offerings of cured meats and cheeses, an international selection of wines, and a gourmet, artisanal plated menu. The space, designed by the acclaimed design team at Ste. Marie Art & Design, contains 65 seats inside and a 40 seat four-season patio complete with a fire pit.
Whistler’s Latest Luxury Experiences
Take a moment and imagine yourself being whisked away in a helicopter to indulge in Arctic-like experiences just a few minutes from Whistler. Head-Line Mountain Holidays is Whistler’s latest luxury adventure and wilderness experiences provider who can make all your wildest dreams come true. Guests can enjoy half day to multi-day expeditions on the Pemberton Ice Cap where they can experience an exhilarating helicopter or ground based snowmobile adventures, explore natural and awe-inspiring ice caves, pamper themselves with spa packages at a natural hot spring, or delight in a gourmet meal complete with an overnight stay in a snow hotel. Customized special events and private experiences for groups as small as two are also available. Guests can build on activity ideas such as sled skiing/boarding, speed flying, mountain bonfire, wilderness yoga, hot springs, ice caves, heli-tobogganing, heli-rafting, paired with an exceptional six-course meal in the heart of an ice cave enveloped in live music and winter glamping with guides, naturalists, chefs and indigenous story telling.
Crystal Lodge Traditional Room Renovations
Other than the breathtaking mountain and village views, the remodeled Traditional guestrooms now have sophisticated bathrooms with deep soaker tubs, LED lighting with large mirrors, and contemporary vanities to ensure it is easy to get ready before heading out for the day. The main bedding area has been enhanced with sound proof windows, efficient and modern heating and air conditioning systems, a new colour palate, soft furnishings, and décor. Today’s traveler can now stay connected with ease as there are alarm clock data ports on the bedside tables making re-charging extremely convenient and combined with the complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, it is easier than ever to stay connected while in the comfort of your hotel room.