Upcoming Events, Articles, and News at Whistler
Whistler has had it first snow fall of the season with freezing levels now in the 1600 meter area the potential for further snow fall is increasing. Don't wait until the last minute to book your favorite Whistler rental by owner.
From Owner Direct Blog: Ski Season is Here!
Enjoy it in a Ski Condo….
Now is a great time to book a ski vacation! The resorts are opening and there is lots of snow in the forecast for this winter. A variety of rental accommodations is available for you to enjoy after a day of skiing, tubing, skating or tobogganing. Take your family or friends, and enjoy relaxing in front of a cozy fire or soaking your muscles in a hot tub. Owner Direct can help you find the right cabin or condo for your needs. Here are some tips for some of our favourite resorts.
Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort
Rated one of the top ski resorts in North America, Whistler-Blackcomb should be on every skier’s list to experience at least once. Vacations can be expensive and we all like a deal so here are few tips on how to save:
Purchase an Edge Card (available only to Canadians and residents of Washington State). These are preloaded passes available for 1, 3, 5 or 10 days of skiing during the 2012-13 season (with no blackout periods) at discounted prices.
Alternatively pre-purchase your ski passes and save. Savings depend on the length of the ski pass and when you are skiing. For instance, purchase an 8 day ski pass good until December 14th and you would save 27% off the regular price.
Kids under 6 ski free!
Whistler Annual Events & Festivals
TELUS Winter Classic (January)
The TELUS Winter Classic is Whistler Blackcomb Foundation's legendary fundraising event of the season. Partake in a fun-filled weekend of wine, beer and spirit tastings, gourmet food, ski events and Mountain Top Gala.
WinterPRIDE Festival (February)
Don’t miss one of the biggest and best gay ski weeks in the world! The celebration features a full slate of events including snowmobiling adventures, wine tastings, a pool party, snowball dance, fantastic skiing and snowboarding and everything in-between.
Jose Cuervo Peak to Valley Race (February)
The Peak to Valley is a long standing and unique team race on Whistler Mountain. Mixed teams of four race from the Whistler Saddle in Whistler Mountain's high alpine to an exciting finish at Dusty's in Whistler Creekside.
16th Annual SHOWCASE Showdown (March)
The longest running Canadian Snowboard competition brings it back to Whistler Village this year with a Slopestyle event not to be missed.
Haywood Ski Nationals (March)
The Haywood Ski Nationals are the preeminent cross country ski event on the National calendar. The event attracts the best age group skiers from across Canada and includes approximately 500 skiers competing in up to five competitions over an eight day period.
World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April)
Don't miss this legendary spring festival celebrating Whistler's mountain culture. Experience 10 days and 10 nights of winter sports, music and the arts.
Whistler Cup (April)
Whistler Cup has grown to become the largest and most important ski race in North America, and internationally, for athletes aged 11 to 14 years.
The North Face Whistler Half Marathon (June)
The annual Whistler Half Marathon race takes place on a 21.1 kilometre course that includes Whistler’s main Village.
Crankworx Whistler (August)
In less than a decade, Crankworx Whistler has become the authoritative free ride festival. A supercharged magnet for the world's best riders and the definitive domestication of dirt in the service of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and gravity-fuelled mountain biking.
Ironman Canada - Whistler (August) NEW
One of the toughest triathlons in the world is coming to town. Whistler will host IRONMAN Canada this summer with the race course incorporating its beautiful lakes, mountain roads and the Valley Trail network.
Bull's-Eye Canadian National BBQ Championships (August)
From local legends to world champions, the BBQ Championships pit the best of the best against each other in heated BBQ competitions at Dusty's Bar & BBQ in Whistler Creekside. Come see the pros in action, ride the mechanical bull, sample some of the best BBQ you will ever eat and enjoy free performances throughout the weekend.
RBC GranFondo Whistler (September)
Ride this epic 122 km route from downtown Vancouver, up the Sea to Sky Highway, and to a hero's welcome in Whistler.
Whistler Readers and Writers Festival (October)
The legendary Whistler Readers and Writers Festival returns in October to celebrate the art of storytelling with an all-star lineup of guest authors and top tier events that promise to make this year’s festival the best yet.
Cornucopia, presented by North Shore Credit Union (November)
“Cornucopia” - an abundant, overflowing supply. True to its name, Cornucopia is the fall festival for the indulgent and the connoisseur. The festival celebrates local chefs and regional wines for every type of bon vivant.
Whistler Film Festival (November - December)
The Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 12th edition as one of Canada's leading festivals, attracting more than 10,000 attendees and 500 industry insiders.
Official Travel Site of the Canadian Tourism Commission:
Just two hours north of Vancouver, along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, you'll discover the year-round, world-class resort -Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler, BC is a safe, secure, family spot. It is internationally recognized as the Number 1 ski destination resort in North America.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains have over 7,000 acres of skiing terrain and one of the most advanced high-speed lift systems in the world to get you on the slopes faster and easier. Ski in or ski out to your private accommodation located right on the mountain and enjoy the sunset after a beautiful Whistler day.
Whistler has hundreds of outdoor activities and festivals. Golfing with unbeatable rates, extreme mountain biking, gentle canoeing, energetic hiking, or just a pleasant stroll through Whistler's quaint European style village. Whistler is the most cosmopolitan mountain resort town you'll ever visit. Tour the art galleries, designer boutiques, or just spend the day at one of Whistler's luxurious spas. Closer than you think and better than you dreamed. See you in Whistler, British Columbia!
Tourism Whistler's Media Room:
2011: With four "best overall" wins and eighteen No.1 "category" wins, Whistler Blackcomb cements its position as the consistently ranked No. 1 mountain resort in North America.
FREESKIER - "The Best"
Onthesnow.com – No. 1 Favourite North American Resort 2011
Australia's Luxury Travel Magazine – No. 1 Overseas Ski Resort 2011
Findthebest.com – Best Ski Resort in the World
Other best accolades over the years include:
Forbes.com – World's Best Ski Resorts
Yahoo.com – Top Five Ski Vacations in the World
Powderhounds.com – Top Overall Resorts
About.com – Top Ski Resorts
The Independent – 50 Best Ski Resorts
Virgin Holidays Responsible tourism Award - Highly commended
2012 Canada’s greenest employer award