Backcountry Snowpack Summary – Dec 2014

Backcountry Snowpack Summary – Dec 2014

It’s been an interesting start to the season in Whistler, to say the least. Here is a crash course on what’s been going on in the area around Whistler Blackcomb, here in the West Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

POSTED BY · Wayne Flann
Coldsmoke Film Tour Brings Winter to Whistler

Coldsmoke Film Tour Brings Winter to Whistler

Now in its 10th year, the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour has become a time honored tradition in the winter culture and it's coming to Whistler this Saturday, December 20 at Millennium Place.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Going Up Whistler Mountain

Going Up Whistler Mountain

Stepping into the sun on Whistler Mountain gave me the biggest goofy grin. Snow carpeted everything. When looking up from town I could only see one section of the mountain range. From up here the endless peaks looked like sharp white teeth in a dark forest jawline - I felt the immensity of where I was.

POSTED BY · Harry Patchett
New Waterfront Beer Festival Will Quench Your Thirst in Kelowna

New Waterfront Beer Festival Will Quench Your Thirst in Kelowna

Fabulous news for beer lovers in the Okanagan as a new festival is in the works for Kelowna. Planning is underway for the Great Okanagan Beer Festival, the ‘little sibling’ to the extremely successful Whistler Village Beer Festival. If all goes according to plan, the event will take place from May 7th to 9th at Waterfront Park.

POSTED BY · Festival Events Team
The Legendary Chairlift Revue is Back and Festive

The Legendary Chairlift Revue is Back and Festive

The legendary Chairlift Revue will return for a holiday-inspired edition on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19 at Millennium Place. Chairlift Revues are a long-standing tradition in Whistler, with the first performances starting in the mid-80’s. It's clear why this production has become a Whistler legacy - it's a way for snow-loving folk to celebrate the shared experiences of conversations and encounters that take place on the lifts. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chairlift Revue they are...

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Touring Huts: Awakening the Yeti

Touring Huts: Awakening the Yeti

My friend Josh started a conversation about ski touring and the huts that had been built over the last 50 years in back country valleys around this area. He’d been to one last winter and wanted to confirm it was still in action – I was game for the adventure.

POSTED BY · Harry Patchett
Are You Mountain Safe?

Are You Mountain Safe?

These mountains are amazing; a vast playground, vaults of unforgettable memories forged with friends in blankets of magical snow. As much as they can give you however, they can take away. Whistler, and the ski community across the world, lose people every year to untimely accidents involving the very matter that gives us so much joy - snow.The very thing the 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — instantly became the enemy. Somewhere above, a pristine meadow cracked in the shape of a lightning bolt, slicing a slab nearly 200 feet across and 3 feet deep. Gravity did the rest. Excerpt taken from the New York Times' Snow Fall article by John Branch.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Learning to Fall With Whistler Bungee

Learning to Fall With Whistler Bungee

I was bungee jumping straight after work and I’d decided the night before that I wanted to be hung over for it. When you’re a little ill it’s like there is a bubble wrap on everything around you - I become more nonchalant about impending acts of adrenaline like jumping off a bridge. But still I was prepared to be scared, this was my first bungee jump and ‘friends’ seemed to enjoy messing with my head.

POSTED BY · Harry Patchett
Snowmaking and Climate Change

Snowmaking and Climate Change

Climate change has had a significant impact on winter resorts on both a regional and global level. Just look at the altitudinal-dependent natural snow line: it has become more difficult for winter resorts to reliably set scheduled openings, not to mention the challenges of ensuring that there is enough snow coverage all the way to the valley floor. These issues have a significant impact on the people who live in resort towns, on visitors and tourism, and, ultimately, on the bottom line, affecting the resorts’ financial vitality.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Whistler Through Instagram – The Realities

Whistler Through Instagram – The Realities

On the Tourism Whistler website I’d stare at their backdrop photo. The mountain runs looked like a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with mint chocolate sauce dripping down the slopes. It looked so tasty.Before coming to Whistler I scrolled Instagram daily on #whistler. The pictures revealed secret spots, action sports and the tourist traps to avoid. It also showed me what my age bracket are up to and where I should get my first drink...

POSTED BY · Harry Patchett