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
5 Things to do in Whistler on a Budget

5 Things to do in Whistler on a Budget

Seasons pass $1999, new skis/board $300+, rent per month $500+, apres fund per week $50+ = Whistler is expensive.Gibbons has been part of the Whistler community for over 30 years and so we thought we’d share a few of the activities that the locals love that won’t break the bank.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
What tickets to grab ASAP for the Whistler Film Festival

What tickets to grab ASAP for the Whistler Film Festival

From December 3rd to 7th, 2014, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will celebrate its 14th edition as one of Canada's leading festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry initiatives.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Growing a Community – One Bloody Shower Scene at a Time

Growing a Community – One Bloody Shower Scene at a Time

There are two ways to solve any problem. You can throw money at it or you can get creative. Heavy Hitting HorrorFest is all about the second option - Whistler Filmmaker Feet Baks.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
Why We Love Scary Stuff

Why We Love Scary Stuff

An attacker comes at you in your own home, instead of going out the front door you choose to run upstairs and secure yourself in a bathroom with a lock that a small child could break. Before you know it a knife (if you're in the city), axe (if you're in the country), or smoke (if you're in a vamp movie) comes through the door. Why do we love watching scary movies? What is it about Halloween that gets our juices going?

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler
K9 Wine and Dine: Puppy Love This Weekend in Whistler

K9 Wine and Dine: Puppy Love This Weekend in Whistler

A black tie event for your pooch? That's what's happening at the Westin Hotel this weekend as they host the 12th K9 Wine and Dine event in support of Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), our local animal shelter.

POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler