Gran fondo means big ride in Italian, and that’s certainly what it is. It’s a 122-kilometre ride from Vancouver up the stunning Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler that’s happening this Saturday, Sept 6.
The bartenders at the Longhorn at the base of Whistler Mountain make thousands of “Bulldogs” each year – recently we had a request by a UK based visitor wanting to know how he could make this legendary concoction home. He wanted to take the taste of his summer adventure in Whistler home, so we decided to send him this video to show him just how it’s done.
When our CEO, Joey Gibbons, was one he lost his Grandpa to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Known as “Superdad” it was a huge blow to the family to loose such a treasured man, and frustrating because there was nothing they could do – unfortunately there still isn’t. ALS is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face. The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.
Watch how the whole Gibbons team – Longhorns, Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s, Garfinkel’s and FireRock Lounge got nominated – it’s on Whistler, they’ve got 24 hours!
Next week the GROW conference will bring some of the world’s brightest technology entrepreneurs and investors to Whistler.
Around 800 people are attending the event, which has been held for four years in Vancouver but this year is travelling up the Sea to Sky to our fair mountain town giving local businesses a chance to mingle with the tech heads from companies like Yahoo, Misfit Wearables, Under Armour, Google Glass and SmartThings.
Gibbons Life is a proud sponsor of Crankworx. We love to see the legends, rising stars, industry innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders gathering in Whistler for a 10-day wheel fueled spectacle.
We had the honor of touching base with two local riders before they start the festivities, check out what they’re up to as Crankworx rolls into town…
With alpine vistas, a surplus of meeting space and close connections to Vancouver, Whistler is following the lead set out by ski resorts such as Banff and Aspen and courting the conference crowd—a much sought-after tourist segment known to book early and spend lots of money. This month, Grow—a technology investment conference with some 1,100 attendees—became the latest to make the trek up the Sea-to-Sky highway, relocating from Vancouver after four years.
When Whistler’s streets are full of brightly, and tightly, clad people who look oddly serene as the rest of us dash around it can mean only one thing – the Wanderlust Festival has rolled into town.
Last summer, Liam Peyton wanted a challenge and Joey Gibbons was determined to find it for him. In June 2013 Peyton became event manager at Gibbons Life, a new, non-profit offshoot of the Gibbons Hospitality Group, and in just three months he channeled his passion for great beer and our mountains into the inaugural sell-out Whistler Beer Festival.
OKAY, SO MAYBE you don’t have two months off school – or even two weeks off work – this summer. You can still make the weekends count by getting out of town and taking in a few annual festivals.
On Saturday, July 12 the Whistler Wildcats played their second game of the summer against the Coastal Cougars from North Vancouver at Whistler Secondary School in Alpine. With temperatures in the mid thirties the game started fast and furious with both teams giving little away. The Wildcats were out a few players due to injuries and it showed with some of the pacier Cougars finding gaps…
We love good food and drink here at Gibbons Life, but most of all we love passion. We recognize that passion is what sets people and businesses apart, and we want to support those who strive for excellence in their field. Our friends at the FireRock Lounge told us about a summer dinner series that piqued our interest and so we checked in with Whistler’s Grill and Vine restaurant to find out more.
On July 11, 2014 Whistler is welcoming spiritual director, Lama Marut, to its beautiful public library. His talk entitled I Am Because You Are: Personal Identity Within Community calls for a revolution in the way we look at our lives, suggesting that through selflessness we’ll find a much greater reward than unbridled egoism.