WHISTLER, BC April 28, 2014 - With the changing of the seasons Whistler Blackcomb unveils new and exciting additions to its summer programs for 2014. From bike and ski camps to get the kids outside, to educational photography and sustainability tours on the mountain, to new festivals and events, summer at Whistler Blackcomb is packed full of activity and adventure.
“Summer is always an exciting time at Whistler Blackcomb. This year we will be launching new experiences and updating our favorites so every guest, young or old, adventurer or sightseer, can enjoy the beauty of Whistler in the summer,” says Rob McSkimming, Whistler Blackcomb’s Vice President of Business Development. “We are thrilled to support the brand new GO Fest this Victoria Day May Long Weekend celebrating the amazing transition season in Whistler. At the same time we will see the Whistler Mountain Bike Park open, followed by our awesome PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience.”
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens Friday, May 16 and Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience for sightseeing is Saturday, May 24.
PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience
Endless views, over 50 kilometers of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails and a world-record breaking engineering marvel create only a part of Whistler Blackcomb’s epic PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience. A must-do in Whistler in the summer, the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience is a memorable activity which is customizable for all ages and physical abilities. The experience includes open air chairlifts and gondolas including the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola which transports guests between two mountains to access alpine trails and spectacular views. Last summer, Whistler Blackcomb added the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery on Whistler which gives guests a birds-eye view of the gondola’s record-breaking engineering and technology as well as the Samsung Alpine Theatre in the Roundhouse Lodge. The Samsung Alpine Theatre provides guests with a chance to rest their tired legs or have a snack while enjoying educational videos on Whistler Blackcomb and the surrounding area. The PEAK 2 PEAK opens for sightseeing on May 24.
Here is a taste of what is happening this summer at Whistler Blackcomb:
GO Fest – Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, May 16-19, 2014 A new festival has been added to the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s already exciting summer line-up. GO Fest was created to celebrate the unique time of year in Whistler when people can choose their own adventure, whether it be winter or summer themed pursuits. GO Fest includes three days of epic sporting challenges involving skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, river rafting, a slush cup, the Alpenglow Run and more! GO Fest will also welcome the return of the Great Snow-Earth-Water Race, last held in Whistler more than 20 years ago, as the anchor event to celebrate the great outdoors. The race is a six person, multi-stage relay event including ski/snowboard touring, downhill skiing/snowboarding, downhill biking, running, canoeing, and cross-country biking. The festival will also feature free outdoor concerts from Juno Award winners The Sheepdogs, The Boom Booms, and legendary Whistler favorites, She Stole My Beer. More information on GO Fest can be found at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.
Educational Mountain Tours
Whistler Blackcomb will be offering two new educational tours this summer spearheaded by Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager, Arthur DeJong. The “Twilight Photography” tour will take guests to the most iconic places on Whistler Blackcomb by truck where they will learn how to capture the magic of the area by some of Whistler’s top photographers. For guests looking to get behind the scenes to learn about the ecosystems and environment programs at Whistler Blackcomb, the “Backstage Pass – Sustainability Defined” tour will take guests by truck to explore Whistler Blackcomb’s sustainable operations.
For years Whistler Blackcomb has played host to numerous summer ski and snowboard camps on the Horstman Glacier, and this year for the first time ever the Whistler Snow School will host its very own summer camps for skiers ages 8-14. Coached by Whistler Blackcomb’s professional instructors, there will be two different camp sessions both including five-days of on snow instruction, lunches and lift tickets. The first camp will run from June 30 – July 4 and will focus on freestyle skiing in the terrain park while the second camp, from July 7-11 will focus on ski racing. Glacier skiing will be open to the public from June 21 – July 27.
DFX Adventure Camps
New this summer, Whistler Blackcomb’s DFX Bike Camps will offer two, week long (five day) Adventure Camps for mountain bikers ages 6 – 12. Camps include three days of cross-country mountain biking and two days of downhill biking in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The camp will develop the rider’s fundamental biking skills in a fun and exciting group setting. For more information visit: http://bike.whistlerblackcomb.com/camps-lessons/lessons/dfx-adventure-camp.aspx
Mountain Top BBQ
A longtime favorite, and memorable mountain top dining experience, returns this summer with twice as many seatings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 27 – August 31. After a relaxing ride up the Whistler Village Gondola, guests can experience the beauty of Whistler’s alpine at dusk and dine on a gourmet BBQ buffet created by Whistler Blackcomb’s own chefs up at the Roundhouse Lodge. Live music and endless views add to this incredible experience suited for the whole family. For full menus visit: www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/on-mountain-dining/summer-mountain-top-dining
On two special evenings this summer, Steeps Grill & Wine Bar hosts the ever popular Winemaker Dinners from its stunning location at 6,000ft on Whistler Mountain. A ride up the Whistler Village Gondola brings guests to a five course gourmet meal paired with a selection of fine wines from different British Columbian vineyards, all accompanied by a wealth of knowledge from a vineyard representative.
Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages or call 1-888-403-4727.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,174 centimetres (462 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
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