SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB WITH ACTIVITES FROM THE VALLEY TO THE HIGH ALPINE

Alpine Hiking, Running & Interpretive Trails

WHISTLER, BC June 24, 2014 – Summer officially kicked off this weekend and to celebrate Whistler Blackcomb has brought its full lineup of summer activities out of hibernation. The longest day of the year on Saturday marked the end of the shoulder season in Whistler and the beginning of summer operations at Whistler Blackcomb.   

“We are very fortunate to have had a warmer and drier than average spring this year,” says Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Manager, Doug MacFarlane. “The PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience, and our vast network of alpine hiking, running and walking trails are a huge draw for our guests in the summer. We currently have Matthew’s and Pika’s Traverse open, and thanks to this great weather we should be able to get more trails open very soon.”

Here is the rundown of what guests can experience at Whistler Blackcomb as summer continues:

Skiing and Snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain’s Horstman Glacier

Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, July 27 - The sun is out, and skiers and snowboarders are back on the snow to work on their terrain park, mogul skiing and racing skills. The Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain is now open from 12-3pm daily with public upload beginning at 11am at the Wizard Express Chair in the Upper Village.  The Glacier provides two t-bars with terrain park features for advanced and expert skiers and riders. Public ski lane space is also available next to private summer camp areas.  Every summer the Horstman Glacier sees the skis and boards of some of the best athletes in the world, perfecting their tricks in the soft summer snow.

Alpine Hiking and Sightseeing on Blackcomb

Guests now have the option to access the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience via open air chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain. The journey begins in the Upper Village where the Wizard Express Chair carries guests up to the Solar Coaster Express and eventually to the Rendezvous Lodge.  From there, the adventure continues either across the valley on the PEAK 2 PEAK to Whistler, or by bus down the road to the 7th Heaven Chair.  The 7th Heaven Chair is a unique ride that drops guests off at the Horstman Hut overlooking the Horstman Glacier teeming with skiers and snowboarders.  The BBQ will be hot on the Horstman Hut patio, a great spot to sit down for lunch in the sun with 360 degree views of the spectacular surroundings. The 7th Heaven Chair will be open until 3pm daily until July 27. Blackcomb is also home to six alpine trails for hiking, walking and running, which will open as the snow continues to melt in the alpine.

Peak Express Hiking and Sightseeing

Saturday, June 28 – Whistler Mountain’s high alpine will become even more accessible when the Peak Express Chairlift opens to hikers, sightseers and downhill mountain bikers on June 28. Guests can enjoy the open air lift to 2,182 meters above sea level and take in 360 degree views of the Coast Mountain Range and the Whistler Valley. Once the alpine snow melts, hiking trails are easily accessible from this point as well as the Top of the World Downhill Bike Trail for those guests looking for an adrenaline rush.

PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery and Samsung Alpine Theatre

Between exploring hiking and walking trails on both Whistler and Blackcomb, guests can enhance their PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience with a stop at the PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery and Samsung Alpine Theatre. The PEAK 2 PEAK Viewing Gallery in the Whistler Terminal gives guests a birds-eye view of the gondola’s record-breaking engineering and technology and provides mind blowing information on the massive structure.  Inside the Roundhouse Lodge, the Samsung Alpine Theatre gives the perfect introduction to Whistler Blackcomb by playing 15 minute screenings of visually stunning videos that touch on Whistler Blackcomb’s history and the PEAK 2 PEAK, and allows for a glimpse of the expansive alpine environment at Whistler Blackcomb before guests step outside to enjoy it firsthand.

Mountain Top BBQ on Whistler Mountain

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evening - A longtime favorite and a memorable mountain top dining experience has returned to Whistler Mountain this summer. 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. Menu themes for each day of the BBQ series are:

  • Friday: Whole Hog Fridays – Featuring slow roasted pork on the rotisserie over hot coals and all the fixings.
  • Saturday: Slow Roasted Prime BBQ – Featuring slow cooked prime rib and slow-smoked BBQ.
  • Sunday: Pacific Seafood Grill – Featuring West Coast seafood and a great selection of local favorites and sweet treats.

Fine Dining in the Alpine

On June 29, Christine’s Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain will open its doors to guests looking for a fine dining experience in a stunning alpine setting. Inside the cozy restaurant, or on the sunny patio, Christine’s features fresh ingredients from local farms as well as an extensive wine list with local and international wines. Whether enjoying a day hiking, or taking in the sights on the PEAK 2 PEAK, Christine’s offers a memorable alpine dining experience daily.

On two special evenings this summer, Steeps Grill & Wine Bar will host 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.  The first dinner will take place on July 26, featuring See Ya Later Ranch Winery with winemaker Dave Carson.  At the second dinner on August 16, Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate will be featured along with winemaker Brooke Blair. 

Whistler Farmer’s Market

Sundays, Wednesdays starting July 2 – Stroll over to the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain to explore the Whistler Farmer’s Market every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. On Sundays the market runs until October 12 and is open from 11am-4pm, featuring a variety of locally grown produce, tasty artisan foods, local artists, musicians, face painting and more. The Wednesday afternoon market begins on July 2 and will operate weekly from 3pm – 7pm until August 27.

Family Adventure Zone, presented by Nintendo

Open daily until September 1 (weather permitting) – The bustling Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is entertaining for the whole family with a visit to the Family Adventure Zone. Open daily until September 1, the Adventure Zone is packed with fun-filled activities guaranteed to keep everyone smiling. Activities include:

  • Westcoaster Slide
  • Mario and Friends Mini Golf
  • Kiss the Sky Bungy Trampoline
  • Spin Cycle Human Gyroscope
  • Hot Wheelz Electric Go Carts
  • Rope Zone
  • Spider Web
  • Batter Up Batting Cage!
  • Balloon Slide & Bouncy Castle
  • Amazing Maze
  • Freefall Trapezy
  • Glitter Tattoos

Summer Event Highlights

Phat Wednesdays, presented by Kokanee – Wednesday nights until August 27

Downhill mountain bikers put their skills to the test in this legendary weekly race series in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Each race is capped off with an epic après at the Garibaldi Lift Company and tons of prizing. 

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra July 1 – 5

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to Whistler to play a series of public performances from July 1 – July 4 at Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village. All events are free and family friendly with exceptional classical music being performed in front of a stunning mountain backdrop.

Wanderlust Whistler – July 31- August 4

Wanderlust returns to Whistler for the third year in a row bringing yogis from around the globe to practice yoga, dance and dine on organic delicacies. The event brings together yoga participants from around North America, the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and more.

Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships – August 1 – 3

Grill masters from across North America gather at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Creekside during the Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships, the highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s competitive BBQ circuit. The weekend is a BBQ lover’s dream with all-you-can-eat dinners, BBQ samples and buffets, a $1 pancake breakfast and live music to set the mood.

Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival  - August 8 -17

Crankworx Whistler returns for 10 days of non-stop, adrenaline pumping mountain bike action. Watch the best bike athletes in the world take their bikes off huge jumps, fly through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and huck mind blowing tricks. To add to the excitement, the festival also features an outdoor expo, demos, live music and endless parties and events.

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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Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Media Notes:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial use, downloadable at the following link: http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media/photos/photos.asp.

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