What’s New in Whistler

There is always something on the go in town. Learn more about what's new and exciting in the resort.

Ziptrek to Open Longest Line in Canada and US - The Sasquatch™

March 25, 2015: Ziptrek Ecotours will launch a ground-breaking, cutting edge zipline this summer in Whistler.

Set to run a mind-blowing distance of over 2 kilometers (7000 ft), the zipline will fly guests from a launch high up on Blackcomb Mountain to a mid-mountain landing on Whistler Mountain, making it the longest zipline in the US and Canada. People will be able to zip side-by-side on the new dual line at heights of over 180 m (600 ft) in places.

The new line will follow a similar path to the Guinness World Record holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. The new line is currently scheduled to open in mid-July, 2015.

Ziptrek Ecotours is one of two companies offering ziplining in Whistler. Ziplining is available year-round, just one of Whistler's award-winning activities and things to do.

About the Museum

The Audain Art Museum will open November 21, 2015. This museum, located on Blackcomb Way steps from the Village, will house a portion of the extensive art collection of Michael Audain, a home builder based in Vancouver.

Artworks at the Audain Art Museum

The Museum will contain a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.

The collection will include The Crazy Stair, a painting by Emily Carr which recently sold at auction for a record breaking $3.3 million. This price was the highest ever paid for an Emily Carr at auction, the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work at an art auction in Canada.

In addition to the works from British Columbia the Museum will also accommodate temporary exhibitions from leading museums around the world, creating an ever-changing display to delight locals and visitors alike.

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in 2015 Edition of the Guinness World Records Book

February 19, 2015: Guinness Records has recognized the iconic PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in the 2015 edition of their popular book. The gondola was recognized as holder of two records:

  • Highest cable car above ground
  • Longest unsupported span between two cable car towers

Since its opening in 2008, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola has inspired guests from across the globe to glide 436 metres above Whistler’s valley floor, suspended between two towers at the record breaking distance of 3.024 km apart.

Summer and winter the lift transports people between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in only 11 minutes, enabling guests of all ages and levels of mobility to access a unique alpine experience.

Over 2 million people have visited to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola since its opening in 2008, for sightseeing and hiking visits. In winter skiers and snowboarders can ride the lift as many times as they wish during the day to access terrain on either mountain.

SKI Magazine readers rank Whistler Blackcomb number one in North America

September 18, 2014: Whistler resort is on top of the world, with Whistler and Blackcomb mountains reclaiming the number one spot in the annual SKI Magazine readers’ survey.

The annual survey of more than 20,000 magazine readers reviews the top 50 resorts in North America, examining nearly every aspect of the mountains. Those readers of SKI Magazine have ranked Whistler as the number one overall ski destination in North America for the second time in three years.

Whistler Blackcomb, in addition to being named number one in North America, also earned top spot in the terrain/variety category and additional kudos in the categories of lifts, on-mountain food, terrain parks and terrain challenge.

Off the slopes Whistler resort was given top spot in categories of après ski and off-hill activities as well as additional recognition in lodging, dining, scenery, service, kid-friendly, sustainability, character and overall satisfaction categories.

Thanks to everyone who put Whistler first, it's a great honour. We hope to see you here this winter!

New RFID Access at Whistler Blackcomb

Starting winter 2014/15 visitors to Whistler Blackcomb this year will be using exciting new technology to access the mountains. Season Pass, EDGE Cards and lift tickets will all be loaded onto new RFID Access Cards. The new Access Cards will work to automatically open the lift access control gates that will be installed at all lifts and gondolas.

RFID Access - Frequently Asked Questions

What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Device, a small circuit that can store the information about your lift ticket, Season Pass or EDGE Card. This tiny circuit is integrated into a plastic, wallet sized card – your new Access Card.

What’s so special about these cards?

The new cards will allow entry to all the lifts and gondolas on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains via the newly installed Access Gates. You don’t have to pull the Access Card out of your pocket to be scanned – the RFID circuit in your card will register with the gates, and they will open automatically. Like magic! The cards can be reloaded and reused season after season, and used with Resort Charge to buy things on the mountain as well.

What do the cards look like?

The cards look very similar to the current Seasons Pass and Edge cards – similar in size and shape to a credit card, with your photograph on the front. The main difference is the technology inside the card - the RFID chip, and the antenna it uses to ‘talk’ to the gates.

Where do I keep my card?

This is important! All the RFID scanners will be located on the left hand side as you approach the lift, so it is important you keep the card in a pocket on the left side of your body. Given the height of the scanners, a jacket pocket is the ideal place to put a card. Be sure to keep your cell phone, music players and other items in a separate pocket away from the card, as they could interfere with the signal.

Can I carry multiple cards through the gate, like my kids card?

No, because the cards may not work properly. Each member of your family should carry their own card, secured in their jacket on the left hand side.

If I buy a sightseeing only ticket for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Alpine Experience, will I need a new RFID card?

No. The tickets for the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience will remain as printed paper tickets for the time being.

What do I do if I lose my Ticket, EDGE Card or Season Pass?

Let Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services know immediately. They will deactivate your old card and reissue you a new card or pass ($5 replacement fee applies).

Does this mean I’ll need to get a new Season’s Pass or EDGE Card?

Due to the integration of the new RFID technology, all current cards will need to be replaced. If you have already prepurchased a card in spring, a new one will be mailed to you in the fall.


New Cabins on the Whistler Village Gondola

Whistler Blackcomb continues to develop its lift and gondola system into the 2014/15 season with a $12 million investment aimed at improving the customer experience.

Having uploaded many a happy Whistler-goer for 26 years, the Whistler Village Gondola is getting an upgrade in the form of brand new, "Diamond" level cabins that seat eight passengers each.

Storing skis and snowboards on the outside these cabins will provide more space on the inside whilst offering more comfortable seating and a smoother ride overall. Additional cabins mean that the upload efficiency and capacity will increase.


Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Reciprocal Pass Agreement

In the winter season of 2014/15, Season Passholders at Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Resort will be able to receive a discount of 50 % off the window ticket rate at each of the resorts.

The offer applies to 2014.15 Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Season Passholders, including Whistler Blackcomb Spirit Passholders, and 2014.15 Sun Peaks Alpine Season Passholders. For Whistler Blackcomb Passholders, this offer excludes Midweek, 15-Day, Student, Graduate, and Spring Passholders.

A 50 % discount will be applied to the current Window Ticket rate at the time of purchase and the Season Passholder must show valid photo identification along with their 2014.15 Season Pass for their respective resort partner.

We look forward to welcoming Sun Peaks Resort passholders to Whistler this winter!

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