Creekside Gondola Opening for Bike Park Access August 7, 2015
August 2015: A brand new chapter is about to begin for the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park, with bikes able to upload on the Creekside Gondola from August 7, 2015.
Intermediate and Advanced riders will be able to upload to Raven’s Nest and enter the Garbanzo Zone trails from there. Riders will be able to download on the Creekside Gondola or ride out to Creekside on the new Expert level route called Dusty’s Downhill, which descends Franz’s ski trail and the existing fire road network on the south side of Whistler Mountain. A second trail - existing singletrack valley classic “BC’s Trail” (Black Diamond) will also be accessible via the fire road.
The lift will operate from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily, open 7 days per week until September 7th (weather permitting) when it will switch to weekends only until September 20th. Trails inside the boundary will be inspected and swept by Bike Patrol daily. Access will be limited to bike park riders only - sightseeing visitors will continue to upload in Whistler Village.
Tickets and passes will be available from CANSKI Creekside as well as bike repairs, limited rentals and soft goods for sale. Riders can also take advantage of the ample free parking, patios and shops in the Creekside area.
Ziptrek Opening The Sasquatch™ on July 30, 2015
The Longest Zipline Line in Canada and the USA
July 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 July 30, 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 early 2016. 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.
Whistler Receives 2015 TripAdvisor®
Travelers' Choice Award
Top 10 Destinations in Canada
Whistler has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Destinations in Canada by TripAdvisor®. TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*. With over 225 million traveler reviews and opinions covering 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.
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Tourism Whistler Recognized for Best Deals with Travelzoo Award
February 17, 2015: Travelzoo Inc. a global Internet media company recently recognized Tourism Whistler with the an award for the Best Deals from a Destination Marketing Organization – Canada.
Travelzoo Deal Experts select the award winners, using a five-point evaluation system that takes into account the quality, reliability, consistency, competitiveness and broad appeal. Winners in the Excellence Award category must also receive a positive rating from 95% of Travelzoo members who experienced a deal with the company.
It's a great honour to receive this award, and another great reason to choose Whistler.com when booking your summer or winter vacation.
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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!