What’s New in Whistler

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What's New on the Mountains

Year-Round Umbrella Bar at Roundhouse Lodge

The Umbrella Bar provides the ultimate on-mountain viewing experience and is located in the front of the Roundhouse Lodge. Enjoy a drink and the view under a giant umbrella that can be lowered on sunny summer days or in the winter when glass panels and heaters protect you from the elements.

Insider's Guide: What's New in Whistler for Winter 2018/19

Cloudraker Skybridge & Raven's Eye Cliff Walk

Whistler Blackcomb’s Cloudraker Skybridge spans 130 metres / 426.5 feet from Whistler Peak to West Ridge, crossing high above Whistler Bowl to the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk viewing platform. This multi-tiered platform offers a unique and thrilling new way to experience this iconic spot with 360-degree views of the Coast Mountains. The cantilevered walkway extends 12.5 metres / 40.7 feet out from the West Ridge and an exhilarating 50 metres / 164 feet above Whistler Bowl. The suspension bridge is only open during summer.

Insider's Guide: The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge

New Lifts for Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Resorts, Inc. invested $66 million in three new lifts for Whistler Blackcomb for the 2018/19 season. Upgrades are now complete and include:

  • A new 10-passenger Blackcomb gondola replacing the Wizard and Solar chairlifts on Blackcomb Mountain
  • A new six-passenger high-speed lift replacing the current Emerald Chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler Mountain
  • Replacement of the triple-passenger Catskinner chair with a four-passenger, high-speed lift on Blackcomb Mountain

The changes create the first three-gondola connection in the world, allowing guests to upload, connect between the mountains via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and download in a gondola for a weather-protected experience. The new Blackcomb Gondola is also be adjacent to the Rendezvous Lodge, allowing skiers and non-skiers to enjoy a fully-enclosed ride up or down the mountain year-round, with direct access to Christine's Restaurant.

Read more about the Blackcomb Gondola and Cloudraker Skybridge in The Whistler Insider's Inspiring Mountain Innovations on a World Scale.

Weekend Free Transit Program Continues in Whistler for Summer 2019

Free Transit on Weekends June 15 – September 2, 2019

Returning after a popular debut in Summer 2017, free weekend transit is back for its third year!

This summer, leave the car at home and ride for free on Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays with Whistler Transit. Ride for free from 5 AM Saturday until the last bus on Sunday (or holiday Monday).

Buses run every 15 minutes from 7 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Learn more about The Free Summer Transit Program courtesy of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Bike Valet Continues for Summer 2019

Whistler Farmers' Market

Dates: Every Sunday at the Whistler Farmers' Market from June 15 – September 1, 2019
Time: 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Description: Ride your bike to the Whistler Farmers' Market and check it for free with the bike valet staff – no need to bring a lock or find a free bike rack.

Whistler Olympic Plaza

Dates: Available at Whistler Presents Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Whistler Olympic Plaza during summer
Time: 6 – 10 PM for concerts | 11 AM – 6 PM on select Saturdays
Description: Ride your bike to the Whistler Presents Outdoor Summer Concert Series and check it for free with the bike valet staff – no need to bring a lock or find a free bike rack.

See more details including dates and locations at Whistler Bike Valet.

Whistler Blackcomb's Epic Pass

The acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb by Vail Resorts Inc. is good news for skiers and snowboarders around the world.

Epic Passholders receive unlimited, unrestricted access to the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb, as well as these additional resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, Stevens Pass, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mount Brighton, Perisher (2020 access), Falls Creek and Hotham - Australia* (pending closing and approvals).

Additional Access: New! Now includes limited access to Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Rusutsu, Japan. Includes access to Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, and Stoneham; 29 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland; Hakuba Valley, Japan; Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado.

Back for 2019/20: Epic SchoolKids Whistler Blackcomb Pack provides five days of free skiing for Canadian and Washington kindergartners through to grade five students.

Also available: Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Season Pass, 10-day, 5-day and 2-day Whistler Blackcomb EDGE Cards.

Call Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services at 1.800.766.0449 for more information.

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